By Sparky | October 16, 2007
I am pleased to announce that I am typing this post up from my shiny new workstation. I’ve decided to pretty much go all mobile again so it was time to trade my Marbles the Macbook in for it’s daddy, a nicely equiped 15″ Macbook Pro. I’ve dubbed my new aluminum friend Lanshark – a name inspired by my beloved pit bull Skype (the one and only real land shark.
When Apple announced their Up-to-Date Program that offers recent purchasers of Apple hardware the Leopard update for $10 – normally priced at $129, or included with any new Mac. I worked a little financial magic, confirmed the sale of Marbles for a reasonable price and dropped down to the Apple Store to pick it up.
A few first thoughts on Lanshark:
- Even though Lanshark has virtually the same processor as Marbles did the extra Video RAM and faster FSB make the computer feel noticeably faster.
- I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love the backlit keyboard. I really missed it when I traded in my G4 Powerbook for the Macbook and I’m 100% glad to have it back.
- The Macbook Pro is one sleek design masterpiece. My Thinkpad T61 at work is roughly the same speed and specs as Lanshark, but both the industrial design and the hardware integration are years behind it’s shiny competitor.
- The design of the packaging has improved a lot – my Powerbook came in a box roughly twice the size of the Macbook Pro, while both notebooks have nearly identical dimensions.
And now back to your regularly scheduled Portal playing action.
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