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2.2GHz 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

Entry level system with 2GB RAM, 120GB hard disk drive By Joshua Virata

Ever since I began playing a train game on my dad's ancient PowerBook 140 back in 1992 I've always loved the world of Macintosh. That was then. With today's work I am always using music files, pictures, videos, and making slideshows that need to be burned to DVD for both family, friends, and now for school.

All of these different activities need a lot of space and a ton of power to be done efficiently and in a timely matter, which I thought could be acquired with the purchase of a new Mac. I know that the applications available for the Mac are very efficient in making slide shows and movies and dealing with tons of pictures. For this school year, I took up the job of ASB Historian Commissioner, and last year I was the Historian for my Choir, and as a whole, for both of these jobs, I am in charge of managing a lot of pictures of the student body.

I needed a new computer, preferably a notebook and because I wanted a Mac, the MacBook Pro was the only way to go because the MacBook's have shared memory graphics and that shared memory would eat away at my resources.

So when I was in the market for a Mac I went for the 15-inch 2.2GHz MacBook Pro for its size, processing power, memory, storage possibilities and connectivity. The ability to have both operating systems also helps a lot because I can create a file in either operating system and check it in the other operating system for compatibility. The MacBook Pro is also so much more portable than my last notebook. The sleek aluminum finish just adds to the allure of the notebook; it's super smooth and doesn't pick up a lot of nicks or scratches with daily use. One thing that I did manage to observe is that where the palm area is, there are wide flat surfaces that are warm almost all the time, so they sometimes make your palms sweat and leave sweat along with dirt on the surface.

While some people complain about the placement of some of the connections on the sides of the MacBook Pro, I like how they are arranged. I would though have changed the placement of some of them, for instance I would have moved the Ethernet connector to the left side of the MacBook Pro and added a second USB port to the right side.

I know that there is a space constraint but with technology getting smaller, I'm pretty sure that a few more ports could be placed into the case's space. All of the connectors all have fairly tight ports that allow for good strong connections, and this keeps the cables securely plugged.

The slot loading optical drive is also a great addition to the notebook and completely understandable with the space constraints but it is also a great way to go on a laptop. The drive doesn't have the small button on the outside that ejects that tray that other notebooks have; instead you just insert the disks into the slot on the front right face. I personally like this type of optical drive on a notebook over the tray-based drives because I feel that when the trays pop out of other laptops they're so fragile and feel like they're going to break if they get bent just even the slightest bit. That small little button can also be so small that it takes a bit of nail to push and sometimes you can't even tell that it's being pushed in; instead on the Mac line in its entirety there is an eject button located on the keyboard that when pushed pops up a visual notification on screen and ejects the drive.

The new LED-backlit display is very bright and clear, and the extra brightness helps make the screen more visible in direct sunlight, and while in bright light conditions. I ordered the MacBook Pro with a matte finish display because of its non reflective qualities, but also because of the color differences. Before I bought the notebook I went to the Apple Store to compare the two screens side by side on their highest brightness and made my final decision there, I remember seeing my face reflected in the glossy finish even though it was at its highest setting and because of experience with my last notebook which also has a glossy display, I found looking at myself inside of my work annoying.


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