If you’re wondering why we’re featuring a 15-inch MacBook Pro in the Hot Products blog when they’ve been around for some time now, well, it’s because I’ve switched. That’s right, I’ve splashed out on a shiny new MacBook Pro laptop with a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB RAM, 200GB hard drive, glossy 15-inch widescreen display and a Radeon X1600 video card. Ok so technically it’s my wife’s shiny new MacBook Pro but I still get to play with it all the same.
You may have also noticed we’re currently being beaten over the head with those smug Apple TV ads that make all sorts of outlandish claims about how much better Macs are than PC’s, in light of these childish (albeit frustratingly amusing) ads, I thought I should report on my first few hours as a Mac owner.
Thursday morning, a big brown box arrives from a company called Tech Com Computer in Shanghai. That’s funny, I don’t remember requesting any review product from these guys? Of course it’s actually my MacBook Pro cunningly disguised as a boring delivery of PC components. Anyway, I pull it out, plug it in and boot it up. The next seven or eight minutes are taken up by me having to fill out untold pages of user names, addresses, phone numbers and even some potentially confusing screen asking me to enter a DNS server address.
So far so Windows XP.
When I finally get to the desktop I’m presented with an automatic update screen telling me I have a good 300MB or so of operating system and application updates to download.
? I’m still waiting for this OS to differentiate itself from Microsoft’s efforts but anyway
I tell the thing to go ahead and download and install this list of patches only to be greeted by a dialog box asking for me to enter my user account password before it’ll proceed with the install. It does this for each update.
Hang on? Wasn’t Apple deriding Microsoft in the latest TV commercial for the way Vista’s User Account Controls turn personal computing into a minefield of dialog boxes
(it does by the way)? Hmm.
Now, being a PC user I’ve come to expect this kind of behavior from a brand new machine as it starts for the first time, and to be honest I was expecting to see my MacBook Pro follow much the same routine as it did. It’s just that with all Apples television advertising of late telling us how awful Windows is, well, I guess even I’d started to believe the Jobsian propaganda machine. Of course, as much as old Steve tries to portray his Mac as some kind of Windows trouncing wonder box, whaddya know
turns out a Mac is just another PC.