08-26-2004, 08:21 AM
This is my first post so take it easy on me.
I just took delivery of my new PB17in 1.5 GHz with 2 GB RAM, 128 MB Video, and 5400 RPM HDD. This spec should be the fastest portable mac going ... yes ....... ?
This is my first mac since owning a Mac Plus many many years ago, so I can only compare performance to my current laptop. Its specs are 1.5 GHz Centrino, 64 MB ATI Radeon 9600 Pro, 60 GB 4200 RPM Drive.
Now onto my question, the OSX display feels slower than WinXP, while I understand the MAC has all the eye-candy turned on so this will be adding to the slow down, but is this normal, can I turn off some of the visual effects to make the UI feel quicker?
So far I have tried in sysem prefs, turning on and off the smooth scrolling, changing display from millions to thousands etc etc. Scrolling in Safari, IE or Mozilla is nowhere near as smooth as the Cetrino Laptop, which is running a 1680x1050x32bit display, so it is pushing more pixels around than the mac. Other operations like moving windows around the display also feels "laggy" especially when running in millions of colours.
This is not a troll, I would just like some answers either way.
Other than this issue, living with a mac for 4 days has been very nice, I really like just dropping apps on to the applications folder and using move to trash to uninstall apps. Windows connectivity is also very nice, to my surprise my printer (Samsung SCX4216), DV-Cam and Digital Camera all connect and worked first go (Samsung did need drivers tho).
Looking forward to constructive feedback.