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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby fu » Tue May 03, 2011 1:34 pm

i received the latest 13'' mbp as a gift 3 days ago but i don't have time to test it right now.

anyone else got one yet? if so are you happy w/ it?

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby melchez » Tue May 03, 2011 10:31 pm

I picked up the 17 inch last week.
This is a nice machine. Very responsive. Not sure how it compares to the 13inch. To be honest outside of some crazy program that needs 4 cores the two should perform the same. My 17inch spend 90% of the time using the intel graphics card. I have a 15inch 2010 MBP, work supplied, its nice but I like the 2011 model better, (could be because I paid for it LOL). 15inch has the dual core i5 and runs mostly on the intel graphic card, rarely which over to discrete card and it performs good. I fired up 3d apps on the 17in manually switched over to intel graphics from 3d and saw little change in performance.


This current lineup of MBP's remind of the last run of powerbooks like the 12inch. Well put together laptops.

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby fu » Fri May 06, 2011 4:09 am

melchez wrote:My 17inch spend 90% of the time using the intel graphics card...

this one got me puzzled but sounds interesting. i've been giving them feedback on aperture/final cut and some time ago nothing would run without a discreet gpu (i remember when the first versions of aperture would crawl on a superpimped PM G5, first versions of fcp burping all the time, etc). now the integrated intel makes the sys. requirements list, pas mal.

mine still sits in its box and -ahem- i've almost forgotten that the 13'' comes with a glossy screen…might try those anti-glare films when i get a chance

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby melchez » Fri May 06, 2011 7:17 am

fu wrote:
melchez wrote:My 17inch spend 90% of the time using the intel graphics card...

this one got me puzzled but sounds interesting. i've been giving them feedback on aperture/final cut and some time ago nothing would run without a discreet gpu (i remember when the first versions of aperture would crawl on a superpimped PM G5, first versions of fcp burping all the time, etc). now the integrated intel makes the sys. requirements list, pas mal.

mine still sits in its box and -ahem- i've almost forgotten that the 13'' comes with a glossy screen…might try those anti-glare films when i get a chance


I meant I'm wasn't pushing it to use the discrete gfx. It do flip-flop sometimes, I use gfxcard to keep track of it. Anything OpenGL fires up the discrete.
Now on my MBP 15inch with the Nvidia geforce 330m and Intel HD Graphics I noticed that the OpenGL Processing.org stuff run smoother on the Intel HD gfx vs the Nvidia (I force swapping between the two), but the MBP 17inch 2011 it's a different story.
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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby jan-jaap » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:03 am

Got a MBP 13" last week. I may get an SSD for it, but so far I'm loving it :)
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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby melchez » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:18 am

jan-jaap wrote:Got a MBP 13" last week. I may get an SSD for it, but so far I'm loving it :)


Good stuff!!
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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby fu » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:34 pm

welcome to the club jj :)

if you go the ssd route check out owc (europe: 1, 2) . i´m not the man for specs but they know what they're selling. i bought one for wife's 13' some time ago and it' decent

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby guardian452 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:25 pm

fu wrote:mine still sits in its box and -ahem- i've almost forgotten that the 13'' comes with a glossy screen…might try those anti-glare films when i get a chance


hi fu!

I know this is old news now, but the macs (at least the air I have) with glossy screen do have a pretty good anti reflective coating. It is day and night better than a PC with glossy screen where you can see your smiling mug in the frame :mrgreen: and even better than the matte screens w.r.t. glare in a few situations. If you're looking for fancy colour options calibrated, etc for photos I don't think there are any in the 13" or smaller or this price range.
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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby fu » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:23 am

gracias syb 

looks like i have to make do with it :) 

when on the go i might swallow it as long as a thunderboo! port gives me the option to connect a decent external monitor when on the field/set/studio

i'll be testing an ipad for a couple of weeks, if i end up dropping  it as a daily roadie, i'll go try the upcoming mba

first + foremost, i need a summer brake :P

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby melchez » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:11 am

I have a 15inch with the glossy and a 17inch with the matte. Both are good. I rarely run into an issue with glare on the glossy.
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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby bri3d » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:50 pm

Got a 15" high-res after my 13" died. The higher pixel density on the high-res display option is a must in 15" (if you're getting more inches on your display, you might as well get the real estate to go with) and makes even the 13" look horribly blurry.

I'm in iOS app development right now and I'm getting spoiled by staring at an iPhone 4 every day - displays I formerly thought of as "beautiful" now look grainy and the previous-generation iDevice displays, which I always thought were pretty good, now annoy me.

Other than the high-res matte display (which I can't live without) I'd rather have the 13" - I prefer the size, weight, and especially the hour or two better battery life I got out of the 13". Too bad it's only offered with the iffy glass screen...

Also, get an SSD, whatever you do. It'll make your system feel ten times faster if you do almost anything people usually use a computer for. Unless you're doing something strictly numerical (sci, algos, etc.) or something graphics intensive, the SSD will help you more than the last 2-3 generations of MacBook Pro. It really is amazing. Chrome gets a huge speed boost from having its cache and databases on SSD, XCode gets a huge boost from being able to quickly seek to autocomplete indexes and debug symbols, and sleep/wake get truly enormous boosts from writing the hibernate file much faster. Especially if you're used to using a 5400rpm hard drive it'll be like another world.

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby jan-jaap » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:21 am

In my case, I happened to be in NYC for business and if you've ever compared the prices in Europe vs. the US you know this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up on :) I was very much in doubt between the 13" and the 15" w. high res/matte screen. However, this is my first Mac and I wasn't sure I was going to like it. This one was $1200, the 15", with the matte high res screen was $2600 (the Apple Store only stocks the faster CPU w. matte screen). I like the overall dimensions of the 13" better (this one will mostly see "surfing from the sofa" type of use).

If OS X grows on me I may throw out my Windows PC and replace it with an iMac or Mac Pro to do the heavy lifting.

Is there a list of key combinations somewhere? I was kind of shocked to see there was no Backspace, PgUp/Down, ... :shock: I've discovered some combinations like Fn-Delete, Option-Up/Down now, but a comprehensive list would be nice.
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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby ShadeOfBlue » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:45 am

jan-jaap wrote:Is there a list of key combinations somewhere? I was kind of shocked to see there was no Backspace, PgUp/Down, ... :shock: I've discovered some combinations like Fn-Delete, Option-Up/Down now, but a comprehensive list would be nice.


Here's a nice list: http://guides.macrumors.com/Keyboard_shortcuts :)

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby maaarcooose » Thu May 17, 2012 2:22 am

Holy thread revival Batman.

I just thought I'd post here as I just got myself a MBP 13" last week and loving it. Just the basic model.

The graphics chipset seems fine. Runs Portal2 just as well as my old Dell if not better. I did consider the Air, but lower spec for the same money and no DVD drive. My choice was simple.

I got a magic mouse with it too, which I do like a lot, but I miss my middle button for use in 3D packages.

Still getting everything setup really, but so far, it's great apart form the lack of certain keys like, delete, home, end, pgup, pgdown.

Gonna study the shortcuts now.

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Re: New MacBook Pro advice...

Unread postby smj » Thu May 17, 2012 3:32 pm

fn+up/down arrows for PageUp/PageDown, at least under Snow Leopard. The left/right combos do something as well.

New models being announced in June, or so Mom was told at the Apple store yesterday. (Helping replace her 2007 MacBook for her birthday/Mothers Day...)
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