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PostSubject: Thoughts on the new MBPs?   Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:36 am

Even the base MBP is now looking pretty nice. An i5 and 4GB RAM for £840 / $1350 isn't too bad, especially given the build quality of Apple's laptops. I'm not a Macfag, and I'll still be taking my PC with Windows and Ubuntu installed on it to university. The MBP would be more for portability, and I would be able to develop iOS applications for some extra money.

What do you think about them?
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PostSubject: Re: Thoughts on the new MBPs?   Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:59 pm

They're benching about double what the previous MBPs were, and Thunderbolt is hopefully going to open up a lot of opportunities for peripherals (though I was hoping for more than 10W output). I'd consider them a pretty good buy.
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PostSubject: Re: Thoughts on the new MBPs?   Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:39 am

It seems that they're finally matching up to PCs with price/performance. I would have previously been willing to fork out for a MBP, but I would feel bad. Now I won't even feel bad at all, especially with the ~13% education discount, they're really good value.

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PostSubject: Re: Thoughts on the new MBPs?   Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:51 am

so i had heard about light peak being used in other ways besides peripherals. you think this will create external/universal graphic cards?
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PostSubject: Re: Thoughts on the new MBPs?   Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:49 pm

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so i had heard about light peak being used in other ways besides peripherals. you think this will create external/universal graphic cards?

Possibly. There's speak of it reaching up to 100Gbps but I'm not too sure of the technicalities of data transfer with a graphics card. I wouldn't imagine that it's the same as using an external device.

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PostSubject: Re: Thoughts on the new MBPs?   Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:45 pm

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so i had heard about light peak being used in other ways besides peripherals. you think this will create external/universal graphic cards?

Possibly. There's speak of it reaching up to 100Gbps but I'm not too sure of the technicalities of data transfer with a graphics card. I wouldn't imagine that it's the same as using an external device.

I had heard this technology could potentially replace Pcie as well as usb in some cases. I think it just depends on the bus speed. right now i hear it can get 10gb/s but its still new so i wouldnt doubt it would get as high as 100gb/s. at those speeds if it can actually get that high i wouldnt doubt it would replace most bus types.
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