Still playing with my new MacBookPro - quite a toy as well a super-development tool. Things to really like about the "new and improved" MacBookPro are:
- EMail: Seems to be improved and has the VIP feature
- Speed: both CPU and SSHD.
- Downloading movies is 12-15 times faster (15 minutes - not 3 hours for a 1-hour movie).
- Hi-Res Screen (compared to older MacBookPro or other laptops)
- Lighter Weight (and smaller / thinner)
- 16GB of RAM vs 3GB or 4GB
- HDMI port standard
- 2 - USB 3 (or USB 2) ports
- Quad i7 Processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
- Good integration with Microsoft Office
- Full-size, back-lit keyboard
- Much longer battery life (8-hours movie time and about 30 days - yes, days - on standby)
- Smaller screen (15" max size versus 17" in older models)
- No 400/800 Ports for existing HDs (Extra cost for adapter to Thunderbolt ports)
- Adapter for my older 30" Cinema Color Monitor takes up 1-USB and 1-Thunderbolt port
- Microphones on side rather than front
- No built-in DVD ($70 External)
- No standard Blue-Ray Drive, etc
- Max Resolution dropped from 3600x2500 down to 2560x1600
- Not very many options on iMovie downloads
- Games that come with any Mac are limited to Chess
- Mail is almost ready to go and Mac guides you on setting up the EMail accounts.
- All of the approved Mac software works as advertised.
- iLife costs about $90 now and has great apps standard
- iWeb page designer is an excellent design tool
- Calendar and your iPhone are tightly integrated
- iPhoto and our iPhone are tightly integrated and iPhoto imports directly from cameras
- XCode is a great C/C++ or Java editor
- I have a quickly available terminal screen with great colors schemes and easily adjustable sizes
- Super video and audio tools available at about 1/4 the cost of other professional tools
Bottom line: Would I suggest a Mac rather than a high-end Windows machine? Absolutely! You can always use