Thursday, February 24, 2011

Why I Won't be Buying a New MacBook Pro Just Yet

The new MacBook Pros were released today. This update is iterative rather than revolutionary. As always, the new version of MacBook is faster for the same cost as the older version.

There is a new Thunderbolt/Lightspeed drive (wasn't that a Clint Eastwood movie?) but nothing to use it with yet. There's a better camera built in but I can count the amount of times I've used the existing camera on, well, no more than a number of hands.

I like that the audio in and out are split into two ports again. Nice for musicians. The unit still has firewire (good for family videos) but it also still had a crappy Matshita DVD drive instead of a Blu-Ray player.

The lack of Blu-Ray is getting to be ridiculous.

But the biggest disappointment is that the MacBook Pro still uses a single hard drive. No instant on with a dual drive SSD. I can put in an SSD drive replacement and double the cost of the unit but that's hardly satisfying.

If one was in the market for a new MacBook, this is a nice unit. But there's not enough here to dump an existing recent unit.

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