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New Mac NoteBooks
I've been using a Mac G5 desktop and a G4 Aluminum PowerBook for the past 5 years. Each unit cost around $2500. Ouch. Each unit has broken down once. The G5 had a processor replaced. The PowerBook's logic board started acting up and then bit the dust.
The repair experience was excellent. I'd rather they not break, but stuff happens.
The G5 is still holding its own in Logic with two 2Ghz processors. The thing is still ferocious even as it gets a bit long in the tooth. The PowerBook can run Logic and MainStage enough to get through a live set, but anything else will kill it, so I'm considering a newer model.
I made a trip to the apple store today and loaded up a benchmark file that runs 100 tracks EXS24 with a ringmod, reverb and some other effects on it. You can unmute the tracks until logic chokes.
Here are the results:
- My G5 - 12
- PowerMac Dual Proc 8 core - 70
- My PowerBook G5 - 3
- MacBook Pro Late 2008 Unibody - 22
Wow! The new PowerMac is amazing. So is the price tag - starting at $2700.
The new MacBook Pro is nice, but I can't say I like the trackpad or the glossy screen.
I WAS considering a MacBook but alas, it doesn't have a firewire port. The nerve of those jerks. And really, how excited can we get about the 'unibody' construction. Give me a break Apple.
The glossy screen is crap. I don't want to 'get used to it'. Really, this Apple mentality of serving you up 1 choice and that's all you get is getting a little old.
I'm strongly considering an older MacBook Pro from the refurb site, which has plenty of horsepower to run Max/MSP, Logic and output some video. $1000 less than the new model. Yes, that's a plan.
|Apple headphones = crap + ouch!||
I dropped my iPhone on the cement the other day when coming home from work late at night - I must have been delirious. The music started skipping shortly thereafter. I decided to give it a reboot to see if it would fix it. The phone decided to not come back on. I immediately booked an appointment at the Apple store. I went in later that day. They pushed the power button and my old phone came on. They were puzzled - "What's wrong with it?". I walked away, relieved.
|I'm a mac||
Around 2003 I bought my first mac, a G5 dual 2GHZ
One year later a processor burnt out on it.
Soon after I bought a g4 laptop.
Three years later the logic board burnt out on it.
My first IPhone died 4 months after buying it.
3 pairs of IPhone headphones all gradually lost sound in one earbud.
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