After much contemplation I decided to go out and upgrade my first generation MacBook Pro to the latest and greatest! And I am notÃ‚ disappointed at all. Lets get down to the nitty gritty and the juicy details shall we?I opted for the 15in model with a glossy screen, 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB ram, 160GB storage and the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT 256MB graphics card.
LCD/Screen: I had some serious concerns with getting the glossy screen vs the matte screen because of the possible glare issue. Now with the glossy screen there is some glare especially when the screen has a dark background I noticed the worse on black, but seriously it’s nothing to be concerned over. The image quality and brightness compared to my first generation MBP is 100x improved I’ll chalk this up to the new LED lighting the 15in MBP is using. Some people have been reporting grainy looks to their LCD’s, I don’t seem to have this problem.
RAM/Storage: I opted to get the default 160gb 5400 RPM, sata hard drive. This was another point on contention for me, I really wanted the 7200RPM drive but the apple store did not carry those and it was configuration option online only, so they told me. The extra speed would have been nice but I am not going to loose sleep over it. I also opted to get the standard 2gb ram and upgrade it to 4gb myself for half the cost, I purchased the 2x2gb upgrade from crucial.com for $300 and let me tell you this laptop soars with 4gb ram. Bottom line if you can get the ram upgrade do it yourself for less its well worth it and its very easy to install.
Sound: Nothing much here, however I did notice when I have my apple ear phones in I often hear static or pops when switching from itunes to adium etc. Nothing to major, but its annoying sometimes.
Video Card: I enjoy playing World of Warcraft often and I am very pleased to say that the new Nvidia 8600M GT 256mb video card apple is using far surpasses the old ATI in the first generation MBP’s. I have yet to try any other games but my play in WOW is much smoother (no lag) and the quality is also very much improved. I don’t do any graphic or movie editing so I cannot comment in that area as far as improvements.
Heat Issues: Compared to the first generation MBP the heat is at least 60% less on the newer model even when running vmware fusion, wow, safari and mail.
Overall my experience with the latest and great MacBook Pro has been outstanding I have no complaints and I hope this laptop will last for some time, it was money well spent 🙂