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    Talking My New Mac

    Words can not describe how excited I was to go get this bad boy today.

    15 inch macbook pro
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    Upgraded from a 5 1/2 year old powerbook g4.

    This thing laughs at any tasks I as it to handle. Plenty of power and battery life. The greatest part is I can go a full college day with a single charge and still have over an hour left when I get home. The old one finally died 2 days ago over a internal power plug problem. It never gave me a single problem and I had no regrets by the time it finally died about buying it.

    Here she is.:D:D







    ^^If you look at the top right of the last pic you can see the old mac. The tools right next to the mac were there to see what was going on with the old mac.
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    Nice, it almost looks too 'utilitarian' to be a Mac.

    I've been kicking around the idea of getting one for my design work since they're better suited for that. The problem is getting to where my design desktop is not also my primary work desktop, because a mac can't do everything else I need for work. I also have my gaming PC, so that would mean 3 computers at my desk instead of the two I have now - completely doable with a good KVM switch though.
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    Actually with the included boot camp you can simply insert your windows OS disk, install it and have mac and windows on one computer. I personally am probably not going to do this but the option is there if I ever wanted to use it. Another thing is using a program called wine to allow you to run windows software on a mac. Just some food for thought.
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    Bootcamp is good, but VMware Fusion is where it's at!

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    Congrats on the new MAC bro. My buddy now swears by MAC gear. He bought the new 27" desktop MAC custom configuration for like 4K.
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    I'm jealous! This is exactly what I'm planning on getting soon. I want to retire my 7 year old Toshiba laptop. Did you get a good deal on it? If so where did you purchase it at? Thanks.

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    Grats BAF! looks like mine. :p
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ern Dog View Post
    I'm jealous! This is exactly what I'm planning on getting soon. I want to retire my 7 year old Toshiba laptop. Did you get a good deal on it? If so where did you purchase it at? Thanks.
    Thanks all,

    I am a student in college so I got this and iworks for 1700 which is not bad. I did the no interest for 12 month with new apple card. Well my father did. "good credit" Anyway I know I will be paying him back one way or another.

    What am I saying? Well I did not pay for it. My father has been very happy and impressed with my dedication to college and my work with college. So when I told him yesterday that mine bit the dust he said "okay tomorrow we will go look at a new one.

    Ya I am still dumb founded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polkatese View Post
    Grats BAF! looks like mine. :p
    How do you like yours? Did you feel the need to buy the extended warranty?
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    Congrats. I want a Mac so bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigaudiofanatic View Post
    I am a student in college so I got this and iworks for 1700 which is not bad.
    1700? I thought the Mac's were getting more reasonable in price. The Mac Mini I have is something like $600, I think, which is only 30-40% premium over comparable PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigaudiofanatic View Post
    How do you like yours? Did you feel the need to buy the extended warranty?
    I love it. YES (notice big cap), you need to buy AppleCare, strongly recommended. There's enough "inconsistency" if you follow macrumors forums. Besides, AppleCare has been known for its hassle-free records in replacing and taking care of problems.

    You do have 1 year to decide whether you want to buy AppleCare or not. So, take your time and browse MacRumors for incidents..
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    There is a huge difference in performance between a mac mini and a portable macbook pro. But ya the mac mini's are around 500 bucks.
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    Once you go Mac............. Congrads man, Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigaudiofanatic View Post
    There is a huge difference in performance between a mac mini and a portable macbook pro. But ya the mac mini's are around 500 bucks.
    Both are with same C2D processor. I believe yours is a E7200 based on the frequency. It retails for around $100 if you can still find it. I don't know which one is on mine as I haven't really started to play around with it but I do believe it is either the E7200 or E6550. Either way, not much difference there in performance.

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    Graphics card mine actually has a display and is portable. There are many differences between a desktop and a laptop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigaudiofanatic View Post
    Graphics card mine actually has a display and is portable. There are many differences between a desktop and a laptop.
    Yes but those have nothing to do with being faster. Both have the same graphics card, NVidia 9400M. Same processor options, same memory options. Same machines basically, the other is a laptop and the other is a mini cube.

    I have nothing against them, they are nice machines, just horribly overpriced for the hardware and software you get.

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    Congratulations on the new shiny Mac, I almost forgot. I do wish I would have one myself but like I said, I can't justify the cost (and I do spend a lot of money on computers all the time).

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    Congrats, man; looks nice!
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    Shiny. What does it smell like?

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    Congrats, baf. I'm liking mine too. Same machine and we got iWork installed. My bud was able to resurrect my PowerBook G4 with a new 250g HD and upgraded to Leopard for us as well. Macs are good machines, but I gotta agree with Sami on them being so pricey.

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkatese View Post
    I love it. YES (notice big cap), you need to buy AppleCare, strongly recommended. There's enough "inconsistency" if you follow macrumors forums. Besides, AppleCare has been known for its hassle-free records in replacing and taking care of problems.

    You do have 1 year to decide whether you want to buy AppleCare or not. So, take your time and browse MacRumors for incidents..
    +1 on buying AppleCare. I cooked the optical on our old PowerBook while it was still under AppleCare warranty. Took it in and they fixed it at no cost and no questions asked. Would have cost us 800.00 otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizelbs View Post
    Shiny. What does it smell like?
    Smells like.......Aluminum :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    Congrats, baf. I'm liking mine too. Same machine and we got iWork installed. My bud was able to resurrect my PowerBook G4 with a new 250g HD and upgraded to Leopard for us as well. Macs are good machines, but I gotta agree with Sami on them being so pricey.

    Enjoy
    Nice, I did a HD upgrade on my powerbook. Was pretty simple soon I will send the old one in for recycling at apple. If it did not die I would still be using that one. The PB had tiger so upgrading this much all the way to snow leopard is pretty cool. I love snow leopard so far. Even my first backup did not take as long as the old one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    +1 on buying AppleCare. I cooked the optical on our old PowerBook while it was still under AppleCare warranty. Took it in and they fixed it at no cost and no questions asked. Would have cost us 800.00 otherwise.
    I called apple support last night. One of the friendliest and knowledgeable people I have ever talked to about problems. I was having problems moving my itunes library over after a quick phone call and 5 min it was up and running.
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    Where can I get the BEST deal on one of these?

    Also, any opinions about getting a Refurb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ern Dog View Post
    Where can I get the BEST deal on one of these?

    Also, any opinions about getting a Refurb?
    Bought mine directly from Apple. BestBuy has them for a little less, but I think you give up the option for AppleCare buying through them.

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    Everywhere has them the same price they are just like ipods same price no matter where you buy them.
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    I love me my Macbook Pro. & While some think they're more expensive than comparably equipped PC's, I've found that what the Mac gives me is more than worth the "extra" cost.
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    I have to agree Bottom. One thing that is bugging me a little bit. I went and looked in the settings what kind of hard drive it is. The name brand is Fujitsu and from repairing computers I know these to go bad. But I already backed up my stuff and after the warranty runs out in a year I will replace it with a 500 gb WD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigaudiofanatic View Post
    I have to agree Bottom. One thing that is bugging me a little bit. I went and looked in the settings what kind of hard drive it is. The name brand is Fujitsu and from repairing computers I know these to go bad. But I already backed up my stuff and after the warranty runs out in a year I will replace it with a 500 gb WD.
    As long as you keep your things backed up and monitor the HD status, you shouldn't have to replace it unless you want more space.

    I would do low level dd every once in a while, or some kind of hardlinked snapshot directory.

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