May Contain Blueberries

the sometimes journal of Jeremy Beker

Since Matt asked how things were going with the new laptop now that I have had it for almost 2 weeks, I’ll try to put down some of my observations.

Known Issues — There have been many reports of MacBook Pros making odd hissing noises. Now, these reports came out after the first MacBook Pros were purchased. Mine is after Apple made a small upgrade in speed and after a silent hardware revision (or so I understand). If I take mine into a very quiet room (no other computers, people, etc.) I can hear a very small noise; but given any amount of ambient noise, I don’t hear anything. I find the MacBook Pro to be quieter than my old Titanium Powerbook both in terms of fan and hard drive noise.

Speed — This computer is fast. No questions asked. I have played games, compiled software, done everything I do with other computers and I have no complaints. It is obviously faster than my old laptop, but I think it is probably faster than my dual 2.5GHz G5 tower I have at home. I honestly don’t want to test that as it would just bug me if I knew for sure.

Heat — This could be considered a problem for some people. The bottom of the case gets quite warm; I would not recommend running it on bare skin as you will probably hurt yourself after some time. I use it at work on my desk and when I do use it “freehand” I usually cross my legs so I have it perched in the air. I don’t see this as a problem, but other people might.

Display — Gorgeous, not much more to say than that. The display runs at 1440 by 900 and the video card has plenty of umpf to back it up. Text is crisp and clear. Games run fast.

Light Sensors — This is just cool. If the light in the room dims, the computer dims the video display and lights up the keyboard (there are lights under each letter of each key that glow). How useful is this? I don’t entirely know. But what I can say is that when I first got it, I went into a room with no windows and turned the lights on and off many times to see it work.

Well that is all I can think of now. Want to know anything else? Ask in the comments.