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Old vs. New

Owning two sexy Apple computers, it’s not always easy deciding which one I want to use as my primary machine. The contenders’ general specifications are as follows:

MacBook Pro (Mid 2008):

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor/2GB DDR2 RAM at 667 MHz
  • 160 GB hard drive @ 7200 rpm
  • 256 MB nVidia GeForce 8600M GT
  • 15.4″ matte LED-lit display
  • Illuminated Keyboard
  • 2 USB/1 Firewire 400/1 Firewire 800

Unibody MacBook:

  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor/2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1066 MHz
  • 160GB hard drive @ 5400 rpm
  • nVidia GeForce 9400M chipset
  • 13.3 LED-lit glossy display
  • Glass multi-touch trackpad
  • 2 USB ports

Ultimately, the performance is nearly identical. In real-world usage, the MacBook boots faster than the MacBook Pro, but I attribute this to the fact that there is significantly less occupying its hard drive. It’s hard to give up the MBP. While the unibody construction is sleek and very durable, the sentiental connection I have with my MBP is hard to get over.

The old MBP does have a few extra perks as well such as an ExpressCard slot. For most average users, this is hardly a point of significance. I can’t remember the last time I used any card-slot peripherals.

For those of you with older MBP’s considering a new laptop, I generally agree with what’s been said at Wired, and here. The conclusion seems to be that if you actually use more advanced features (card slot, firewire, do heavy film editing), stick with the pro. Otherwise, the new Unibody MacBook has closed the gap between pro and consumer models in a good way; save yourself some dough and go for the regular MacBook.

Microsoft is at it again

Following in the footsteps of their latest Laptop Hunter ads, Microsoft has created a new ad targeting the iPod. More specifically, the cost of filling an iPod with music. According to Microsoft, it’ll cost $30,000 to fill an iPod from using iTunes. Continue reading ‘Microsoft is at it again’

MacBook hinge

MacBook HingeI know this has been pretty well documented, but I never really paid much attention to this issue until now. The hinge on my unibody MacBook seems to be much looser than that on my previous generation MacBook Pro. In regular usage, it’s really not a big deal at all. I only notice occasionally when I set my laptop down; a slight (very slight) bump is all it takes to make the screen fall back a bit.

It’ll be interesting to see how this olds up a few months from now. I generally make it a point to take care of the hinge by not closing my laptop too abruptly. Anybody else experience any similar issues? What did you do about it?


One of the draws of Macs is their hardware deign and elegant UI; not only with Apple products and software though. Third-party developers drive the Mac user experience by creating beautiful applications (and accessories) that show the same focus on excellent design. (i.e. Tweetie, Coda, and Pixelmator). Something as simple as a screensaver is no exception. Mac OS X comes with a collection of stunning wallpapers and screensavers, however I wanted to set my computer apart with something a little bit different.

WordClock by Simon Heys is simple, yet elegant screensaver I found that serves also as a clock. It can be customized in a variety of ways. Check out the video to see what I mean.

Word Clock for Mac, PC, iPhone from Simon Heys on Vimeo.

Mac Booq

Since becoming an Apple Campus Rep, I’ve been fortunate to have the new Unibody MacBook at my disposal. As much as I love my (previous generation) MacBook Pro, sometimes carrying it around got to be a problem depending on how many other books I needed to carry. The MacBook was smaller, and sturdier (thanks to the unibody construction of course). The MacBook is a pleasure to carry around, I can hardly tell it’s in my backpack. However the thought of it being bumping around in my backpack all day was disheartening. I already owned the Neoprene Incase sleeve for my MBP, and it just the extra padding I was looking for to protect the my new MacBook. Continue reading ‘Mac Booq’

New MacBook

I recently received my new aluminum “unibody” MacBook. Initially, I wasn’t sure how having a machine in addition to my (previous generation) MacBook Pro would work out. For the most part, reviews of the new MacBook have been positive. The change from polycarbonate plastic to aluminum definitely makes the MacBook feel like a much nicer machine. The unibody construction also adds a great deal to the quality feel; juxtaposing my two machines makes my MacBook Pro look old and clunky (something I never thought possible). Continue reading ‘New MacBook’

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