Antiglare display

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Apple’s new 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro may have a slew of upgrades, including a 17-inch 1920×1200 LED-backlit display, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, and a new built-in battery that delivers up to eight hours of use but for me the greatest new feature is the build-to-order antiglare display. Yaay!

Apple’s MacBook Pro


The difficulties in choosing a Mac

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Lately Apple seems to make the process of choosing which Mac to purchase more and more difficult. They have this nasty habit of leaving out 1 essential feature in lower priced laptops in order to ‘encourage’ pros. to buy the more expensive model. Boo hoo.
Today was no different with the revamped MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup.
First it was the lack of a dedicated graphics card in the MacBook. Now that they have fixed that issue (in spades), they cripple an otherwise fine production machine by leaving out a firewire port. I’ll do some real world tests to ensure my assumption is correct but I can’t see using usb 2.0 for large file transfers or for reading large files from disc.
This was the month I was going to upgrade my studio equipment. It’s been 3 years since I purchased my venerable 12″ Powerbook and it’s starting to show it’s age. Replacing my Powerbook and Eizo monitor with a MacBook Pro and similar quality but larger display is not something I can budget this year.
With each successive MacBook crippled in some way, this might be the first time in 10 years that my main studio machine is a desktop. It looks like I see an iMac in my future (still a win for Apple).


Laptop Cool Feet

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If it wasn’t for the din of the office air conditioner the whine from my Powerbook’s fan would be the loudest noise in the room. When the ambient temperature gets high I wonder if the machine will actually explode. This is the price we pay when we buy gear that works so hard, something my mum is discovering having just spent most of our usual regular Sunday night call grilling me on why her new MacBook ‘laptop’ was so hot she couldn’t use it on her lap. Bluelounge’s Cool Feet look like a simple answer to the problem.
Cool feet are 4 small ‘feet’ with suction cups at the end that attach to the bottom of your laptop, allowing the heat to be dispersed properly. An added benefit is that in raising your laptop they also allow for greater ease in typing. I think they might also be a safeguard against accidental spills when working at a café. $12.95 from BlueLounge.


Docking Stands for your MacBook

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Both of these products perform exactly the same function for exactly the same product but with a $265.00US difference between the two. While there are some obvious refinements apparent in the Floater, it’s pretty hard to justify the difference in price.
Floater

If you connect your notebook computer to a large screen, at work or home, Floater is designed for you. It combines high technology with elegant styling. Close your MacBook pro, connect a keyboard, a screen and a mouse, and you have created a perfect working environment.
The Floater is machined from a single block of aluminum, which lends it great stability and optimum cooling power by spreading the heat around.
The two small panels around your computer are of minimal height and width, but sufficient to meet the product’s two requirements; to hold your computer perfectly, and to let you set it up as easily as possible.

Fits MacBook 13″ MacBook Pro 15″,17″ and PowerBook 17″ – $305.00US
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Power Support stand

Features: The base of the unit is covered in a nonskid material keeping your laptop secure.
Carefully selected materials prevent scratching of your Mac Book. The interior surfaces that come in contact with your lap top are covered in scratch resistant polymer.
The Stand is adjustable to notebooks measuring 1 to 1.5 inches wide.
MacBook and Power Book G4 series are all compatible. The adjustable feature allows for utilization with most PC notebooks as well.

MacBook and Power Book G4 series are all compatible. The adjustable feature allows for utilization with most PC notebooks as well. $40.00US
Floater & Power Support


Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo

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I still find myself getting confused with all the Intel processor nomenclature but if you have been waiting on a new notebook then now is the time. The latest Apple MacBook Pro comes with Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo processors with speeds ranging from 2.16 to 2.33 GHz and screen sizes of 15″ (1440 x 900) and 17″ (1680 x 1050). Confusion aside these laptops should be considerably faster. Other features include 1GB – 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 memory out of the box — expandable up to 3GB, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics, a 6x Dual-Layer SuperDrive, and both FireWire 400 and 800 ports. It includes an excellent software suite and if you must it will run windows. Certainly one of the best laptops on the market. Competitively priced at $1999-$2799.00US.


MacBook Pro Raises the Bar for “Portable Culture”

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I just spent wasted 1 1/2 hrs this morning watching the MacWorld keynote streamed via Quicktime. I’m sure today most of the inter-web will be abuzz with the announcements at MacWorld though perhaps not to the nauseating amount that they were for Consumer Electronics Show. As a long term Mac user (since the Apple 2) and having just purchased a Powerbook 12″ this past summer I have great interest in what Tom Bihn calls “portable culture”. I want to be able to take everything with me everywhere. So I watched with great interest as Steve Jobs announced the Intel dual-core MacBook Pro laptop, which he claims is 4-5 times faster than the PowerBook G4, based on synthetic benchmarks, the “fastest Mac notebook ever”. Pricing starts at $1999US.
This is the type of product I have been waiting for but God knows when they will be available over here in Asia (I do prefer the small size of the 12″ for travel). Apple’s hardware is always great but it’s their software that always clinches the deal. I think one liberating feature will be the combination of built-in iSight camera and wireless networking. Think Skype. If Skype releases a client with video conferencing then there truly will be no reason to stay in the office.
More on Apples MacBook page.