"Super fast, bright, and crisp with very few issues"4.5 starson by gmcfalls
Pros: Speed and graphics performance is awesome, overall design is still amongst the best available, battery life is 3x my previous Core 2 duo laptop, designed for the designer - it works incredibly well with Adobe CS5, FCS, Aperture, etc...
Cons: Not a huge fan of the keyboard. I type pretty fast so my fingers stay close to the keys. I find myself rubbing against the keys too much as they are separated. Some applications are crashing frequently like Blender and Premiere Pro.
Summary: Outstanding laptop and definitely worth $2200 if you are into a lot of design work. The thing is blazing fast. Compared to my previous 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo, Aperture is 5x faster, FCS is 7x faster, and Maya is amazing at up to 20x faster because of the 8 virtual cores and dedicated graphics processor. Applications like Maya really tap the power of the system. It's great that I feel like I have a laptop that's geared to the next generation of multicore designed applications. The Facetime app is fantastic and works very smoothly with the new HD camera. I can't wait for the next update to the OS X Lion which should bring improvements to Mail and iCal as well. It runs much, much cooler than my previous model - this is a definite improvement.
Some of the downsides I've noticed are that the system seems a little more unstable for certain apps. Specifically, Blender and Premiere Pro are giving me a lot of problems with stability. They either crash or behave oddly. For example, in Blender, when I go to rotate a model, the model clips and then disappears. A few seconds later the app crashes. This is frustrating. The keyboard is can be a little annoying at times as my fingers are sliding against the sides of the keys when I type. It just feels weird.
One feature that I really can't comment on is the Thunderbolt, or Light Peak, port. Nothing uses this. I've seen demos where people are transferring something ridiculous like 500 MB/s. But where is the support for this? I feel like I have a Ferrari without a gas tank. Looks great and sounds great - but missing a key thing to get it going.
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