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*Book: Old vs. New

             Old                New
             --------------     --------------
      Name   PowerBook          MacBook Pro
    Screen   12" Matte          15" Widescreen Matte
 Processor   867 MHz G4         2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo
       RAM   768 MB             4 GB
Hard Drive   60 GB, 4200 RPM    200 GB, 7200 RPM
   Optical   Combo Drive*       Dual-Layer 8x SuperDrive
  Keyboard   Not Backlit        Backlit
  Trackpad   Not Multitouch     Multitouch
  Wireless   802.11g            802.11n
       Age   5 years            5 hours
    Weight   4.6 lbs            5.4 lbs

Also picked up a Time Capsule so that Carey can back up what is mostly "her" laptop. I doubt I'll use it because I don't think I can back up my main drive to one location (another internal hard drive) and back up a second internal drive (my ripped DVDs and other assorted media) to a second Time Machine drive.

* Could have gotten a SuperDrive, but always have a desktop for burning DVDs, so didn't see much point. You know, back in 2003.

4 Responses to "*Book: Old vs. New"

  1. Man, I was SO hoping they would release a Hi-resolution screen for the 15". I've been waiting for this update to place my order, but now I'm thinking I better go with the 17" simply because I want the higher resolution display.

    What are your thoughts on this?

  2. Paul Mayne said on February 26, 2008:

    What are your thoughts on this?

    For you or for me?

    Because my thoughts "for me" were, this morning, "dammit, I have to buy a 15". Why haven't they come out with something like the 12" I'm replacing?" 🙂 In other words, resolution of a portable isn't really a concern. I just try to balance power and size.

    The 15" MBP is 1 x 14.1 x 9.6 (and 5.4 lbs) and the MB is 1.08 x 12.78 x 8.92 (5.0 lbs). Not enough of a size savings there to justify the weaker performance.

    There's still no real 12" successor.

    For you… I don't know. I wouldn't presume to know whether the added size of the 17" (and cost) is worth the resolution bump for you. I will say that most people who travel even a little with their 17" laptops tend to wish they had gotten a 15" instead. The ones who use them on a desktop like the 17".

  3. I want to use this as my primary (only) machine, moving from a Mac Pro. I wanted to retain some mobility by getting the 15", but I really want the higher resolution.

    Torn, but since I spend 90% of my time at a desk I ordered the 17".

    I just can't understand why there is not Hi-res option for the 15". Also why there is no 12" option.

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