Should I Buy a Mac Book Pro


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Should I buy the new MacBook Pro? I cannot make up my mind, and need your help
Go for it
Don’t waste your money

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Just get it. Had a PowerMac 6100 66MHZ 10 yrs ago, switched to PC’s and have been living miserably throughout the years bacause I needed it for work. No longer a case now!!! I now have my Mac Book Pro 2.0GHZ. Aside from the heat sometimes (not really too much of a problem for me), and the slight whine sometimes (wonder if they can resolve it through a softwrae update?), it is truly an amazing innovation to pack so much in such a small place. Just get it if you need a laptop, you will love it.


its too fast , the screen i has the best resolution and brigthness
safari runs like a thunder , its trully the future , forget about rosetta , the no native apps run twice as faster than the previusly g4s ( i have one ) , remember when u get yor firt powerbook , it change the way you use and see computers , this is the future , recomended
( i didnt even have to wait i went to comp usa thats it


i bougth it, its the best laptop i ever experienced to use

Michael Air

Hey Om,

One thing worth considering. When can you get one.

I spoke to a local apple store today and they told me that the macbooks had now been pushed back to march.

Bob Melan

I pulled the trigger. Im still on a G3 ibook and it wasnt getting it done as I used my PC for big imaging i was doing. So heres hoping it rocks.

speedo wearer

get a #2 buzzcut and a speedo and you will be able to make a choice

Om Malik

hey max,

that was the boilerplate that comes with the poll service. i did not even know it was going to show up. anyway i have my polls coming up. we will be using the fabulous php polls script.

Max Kalehoff

Following your survey, you indicate…”This poll reports only the opinions of the actual respondents and is not representative of any group or the public as a whole.”

“Only the opinions of the actual respondents?” That verbiage discounts the value of such affinity-group surveys as yours – and suggests that only surveys derived from “representative panels” are of any use! It is precisely the BIASED nature of your sample of respondents that makes it so valuable. The biases of your readers are incredibly valuable.


I am asking the same question…
Do i or do i not buy a macbook pro. I have the money, and I may not have it in july (which seems so so far away..) I want to wait, but I don’t know if I can… my ibook has served me well, 4 years now, but its time… arghh decisions..

mick angel

Wait a while – there was a certain ‘meh’ in the air about the macbook pro when it was announced. Almost as if there was something more interesting coming but it wasn’t ready yet. The recent tablet-like rumours and patent filings from apple suggest somehting a little more revolutionary is in production. For example, the tilt-sensor-as-input-device snippets here and there point to something a lot more fun than a re-skinned powerbook.

Om Malik

fazal… that really hurt. oh well, i guess all of you have convinced me… wait and be patient about this whole thing. i wonder if everyone is taking that approach.

Fazal majid

Only you know if your two G4 PowerBooks are not fast enough, but just like the first 3 revs of OS X were slower than OS 9, it will take some time for apps to go universal and really reap the benefits.

Also, the current machines are hobbled to 32-bit mode only, even though the processors are 64-bit capable. That sounds backwards for professional use,. When the next version of Photoshop hits the shelves, you will have the delicate choice of either 64 bits or Intel compatibility.

I think I am going to ride the next year or two. Then again, I am sitting pretty on a G5 desktop, not a notebook.

Michael Buckbee

I’d recommend waiting until the revision “B” of the MacBook.

There have been significant issues with past Apple laptop lines.

To pick up a new laptop, on a new platform from Apple at this point is more an act of faith than an act of reason.

Good Luck.

Pat Collins

I’ve been battling with the same question. You have to ask yourself what you’re going to use it for. Personally, I would use it for graphics dev and generally running a million programs at once. I don’t see you using it for things like that.


Where’s the option for “wait 6 months because it smells like stop-gap and Apple clearly has something with some fun new functionality cooking”? All that chat about tablet related patents would stop me opening my wallet right now.


Knowing who you are, it is probably a difficult choice.

Here is what I think:

a)Dont buy one now. Why? Because you complain about Mac OS being a niche market and Mac OS + Intel is a much smaller niche market.
I am not saying that nobody will buy them but it will take some time before developers release software for the machine that gives you any speed advantage.
Right now, everything you may use except maybe for iLife or iWork will run slower or at nearly the same speed that on a Power PC Mac.

b) buy one if you really want FrontRow but don’t forget what you are giving up to get it

Reg Muffet

Silly poll choices. “Waste your money?”

I’d have:

o Absolutely, a new laptop is always handy and it’s a fast new Mac godammit!

o Probably, If you need a new notebook, are happy with a 15″ screen and the apps you use have Universal Binaries or good performance under Rosetta.

o Maybe, if you don’t need the ports the older models have (FireWire 800, PCMCIA) and are prepared to put up with some transition pain.

o Unlikely, there will be more choice in a few months with 12″ and 17″ models available (and possibly an ultra-small form facto) and more peripherals for the new expansion slot.

o Definitely not, a Revision A product is always fraught with problems, let someone else be the guinea pig.

And out of these choices, I’d go for the middle or second to last choice.

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