New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Macbook Pro Lacks S-Video???


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Mac_Attack

 
Mac_Attack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 19, 2006
Posts: 13
Mac_Attack is on a distinguished road

Mac_Attack is offline
Hey everyone,

This is my first post on these forums....any Mac forum actually, I have always been a linux/windows guy, mostly because I am a gamer at heart and love a nice looking operating system. I always loved Macs for their really nice operating system as well as the great style and quality of their machines.
I the only reason that I never purchased a Mac was b/c I was a gamer and couldn't play most of my games on a Mac. I was also going to school and they didn't use Macs and required software that could only run on windows PC's.

Anyways, now that Apple switched to Intel processors ( IMO the best move they could have made) I can now have all the great features and quality of a mac and still be able to run windows and all that comes with that.

I am in need of a laptop and have been looking at the 15.4" Macbook Pro but there are a few things that bother me and have me waiting to make my purchase. First of all the burner is only 4X, I want at least an 8X dvd burner if I am dishing out this much $$. Secondly I noticed that the Macbook Pro's lost their S-Video port compaired to the older Powerbooks. I am a little confused why apple would remove something like that when it would be a great feature to have, espically with front row.

What I am wondering is if anyone has heard anything about apple releasing a revision of the macbook to include these features. If they do I am whipping out the credit card and buy my Mac.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to contributing to the discussions on the board!
QUOTE Thanks
kaidomac

 
Member Since: Jan 18, 2006
Posts: 1,868
kaidomac is just really nicekaidomac is just really nicekaidomac is just really nicekaidomac is just really nice
Mac Specs: G4 Cube

kaidomac is offline
The MacBook Pros only have a DVI port; however, Apple sells a DVI-to-Video adapter that outputs to both S-video and Composite. I have one for my Intel Mini; costs about $20 and works just fine. My guess is that the design was too crowded to add any more features. The thing that gets me is that there are only 2 USB ports on the MacBook Pro. For $1800+ you should get at least 3 if not 4. So yes, you can run S-video, you just need the adapter.

Regarding the optical drive, Apple had to use the newer 9.5mm slimline drive format in order to meet their design goal of a 1" thickness. The older drives are 12.7mm. Currently, the fastest 9.5mm are only 4x. Major bummer. 8x is almost a requirement if you do DVDs. I'm sure they will come out with 8x models down the road. And Blu-ray. And HD-DVD. We can dream There's a photo of the size difference at the bottom of this page if you're interested in looking:

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/85.1.9.html

By the way, the MacBook Pro is a great gaming machine. I loaded up Half-Life 2 on my brother's MacBook pro with the 128mb x1600 and it ran smoothly at the native resolution of 1440x900. Looks gorgeous! If you can, pick up the 256mb x1600 for future-proofing. Also, I would recommend ordering it with the 7200rpm hard drive. It's a real pain to replace the hard drive. You can buy the ram aftermarket; I'd recommend G.Skill:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231069

Good luck in whatever you decide to get and welcome to the forums!
QUOTE Thanks
Mac_Attack

 
Mac_Attack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 19, 2006
Posts: 13
Mac_Attack is on a distinguished road

Mac_Attack is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by kaidomac
The MacBook Pros only have a DVI port; however, Apple sells a DVI-to-Video adapter that outputs to both S-video and Composite. I have one for my Intel Mini; costs about $20 and works just fine. My guess is that the design was too crowded to add any more features. The thing that gets me is that there are only 2 USB ports on the MacBook Pro. For $1800+ you should get at least 3 if not 4. So yes, you can run S-video, you just need the adapter.

Regarding the optical drive, Apple had to use the newer 9.5mm slimline drive format in order to meet their design goal of a 1" thickness. The older drives are 12.7mm. Currently, the fastest 9.5mm are only 4x. Major bummer. 8x is almost a requirement if you do DVDs. I'm sure they will come out with 8x models down the road. And Blu-ray. And HD-DVD. We can dream There's a photo of the size difference at the bottom of this page if you're interested in looking:

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/85.1.9.html

By the way, the MacBook Pro is a great gaming machine. I loaded up Half-Life 2 on my brother's MacBook pro with the 128mb x1600 and it ran smoothly at the native resolution of 1440x900. Looks gorgeous! If you can, pick up the 256mb x1600 for future-proofing. Also, I would recommend ordering it with the 7200rpm hard drive. It's a real pain to replace the hard drive. You can buy the ram aftermarket; I'd recommend G.Skill:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231069

Good luck in whatever you decide to get and welcome to the forums!
Thanks for the tips, it is great to know that I can at least get the adapter!
After you mentioned replacing the hard drive I remembered that was the other thing that I wanted to do with a 7200 RPM drive. in the end it is almost better to go with the 17" b/c it includes all that stuff standard including the faster DVD drive for about $200 more. I think that I will wait a bit( I have to save the $$ for the new laptop first) then hopefully Apple will release a new revision with the new burner etc...
QUOTE Thanks
macAttack

 
macAttack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 23, 2005
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Posts: 1,509
macAttack is a jewel in the roughmacAttack is a jewel in the roughmacAttack is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: iBook

macAttack is offline
you know i was thinking, s video is a much older technology...it was on my old powerbook G3, i'm not surprised any of the new computers don't have it
QUOTE Thanks
kaidomac

 
Member Since: Jan 18, 2006
Posts: 1,868
kaidomac is just really nicekaidomac is just really nicekaidomac is just really nicekaidomac is just really nice
Mac Specs: G4 Cube

kaidomac is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by macAttack
you know i was thinking, s video is a much older technology...it was on my old powerbook G3, i'm not surprised any of the new computers don't have it
Older technology simply implies a larger proliferation of it. Very few people I know have TV sets or projectors with DVI input; really only the newer HDTVs have that capability. On the other hand, just about everyone I know has a TV set with at least composite input, if not s-video. My 27" TV isn't leaving my possession for a long, looong time

btw, ebay sells some nice audio/video combos for laptops - converts the minijack audio and s-video output to stereo RCA audio and composite output, very easy to connect to a TV set.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Windows user going to Mac - Where to buy? | Runescape on mac? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
19 Days with a Macbook Pro b.hicks Switcher Hangout 23 03-01-2010 12:49 AM
MacBook impressions - trip to store kaidomac Schweb's Lounge 24 10-14-2007 01:45 PM
macbook pro video problems coming out of standby djnightraven Apple Notebooks 0 06-20-2006 11:33 AM
Macbook Pro or no Pro? caitie Apple Notebooks 7 02-26-2006 04:08 PM
PowerMac G5 vs. MacBook Pro - performance? kaidomac Apple Desktops 5 02-15-2006 11:38 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:14 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?