Originally Posted by Doomtomb
So it's gonna be thinner? Yawn.
The prices just suck so much. Everyone at my school has a 13" MacBook Pro but the 1280x800 screen is a joke. There's no way that could ever be my primary machine.
Prices are high, but customer support makes up a chunk of the price. There's no other laptop manufacturer that you can walk right into their store (not a Geek Squad-type service, those are a joke) and have them look at it. I just recently got my MagSafe charger replaced cause the cable was separating from the brick, free of charge and within 15 minutes of going into the store, and my laptop is 3 years old and out of warranty. Brand new one, right out of the box, not a refurb or used. Depending on the company, to do an RMA you have to call someone, who may or may not speak English very well, or fill out a form online, have them either send you a box (may or may not have to pay for it) to ship it in, wait several weeks after you ship it and get it back, with or without the data that was on it when you sent it in. Tried doing it with one of our Acer laptops which went dead on us, requested an RMA, suppose to send us a box or a shipping label, never was followed up on by Acer and just ended up deciding to replace it.
Yes, try editing pictures or video with that kind of screen, going from a Cinema Display to something 1/2 the resolution is terrible. Web browsing and watching movies is nice on it as it's the perfect carrying size for a laptop, but too small to do anything productive on it. One of the reasons why I'm upgrading to a 15" MBP with a 1680x1050 screen as soon as I can. Same thing with all of the laptops that I see that have a 15" screen, but the terrible 1366x768 resolution. That's about the same size as the 1280x800 screen res, but in 16:9.
I've tried every brand of laptop and the trackpads are absolutely terrible coming from my MacBook. The ones that annoy me the most is when they build it into the plastic body of the laptop and add a weird texture to it to show that it's the trackpad. Also some of then try to emulate some of the "multitouch" features that are in OS X for Windows and they're terrible. A glass trackpad is far superior, in my opinion, than any plastic one available, just of the way of how they feel, not too slick, not too sticky, your finger just kind of glides.
Of course if I'm doing precision work, like someone previously said and some of you completely skipped his whole point, a trackpad cannot replace a mouse. I'd take the multitouch gestures over a 10-button mouse any day though, hence why I have a Magic Mouse for when I'm connected to my Cinema Display. I don't need all of those button, even for my Windows desktop, still using my old wireless Logitech laser mouse that came in a bundle, but don't use the keyboard anymore. I've been impressed with this mouse since day 1, hardly any wireless lag and has the perfect tracking speed for me, none of this "high dpi" crap that I see quite a few gamers fall into. I can't stand using any mouse that has a high dpi set cause it just annoys the crap out of me with it being way too sensitive. Just has the 3 main mouse button and a back/forward buttons on the side. Also has 3 zoom buttons, but don't use them.