New MBP Experience

4 03 2008

Alright, so it’s been a week now so I feel qualified enough to write about what’s gone on so far. When I heard the new MBP was finally available, I went in to work and immediately called in to see if the local Apple store had received them yet. I was sad to find that they had not. But I kept trying throughout the day and upon days end (workday) they had come in. I sped over to the store and immediately began playing with it. A service rep came up and asked if I had any questions.

…. My response: How fast can you ring me up?

He didn’t know what to say. I was probably his easiest sale of the day. I was able to socially engineer my way in to student discount *feels guilty* but the $200 off came back in the form of sales tax anyway.

So the verdict after 1 week of use? Well worth it. I still stand by thoughts that applications are what make a computing experience great. I am a visual person so this is definitely my OS. It’s this or some flavor of Linux with Compiz Fusion. It’s been a week and my high points are as follows:

I love the dashboard. Specifically, a widget called iStat Pro. Web Clips are ingenious.
The speed. There’s no equal. And everything is so simple. I find myself often over thinking simple task that in Windows require a myriad of clicks and keystrokes. Want to import contacts? Click and drag. While I love the simplicity, it’s hard to tear me away from my keyboard. I’m a shortcut kinda guy. Hence Quicksilver. I know it’s not part of OS X, nor do I think it should be. But seriously, to fire off an email with an attachment in less that 5 seconds with a few keyboard commands just adds to the illusion of speed.

Sometimes I find my self wondering where the machine pulls all these resources from. I was able transcode a .avi into an .mp4 in VisualHub while recording video through the iSight in Quicktime, rip a DVD in Handbrake and surf YouTube all without a hint of slowdown. I was impressed

Now .. what’s not impressive? Lack of flexibility. There’s not too much room to customize but people are good at finding hacks around this. The notion that Macs don’t crash is completely false. I had one after 4 days but comparatively speaking to maybe 3 crashes a week on my PC, it’s not bad. Oh, and just because I close the lid on my MacBook Pro does NOT mean I want it to sleep. What blows me away is that there isn’t an option to select what action to take when I do close the lid. And what the heck is with not being able to minimize windows and CMD+Tab back to it?! Needless to say, I’m not a fan of that but a program called Witch takes care of that. Here’s another. The menu bar. I’m always clicking around (or Option+Tabbing with “Witch”) and having to select the app before going to its menu bar irks me. I suppose it’s part of the aesthetics.

I can already tell this baby is gonna be a hell of a workhorse.