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Originally Posted by caitie
I've decided to purchase the Macbook pro, however, I am skeptical of this because I'm not a professional, just a college student who needs a powerful mac laptop and the powerbooks don't do it for me. Is apple going to release just a regular macbook for general use? Or does the "pro" even matter? Should I wait for them to release another version of the macbook, or go ahead and buy this one because all the ones released after will essentially be the same thing minus the professional look.

Also, as a gamer, mac's switching to intel will cause problems with playing the sims 2, etc. They've said they'll release patches for games so that they'll be intel compatible, but does anyone know when? And if released, will these games even play well on the macbook pro? I'm assuming they will, since it's a beast.

I'm thinking of buying the Macbook Pro, and watching what people say about it as my order prepares for the next month--can you cancel an order if you decide you don't want the computer?


What do you mean when you say the PowerBooks don't do it for you? These laptops are still plenty powerful, but the Core Duo happens to be a brand new technology that was just released a month ago. The G4 still holds up with even the high end Pentium Ms performance-wise for most tasks.

That said, I assume the new MacBook non-Pro will be an iBook with a Core Solo. Of course, another possibility is that they wait until Merom comes out and put that in the new MacBook Pros while leaving Core Duos for the MacBooks. I would say go for the pro if you want a "powerful" mac notebook; it's not like the new MacBooks will be a whole lot more powerful than the current PowerBooks. In addition, the pro will be more suited to gaming, which seems to be something of a priority for you.

I know World of Warcraft is already universal with its 1.9.3 patch. As for the other games, I really don't know. Go to EA's website or ask their customer support about that kind of thing. if the demo Blizzard showed of WoW running on the Intel iMac at Macworld is any indication (and it should since the MacBook Pro has near identical hardware), gaming performance will be amazing on the MacBook Pros. WoW was running at 100 fps and slowed down to somewhere between 40 and 60 fps in Ironforge, the most heavily populated Alliance city in the game. These things will be beasts.

All this taken into account, I think you should put off getting the MacBook Pro until its second revision, when any kinks should be worked out. I believe the policy is you can cancel your order so long as it has not gone past the "Processing order" step or something like that. basically you have to cancel it before they start preparing it for shipment.
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