The power connector broke on my old laptop and with several trips coming up I really needed to get some new iron. So the question is which one. I originally looked at a nice Sony Vaio and then I saw one of those nice Dell XPS m1330 machines. They have a very sweet LED screen and a nice form factor but I really wanted a larger screen. The problem is that the m1530 doesn't yet ship with Penryn processors or a LED screen. The other option was the MacBook Pro. Yes, I know...
So, after a lot of consideration, I chose to go with the Mac. Pretty easy decision actually. The Dell configures up with 3 year warranty at $1800 and the Mac at $2200. Now if you consider the upgrade costs for when the 1530 will support Penryn processors and an LED screen (the 1330 costs $200 more with these options), that puts the Dell at about $2000. The difference of $200 is a small amount when you consider that the Mac is the only laptop that can run all 3 major systems today. Yep, pretty easy decision.
So, the new Mac arrived today and I'm writing this blog entry on it. I plan to write for the next 30 days on my experiences on the machine. I'v always worked on Windows machines so it's a brave new world for me. I'll be testing out Parallels and VMWare fusion for my development work and playing with such gems as iMovie and iDVD around the house.
I had several good impressions during the first hour or so of us. Initial startup had a nice touch where it let me use the web cam to take a personal picture for the login screen. Anyway, I have lots more to talk about but I'll save it for the next entry.