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[OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

Tami Williams
Here's what I'm planning on getting:

• 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
• 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
• 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
• SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display


Would you recommend I get either of these other displays?  I never  
work outside, but my home office does get some sun in the afternoons -  
and there is a slight glare on my laptop when that happens but I think  
I've gotten used to it.  What are the reasons people get the other  
displays?

• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [Add $100.00]

OR

• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [Add $150.00]



FYI my current 17 inch Mac OS  laptop is 8 years old.  It works but I  
can't upgrade beyong 10.5.8 or connect to newer laptops (10.6) running  
the built-in VPN :(
And I can no longer connect to WebEx.
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Re: [OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

Eric Landmann
On 9/7/11 at 7:03 PM, [hidden email] (Tami Williams) wrote:

>Here's what I'm planning on getting:
>
>• 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
>• 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
>• 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
>• SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
>• MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
>
>Would you recommend I get either of these other displays?  I
>never work outside, but my home office does get some sun in the
>afternoons - and there is a slight glare on my laptop when that
>happens but I think I've gotten used to it.  What are the
>reasons people get the other displays?
>
>• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [Add $100.00]
>OR
>• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [Add $150.00]

I don't like glossy screens, they give me a headache. In my
office I use a 20" Apple Cinema Display. Using that and the
laptop screen as a second display feels like barely enough
screen real estate. I'm sure you could get a less costly display.

The only other advice I'd add is that you can get factory
refurbs from Apple at a worthwhile discount. They come with the
original warranty.

<http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac?mco=MTcwMDIxMjA>

--Eric

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Re: [OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

Neil Enock
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I recently got a new 17" macbook pro, and I have always had the matte (now called anti-glare) screen.  I asked around and the only reason that anyone could give for the glossy screen was that it is 'better for video'.  All my friends in design work swear by the matte screen and the Apple folks I spoke with said that they have to have it for designers and graphic artists.

I was a bit torn since I am doing some video editing as well, but decided to stay with the Matte screen.  I have not heard anyone say that they like the gloss better, but if so, I would like to know why.

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On Sep 7, 2011, at 6:03 PM, Tami Williams wrote:

> Here's what I'm planning on getting:
>
> • 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
> • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
> • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
> • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
>
>
> Would you recommend I get either of these other displays?  I never work outside, but my home office does get some sun in the afternoons - and there is a slight glare on my laptop when that happens but I think I've gotten used to it.  What are the reasons people get the other displays?
>
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [Add $100.00]
>
> OR
>
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [Add $150.00]
>
>
>
> FYI my current 17 inch Mac OS  laptop is 8 years old.  It works but I can't upgrade beyong 10.5.8 or connect to newer laptops (10.6) running the built-in VPN :(
> And I can no longer connect to WebEx.
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Re: [OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

Kyle Jessup-2
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On Sep 7, 2011, at 8:03 PM, Tami Williams wrote:

> Here's what I'm planning on getting:
>
> • 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
> • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
> • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
> • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
>
>
> Would you recommend I get either of these other displays?  I never work outside, but my home office does get some sun in the afternoons - and there is a slight glare on my laptop when that happens but I think I've gotten used to it.  What are the reasons people get the other displays?
>
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [Add $100.00]
>
> OR
>
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [Add $150.00]

I always get matte. The hi-res was hard to get used to because all text looks so tiny, but the added screen real-estate is worthwhile, and adjusting the font size a tad is trivial.

Also, upping that to 8GB RAM is a wise decision. Also, SSD. With those, the machine screams (metaphorically; it's actually silent). The SSD makes a huge speed difference, but it is the priciest addition.

-Kyle

PS: even though it's quad-core, you end up with 8 processors due to hyper-threading. That's pretty awesome.

> FYI my current 17 inch Mac OS  laptop is 8 years old.  It works but I can't upgrade beyong 10.5.8 or connect to newer laptops (10.6) running the built-in VPN :(
> And I can no longer connect to WebEx.
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Re: [OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

Wade Maxfield
On 8/09/2011, at 12:47 PM, Kyle Jessup wrote:

>
> I always get matte. The hi-res was hard to get used to because all text looks so tiny, but the added screen real-estate is worthwhile, and adjusting the font size a tad is trivial.
>
> Also, upping that to 8GB RAM is a wise decision. Also, SSD. With those, the machine screams (metaphorically; it's actually silent). The SSD makes a huge speed difference, but it is the priciest addition.
>
> -Kyle
>
> PS: even though it's quad-core, you end up with 8 processors due to hyper-threading. That's pretty awesome.

I'll second the antiglare.  I've always bought the antiglare, and a normal res one on my 2009 15". A client got one of the gloss screens, and I find it hard to use for coding.  Surfing the web if you don't actually plan on reading much or using it for videos (watching or even editing) is fine.

How much storage space do you actually need? There are many options to choose from depending on how you use the machine: Is it your only machine, does it need to store your massive iTunes library for when you're out of the office, or can you get by with a minimal set up plus an external FW drive, are you doing any video editing, screencasts, etc.

SSDs are more expensive but if you don't need much space a 120GB is quite reasonable, and the speed is awesome.

Or if you need more space and you don't plan on using the DVD drive you could switch it out for an SSD. Actually move the HD to the DVD bay (using a mounting bracket like the Data Doubler from OWC) then put the SSD in the HD bay.  Don't put the SSD in the DVD bay though. End result 128GB super fast boot and coding drive, massive 500GB 7200rpm (or 750GB 5400rpm) for big file/media storage. And if you need a DVD drive put the old one in a USB case ($45-50 uses 2 USB ports to get power), or buy the Apple SuperDrive ($79 uses only 1 port but only works connected directly to your Mac).

I do rip DVDs for watching later and back up project files to DVD, but never when I'm out and about. So I'd replace the internal HD with a 120GB OWC SSD + Data Doubler ($270 - http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DDMBS6E120/), move Apple HD to DVD bay, add 8GB RAM from OWC ($70 - http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/1333DDR3S08S/), add Super Drive from Apple ($80), and upgrade to the antiglare widescreen ($150). End result $570 over base model, but SSD speed and massive storage.

 - Wade

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Re: [OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

Mark Palmer
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Dropped an SSD into a four year old MacBook Pro - huge difference. Well worth the cost I felt.

There has been some talk on the Apple rumour mill about work on a new MacBook Pro range slimmer and lighter in line with the air, might be worth waiting. http://macbookpro.macrumors.com/ - second item down.

On 8 Sep 2011, at 01:03, Tami Williams wrote:

> Here's what I'm planning on getting:
>
> • 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
> • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
> • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
> • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
>
>
> Would you recommend I get either of these other displays?  I never work outside, but my home office does get some sun in the afternoons - and there is a slight glare on my laptop when that happens but I think I've gotten used to it.  What are the reasons people get the other displays?
>
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [Add $100.00]
>
> OR
>
> • MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [Add $150.00]



Regards

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Re: [OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

Carl Ketterling
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Personally, I think the glossy screens are popular because they look
good on display when turned off.  The iMac 27" is pretty impressive when
it's off with the screen that appears to go all the way to the edge of
the machine.  Matte screens just look kind of dull.  But as you've
already mentioned, I see no real reason for glossy.  I've always
preferred matte, and I'd almost kill to find a matte solution for my 27" iMac.

Carl


In response to this text from Neil Enock ([hidden email]) sent on
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 6:20 PM (-0600):

>I recently got a new 17" macbook pro, and I have always had the matte
>(now called anti-glare) screen.  I asked around and the only reason that
>anyone could give for the glossy screen was that it is 'better for
>video'.  All my friends in design work swear by the matte screen and the
>Apple folks I spoke with said that they have to have it for designers
>and graphic artists.
>
>I was a bit torn since I am doing some video editing as well, but
>decided to stay with the Matte screen.  I have not heard anyone say that
>they like the gloss better, but if so, I would like to know why.
>
>Neil
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>
>
>
>On Sep 7, 2011, at 6:03 PM, Tami Williams wrote:
>
>> Here's what I'm planning on getting:
>>
>> ? 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
>> ? 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
>> ? 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
>> ? SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
>> ? MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
>>
>>
>> Would you recommend I get either of these other displays?  I never
>work outside, but my home office does get some sun in the afternoons -
>and there is a slight glare on my laptop when that happens but I think
>I've gotten used to it.  What are the reasons people get the other displays?
>>
>> ? MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [Add $100.00]
>>
>> OR
>>
>> ? MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [Add $150.00]
>>
>>
>>
>> FYI my current 17 inch Mac OS  laptop is 8 years old.  It works but I
>can't upgrade beyong 10.5.8 or connect to newer laptops (10.6) running
>the built-in VPN :(
>> And I can no longer connect to WebEx.
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Re: [OT] getting a new Mac laptop, looking for suggestions

gzasuwa
The glossy works extremely well for use outdoors.

Sincerely,

Gerard Zasuwa
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On Sep 8, 2011, at 8:19 AM, Carl Ketterling wrote:

> Personally, I think the glossy screens are popular because they look
> good on display when turned off.  The iMac 27" is pretty impressive  
> when
> it's off with the screen that appears to go all the way to the edge of
> the machine.  Matte screens just look kind of dull.  But as you've
> already mentioned, I see no real reason for glossy.  I've always
> preferred matte, and I'd almost kill to find a matte solution for my  
> 27" iMac.
>
> Carl
>
>
> In response to this text from Neil Enock ([hidden email]) sent on
> Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 6:20 PM (-0600):
>
>> I recently got a new 17" macbook pro, and I have always had the matte
>> (now called anti-glare) screen.  I asked around and the only reason  
>> that
>> anyone could give for the glossy screen was that it is 'better for
>> video'.  All my friends in design work swear by the matte screen  
>> and the
>> Apple folks I spoke with said that they have to have it for designers
>> and graphic artists.
>>
>> I was a bit torn since I am doing some video editing as well, but
>> decided to stay with the Matte screen.  I have not heard anyone say  
>> that
>> they like the gloss better, but if so, I would like to know why.
>>
>> Neil
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>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sep 7, 2011, at 6:03 PM, Tami Williams wrote:
>>
>>> Here's what I'm planning on getting:
>>>
>>> ? 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
>>> ? 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
>>> ? 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
>>> ? SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
>>> ? MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
>>>
>>>
>>> Would you recommend I get either of these other displays?  I never
>> work outside, but my home office does get some sun in the  
>> afternoons -
>> and there is a slight glare on my laptop when that happens but I  
>> think
>> I've gotten used to it.  What are the reasons people get the other  
>> displays?
>>>
>>> ? MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [Add $100.00]
>>>
>>> OR
>>>
>>> ? MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [Add  
>>> $150.00]
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> FYI my current 17 inch Mac OS  laptop is 8 years old.  It works  
>>> but I
>> can't upgrade beyong 10.5.8 or connect to newer laptops (10.6)  
>> running
>> the built-in VPN :(
>>> And I can no longer connect to WebEx.
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