1.I'm really really picky about keyboards, is it good? i want to buy one tomorrow and im so worried about it, i have Vaio CS16 now and i want a keyboard with same quality, because there's no way to replace apple laptop keyboards in my country, so i want to be sure it works fine for at least 2 years.
Is the keyboard for the unibody MBP EXACTLY the same as the white macbook keyboards except for it being black? I thought on the apple website it said that the keys were curved a little bit which is not the case on the white mackbook.
Got my MBP yesterday. It came with a 9CC2 screen, which is supposedly AUOptronics.
Contrast is very high, I reckon above 800:1. Colors and viewing angles are very good too. It has one problem: brightness.
I used it outside with sunlight but the backlight was not strong enough to overpower the reflections. My MBA was much brighter, and also the 9C89 screen on my first uMB was brighter.
When I'm working inside the house during the day I'm usually on 1 or 2 stripes from the max.
It's a not a huge problem for me because I did not really plan on keeping it for long but if I buy again I'll probably try to get another screen. Expecially the MB April 2009 screens interest me. I've never seen them in real life though.
Here are some pics of it next to an Asus 1101HA which was measured at 129 nits max by Notebookjournal.
The first three are on full brightness, than half brightness. Keep in mind that photographs can not really give an accurate impression of brightness levels.
i bought teh WD 500gb Scorpio Blue. The first one I got made ticking noises when it was idle and the sound was louder than the stock 320 5400gig hd. About 4 days later I started getting beach balls when watching movies and then the next time when I booted up the screen would be stuck at the apple logo without any spinning wheel and then no apple logo eventually. So i called dell for an replacement, I got the replecement, and this one STILL makes the the ticking noises when its idle. Is this another failing hard drive or what? I have the March model, MCO266LL/A
Looking for something like the equivalent of CCleaner for OSX. I mostly want to clear out FireFox's internet files and clean up general un-needed system files.
Also, good utility for viewing temperatures? Something like HW Monitor would be preferable. and is there a OnyX type program for Snow Lepoard 10.6.1? I want to change some specific dock settings as well as other system settings like shadows and such.
I'm seriously thinking of replacing my Go 7900 GS GPU with a Go 7900 GTX. (within some time because I don't have enough money right now (I'm only 14).
Now is my question, is my adapter going to be strong enough for the Go 7900 GTX? From other hardware, I have a T7400 (2,16 Ghz Core 2 duo) a seagate 7200.3 (Seagate says: "The Seagate® Momentus® 7200.3 laptop hard drive delivers industry-leading 7200-RPM performance while offering the industry’s lowest power consumption levels.") I have 4 GIG hyperx RAM.
And another question: where can I buy a Go 7900 GTX, I found some on EBay, but I don't like that way of buying things. Is there a direct way to buy one from Dell? I searched on their sitre but didn't find any link for spare part GPU's.
recommend me a good wireless / bluetooth mouse? Something not too expensive, portable, small size. I really need a mouse right now... Can't play Unreal Tournament 2004 on TrackPad. Once again, WIRELESS Mouse. I know I know they are not the best thing for gaming...
T5800 (2.0 GHz), 4 GB RAM, 320 GB 5400 RPM HD, WUXGA display, Blu-Ray Burner, 8400 GS video card, and all the other standard stuff.
I picked it up primarily because I had some minor issues with the HP HDX16T I bought about a month ago. I loved it, but it was really about 2-3 pounds too heavy (with 12 cell battery) and the battery didn't last very long at all. It was similarly equipped, in that it had both the HD display (16" 1920x1080) and Blu-Ray drive (only a reader).
Unfortunately the battery in the XPS really didn't give me quite the performance time boost that I hoped it would, and the display looks like absolute crap compared to the HP (no offense to anyone here).
I had heard all this business about the "grainy" displays from Samsung, but I hoped either I wouldn't be afflicted or just wouldn't notice. Well, turns out I do notice...a lot.
What's worse is that it's inferior to the HP display in every other way too - color reproduction looks way off (everything is WAY too blue out of the box), its less forgiving of viewing angle, and overall the colors are just really muted in comparison.
Is it possible that I just got a bad one? Most of the posts on here indicate the only way to "fix" this issue is to replace your screen, which seems a bit daunting to be honest .....
I have a Macbook Unibody, 2.0ghz, a 320gb 7200rpm (new hdd, it will arrive this week), and 4GB of DDR3 RAM.
He has a Macbook Pro (non-unibody), 2.5ghz, 5400rpm 250GB, 2GB DDR2 RAM.
BUT, his is a 15" little bit older model, non-unibody. But he dropped it ,the super drive is a little finicky because of it, but he did a SMART Test the harddrive is fine, and he bought a new bottom piece for it because the blemishes are bothering him. He has a 8600M GT, while i have a 9400M GT.
So, it's a trade between Unibody Macbook, 13.3 LED Screen, Huge trackpad, 2.0GHZ, 9400M GT, 4GB DDR3, 320GB 7200RPM 16MB HDD. (Battery is 100% using coconutbattery)
Macbook Pro 2008, 2.5Ghz, 5400RPM 250GB, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 8600M GT, 15.4 CCFL, non-huge (lol) trackpad. Super Drive is not working 100% capacity though.
But honestly, Im not too sure about the HDD because its been dropped,i mprly gonna replace it, and the super drive is broken. but he is including a new piece for the bottom.
I have just upgrade RAM from 2 to 4GB for Macbook Unibody (2.0 / 466) just wondering for any new determination I could see, I've been manage photos with Lightroom, but haven't see any difference (or, I wasn't notice that) Maybe from all of your review can provide more information to maximize fo 4GB RAM.
I am currently saving up for a laptop and i first thought about the sony fw because of its high res screen and blu ray player along with the 2.66 processor. I dont use any really demanding software but would like to play a few games.
Im also looking at the macs beacuse they look amazing and have better build quality than sony...i think. will i notice any significant difference when web browsing/light gaming with the faster processor listed in the title. The ram is not an issue because i would upgrade it myself as its cheaper.Im also going to upgrade the hdd to a 7200rpm one.
Also what are the macbook pros viewing angles like for watching films, as my sister has a unibody macbook and its pretty bad for watching and films.
I'm looking at upgrading the hard drive in my Unibody MacBook. I've been looking at 320GB and 500GB drives. I'm not really sure I need the 500GB, as the 160GB still has a bit of room left over with a 32GB Windows 7 install. But I'd like to increase the size of the Windows install.
Anyway, I was set on the Hitachi 7K320, but I've noticed that a lot of people were having issues with them in the unibody MBP. There weren't a lot of answers in the upgrade forum. So I'm here to see if any of you guys have had issues with the unibody MacBooks.
Also, I'd like to go ahead and get some suggestions for other drives that you guys have experience with. I'd like it to be a pretty good speed, so 7200 is preferable. However, I place more importance on noise and vibration. The Fujitsu 5400 rpm drive in the MacBook now is a little slow for my tastes, but acceptable. But I'd like a new drive to be at least as quiet. I've got a 100GB 7200RPM WD drive in my Dell that's really loud, and it gets annoying sometimes.
I've got 15" MBP (umm early 2009? has removable battery), and I was playing TF2 in windows XP the other day when it BSOD'. So I had to hard restart it, and go back into OS X. This is when I noticed a weird "growling or bumping" sound coming from the left fan which is kinda loud in a quite room. Its almost like a rattling sound.
I've had my MBP unibody 17 for almost a year now... it's been heating up for the past couple months (or longer?). I really haven't thought to talk about it until now.
Basically, my fans start to kick it quite often after just regular web browsing. It happens quite often if I start streaming a video or watching youtube. I don't have many apps open either. My laptop is in a cool place on hard surface that doesn't absorb heat easy either. I almost want to by a fan to put under it.
I installed SMC fan control and "fan control" since the beginning. I currently have fan control only.
Is there anything specific I can check that causes the laptop to heat up or if I messed with any "internal" settings by accident to cause it to heat up?
I almost want to think I to think it's something I downloaded or something I screwed up. My brother has the exact same computer and it runs around or under 50 all the time while running more programs than I do at times.
I'm just browsing right now with adium and and chrome running and it's running at 62 degrees.
The aluminum unibody design has been here for a while. With probably the most significant running change being the closing up of the battery compartment so that user change-over is limited to a surgical, versus an on-the-fly service issue.
Do you think that this design is here to stay for awhile in the MackBook (pros), the next couple of updates anyway?
Or do you think it is just a trend that will yield to some other trend to catch the fancy of fickle consumer whims for something new, for newness sake? (back to lightweight plastic, perhaps). I'm sure the apple marketing machine can spin polycarbonate another life as a "space-age miracle of modern science", or some-such blather. The base MacBook notwithstanding, of course.
I thought it might be nice for all the macbook pro users with the 15.4" screen and unibody style to have their own place to discuss topics, enjoy! I just bought my mbp and think its the bomb. I've never had such great quality in any notebook before. I purchased and returned the HP HDX 18t and was shafted by the HP executives for getting the worst notebook from the HP home and home office website. I was so sick of buying windows based pc's that I saved until I could get the new mbp. I've never been happier with any purchase, and I would do it all over again, even for a more decked out (off brand, lol) system. You can watch the video review I did on the HDX 18t in my signature and instantly feel better about owning a mbp!
Unfortunetely I received a unit with uneven backlighting on the screen (9C84), with a few column of light bleed towards the center that goes from the bottom of the screen and reaching up past mid screen. It is not visible with normal use, but on dark solid backgrounds, or when watching movies with dark scenes, it is definetely there.
Do all unibody MBP have this backlight bleed problem? Are there ones out there with perfectly even backlighting or atleast with very very minimal bleed? Just trying to find the statistics of this problem. I will be going to the Apple store this weekend to check out the MBPs they have on display to see how widespread is the problem.
If this is indeed a problem for all unibody MBPs, then I wont even bother and just accept what I have on a premium product.