Just got my MacBook...

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Well, I've got about 1 hour on it so far, but here are my immediate impressions so far...



It's built great, I'd almost even say that I'm more impressed with the fit and finish of this MacBook than the MBP I bought a month ago. Everything is put together very nicely, and has a great feel to it.



The screen is nice, typical of one I'd find on a PC in this range, no dead pixels! Yeah! A HUGE step above the crappy ibook screens.



This thing gets HOT... holly crap! It was a nice warm day here in sunny So Cal, and it got to be unbearable with the MB on my lap... heat is an issue.



The keyboard is a little odd, and is taking a little bit of time for me to adjust to it, but the buttons do feel nice, even if they do appear to be a little too far spaced apart.



Overall, great little laptop.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 17
    zubbazubba Posts: 15member
    Oh, forgot to mention... no whine whether tethered or not! THANK GOD.
  • Reply 2 of 17
    eckingecking Posts: 1,588member
    Which model/colour do you have and POST PICS!
  • Reply 3 of 17
    zubbazubba Posts: 15member
    I picked up a standard black version at the local Apple store. I'll get some pics up in a bit, if people actually want some... any requests?
  • Reply 4 of 17
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    PICS! PICS! PICS!



    Where is that "This thread is worthless without pics" GIF?
  • Reply 5 of 17
    mac_dollmac_doll Posts: 527member
    Yeah! I'm all for some Mac porn!



    Seriously, I'm so excited Apple brought these out when they did. The 15" MacBooks are the only models available in black. No problem, I'm quite happy with getting the $1099 model. I wonder if the 1.83 GHz, 13" models get as hot as the 2 GHz, 15" models. \



    The new keyboards sound like fun.
  • Reply 6 of 17
    gargar Posts: 1,201member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Mac_Doll

    Yeah! I'm all for some Mac porn!



    Seriously, I'm so excited Apple brought these out when they did. The 15" MacBooks are the only models available in black. No problem, I'm quite happy with getting the $1099 model. I wonder if the 1.83 GHz, 13" models get as hot as the 2 GHz, 15" models. \



    The new keyboards sound like fun.




    um...

    there is no 15" MacBook
  • Reply 7 of 17
    archstudentarchstudent Posts: 262member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by gar

    um...

    there is no 15" MacBook




    its called the macbook pro
  • Reply 8 of 17
    pics PLEASE



    Rod
  • Reply 9 of 17
    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,422member
    what about battery life???
  • Reply 10 of 17
    gargar Posts: 1,201member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Archstudent

    its called the macbook pro



    Oh you funny boy.



    Especially for you I will type it out:

    There are no $1,499 15" 2.0GHz Black MacBooks.
  • Reply 11 of 17
    glossgloss Posts: 506member
    If the pic requests aren't fulfilled by tonight I'll be glad to snap a few and post them.
  • Reply 12 of 17
    sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    1. pics please please please

    2. is it true that the 2 ram slots are occupied? ie. it ships with two 256mb sodimms? under techspecs at apple's site it says "512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) on two SO-DIMMs"
  • Reply 13 of 17
    sandausandau Posts: 1,230member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by sunilraman

    1. pics please please please

    2. is it true that the 2 ram slots are occupied? ie. it ships with two 256mb sodimms? under techspecs at apple's site it says "512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) on two SO-DIMMs"




    and you didn't believe them? this is true. and because of the 'shared' memory with the integrated graphics you should always have 'matched' ram meaning the same size and specs in both slots for dual channel mode. otherwise your performance may suffer. This is not as big of a deal on the MBP or iMac since they have dedicated graphics.
  • Reply 14 of 17
    zubbazubba Posts: 15member
    Pics are going to have to wait a day or two... I got called in this morning, and I have a paper due tomorrow... which is what I should be working on at work right now, but I'm a forum addict.



    The only thing I feel bad about with this purchase is, well two things, the lack of a backlit keyboard (I really got used to that), and the ram set up... yes its true... 2 256 sticks... so that means I have to replace both =( It's like getting a machine without any ram. The keyboard I'm sure I will get used to as time goes by.
  • Reply 15 of 17
    eckingecking Posts: 1,588member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Zubba

    Pics are going to have to wait a day or two... I got called in this morning, and I have a paper due tomorrow... which is what I should be working on at work right now, but I'm a forum addict.



    The only thing I feel bad about with this purchase is, well two things, the lack of a backlit keyboard (I really got used to that), and the ram set up... yes its true... 2 256 sticks... so that means I have to replace both =( It's like getting a machine without any ram. The keyboard I'm sure I will get used to as time goes by.




    After all that you went out and failed us.
  • Reply 16 of 17
    user23user23 Posts: 199member
    went out to the local Apple store to try out the new MB...what a damn fine machine!



    Love the keyboard...I type very quickly & had no trouble with accuracy..even at the weird, bent-over angle I had to use. In fact, the keyboard had such a nice feel...it felt like a "downgrade" to step over & use the MBP keyboard.



    The screen is gorgeous. Text looked absolutely brilliant. Photos look amazingly brilliant. I can't imagine ever using a matte screen LCD again. In fact, stepping over the MBP & looking at the matte screen was something of a let down.

    The screen size is great & psychologically "feels" as large as the MBP 15" screen.



    The UI on the MB is super snappy. Just as many (or shall I say few?) bounces on opening apps as on the MBP. The MB UI seemed a little snappier, dare I say, than the MBP...that glossy screen must have affected my brain. MS Word seemed faster than it does on my 2.0GHz G5 iMac.



    all in all, it's a killer machine...and I immediatley wanted one. I almost regret ordering the MBP...However, once I see that MBP gloss screen on my desk, I'm sure I'll snap back to reality.



    congrats on your purchase Zubba, it seems like you'll enjoy your MB for years to come.



    funny thing, when I was in the store...this big guy with large, muscled arms picked up the MB and his only comment, under his breath, was, "It's heavy."





    ps: the heat on the MB is fine. It's warm, but definitely could work on one's legs. All the MB's seemed to be the same consistent warmth...unlike the MBP's which varied in temperature from machine to machine in the store.
  • Reply 17 of 17
    eckingecking Posts: 1,588member
    Good report thanks for that, really informative. I've got to go check one out next week!
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