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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! [ May 16, 2006: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
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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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.
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.
I suppose this is a relatively inconsequential detail, but I think those MagSafe Power Adapter plugs are just too cool!
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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...
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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