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“MacBook Pro”. Are you kidding me?! Also, $2000 base price?! …. with only 512 MB of RAM, 80 GB HD, and 128 MB VRAM video card? This is weird. The offerings from HP and Dell can very well compete on spec, so this isn’t very good. […]

“MacBook Pro”. Are you kidding me?! Also, $2000 base price?!
…. with only 512 MB of RAM, 80 GB HD, and 128 MB VRAM video card? This is weird.
The offerings from HP and Dell can very well compete on spec, so this isn’t very good.

C’mon, Jobs! What kind of name is that?? “MacBook Pro”… it’ll make you vomit.

Edit: For what it’s worth, the old Powerbooks are still available, which assures me that they at least know that people still like what the old ones had in terms of size and options, even if the power was lackluster in comparison with the new stuff. And the old name wasn’t terrible, either. I just think it’s a mistake to rename it to something silly like “MacBook Pro”, and remove all of the options the old ones had.

  1. I think the name fits perfectly with the look of this years iLife and iWork boxes. Ugly just ugly.

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  2. I can see the why behind the name change, afterall the “Power” in PowerBook has a bit to do with the PowerPC architecture. Just wish they would have come up with something different.

    As far as the specs go, all I can deduce is that Apple doesn’t want to cannibalize the other lines. The new iMac is nice, but the MacBook is definitely a let down in every way.

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  3. “the MacBook is definitely a let down in every way.”

    What planet are you living on?! A new 15″ Apple notebook with dual core processor. 4 -5 x faster than the G4. OK, the price isn’t great, but then when were Apple’s prices ever great?

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  4. Vicente Ribeiro Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    InBook would be out of the question… iBook is taken… MacBook is, indeed, very ugly but most intel machine DO have ugly names… Come on guys, we are Intel now!

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  5. So if we continue on the MacBook trend of naming, with the PowerMacs be named MacMacs?

    I am ticked that they dropped Firewire800 and Svideo, as well as dumbed down the superdrive as well.

    Oh well, that will be for a rev B I would imagine. At least they don’t have the dumb Intel Inside sticker.

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  6. The offerings from HP and Dell can very well compete on spec, so this isn’t very good.,

    Since when has this been even remotely considered by the average mac user? What you say may be true, but the wildcard is OS X. Either that means more to you than specs, or it doesn’t.

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  7. Do you really buy a $2000 computer based on the name alone? Maybe it’s just me but I’m more upset about the lack of Firewire800. They could call it iWhatARipOff and I would still buy it becuase it runs OSX! Just my two cents

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  8. Just for everyone saying PowerBook was for PowerPC, PowerBook has been PowerBook for long before the PowerPC.

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  9. Jason Terhorst Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    I’m referring to getting people to switch to the Mac, when they’re concerned about specs… how will they switch when they see the price? The Powerbook is more expensive than it used to be, and we don’t have the option of a 12-inch screen anymore! … or 17-inch, for that matter. It’s just too pricey, methinks.

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  10. I bet we’ll see other sizes in the coming months. This is a first whack at it so they went with the most popular model.

    Price is fine by me. Most PCs appear cheaper but only remain so if you leave them configured with the crappy default components. Once they’re configured with the same options my experience has been that you’re within a few hundred dollars of the Apple offering.

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