So I decided to buy myself a Christmas present and went for the MacBook Pro 15-inch. And boy is it a powerful piece of technology: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz processor, 2GB RAM and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM.
It is by far the best looking notebook on the market as you would expect from Apple. I considered other notebooks but ultimately went for the MacBook Pro because of the power and the looks. Of course, if it didn't contain an Intel chip and wasn't capable of booting up in Windows, I would never have considered it...not because I want to use Windows, but because I need Windows to play games. Games are also the reason I forked out the $$$s for this thing, otherwise the plain old MacBook (at half the price) would have been good enough.
So far, I'm quite impressed. Apart from having to get used to Mac OS X, it's really quite nice. I expected usability and I certainly got it. Initial setup was a breeze. No need for banging my head against the wall or trying to pull my hair out. It was a nice to have technology just work.
Apple's also made it relatively easy to help load Windows up on a Mac with their Boot Camp beta software...so at least I have a "Mac newbie" way of doing it.
As for why I needed a new notebook when I already had one (I actually had 2)...2 reasons:
- It's about time I had my own notebook to do my personal things on.
- I'm about to lose the 2 notebooks in a month or 2 because they are technically not mine. ie. They belong to the company I work for. So I would have been without a machine in the near future if I didn't take a proactive approach to things. Why will I be losing the work notebooks? You can probably guess...but more on that in due time.