Originally posted by hmurchison
natec. Good points. I'll make a couple of suggestions though.
a) Give us FW800 (with 9pin-6pin adapter) and eSATA ports. Along wih USB 2.0 that'll cover all storage needs adequately.
b) I think this is a great idea as long as it can be a feature of ATI's driver system for certain chipsets.
Oops, I probably should have said something about eSATA. How big is the eSATA connector, and would it fit into the PB form factor?
Display rotation seems to be a feature of ATI's drivers for most of the currently shipping and even a few of the older ones (I have an AGP Rage 9000 Pro in my G4 desktop that is a few years old, and it supports rotation in 10.3 using ATI's newest drivers and control panel). Display rotation became a Displays option in System preferences with 10.4 and the ATI graphics cards.
d) High Def just isn't high def on small screens. But I'd take it if I could get it.
Yes, and in reality, I would probably spend VERY little time actually watching HD video on my laptop screen, especially a smaller 13", but it would be nice to have the option. Also, I need enough room to keep the normal web-browser, email, IM, iTunes programs open without total overlap so i can see relevant data!
Perhaps I also should have stressed the importance of the computer being able to play back 720p and 1080i H.264 compressed video to external high resolution monitors without dropping frames? I see the demands on the computer due to HD video becoming even greater in the future, so I don't want to buy a computer today that can't even handle these codecs that have been around for a while. Or how about even the MPEG2 compressed HD streams that the EyeTV 500 captures? If it needs to be hardware accelerated to play, get those new ATI graphics cards that can do it!
e)The PB 15 and 17" do indeed have Dual Layer drives. Only the 12"doesn't [/B]
Thanks for clarifying that point as well! My dream powerbook would probably actually have a next-gen optical mechanism and still be compatible for burning/reading CD-RW and DVD-RW, but perhaps that is a little much to expect right now. But make the mounting bracket and mechanism standard, so that in a year when laptop Blu-Ray (or whatever) mechanisms are widely available, I can put one in!
Once again, thanks for providing feedback on the suggestions. I wish Apple would really read these boards to get a feel for the demands of their prosumers and professionals.