"What I was waiting for..."5.0 starson by jbach
Pros: (15" i7) - more power at less cost than last years MBP
Ability to use superior OSX for productivity but also respectable gaming performance in windows
Automatic switching of graphics, battery life
Easier displayport-HDMI connector
Cons: Lower cost than last year for high end, but still pricy
Hassle installing, activating win7 in bootcamp - should be a BTO option
Fewer upgrade options than win machines
Good mid-level note book graphics, but why not better ATI options?
Summary: This blows away my 3 year old dell in every way, and is a significant upgrade even compared to 2009 MBP. Love the trackpad functionality - incredible ease of use linked to key OSX features like expose. Still discovering new tricks, like rotating figures in power point, 4 finger swipe to switch to open programs. This machine gives you access to the best of OSX and windows in notebook form. Looks fabulous, and is significantly cooler in my lap compared to the Dell, and cooler on top than I recall from checking out 2009 MBPs in the store.
Installation issues gave me a chance to compare Apple and Microsoft service. No contest. One call to apple and 5 minutes later my simple file sharing issue was fixed. My simple activation problem with windows 7, however, took 4 calls and over an hour, with the final knowlegable agent fixing it in about 10 minutes - which is all it should have taken to start with. Although all CS reps from both were polite, Apple CS wins hands down.
In sum, I couldn't be happier with the performance and functionality so far - I just wish it cost a bit less to get this kind of quality machine and service.