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Oh you guys. There's far more illegal things than Slysoft AnyDVD :P

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long term update.

i had to disable the built-in bluetooth on the MBP. apparently the apple supplied bluetooth driver kept having issues that was causing occasional BSOD. since i don't use bluetooth with my laptop, so i decided to just uninstall the bluetooth driver and disabled it entirely. so far it's been rock solid, and this thing just flies through all my programs, and smooth like butter.

i think this could be the best pc laptops i've ever had, certainly the best looking :)

i've also installed Crysis 2 on it. it ran the game in 1280X768 res with "high" setting. I LOVE this laptop :D

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Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:07 pm
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I'm looking into one myself. Those are nice


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i got mine refurbished. Mid 2010 version, not the newest 2011 one. i didn't wanna go wayy over budget. the thing with those MBP they can easily get way outta hand expensive.

if you can find a mid 2010 version with a decent dedicated graphic, you're golden.

Apple's online store often has refurbish MBP, but they usually run out VERY quickly. soon as they post it up, they get snagged in two days. i got mine right when a new batch of refurbished came out. cost me $1200 instead of the full $1600 price. very good deal :D

i just wouldn't go any older than mid 2010 edition, the Core 2's are weak, and even the dedicated graphic chip (GT 310M), is also phasing out. the 2010 and 2011's are i5/i7 with stronger dedicated graphics.

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Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:48 pm
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i just ordered a new set of memory from Newegg's shell shocker today. Gskill 2x4GB making it 8GB total :D been eying that set for a while, finally went on sale today, just in time :)

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Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:52 pm
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i forgot to post my review on the battery life.

generally, you can get about 5~6 hours with minimal tasking out of OSX. with Win 7 it's about 3 hours on average, with browsing internet type of work. apparently the internal hybrid graphic (switching between Nvidia 330M and Intel HD graphics) is controlled by apple's driver, not Nvidia. so even by install Forceware driver, there's still no way to switch from dedicated to integrated in windows. so in windows you're only running on the dedicated graphics. this is the reason why the difference of 3 hrs VS 5 hrs. apple has thus far NOT come out with a driver that'll enable this graphic switching for windows, and frankly i believe they probably never will. i think it's one of the few tricks they advertise windows as "energy hungrier" compare to their own shiny OSX, to keep people from using windows as their main OS. this was a major concern before i pull the trigger on the laptop, but the more i looked, i found that the majority of PC laptops average about 1.5~3hrs battery life anyway... the HP envy 14 i wanted to get before was rated at 2.5hr battery life. so it really doesn't matter, since i am not really getting short changed by going with the MBP.

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BAM! wrote:
i forgot to post my review on the battery life.

generally, you can get about 5~6 hours with minimal tasking out of OSX. with Win 7 it's about 3 hours on average, with browsing internet type of work. apparently the internal hybrid graphic (switching between Nvidia 330M and Intel HD graphics) is controlled by apple's driver, not Nvidia. so even by install Forceware driver, there's still no way to switch from dedicated to integrated in windows. so in windows you're only running on the dedicated graphics. this is the reason why the difference of 3 hrs VS 5 hrs. apple has thus far NOT come out with a driver that'll enable this graphic switching for windows, and frankly i believe they probably never will. i think it's one of the few tricks they advertise windows as "energy hungrier" compare to their own shiny OSX, to keep people from using windows as their main OS. this was a major concern before i pull the trigger on the laptop, but the more i looked, i found that the majority of PC laptops average about 1.5~3hrs battery life anyway... the HP envy 14 i wanted to get before was rated at 2.5hr battery life. so it really doesn't matter, since i am not really getting short changed by going with the MBP.


Really huh? That's pretty good compared the usual 3 I get out of my Toshiba laptop. Along with a good lap warming. I'm gonna fool around with one at Frys to get the feel for them. They have several on display.


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My Dell XPS m1330 with 9-cell battery runs like 8h of light usage (Internet, OneNote). And that's "old" hardware too...Core 2 T8100, GMA X3100, 13.3" LED. Modern day Sandy Bridge with 9-cell should be closer to the 12h mark.

15" laptops with only 6-cell batteries are typically around the 3-5h mark though. So it's not overly surprising.

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Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:31 pm
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jdrom wrote:
My Dell XPS m1330 with 9-cell battery runs like 8h of light usage (Internet, OneNote). And that's "old" hardware too...Core 2 T8100, GMA X3100, 13.3" LED. Modern day Sandy Bridge with 9-cell should be closer to the 12h mark.

15" laptops with only 6-cell batteries are typically around the 3-5h mark though. So it's not overly surprising.

8h wow, that's insane. I usually get 4-5 hours. But i use almost full brightness and have multiple office applications open.

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i have to admit, i am starting to dig this OSX.

the fact that it syncs with my work mail/calender/office address book with microsoft exchange just made my week. :D i couldn't get that to work for the longest time in win7 due to the way the internal network is setup with wifi that conflicts with Outlook.

i can actually now work from home when needed without having to use the oversimplified outlook webmail shyt.

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