Tempmarks: MacBook Pro versus PowerBook G4

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

One of the most popular questions about the new MacBook Pro is about its temperature. Users of previous PowerBook G4s (especially the 12-inch model) are very conscious of the ambient heat generated by their machines. It’s difficult to use on your lap after running for as little as 30 minutes. This heat (and lawyers) are the reasons manufacturers don’t call them “laptops” any more – they’re only referred to as “notebooks” now.
In fact, Apple’s MacBook Pro User Guide explicitly states “Do not leave the bottom of your MacBook Pro in contact with your lap or any surface of your body for extended periods.” Adding that “prolonged contact with your body could cause discomfort and potentially a burn.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Big Monitor (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Mac mini

I mean REALLY big monitor.


I just plugged my new Mac mini in to the digital input on the back of my TV. I need to do some tweeking to the settings on the TV to get the picture really crisp, but it’s pretty encouraging that it just works right out of the box. I did have to make one change in the display settings on the computer (turned off overscanning or something). One more thing: Front Row looks SICK on the big screen. Good bye Windows Media Center! (Contributed by: Aaron Smith)
UPDATE: 2006-0315:
Click through for more details on Aaron’s setup…