I’ve been thinking about getting a new laptop for a while now and having been immensely happy with my current MacBook I immediately sat up and took notice when apple released their new range of MacBook and MacBook Pro’s. I went to the Apple store to take a closer look and had my reservations about the new glass screens being too reflective and the lack of a mouse button hindering my windows work.
So I went off and started looking at alternatives, now it will be primarily my work laptop so that means running Windows Vista, I didn’t want to lose OS X for my day to day stuff like photos, videos, surfing etc because I love using OS X but if I found a better laptop on the market I would definitely have dropped Apple all together.
I didn’t put a budget on a laptop and was willing to spend as much as I needed to get the best laptop out there, I searched Dell, Sony even custom built laptops like Alienware but I just couldn’t find anything that got me excited so I kept putting it off and revisiting the Apple store even now and again contemplating what to do. I had decided that Apple was still the way to go and was at first looking at the 13″ MacBooks because I liked the portability. However I’m mostly working on site without an external monitor so thought a 15″ with higher resolution might be better, and the weight and size of the new MB Pro’s had dropped which made it a more portable machine anyway.
Also I have been running my windows applications in Parallels lately from my Boot Camp partition which has been a great experience even on my current 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM MacBook, and thought a beefy MB Pro could only make that experience better.
So last Thursday I made the jump and purchased a 15″ MacBook Pro which I’m currently waiting to arrive. The spec I purchased was:
- 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 duo
- 320GB Serial ATA 7200 RPM
- 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512MB.
This configuration comes with a nice profitable price tag of £1,952.01 which is far too expensive for a laptop in my opinion, but I wanted to get the best machine I could so I suppose this is the price you pay for premium quality. I know many people won’t agree but that’s life.
My only reservation is this is all brand new hardware and I have heard there may be some problems with Boot Camp drivers but there are mixed reports on this and will save my judgement for when I have tried it all out myself.
Will follow up with a post when the machine arrives.