Apple’s Products of Late

Just a few days ago, I dug up my old MacBook Pro. That old, rickety machine from the pre-unibody era, the MacBook Pros that didn’t give a damn about overheating itself as it chugged away its processing chores. It was old, the battery was completely shot, and it was certainly very bulky and somewhat awkward to handle compared to the newest, sleek unibody designs, but yet, it is far greater a machine than today’s Macs. Continue reading

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Why I’m not happy with Apple

Apple’s recent release of iOS 5, as well as the iPhone 4S, have definitely brought about advancements and new evolutionary ideas to the phone and especially the iOS world. While I believe that the iPhone 4S is a solid device, and that the new iOS 5 has very good ideas behind it, there are some problems with these new releases. Continue reading

2011 MacBook Air 11″

Recently I bought a 2011 MacBook Air 11″ to replace my MacBook Pro. And it is definitely the best laptop that Apple has ever made. Continue reading

3 1/2 Years with the MacBook Pro

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted here, as I’ve been quite busy with other things.

But I still have the MacBook Pro from when I started this blog, and here’s a quick update on how it is getting on with life. Continue reading

iPad

Apple’s iPad has been out for a bit now, so what is it like? Does it really live up to the standards that Steve Jobs set for it? Continue reading

The Best Video Player

The Mac comes with Quicktime, and Windows comes with Windows Media Player, but both of those video players are biased towards their own formats. There are other, multi platform video players that are excellent and play a huge number of formats. Continue reading

Apple’s New Direction

It’s been many months since I last posted anything here, been quite busy. However, I am not going to write articles on things I’ve missed (such as the new iMacs, iPad, etc) because they are all unimportant and will be mentioned in this post.

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The hot cat

So Snow Leopard is now running on my year and a half old MacBook Pro… how’s it doing? Continue reading

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

My teachers and classmates were quite shocked when, during class on June 10th, I said I could not wait for September to come. Continue reading

iPhone 3GS Impressions

The iPhone 3G S boasts about a new camera, digital compass, and double speed of the iPhone 3G. Continue reading

The MacBook Pro Family

MacBook Pros have come very far from what they originally were, and this year’s MacBook Pro family is quite unlike any before it. Continue reading

Palm Pre

It’s been quite a while since I wrote here, but you know, finals and regents and all those excuses. Palm Pre is out, but how well does it do compared to other competitors? Continue reading

The Inheritance of the Inheritance Cycle

The title makes no sense, but it’s about Christopher Paolini and his Inheritance Cycle Continue reading

A Short post about the iPod Shuffle

The new iPod Shuffle that has no buttons came out quite some time ago, so why am I writing something about it so late? Continue reading

A Year with the MacBook Pro

It’s been exactly one year since I bought my MacBook Pro. So how’s it going? Continue reading

Firefox On Mac OS X

Firefox is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, and today I’m focusing on the Mac OS X edition of Firefox 3.0 Continue reading

New APX, Time Capsule, and Apple Keyboard

The new Airport Extreme, Time Capsule, and Apple keyboard updates were also part of the desktop updates, but they were much quieter and were left out of the spotlight. Continue reading

The new iMacs

The new iMacs released as part of Apple’s desktop updates in 2009 are quite good upgrades, but it still isn’t enough. Continue reading

The New Mac Pro

I realize I’ve been writing about Apple’s updates rather slow, but I will try to get them all up ASAP. On to the topic, Apple introduced new Mac Pros when they refreshed their desktop line in early 2009. Continue reading

Apple’s new Mac Mini

The Mac Mini was last updated by Apple in 2007. That’s a long time since it was last updated, considering how fast computers are growing. And now, with the new updates, the Mac Mini is almost what it meant to be, but it’s still slightly off. Continue reading

Gaming on the MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is the professional part of Apple’s Mac laptop line, but how well does it do in playing games? Continue reading

iWeb 09 Overview

iWeb is part of Apple’s iLife suite, and is generally ignored during reviews of iLife. However, it is actually a very easy to use piece of software that is more powerful than it looks Continue reading

HP Photosmart C4580

The HP Photosmart C4580 is a three in one printer from HP that does scanning, copying, and printing. It also has wifi, and can print photos that supposedly look real. Continue reading

Apple is behind?

Apple is behind. They are behind in updates, and Macs like the iMac, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro (basically the entire desktop line) has not been updated for quite a bit. And this is going to be a problem if they don’t update them soon. Continue reading

Silly MTA

Anyone who lives in New York City knows that the Mass Transit is run by a company called the MTA. This company runs all the subway lines, buses, railroads, etc. And recently, they have a new proposal. Continue reading

All this iMovie crap

iMovie has been part of Apple’s iLife suite for a long time, and it’s a great program for consumer editing videos and has made some more advanced functions simple. Continue reading

Apple’s Software

Apple makes some software for Mac OS X, such as the obvious iLife, iWork, and others such as Final Cut, Aperture, Remote Desktop, etc. Continue reading

Mac OS X Leopard

Mac OS X Leopard came out in Late 2007, and there’s been many upgrades to it ever since. It is now at 10.5.6, and it seems appropriate to give a review of Leopard in general. Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy 2009 everyone! 2008 is finally over!

What are your resolutions for 2009? Not a lot of people read this blog, but the few that does, if you want, post what you want done in 2009. For me, hopefully there will be a lot more blog entries and videos that I can make.

I hope Apple will release a Mac Mini upgrade soon! Will it be suffice to fit in as a Mac MiniTower that everyone wants?

Anyways, Happy New Year again, and best wishes!

Firefox vs. Safari vs. Chrome

These days, browsers are a big part of your everyday life; everyone goes on the internet to check their email, to watch their favorite videos, to communicate, and lots more. And everyone uses a web browser, often times Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox. But, those aren’t your only choices, and there are some other browsers that are very stable, powerful, and quick. Continue reading

The Power of iWork 08

One of the most underrated pieces of software out there is iWork 08. Almost all new Mac switchers get Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and since that looks so amazing compared to the Windows version, they write all these great reviews about it. And most of those people got Office because they think that, since Office is more popular and, granted, more famous, that it should be better and more compatible. Continue reading

The new MacBooks and MBP’s MDP Adaptor…

… sucks!

If you’ve seen many different reviews on Apple’s Online Store, you’ll notice how many people complain about the Mini Display Port’s adaptors to VGA and DVI. They don’t work, they’re not compatible, they’re too loose, and whatever it is, it’s on there. 

But what’s more important is that many people say that what once worked with their old Mac no longer works with their new MacBook or MacBook Pro. This is a rather annoying and stupid thing: why is Apple making these new laptops so bad? There’s no firewire 400, there’s a glass screen, and the screen also has weak hinges. 

Apple may have saved us all some space on the side of our notebook (which there isn’t any point to, since I’m not going to be drilling extra ports in) but they’ve taken away a lot of usability. What once came with the MacBook Pro for no additional costs now costs much more. If you want to hook your MBP with Dual Link DVI to a monitor, well that’s  too bad, now you have to pay 100 dollars instead of before when you paid nothing. But! You save some room on the side of your notebook! And if you want to use VGA, you’ll have to get a second adaptor, which once came free. And the new VGA adaptors seem to be having the most problems. 

At this rate, Apple will be shipping laptops without displays. And perhaps someday they’ll take out the USB ports too. What has happened to good old dependable Apple?

Everyone, let’s go buy out their refurbished and clearance models!

4GB of RAM in MB and MBP

Mac OS X Leopard is 64 bit, and has the ability to address up to 4GB of RAM. And most people wonder, do they really need that much RAM? Well, it completes depends on what you do.

If you use virtual machines, then the 4GB of RAM is an almost must have. Of course, VMs will work without 4GB of RAM, but it cuts off your Mac’s memory by a LOT, and forces your Mac to use the swap(which is when a bit of the hard disk is used as memory) which is much slower than your real memory.

To show you an example of this, here is a picture with me running Mac OS X without Virtual Machines open.

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Ass you can see, the swap is 0, and the only applications I have open are normal everyday applications that anyone who has a Mac would use. Now, I’m going to open Windows Vista with those same applications open.

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As you can see, the amount of free RAM dropped like a bullet and the Swap became approximately 3MB. And this is Windows Vista running with 512MB of RAM, which you may or may not know is rather bad for Windows Vista. Of course, thanks to Parallels and Mac OS X, it runs faster than if on a PC with 512MB of memory, but it’s still not something you want to run Windows Vista with. Anymore RAM than this would kill the rest of your RAM, and Windows Vista is recommended with 1GB of RAM. Windows XP runs with 512MB, but it’s also better to have 1GB for performance.

Another thing you may want to use 4GB for is Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. You may be wondering, why would you need 4GB with that? Well, anyone who looks at their RAM normally will know that Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac consumes a lot more RAM than other applications in OS X. If you look at the 2 activity monitors I have open up there, you’ll see that Word is near the top of the list, yet at that time, I was just putting Word in the back while using the internet. If you use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint commonly, you may want to get 4GB just in case. After all, if you look above, Word consumes about 200MB. Thats 600MB with the three applications open, which is about the size Windows Vista is taking up.

Developers definitely should get 4GB, since they may want to test their software out with Windows and Linux. Rebooting your Mac all the time is quite troublesome. And once you open a Virtual Machine, even after you close it, the swap remains. You’d have to reboot to get rid of it, which makes the point of the Virtual Machine, pointless.

According to some sites, the new MacBooks can apparently address up to 6GB of RAM. What does that mean? That means you could run Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Mac OS X and split 2GB to each. The more ram you have, the more capability you have for running Virtual Machines.

And right now is an excellent time to buy RAM if you’re using a previous generation MacBook, MacBook Pro, or iMac. There are two reasons for that: 1 because it’s the holiday season and 2 because Apple recently switched to DDR3 RAM. That means that soon, everyone will be buying DDR3 and DDR2’s prices won’t be as high anymore. Although, if you want to upgrade your new MacBook or MacBook Pro to 6GB of RAM, you’ll be spending quite a bit compared to those of us using DDR2 RAM.

If you are wondering what a Virtual Machine is, then I shall explain it. A Virtual Machine is basically an Operating system, Windows or Linux, that runs within a host computer and uses that computer’s memory, cpu, gpu, etc. For example, if you had a Mac, you could virtualize Windows XP, and have Windows XP and Mac OS X running side by side. And to do this, you’ll need software. There are 3 major vendors for Macs for doing this: the free option is Virtual Box. It’s an excellent piece of software, especially because it’s free. The only few things it may lack are dragging files from OS X to your VM, and also it is a bit funky when doing expose. However, there are other options, such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. These two are more than capable of using expose perfectly, dragging files, and other features that virtual box doesn’t offer. However, remember that they both cost 80 dollars each, whilst Virtual Box costs nothing.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed, and make good use of this.

Dell Introduces new Studio XPS desktop

Hey Everyone!

Dell has introduced a Studio XPS Desktop. Now, while I normally wouldn’t spend a post on talking about Dell, this isn’t just about Dell. The Studio XPS features the new Intel Core i7 chip in it. What it is, is basically a quad core processor that goes up to 2.93GHz. That’s amazingly high for a consumer level quadcore chip. The only quad core chip that succeeds that is the Intel Xeon, which is available only to the highest pro customers in the market.

And the Studio XPS is availible for an amazing deal, like the rest of Dell products. If you want the new chip, you can order one today. If not, you’ll have to wait some months before these chips are introduced to Macs, if they ever will be. In my opinion, they’re too weak for the Mac Pro, but too powerful for the iMac. Could this possibly mean a Mac Minitower coming up? Although it is most likely that this chip will be put into the iMac or not introduced into the Mac line at all, let’s keep our hopes up for a Mac Minitower with the Core i7 chip this Macworld 2009 or sometime in 2009. After all, it’s something we’ve been hoping for for quite some time.

Got any questions or comments? Email me at akumeiji@gmail.com, or post a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap.

Top 5 Laptops/Desktops for you

It’s almost the holidays! And now is a great time to buy new laptops, and if you need a new one, here’s some choices you can pick from! And of course, desktops are also a great choice to make. There are some differences between the two, and picking between the two.

Laptops are obviously for portability. But a lot of people buy laptops, thinking that they’re going to carry them all over the place, when all they do is use it at their desk and take it with them somewhere every few months. Does that make a laptop worthwhile or not? A desktop is tied to your desk, but desktops are a lot cheaper than laptops, and they also give you more performance for the price. They’re also more likely to last longer, as they aren’t built to save space, and are pretty much set to stay at the same spot for a long time.

If you’re the type who just wants to bring his computer to a place occasionally, and you don’t mind spending a bit of money, then a 17″ laptop would be great for you. However, if you’re not willing to spend extra money, then I suggest go with a desktop. It’s not a necessity for you to carry around your laptop, so don’t.

If you’re a student, obviously go with a laptop. However, if you have the money to spend, then consider a cheap laptop and a powerful desktop combo. Before there were computers, you’d work on your “desk top” and when you travel, you write in your “note book”. Ahhhh see.

If you’re in high school, elementary school (i dunno why you’d need a computer there tho) then you should go for a desktop. Or if you don’t need much besides typing and printing, consider a netbook. They’re extremely cheap, and are great if you’re just going to type something and maybe surf the internet. THey’re not powerful though, so you won’t be able to do anything intensive, or any gaming.

So let’s skip the babble and list out some good choices for you! Oh and if you see something on the market and you like it, but it’s not listed here, you can email me and ask for my opinion of that. email me at: akumeiji@gmail.com

Oh and these are for consumers. I’m not going to list any machines I think prosumers or gamers would like, although some are used by both.

Laptops:

1. Apple MacBook. This laptop is an excellent choice for most people. College students should look at this. If you aren’t really willing to spend the money, then the option of the white MacBook is available for 999. And even at that price, a lot of people complain. Yet think about it, if you get a PC that matches the MacBook’s specs, it’s probably around 800 or maybe 700 dollars. And the MacBook comes with iLife, a suite that, if replicated on a PC, would probably cost you 349 dollars with the Adobe Elements programs. Remember, the aluminum MacBook is 1299. It’s a highly recommended product, and very durable.

2. Dell Studio 15/17 This laptop from Dell, available in a 15″ and 17″ model, is an excellent choice for many people. It’s extremely worth the price for the hardware, and I doubt you’d find a cheaper laptop anywhere. Remember, when buying from Dell, look for the model with the discount, not the cheapest one. You get a much better deal by doing that. The 15″ version is more recommended, however, the 17″ is a great choice for those who like to travel very occasionally. The reason why the Studio is excellent for that is because it’s cheaper than most 17″ laptops. Something to note about the Studio laptops are that they’re rather thick and bulky, but you get what you pay for I guess.

3. Dell Vostro This line of laptops I am rather fond of because they’re an excellent choice for those who would like to save money and still have what they need. They’re not as bulky as the Dell Studio, but in exchange, they have a little bit less value for power. It’s completely up to you, since a lot of people like looks over power, but the Vostro is perfectly fine for school and daily tasks. And some light gaming wouldn’t be that bad either. However, strong gaming and intensive applications are a no no for these, unless you customize them to be extra powerful.

4. Sony Vaio NS This series of laptops are actually quite good looking and offer value for their price. Most of the Sony VAIO line are rather expensive, but this one actually isn’t. At 799 you can get a notebook that is more than good enough for your purposes. In fact, some gaming would be great on that notebook, although more intensive games won’t play well. This notebook is recommended for college students who want to spend less money, and also to high school students. And any home user can use this quite well, along with businesses who aren’t using powerful applications.

5. Dell Inspiron 1525 This laptop is really pushing the price. It is probably an extremely good value for anyone who wishes to have a decently powerful laptop and still pay little for it. At around 600 to 700 dollars, you are able to get a machine that is powerful enough to do a large amount of multi tasking and decent gaming. Although games like Crysis will undoubtly run terrible, less powerful games can run decently.

Desktops are a very worthwhile choice of purchase. Why? Because desktops can offer you very powerful options, such as Core 2 Quad, for the price of a laptop that will only get you so far. Along with much bigger screens, powerful speakers, and durability, desktops will be able to withstand the quickly growing technology levels much better than laptops.

1. Apple iMac This all in one desktop, which was the first of its kind, first was introduced in 1998. It it almost the 11th year since then, and the iMac has change dramatically in that time. It is now an excellent machine offering you everything you need in a slim and sleek all-in-one package. And it takes up less space since you don’t need a big chunky machine sitting by your desk. The iMac is priced at 1199 for the base model, and comes in 20″ and 24″ models. Although it doesn’t offer the power of Core 2 Quad, you can get an extremely powerful 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo along with the Nvidia 8800 GS. This makes it an extremely powerful machine, and is capable of running games like Crysis. A drawback is that you’d have to get windows to run games. However, intensive and powerful applications such as Adobe CS4 and others will run great on this iMac; according to benchmarks from different places, this iMac comes close to the power of the base line Mac Pro. That’s quite saying something!

2. Dell XPS 420 A plethora of options are available to you from Dell; unlike many other computer manufacturers, you can customize a Dell PC to any extent you wish. And for that reason, the XPS 420 is an excellent choice for a desktop; although you’ll have to shell out a bit more than other desktops, you get an excellent computer that’s very suited for everyday life. Not only is it powerful enough to run all your favourite games, it can run any intensive applications you throw at it. With a Core 2 Quad processor, there is little that is too harsh to run on this machine. And because it’s a top of the line machine, it will last you many years, and thus saving you money than if you bought some other computer.

3. Dell Inspiron This line of desktops are just like their notebook counterparts–they’re extremely worth the value. In fact, compared to their notebook line, they’re a lot more flashy compared to better Dell desktops, and are much better looking than the Inspiron notebooks. One recommendation is to not get the default keyboard and mouse because the Dell keyboard is rather poorly designed. Thankfully, Dell lets you, instead of getting the default keyboard, get a keyboard from another company at a reduced price.

4. HP Pavilion m9400t This desktop is also very valued and worthwhile, similar to the Dell desktops, and it’s also very customizable. However, you won’t get as large of a hard drive as a Dell. With this, you will get a Core 2 Quad, but a 320GB hard drive. While that is perfectly fine for a lot of people, if you take a lot of photos, music, videos, then you may need more space. Dell’s desktops come with 500GB and more, which is plenty. However, besides that, this desktop is an excellent choice for both price, power, and looks.

5. Dell XPS One This desktop is an all-in-one desktop that is very similar to the Apple iMac. However, the 24″ version of this computer comes with a Core 2 Quad, and it’s also more expandable than the iMac. Also, by default, a wireless keyboard and mouse are included with this computer, so the only wire you really need is the power cable. And it has 6 USB ports compared to the iMac’s 3. On the other hand, it’s a rather dim system, especially compared to normal desktops. The XPS sacrifices the ability to upgrade your computer, since all-in-one computers are rather difficult to upgrade, since their parts are squeezed together like a laptop. And it’s not as reliable as the Apple iMac, which comes with Mac OS X, so if you ever have a problem with the XPS, you’d be under quite a bit of hassle to fix it yourself. However, it’s an excellent computer for consumers who don’t mind spending out the extra money for looks and saving space. And the (Product) Red version, which comes with no additional cost to you, gives away 50 or 80 dollars to AIDS in Africa, so it’s also a good thing.p

After reading this, I hope you have a good understanding of what kind of laptops/desktops are great for you to buy. And remember, if there are any questions, leave a comment or email me at akumeiji@gmail.com

Thanks.

Internet Explorer 5.2.3 for Mac

This browser is hilarious! It stopped production in like 2003, and I just found a version and downloaded it, and it is such an whole app! I can say it looks better than Internet Explorer 6 for Windows though. Ha.

Can’t load Microsoft, can’t load MSN, can’t load Adobe, can’t load Apple, but, it can load Google. Amazing huh.

Logitech Control Center

If you own a Logitech Keyboard or mouse, you probably know of the Logitech Control Center. And if you don’t, heres where you’ll find out about it.

Logitech’s software for Mac is called the “Logitech Control Center”. This is just what it sounds like, a control center where all your Logitech stuff can be customized. And if you don’t have it, features on your mouse and keyboard may not work properly, since the default driver included with Mac OS X only gives you features such as right click, scroll, and single click. That’s just about it in fact.

There’s a problem though. The Logitech Control Center isn’t optimized for Mac OS X at all. This is a warning if you are considering purchasing a mouse or keyboard from logitech–your mouse or keyboard may not work to your liking. 

In my case, I have a VX Revolution mouse from Logitech. It’s working great, but there’s a problem. The scrolling, while in the normal mode, not the hyper scrolling mode, is extremely slow. I have set the scrolling speed, in both the LCC and the Apple’s mouse/keyboard section, to highest speed, yet it crawls down the page. On my previous mouse, one flick could bring me down the entire length of Macworld. With this one, I need 8 or 10 flicks. This is a big problem.

There are some solutions to this of course. You could download Steermouse or USB Overdrive, both of which are software for these kind of mice. But you’ll have to pay 20 dollars for either of them–i haven’t found a free alternative yet. 

This is a big problem for people considering from buying from Logitech. I’ll have to live with it for now, but in the future, I think I’ll get a mighty mouse instead. Although the mighty mouse scrolls slow, you can set it to scroll fast in System Preferences, and I tried that at the apple store. Worked great. But in the LCC, it doesn’t help at all. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn’t.

If anyone knows a solution to this though, please comment and talk about it! Thanks.

Sneaky Security update?

Although it was a few weeks ago, it was about a week after 10.5.5 update, there was a “Security update”. And only a week after I had been enjoying the new heat suppressing abilities of 10.5.5, this security update seems to have messed it up. After downloading and installing it, my Mac is once again burning during flash videos, although still not as much as before.

Fortunately it’s almost winter and that really helps deal with the heat a bit, but that still doesn’t excuse this sneaky security update. Why does heat have to come from my Mac? :(.

Still, I say that the heat isn’t as bad as before. You can use it on your lap without frying your balls off, but still, it’s not as good as before. Oh well.

New MacBooks, MacBook Pros, Airs, and LED

Yes I know I’m rather slow, and I’m quite behind at bringing this out. Many articles have already been written about these since they came out last week, but I definitely want to write my own, and if you want to read it, then go ahead. If you don’t, hit the back button.

I’m not going to describe what they look like, since you can just go to http://www.apple.com and check them out yourself. If you haven’t yet, you can go now and then come back and read this, since it’ll be a lot easier on you.

Let’s start with the MacBook. I think that the new MacBooks are mostly pros over the old ones. The new screens definitely is great for consumers, especially with the LED backlighting. And the lower weight makes the new MacBook a lot better for travelers, although it doesn’t make much difference anyways since it’s only half a pound. However, the new aluminum look makes it more like the MacBook Pro than ever, and is a plus.

However, the lack of firewire 400 on the MacBook–yes they dropped FireWire–is amazingly stupid. What about those schools who have old firewire cameras and who need to update their technology? There goes the Macbook. At least, the new ones. They’ll be buying that plastic one. And what about target disk mode? Where is that going? Transferring your files over through Time Machine is great, but it’s not as good as target disk mode, nor as fast. FireWire is much faster than USB 2.0, and is very important for some who cannot afford the Macbook Pro but still want to use their firewire hard drives. 

Another plus which I forgot to mention is the trackpad. Before, Macs only had one button. Now, they have none. The new trackpad, made of glass, is much larger than the previous one, and has no button because the entire trackpad is the button. This may sound very confusing, but it’s quite simple once you use it. You can still use two fingers, one to click and one to move the mouse around. It’s just that, instead of having a button, you just tap down anywhere on the trackpad (it’s noticeably harder to click near the top) and it works. And I find it quite useful. However, the only way to know how good it is is to try it out yourself; i know you have a lot of inquires about clicking, dragging, and all that, but trust me, it all works like before.

The new 4 finger gestures are amazing. On my current Macbook Pro, I have to press Fn+F9 for Expose to launch. The newer keyboards, you can just press F3. And on the latest one, you can just use 4 fingers and swipe down on the trackpad in order to activate expose. It’s amazingly easy to use, and very useful once you’ve started. After coming home from the Apple Store, I find my current trackpad very small and irritable. I would definitely use the trackpad a lot more often if there were the gestures on it. 

Before we go to the MacBook Pros, let’s talk about Apple’s new Cinema Display. Yes, they released a new Cinema Display that is currently only for notebooks, and will start shipping in November. And in my opinion, it is amazing. At the Apple Store, it looks beautiful, it’s 24 inches and it’s LED backlit. It also has speakers, iSight, and Mic, all built in, as well as a 3 port USB hub. It also has a built in MagSafe, so you can just take your laptop out of your bag and plug it in without plugging in the power brick first. It saves quite a hassle, and seems very useful for college students or people who travel around a lot but will return to the same place everyday.

The screen just looks amazing, and although it’s glossy, it doesn’t look as bad. The color is also very nice, but definitely not for graphics designers. If you’re a graphics designer, stick with the old cinema displays, which have much better color quality.

The new screen simply looks like a better iMac. Unlike the iMac, the screen doesn’t have the silver border around it, so it looks more like a screen than a fat piece of aluminum. It also looks more widescreen. Also, the back of the display is made of aluminum, which looks amazing. I really like this new screen, and give it a good plus.

And now, we get to the MacBook Pro. It’s been changed the most out of everything, and it’s been made just waaaaay bad. Yes, I don’t like it at all. And I’m going to tell you why.

The new display is brilliantly ugly. Glossy, along with glass on a pro machine? If it was just glossy, then it would be more tolerable, but glossy, with glass? That’s like a mirror. I went to the Apple Store and saw myself in the screen. Not what I’m looking for when I’m trying to use my computer. 

All the ports have been moved to the left side, which sounds great, but is rather miserable, because now, there’s no FireWire 400 port on the Macbook Pro. Theres FireWire 800, and there’s an adaptor, but seriously, why would you want to pay extra money after coughing out 1999?

The SuperDrive is on the right side, which is great in terms of usability. Often, when I have my Mac on my lap, it’s rather awkward to insert and eject CDs/DVDs since it comes out in the front. Although it’s not a big deal, it’s definitely a hassle. 

The new Mini Display Port is also quite annoying. Sure, it’s nice and small, but doesn’t have as many features as a full DVI port. Apple keeps stressing about how it’s 10% smaller than the DVI port, but I don’t really give a damn, because it hasn’t made the MacBook Pro any smaller. It’s still 15 inches and all, but with a little bit more aluminum. Big deal. The Dual Link DVI on the MacBook Pro was capable of using 30″ displays. And the new ones can as well–it’s just that, you have to buy an adaptor for 100 bucks. Not at all very nice. First, they take off the Apple Remote, now they’re trying to make cheap money off this? Some people may not be concerned about this, but I am, because Apple saved themselves money of making a DVI port on the MacBook Pro and caused you to spend more money. AND they took off the FireWire 400 port, another cheap attempt to make money. 

Some pluses are obviously the new trackpad, and the new MacBook Air style build, and of course, the unibody. I don’t like the new box though; I feel that Pro products should be different from consumer products. Why is the new box white? The black box the MacBook Pro came in felt like a difference that was made between it and the MacBook. This obviously isn’t a big deal, but feels kind of shameful, because I have come to like the black boxes. I think the next Mac I get might have to be either a MacBook or a Mac Pro. Of course, a Mac Pro is a rather unsuitable machine for college, but it’s true that it works for it. Although I’d have to deal with quite the annoyance. Perhaps I should get an iMac and MacBook Air combo? Oh yea, the MacBook Air!

Yes, the MBA was updated too. No, it still looks the same, and yes, it still has a trackpad with a button, but the Air’s trackpad is big enough. But the thing about it is that they updated the hard drive, and as well as the graphics.

Wow I’m stupid. I totally forgot about the new graphics in the MacBooks/Pro. Yes, the Macbooks now use the Nvidia GeForce 9400M, which is an integrated graphics card that uses 256MB of DDR3 memory off your system RAM. Although it’s integrated, it’s 5X better performance wise than the old card, and when I was using the MacBooks at the Apple Store, it definitely was different. 

And on the Macbook Pro, there’s the 9400M as well, but there’s also the 9600. The Macbook Pro now comes with 2 graphics cards. When you want to save battery life, use the 9400M, and when you want more power, use the 9600. The new 9600 comes with 256MB of memory, and the higher end model comes with 512.

That’s about it. The MacBook family definitely saw some good and very bad updates. And one thing I’m sure of is that I’m not getting a MacBook Pro anytime soon. Mac Pro looks sooo good… maybe someday! 🙂