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Macbook First Impressions

So I got my 2.9GHz 13 inch macbook pro today, so I thought I would share some of my first impressions of it. Smile

So I'll start with the looks and display and all.
The screen is just beautiful, and is even better picture than my household tv. It is also nice as bright I find myself only needing to turn the brightness to about half or lower. The physical look of it is again awesome. Nice and sleek smooth, though it is a bit heavier than it looks. The led lit keyboard is another great feature and is really nice. (in fact I am typing this in the dark at the moment Razz)

So far it has been able to handle everything I have thrown at it including running things like; world of warcraft, spotify, steam, and all three at the same time. I know it may not seem like much, but hey I just got the thing. Anyway so far it is running with great speed. Though I am planning to upgrade the 8g of ram it currently has up to 16.

Listening to music on here is a great experience. The speakers are much higher quality than I am use to on a laptop. You can here the deep bass along with all the other levels. One con is the machine does seem to heat up quickly, but it hasn't posed much of a problem yet. Had it plugged in for just under 2 hours and it was fully charged from being almost dead. The double finger scrolling using the mouse pad is another feature that I really like as well. I find myself already using it more than using arrow keys or other methods to scroll.

reply to @TheGremlyn
Yes it has a disk drive. I know that the retina display models however do not. So far I have only used it once, and it was pretty good can be a bit noisy while reading the disk but other than that no complaints.
Well that is all I can think of at the moment if you have any other questions about how I feel about something, or any comments feel free.

11 blog comments below

Does your macbook have a cd/dvd drive? I've been getting some at the Help Desk that don't have those anymore. It's pretty annoying when they get this kind of computer now and they haven't really researched the product. I mean, maybe we all assume it would have a cd/dvd drive but when you have software on a disc... yea... We can help students and staff out a bit as long as they bring their computer to the Help Desk so we can use an external drive.
TheGremlyn on Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:36 am
I replied above but I am going to add on that I know for things like the retina models an external disk drive can be purchased from apple for about $70.
foumy6 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:46 am
It's great that you bought a new Mac. I'm guessing that you are planning to use it for high-end software because it has a lot of RAM and a strong processor. I have a Macbook Pro Late 2011 13" with a 2.3 Ghz processor which includes a built-in CD drive. I have never encountered any significant problems so far which is great.
twotrophy on Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:44 am
That is what I have been told, and one of the reasons I decided to go with a macbook. Previously to this I was an all out windows lover (until windows 8 made me so sick I wanted to vomit.), then I switched my old laptop to ubuntu 12.10 which was just to buggy and seemed to hold me back a lot.

So I decided after weighing out pros, cons, and my personal feelings I decided to go with the macbook, and I am so glad. It is funny though because I have a family member that does not believe that it will last that long, and I cannot wait to show it to him in like 3-5 years.
foumy6 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:25 pm
I have encountered some lagging with my early 2011 MBP 15"; but generally only when multitasking with several programs running with Win7 running in a virtual machine... so there's a fair load on the system Razz Keep things reasonable, and you shouldn't have any issues with performance.

Your Mac should last you a long time. Other people I know with Macs use them for years on years, and with my old 13" 2007 white C2D Macbook, the only reason I replaced it in 2011 was because it no longer quite had the power to keep up with running multiple OSes and multitasking the way I was in early 2011... for regular uses (photo editing, daily web/word processing/communication use, etc) it was still keeping pace wonderfully at 4 years. I sold it for about $500 to help pay for the new MBP, and the buyer is still using it today.
Ankhanu on Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:18 pm
All this talk makes me want to buy a MacBook now... Better start saving!
TheGremlyn on Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:33 am
You should test them out at a MacStore or a friend's. While I greatly prefer OS X to Windows and even Linux, not everyone likes the OS... if you don't get on with OS X, save your money Wink
Ankhanu on Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:48 am
We have an iMac at the desk and a number of students will come up for help. Most of the remote sessions I've done over the phone with students turn out to be MacBooks. I'm not the biggest fan but I would like to become more familiar with it and see how long I can make it last.
TheGremlyn on Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:16 am
I can say that I really have not had that hard of a time switching over to OSX, but that is just me. Sure there are some things you will definitely need to get use to, but at least for me it was not that hard. Smile
foumy6 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:24 am
At work I rarely touch a Mac. We use Windows XP on the help desk, I run Win7 at home on my desktop and laptop, and we have a Win8 laptop we can play with. I don't have a lot of time to sit with a Mac and play around with it. Not to mention it's not my personal computer so it doesn't have the program I'd want on it. I'd have no way to really get used to it because I have no way of running it through the tasks I perform and the applications I play with.
TheGremlyn on Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:57 am
macs do also come with a program called boot camp made for duel booting with windows. All you need is your own copy of windows to use and your set. From what I have heard duel booting won't effect the computer much. So you could get use to the mac durring your free time, and use windows for work. Just a suggestion Smile
foumy6 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:05 am

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