Thursday, February 23, 2006

MacBook Reviews

MacBook Pro: First day, first Lab tests "Our best test result right now: the Universal version of Cinema 4D XL, a processor-intensive rendering application, which was 3.3 times faster on the 2GHz MacBook Pro than on the 1.67GHz PowerBook G4. Unreal Tournament 2004 took advantage of both the Intel processor and the MacBook Pro’s seriously upgraded video subsystems to post a frame rate 2.5 times greater than that of the PowerBook G4."

"...I can report the result of our first battery test, in which we played a DVD on a 15-inch PowerBook G4 and a MacBook Pro until their respective batteries died, with Energy Saver preferences turned off. The end result: the MacBook Pro died after two hours and three minutes, and the PowerBook died four minutes later. So at least in our first test, the battery life of the MacBook Pro seems in line with the battery life on the last-generation PowerBook G4."

First Impressions: MacBook Pro "...I can tell you on a full charge I was only able to get close to 3.5 hours of battery life. I did have the brightness set to the highest setting and didn't have all the power saving modules setup to maximize battery life. So I would guess the maximum I would think would be 4 hours."

There are some reports of inconsistent backlighting and hissing.

Update: Ars Technica Review MacBook Pro (actually comparing it against a Dell 9100 running OSX).
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