I have been trying to resist writing this. I have been a big Apple Mac supporter for years.
But I am really beginning to hate my new one.
They changed the mains plug, and they put a new chip in, which is supposed to be 4 times faster ….. so I went for it …
But I’m beginning to realy HATE my MacBook Pro.
The new mains adaptor is almost twice as big, and twice as heavy as the old one … but still gets twice as hot. That’s not great for the portablility of the system.
But the computer itself is a much bigger disappointment.
The first thing I noticed was that the BATTERIES are now almost twice as big as the previous ones … and corrrespondingly heavier. Carrying a spare battery and a mains charger now breaks your back. Damn.
Then I noticed that all the backgrounds to my folders came up wrong as soon as I changed over to this model …. these are all coded by me, and built up over the last few years. The MacBookPro is incapable of returning the right colours …. and, worse than this …. if you try to redefine the colours, it will give you a different colour next time you open the folder. You cannot get the machine to guarantee you a colour. Utterly Dumb. This fault has wasted hours of my time …. I went through a whole system of trying to replace the folder backgrounds I use most often with JPEGS of uniform colour. But the computer then wastes loads of your precious time showing you the coloured beach ball of death while it tries to open these JPEGS before it can open your folder. Rubbish!
My old model (G4) was intelligent enough to deal decently with the battery running down. It gave me a warning … then, when the power was low enough it closed itslef down to a sleeping position and when the charger was inserted it sprang back to life. The new one is completely unhelpful. Usually I get no warning of the low battery (and because the new mains plug pulls out easily it often happens that the thing runs down before you realise) – it just suddenly DIES. Then – no matter how quick I am …. the whole thing needs to be restarted …. it has forgotten everything I was working on …. and wastes loads of my time while I watch it reload and try to find my saved work. No brain … no stability …. totally unhelpful and unforgiving.
The faster chip at present really gives NO discernible increase in processing speed …even in copying large numbers of files, or processing the large images I am used to …. not impressive.
And the WORST THING? the HEAT !! The AWFUL HEAT ….
The damn heat … As I type this the left hand part of the computer is burning my hand. It’s like trying to sit over an electric bar fire. It’s utter misery. I run the thing on a special well-ventilated stand, with a pharmaceutical cold pack underneath. It STILL burns my thighs … and makes me break out in a sweat after about 20 minutes. This really sucks. I no longer get any pleasure from working on my images in Photoshop. The heat is unbearable. And yes, I DO have all the energy-saving options turned on. It does not help. This machine is really driving me out into the world looking for something better. So what are your PC’s like to operate, guys ? Looks like you may have a convert soon.
I just want someone from Apple to come over and make the thing do what it is supposed to do without boiling my body.
Does anybody care ?