Joined: 29 Mar 2009
|Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:55 pm Post subject:
|I have the baby brother 15" with the antiglare, great machine. I used to own the previous generation 15 with the glossy and it was a beauty for graphics as long as there was no glare. The screen on this is quite nice, but doesn't have quite the same pop and wow but is no slouch...although I plug into an external monitor depending on where I am and what I'm doing. Previously had one of the last models 17" G4's but it actually was too large for my preference.
It does get HOT, the i7 processor when it is working, particularly processing stuff in Aperture 3, Lightroom 3 or very using filters on large files in Photoshop CS5. By hot, I mean it really wants to melt through the earth's crust. Not uncommon for processor temp to peak past 100 °C and always runs hot (50 - 60 °C) when connected to an external monitor, I suppose as the faster vid card kicks in full time, but not really sure of that.
It's certainly zippy out of the box but I installed 8GB RAM and modified it to dual HDs: installed an OWC SSD for booting and running applications and changed the standard HD for a WD 750 GB. Snappy. CS5 uses the SSD as a scratch disk and really feels punchier.
Other than the heat, best laptop I've had.
2.0 GHz i7 Mini 8 GB RAM, OWC Merc Extreme SSD & Samsung Spinpoint
2.6 GHz i7 Mini 16 GB RAM, Samsung 830 & Hitachi
15" 2.3 GHz i7 MBP 16 GB RAM, OWC Extreme Pro 6G SSD & WD Black