The 2010 Apple MacBook Pro does everything in nothing flat

The 2010 Apple MacBook Pro does everything in nothing flat!

Yes, it’s true. It’s pretty darn fast! And on April 13th, the day it was released, I got my 2010 Apple MacBook Pro. I had about 13 days to play with the 2009 Apple MacBook Pro and thought, heck, a new one? I’ll pay a restocking fee and get it. Immediately, a daily task, like pulling in a PhotoBooth photo into my blog, was noticeably faster.

I’m not a techie tech guy but I like technology. So I don’t know the ins and outs of how processors work and stuff, but I can tell you that I noticed it was faster. And, the battery life lasted longer than I did!

There were times I was on my 13” MacBook, and my former 15” MacBook Pro and my time on the laptop would be long enough to exhaust the battery. And after a month and a day with my new MacBook Pro laptop, the battery life has outlasted me!

Here’s Apple’s explanation of how all that works:

Since high-performance graphics kick in only when you need them, the battery in the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro can last up to 8-9 hours on a single charge.

8-9 hours? Wow! I was killing my battery life on my 2008 White MacBook from LAX to Dallas Fortworth Airport. I was always worried of killing my battery on a plane ride – and now – no worries.

Oh, which MacBook did I get?  I bought the 15-inch: 2.53 GHz model. Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 500GB hard drive, SD Card Slot, Intel HD Graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB.

I have recently switched from iPhoto to Aperture 3, and with Intel Core i5 processor, Aperture 3 gives me a better performance kick. I do not notice the extra boost in processing as I multi-task, but the Intel Core i5 on the .253 GHz model improves performance.

I also cashed in on the $100 rebate on a printer and purchased the Canon PIXMA MX870 Office All-in-One (retail $149). And I got my $100 rebate in the mail today – a month after I submitted it. And let me tell you, BlueTooth Printers on a wireless network are awesome. I have two, the MX870 for all my normal printing needs, and tucked away in Jessica’s room is the PIXMA MP560 just for photo printing. Costco ($149.95)

The laptop can get hot and can reach up to 114 degrees so make sure you have an external cooling base which I use 90% of the time I’m on the computer. That’s the only issue I have with the computer. Especially as I sit on my recliner as I type this article.

Other than that, the only other fault I find with the MacBook is the same issue I had with the 13″ White MacBook: the leading edge is uncomfortable and ‘sharp’. As I rest my hands/wrists on the keyboard, the sharp front edge gets a little irritating. But I do most of my typing on an external Apple Wireless Keyboard (see review) and the Apple Magic Mouse (see review) so it doesn’t really get in the way anymore. Other than that, I can’t find too many faults with this awesome machine. 15” is the perfect size and a big change from the 13” I was working on for 10 months. I was actually in the market for a 17” but realized it was way too big for a laptop and for what I do.

Here are some noticeable features that I really like:

Full-size backlit keyboard.
Multi-Touch trackpad that you can setup 3 finger and 4 finger swipes for specific tasks.
FireWire 800
LED-Backlit glossy Display

The tedious part of getting a new computer is setting up all the software and in a day I set up the essentials:

Aperture 3
iWork
Gimp
Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
Final Draft 8
Toast 10 Titanium
FireFox (and a bunch of SEO addons)
Google Chrome
Cyberduck
Microsoft Office 2008

And some new ones:
Nik Software (Filters for Aperture 3)
Xampp

I also purchased a One-to-One subscription for a year. I’ve taken a Mobile Me, and two Aperture 3 classes already. I have been complimented all three times on being a “Power User” and they remark at how well I maneuver around a Mac. From Expose to Spaces, from short cut keys to software knowledge. Cool huh?

Well, that’s it. If you are waiting to buy that new computer, don’t wait another year. This version of the Apple MacBook Pro laptop has outdone itself!

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