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Now I Really AM a Mac User Again! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Brewer   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010

I had resigned myself to buying a Dell or Lenovo or Asus laptop once the next generation started coming out for 2011, but thanks to the awesome folks at, I'm typing this on my very own 17" MacBook Pro. Of course, the first thing I did was install Windows7 on it. I'm actually amazed at how easy Apple made it to install Windows 7 on their hardware. Using the "Bootcamp Assistant" made the process incredibly painless. And once the OS was installed, I inserted my OSX install disc that came with the laptop and used the Windows Bootcamp program provided by Apple to install all the Windows drivers. Everything works perfectly. In fact, I think Windows 7 actually runs better on this machine than OSX. Even the battery life under Win7 is comparable to OSX. I left OSX on the machine so I can still play with it and run the odd Mac program, but after using both OSes side by side, I really do think Windows 7 runs better on this hardware than SnowLeopard. In fact, at this point, my only real gripe is that Apple STILL hasn't seen fit to put a real "delete" key on their keyboard. They have a key marked "delete" but it's actually just the normal "backspace" key. As most Windows users know, the delete key deletes the character directly in FRONT of the cursor and the backspace deletes the character directly BEHIND the cursor. Not having a real delete key just adds more keystrokes to my life and irritates me. I'll never understand why Apple insists on maintaining these quirks year after year (did they ever even add a 2nd mouse button to their mice?). These are precisely the kinds of things that keep many business users away from the Mac platform entirely. There's no reason whatsoever to have an "eject" button for the optical drive on the keyboard, but not a real delete key. They could have just as easily put the optical drive eject button on the side of the computer next to the optical drive slot, the exact same way they put the little battery charge indicator button on the other side. Anyway, overall I'm still mostly thrilled with the laptop. The battery life isn't quite as good as I'd hoped, but it still beats the pants off any other 17" laptop with this kind of processing power. I'm very interested to see how quickly the battery life starts to decrease as it ages. 

Now time to put this baby to good use!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 November 2010 )
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