Linked by Eddyspeeder on Tue 6th Oct 2009 22:01 UTC
Apple Late June 2009 I bought a 13" MacBook Pro (2.26 GHz, 4 GB RAM). I suppose that after just three months, the blinding "first joys" over getting a laptop have worn off. By now, I deem my thoughts about this device to be realistic and of an appropriate level. The past few weeks I attained mastery over the Mac OS through personal discovery, accompanied by a very insightful book; I bought additional software and hacked the Dock to suit my preferences.
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Quite okay
by mightshade on Wed 7th Oct 2009 23:20 UTC
mightshade
Member since:
2008-11-20

That review is pretty okay. It's not written in a style I like (as I prefer the more factual reviews), but all information I expect from a review is there. So I'll criticise just some minor points.

First of all, about the fan. Approximately in the middle of the second page, you write "more on the fan later" - but further down, you only mention it again in one sentence (where it references back). The "more" I expected is missing. Like a paragraph about what causes the problem, if/how you got rid of it, something like that.

And secondly, about your rant about Samsung/Windows/Philips/Apple at the end. This finger-pointing adds nothing to your review (supports neither your arguments nor your opinion). Also, why would I care about them, when reading about a MacBook?

So, like I said, except from these little things your review is just fine.

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RE: Quite okay
by Eddyspeeder on Thu 8th Oct 2009 15:57 in reply to "Quite okay"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Thanks, very perceptive! The writing style I can accept. It depends on the audience you have in mind. I wrote this piece with all those my friends and acquaintances in mind who wonder out loud why on Earth I would buy a Mac.

My motives behind the conclusion are:
(a) being critical about a few things (not solely happy-clappy);
(b) clarifying why (and to what extent) I value design and how this machine compares to others;
(c) tying up the loose ends, converging all the benefits of this machine by involving the R&D.

As for the fan, the pointing ahead was because I did not want to leave the fan unmentioned at the "outdoor usage" of this computer, but I also really wanted to link the fan performance to the (closed) unibody casing.

In the "later" bit, I said the following things about the fan:
- it is very silent (you cannot hear it when it starts cooling faster)
- its effects are hardly noticeable (in that the metal gets hot; I'm sure it prevents it from getting red hot);
- it drains the battery at about 1% per minute.

I might have added:
- a proper solution: there is no grille for it (a central cause); one should be added;
- the possibility to somewhat control it yourself using smcFanControl.

As for the solution:
- I have none. Or at least, not really, but they're just too lame to I have two empty drinks cartons filled with water that I shove under it when it gets hot (laugh if you want). I found that using books to create some space underneath does not avail to much.

If anybody else did come up with a genial solution for the heat problem, please do share.

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RE[2]: Quite okay
by gfx1 on Sat 10th Oct 2009 09:19 in reply to "RE: Quite okay"
gfx1 Member since:
2006-01-20

I don't think that a fan should draw that much power isn't the processor maxed out?

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