"Wayt too expensive for what it is"1.0 starson by Yavrey
Pros: Still comparaively fast and compact
Cons: Price tag incommensurate with specs, ugly exterior design, poor connectivity
Summary: I played with the thing for half an hour in an Apple store. First, the new design struck me as being clearly outdated. They say retro is trendy --- don't know --- this newly redesigned MB looks like a Sony or Fujitsu some 4-5 years ago. I did not notice any changes in performance or graphics quality. Ok, they dropped Intel's integrated graphics for that by NVIDIA and switched to a LED-backlit display. So what? There are plenty of laptops out there that have discrete GPUs by NDIVIA or ATI, higher resolution and higher quality screens, and cost less. Really, I don't understand what the big deal is. And I really don't give a hoot about them cutting the body from an aluminum brick. For all I care, a layer of aluminum this thick is a layer of aluminum this thick --- it does not matter whether it was stamped or machined from a chunk or whatever. Then, what about the changes in connectivity? No more firewire. The mini-DVI port (never saw it anywhere except Macs) became some even more obscure DisplayPort. Still only two USB inputs. And that huge trackpad --- sorry, people, but those gestures are just plain stupid. I don't want to use all of my 5 x 2 = 10 fingers and some of my toes to do things that can be much more easily done by other means, e.g. hitting a button. I don't want the trackpad to be clickable like a button --- I want ***TWO*** simple physical buttons. I want some more functionality for more than a grand, like media control keys, HDMI out, etc etc. For crying out loud, those $700 -- $800 Acer and Asus things carry them but, no, Apple should upscale! Just the power button! Well, I'm kind of really disappointed by seeing what all this buzz actually centers on.Answering to all the angry MP people:
Updated on Oct 19, 2008
1. Re: Made of an aluminum brick. Unless reinforced, how sturdy a layer of aluminum (aluminum alloy, actually) is will depend, before all, on how thick it is. They may as well carve the whole thing out of a slab of fossilized ***** --- that would also be a peculiarity, but not an advantage yet. If something is an actual advantage from a consumer perspective, it should be a no-brainer to explain in simple terms why. If, on the other hand, consumers are supposed to perceive the new aluminum thing is being 'more stronger', then, yes --- it's hard to explain.
2. Re: DisplayPort as the next industry standard. DVD Forum also claimed that HD DVD would become the next industry hi-def format. I hope I needn't remind you where the format is now.
3. Re: Design. The previous (plastic) design was probably inspired by IKEA mugs. From this perspective, the current design which is reminiscent of some four years old Fujitsu is an improvement.
Updated on Oct 22, 2008A bunch of insults I have received from the creme de la creme of the Mac crowd still fail to convince me that:
1. MB's aluminum body becomes miraculously stronger if made from an aluminum brick
2. DisplayPort has a future
3. The design is an improvement on the IKEA mug.