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A Great Laptop!
on March 29, 2008
I got a 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro 17 inch this week and it's been a pleasure so far. It replaces a 5 year old PowerBook G4 17 inch, which I loved. I bought this one in order to be able to run Windows apps, not just apps for OS X. Boot Camp works splendidly and my copy of Windows XP that runs in that partition is stable and fast.
Configuration was pure pleasure. OS X 10.5.2 came preinstalled. With the included Migration Assistant I was able to move an image of my old PowerBook to the new MacBook Pro via FireWire 800 -- all automatically. It was slick. When the job was done, all of my programs and data were on the computer and everything looked just as it had on the old one.
About the only configuration hangup I had was that I had to find and rerun the driver installation program for my Oki C5300 network color laser printer in order to install the printer on the new box. But once I did, setting up the printer was easy. All in all this was the easiest time I have ever had configurating a new computer -- by a bunch.
Those of you who are current pre-G5 PowerPC Mac owners should not be put off by having to run your old PowerPC apps on a new Mac box with an Intel chip. Apple's Rosetta program, which is built into OS X for the purpose, runs PowerPC apps fast and seamlessly. I am running Microsoft Office X for OS X, which I bought for my old PowerBook and all of its programs thbat I use, Word, Excell, and Entourage, seem to run at least as fast on the new computer as they did on the old one.
I decided to buy the 2.4Ghz model because it was on closeout, plus Amazon offered a $150 check to those who bought one. What's not to like?