"Disappointing"2.0 starson by zarzak719
Pros: * Same great unibody design
* Great battery life
* Updated processors / graphics
Cons: * No Blu-ray
* No SATA 3
* No USB 3.0
* Higher resolution costs money
* No HDMI
* USB ports are still horribly placed
Summary: I have a love-hate relationship with macbook pros. I've used them (or the equivalent before there were macbook pros) for the last 7 years as my main computer, always the highest level 15'' model. They've had be replaced consistently by apple due to continuous major component failures (I don't know if its shoddy overall construction or I just get lemons) but when they work they work great, and I love the design.
That said I've been really excited at the possibility of having a macbook pro with blu-ray, core i-series chips, and an increased resolution. THis upgrade ... didn't really deliver.
First off, the core series chips aren't quad core, and you don't have the option for that. I really wanted/needed that increased power for my work, and all other laptops in this price range offer quad core. There is no excuse for not having it as an option.
You have to pay extra for the higher resolution. Again, in this price range it should be standard.
No blu-ray. Another thing that should be standard in this price range.
HDMI is also missing - I don't like having to use a special mini-hdmi connector, its just another thing to lug around. Also, unless you buy a very pricey one it doesn't transfer audio, meaning you need a separate audio cable as well.
The lack of USB 3.0 and SATA 3 is understandable as they are new technologies, and you don't really get the benefit of SATA 3 without a solid state drive.
A complaint I've had from earlier models that hasn't been resolved is the horrible placement of the USB ports - they are far too close! For many usb devices it is impossible to connect two at once due to the usb placement. Since there are only two ports (only two!!! my $300 netbook has more!) you are stuck without some extra hardware, again. A complete ripoff.
Finally the graphics card update is nice, but again, its old tech. On a $2000 laptop you should be getting a better graphics card than the one provided - the alienware m11x has a better card for goodness sakes, and its $1k less!
Usually these macbook pros at least manage to be somewhat up to date with their tech, which is as it should be for their price. This current update is unacceptable in my mind. You are basically paying a $1000 premium for OSX (which lately has been crashing more than windows for me). If apple would stop their monopolistic practices and let users install osx and whatever hardware they want without it having be a complete pain (and illegal) you can bet that they would start offering more competitive prices/technology.
If you haven't noticed, most of what I said is relevant to the 15''/17'' versions. The 13'' is an even bigger disappointment.
I Guess on the good side is the fact that the battery life is pretty impressive, and it is *is* a much needed update of internals. If this computer was $1000-$1500 it would be fine, but at its current $2k price range (more if you add a solid state drive) it really needs to have all of the bells and whistles.