OK, kids, time for a new Mac, and this time it's going to come out of my own nasssty pocketses. I'm looking at MacBooks. There are a lot of choices: there's a glossy vs. matte screen, the Hi resolution 17" vs. the regular 17", there's black and silver, there's faster or slower HDD RPMs, there's a couple of barely-different processor speeds... money is an issue only to the extent that I want to get my money's worth; I don't want to spend extra for something that doesn't really help.
This is going to be my workhorse machine; I'll use it for everything from coding to video editing to photoshop to gaming. Performance matters. It should be luggable (hence the MacBook) but airplane portability isn't an issue (I have this old G4 powerbook for that.)
#1 - pixels, pixels, pixels - at home I have 1650x1080 (Macbook Pro) AND an extended desktop with another 1440 x 900. And frankly I'd like more! I think there's a newer Pro with even more pixels
#2 - Not glossy - it's great when the lighting is PERFECT otherwise too much glare.
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oh, and one more thing...
A few months back we were preparing for our 6 week, 30,000 mile, winter, road trip odyssey. I was agonizing over whether I could safely lug my 17" Pro thru all those airports. I almost got a low-end Macbook. In the end I got a top of the line Brenthaven backpack, and it was FANTASTIC! Everything about it made traveling with the 17" easy, and I felt really confident that my machine was safe - it made the traveling much less stressful.
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And... I'm posting from the new MacBook! I need to adjust some preferences here; the pixels are so tiny I can barely see what I'm typing! Other than that: it feels considerably lighter than my G4 17". The screen won't tilt as far back and I'm going to have to get used to that. The Airport seems to work better than on my G4, too; I get better reception in my kitchen than I used to. The keyboard feels nice, the screen is very bright and the whole thing feels very speedy.
Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill: ... The screen won't tilt as far back and I'm going to have to get used to that...
Well, the communicator props in the original Star Trek had a pin inside the right hinge to hold the lids open at about 135 degrees. But vigorous flipping soon dislodged these, after which the lids opened as far as 210 degrees. I expect this is the same deal.