Sunday, August 09, 2009

MacBook Pro impressions continued

  • Useless battery indicator button with the funky green LED lights. I like this now. I put the computer in sleep whenever I'm not using it and it's not plugged in most of the time so it's nice to be able to check battery levels without having to turn on the computer.
  • Supports dual monitors but only with 3rd party solutions.
  • No docking station.
  • Gets hot as hell. Probably not a MacBook Pro only complaint but not a comfortable lap machine when the CPU starts to spike.
So the verdict is, I think, that the Lenovos are still better "mobile workstations" than the MacBook Pro. There's a docking station, there's dual monitor support, it's more comfortable to work on when away from a desk, and it has enterprise security stuff the IT people like (biometric). I just luck out since I mainly work on a desktop that makes a lot of those points moot for me. I actually get to treat the MacBook Pro as a secondary/mobility machine rather than my main.

This was impression mainly based on hardware. Software, it's kind of between six and half a dozen. I'm happy with both OSs though in a corporate environment there's often less overhead to stick with Windows since that's what IT supports. On the other hand, because IT supports it, the windows environment is often a lot more bogged down. If I ever need massive corporate IT support (NEVAIR!), I guess I can always Boot Camp this machine and then I'll just have a very pretty but annoying (hardware wise) Windows machine.

1 comment:

Brandon Fuller said...

Yes, it cuts you. It is supposed to feel good. Its like a blood oath with your computer.