With today’s announcement of the MacBook consumer notebooks (a.k.a. “WhiteBook” and “BlackBook”) comes another surprise: Apple has quietly speed-bumped the processors in the original MacBook Pro announced in January. They’ve dropped the 1.83GHz configuration and now offer 2.0 and 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo configurations standard for the same price. All other specs seem to be the same.
17″ MBP 2GB 7200 100GB vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz 8GB [hard drive unspecified]
Boot time to desktop:
Dual G5: 36 sec
MacBook Pro: 8-11 sec
iDVD 30 min DV to DVD and burn:
Dual G5: 36 min
MacBook Pro: 39 min
1080P trailer playback 3 movies simultaneous 24 FPS:
Dual G5: 18 FPS
MacBook Pro: 10.4 FPS
MS Word load 4000 pg document with photos 170MB:
Dual 2.7GHz G5: 19.4 sec
MacBook Pro: 32 sec
MacBook Pro running Windows vs Dell XPS
Half Life 2 video test:
Unreal Tournament 2004:
MBP: Smooth as silk in the dungeons, outside a little choppy when looking into the distance (fog not working, odd shadows).
XPS: Smooth but “chuggy” in dungeons, outside 10-15fps but playable (looks normal).
The MacBook Pro has more than enough power to play the latest PC games and compares well to the Dual G5 when running Mac universal applications.
When compared to the Dell XPS, the MacBook Pro looks better, is cheaper, two pounds lighter, boasts a higher res screen, is faster by 10%, and (best of all) can run both Mac and PC apps.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan
I replaced my 17″ PowerBook (1GHz) with a 17″ MacBook Pro. After half a day with the MacBook Pro, I’ve got almost all good things to say about my new machine (so far).
The one downside is the heat when it is plugged in and set at “Better Performance” it is almost untouchable on the bottom. I was installing all of my applications and copying my files over from my LaCie Big Disk (FW 800) and sitting wide-eyed at the speed at which my iTunes library came over when I decided to check on the heat.
Contributed by: Bob Fish
Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig has started an excellent thread on the Apple Discussion forums about the lack of a good airplane charging solution for the MacBook Pro. It looks like Apple needs to take some action on this issue or risk losing a lot of frequent flying potential MBP sales. Click through to read the rest of the thread.
I’d be interested in whether people think this problem is specific to my machine, or general.
I do too much travel on planes. I therefore couldn’t begin to use my MPB until I could buy 3 batteries (about a month after I got the machine), and I also had to buy an inverter, since I couldn’t find any iGo like tip to connect to the new magnet connection.
The first inverter I got was a Targus. It promised 90w – above the reported 85w drawn by the machine. Four flights, never would it work. Everytime, it would trip because too much power was demanded. I then bought a "CyberPower" inverter, promising 120w. That worked for a good 3 hours on an internatinoal flight, but then it began flaking as well. I then discovered that if I had a fully charged battery (so it wasn’t trying to charge), it worked fine. So the obvious "solution" is either to have a fully charged battery, or to remove the battery — though that’s obviously a bit dangerous, since the cord disconnects from the laptop so easily.
This is a big problem with the machine. Is it just mine, or is it general? And is there any useful way to control how much power the unit draws? Notice, the processor speed control has been removed from the Energy Saver panel.
If it wasn’t bad enough that to have processor and CPU whine, poor Airport reception and solar ambient temperatures, it appears that some early MacBook Pro batteries are now failing.
Christopher Price from PCSIntel.com has uncovered what appears to be a potential issue with the first batch of MacBook Pro batteries.
According to his blog entry “Now The MacBook Pro Batteries…” Chris’ MBP battery fried last night and a bit of prodding from AppleCare got the serial number block. AppleCare said there was a known issue with some early MBP batteries and are cross-shipping out new ones to customers having similar symptoms.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
QuickerTek announced a new Airport transciever for the MBP today:
QuickerTek on Monday introduced a new 27dBm transceiver that boosts the MacBook Pro’s wireless range by up to 100%. The US$200 product is compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks and features 500 milliwatts of RF power.
There’s a theory making the rounds that the MacBook Pro’s high temperatures are attributed to a misapplication of “thermal grease” that’s applied to the CPU and GPU chips during the manufacturing process.
A post by Interrupting Moss on the Something Awful forums mentions that “it just takes a slight misapplication of thermal grease on a MacBook Pro to make the temperatures skyrocket.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
Apple has released its latest PowerBook (sorry, MacBook Pro!). Powered by a dual core Intel engine, it runs up to five times the speed of the PowerBook G4 and has eight times the graphics bandwidth. It’s got a built-in webcam and it weighs just over 3kg. So how come I’m not desperate to replace my two year-old 17″ 1.33MHz PowerBook G4?
It is partly because Adobe aren’t going to be releasing their Intel-optimised applications until next year. It is partly because my current PowerBook G4 is plenty fast enough for most situations (and, yes, I know that once I’d used one of the new ‘Books I would soon change my tune on that one).
It is partly because Apple still aren’t implementing the new 160GB hard drives as a CTO option (I installed one in my current ‘Book, and it was like moving into a much larger house! 70GB of iTunes songs, a full suite of apps, and I still have nearly 50GB of free space!).
But mainly it’s because I’d have liked it to be just a bit bigger!
Found tonite on Slashdot:
The 15″ and 17″ are the very same thickness and therefore there is no technical reason for the 15″ not to also have the dual-layer drive.
There is a technical reason. The 17″ is both wider and deeper than the 15″. There are things in the 15″ that get in the way, thickness-wise, that do not have in the 17″ like the trackpad and the keyboard. You don’t have to believe it, but it’s not an artificial reason, or to get people to “buy the 17” by arbitrarily keeping the DL drive out of the 15. The word directly from an engineer at Apple:
Actually the reason for the thinner 9.5 mm optical disc drive (ODD) in MBP15 is because it overlaps the keyboard front-to-back. The 17 is deeper front-to-back, hence the keyboard does not overlap the ODD and it can use the 12.7 mm ODD. This is one reason why the G4 15″ is 1.1″ thick – it uses the 12.7 mm ODD.
Contributed by: Kurt Tappe