January 12, 2007

In which I rave about the MacBook screen.

I replaced my year-old Power Book with a new MacBook today, mostly because the screen on the old computer was looking dimmer and dimmer, and I thought it was going to die. Whether it dies or not is another matter, but I'm setting it aside as a spare right now. I knew the MacBook had a much brighter, clearer screen, and since I don't see all that well, especially in bad light, I decided to spring for the new computer. I can't tell you how happy I am with the new screen. On the old computer, I was always enlarging the font size to read. I was using the new one for several hours before I realized I'd stopped doing that. I can read the normal-size print comfortably again. What an improvement!

11 comments:

ASX said...

It's interesting that the year-old MacBook's screen was so bad you had to get a new laptop. One would hope a screen would last longer than that.

Revenant said...

Clever comment.

The complaint about the lack of a simple "you and your text" word processor on Windows is strange, though. Wordpad comes with every Windows PC, for free. Sure, by default it displays a ruler, toolbar, status bar and format bar, but you can easily and intuitively turn all those off in a couple seconds.

That's what I use when I just want to write something without dealing with Word.

Anonymous said...

Did you get the glossy or matte screen? I had no choice when I bought mine. But now that I've seen the glossy I think the matte is best but perhaps for people whose primary task is photo and/or video editing (or viewing). The reflections off the glossy screen seem distracting.

But in any case, I agree that these newer LCD's, and the MacBooks' in particular, are great.

Kirby Olson said...

Price? Where did you get it? What was the seller like?

Revenant said...

Oops, my earlier comment should have been in the word processor post below this one.

gj said...

Yes, but given how much you like your new screen, do you think that Steve Jobs should be removed as CEO of Apple if he's found to be culpable for the options fraud that was perpetrated at the company?

Madison Guy said...

Mac laptops are awesome. Steve Jobs had a chance to take great computing down to the next level this week, but he didn't. He was still pouting over the way people mocked the handwriting recognition of the Newton a decade ago. Someday someone will build a better handheld computer than the Psion Series 5, but it probably won't be Steve Jobs. Cool phone, that iPhone. But I was kind of hoping for a computer. As Jobs told the New York Times, “I don’t want people to think of this as a computer. I think of it as reinventing the phone.” That's the problem.

I'll just have to keep using my Series 5, which ironically I bought the year Jobs killed the Apple Newton, the first great PDA.

Tim Sisk said...

I ordered my Macbook today. I went back and forth over whether to spring more for the Macbook Pro. I hope I made the right decision! But in the end, I used the difference in price to buy a few computer related things that I've been lusting for instead of the computer itself.

Keep us updated with your impressions of the Macbook.

pr9000 (paul) said...

I have a MacBook (work) and MacBook Pro (home). I must say that I enjoy the MacBook more than the MacBook Pro, mainly because I know it's more rugged -- these brushed aluminum cases don't stand up to a beating like the old G3 "Pismo" designs did.

But the MBPro has FireWire 800, which is nice -- much faster than USB 2.0 for transfer speeds -- and a dedicated video card, so I can run a second monitor and mess with my digital photos without the speed lag that the MacBook gives in the same scenario.

nypundit said...

Ann congrats on the new MacBook. I just got mine this week as well as a replacement for the one that was stolen last month.

Someone asked if you got the matte or glossy screen. AFAIK, that option is only available with the MacBook Pro models. All MacBooks come with a glossy screen.

Ricardo said...

I think we need another post about your new MacBook. Did you get the regular, or the pro? The white or the black? 512, 1GB, or 1GB memory? 60, 80, 120, or 200 hard drive? The airline seat adaptor? The 3-year protection package? Any additional upgrades that help blogging? Inquiring minds need to know. Did I miss all this somewhere?