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Rick Beaver
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The Macbook (Replacement iBook) and a PB with a glossy screen option have been released.

The black macbook looks gooooooood.


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I'm personally rather unimpressed with the black design. I like the distinctive white. Every other vendor already has black laptops. And I detest black keyboards -- they become invisible in low-light conditions to those of us with eyes almost 5 decades old.

Aside from that, they look like really sweet machines!
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Wow!

From my pixel-centric perspective, here's BIG news about the Macbook...

You can do extended desktop display. In other words, you can use your Macbook to drive your cinema display (it looks like it'll drive the 20" and 23", bu not the 30").

That's very cool news, and now I'm wondering what the real difference is between the Macbook and the Macbook pro. It seems like there is a smoother transition between them, as opposed to a big jump.


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Rick Beaver
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They suped up the Macbook because it is replacing all the iBooks and also the 12" Powerbook. You are right, there isn't that much between an average Macbook Pro and a top spec Macbook, even the prices are about the same.

I think the top spec Pro is still a long way ahead of the Macbook though.
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What am I missing on the black model? Aside from an 80 GB drive instead of 60 (a $50 upgrade), why is this $200 more?


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Rick Beaver
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Originally posted by marc weber:
What am I missing on the black model? Aside from an 80 GB drive instead of 60 (a $50 upgrade), why is this $200 more?


Black plastic is more expensive.... maybe
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I'm still drooling over the wider-screen MacBook Pro, but these new MacBooks look very impressive. I expected the processor options to be more like the Mini (with a Core Solo entry model), but these specs are surprisingly close to the current Pros. Hmmm... It must mean the Pros are due for a bump.
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Originally posted by marc weber:
...It must mean the Pros are due for a bump.

Looks like the Pros did get bumped.
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Macbooks have some kind of integrated Intel graphics; probably not great for gaming. The Pros have an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600.


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[marc]: What am I missing on the black model? Aside from an 80 GB drive instead of 60 (a $50 upgrade), why is this $200 more?

Stealth technology?


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marc weber
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
[marc]: What am I missing on the black model? Aside from an 80 GB drive instead of 60 (a $50 upgrade), why is this $200 more?

Stealth technology?

I don't think so. I tried stealing one at an Apple store last night, and the shoplifting alarms went off just the same.

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Bert Bates
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Saw those babies today - man are they cute! Almost makes me want to be a road warrior again
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I suppose this is a relatively inconsequential detail, but I think those MagSafe Power Adapter plugs are just too cool!
Bert Bates
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Those magsafe thingies are great, but we just discovered their Achilles heel...we use these external batteries on long trips, or when we're working during the bluegrass festival And none of the external battery manufacturers have come up with the magsafe adapter yet

I'm thinking it might be pretty easy to hack though...
Gerardo Tasistro
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
Macbooks have some kind of integrated Intel graphics; probably not great for gaming. The Pros have an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600.


Thanks for pointing that out! Man thats wicked evil. What is the point of Tiger or Leopard with a shared memory video setting!!! And the 15" are just to big for my needs. I need the small sub 15" models. So I'll stick with my PowerBook for a while.

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Gerardo, make that a 12-inch MacBook Pro...

In the meantime, I'm going for the MacBook even though it has integrated memory and even though it is bigger than I'd like.


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