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Old August 25th, 2008, 01:23 PM   #1
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More areas for Apple to play catch-up

We've all been waving our collective arms at Apple asking them to catch-up with the PC market and bring things like Blu-Ray to the Apple platforms. Here's just another example of where Apple needs to play "catch-up" with PC offerings.

NOTE: This is not a thread to start another ridiculous "Mac vs. PC" war, simply to outline that in several areas PC manufacturers are really going after serious creative people with very attractive hardware offerings. If only Apple would create a MacBook Pro with hardware options like this one:

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Old August 25th, 2008, 02:01 PM   #2
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Wow, that's one really cool laptop for editing video.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:12 AM   #3
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The built-in graphics tablet looks interesting, but after my first big laptop I've decided I prefer smaller ones with a 15" screen for portability.

This does show that there are some advantages to the flexibility of the PC platform, but if you like Apple's software that's a moot point (and vice-versa). Other than cost there's nothing to stop you from using both...
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:57 AM   #4
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butt ugly but a lot to love ... should appeal to the mobile desktop crowd
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #5
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... but if you like Apple's software that's a moot point...
Can you imagine how wonderfully FCP/AE/Compressor would run on a MacBookPro configured with 1GB of VRAM, 2 internals separating apps from media etc. etc., not to mention a truly color-correct screen...

Hint, hint, Apple.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 01:28 AM   #6
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I'd just be happy if they went with an eSATA port right next to the firewire 800. Oh and an HDMI output right next to the DVI (now that is wishful thinking). Also the option to get your optical external and use the space to put another HD in there, running RAID0.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 01:00 PM   #7
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I'd just be happy if they went with an eSATA port right next to the firewire 800. Oh and an HDMI output right next to the DVI (now that is wishful thinking). Also the option to get your optical external and use the space to put another HD in there, running RAID0.
Well, you might want to look into this right now for the 2 drives and external burner.

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Old August 28th, 2008, 09:51 PM   #8
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Interesting but...

Yikes - This connects via the ATA bus not an eSATA port. While it looks enticing at first, I doubt giving up your optical drive will increase your speed in RAID 0. Does anyone have one of these working in a RAID 0 configuration?
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Old August 29th, 2008, 12:09 AM   #9
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Most graphics tablet-loving folks I know would balk at one that tiny....
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