This is the first post from the new machine. So far so good. It is snappier for sure. Right now the configuration is very similar to the MacBook Pro it is replacing, Same 2GB of RAM and 7200RPM drives although the old Core Duo 1.83 has a 100GB drive while the new machine, a 2.2GHz version, has a 160GB drive. Very soon though the new machine will have a full 4GB of RAM.
Why a new machine? After all the old one is only 18 months old. Well here are some reasons:
1. I run a lot of apps at once and some, like Aperture, Photoshop and Parallels can chew up the RAM. Whlle the old machine was maxed at 2GBRAM, the new one will have 4GB of RAM. I am expecting that to help quite a bit when I am running a lot of apps.
2. The old 100GB drive only ad about 8GB of free space and that was often eaten up by Photoshop or with temporary exports from Aperture. Sure, I could have replaced the drive but that would not have solved the RAM issue. Also, I want to install a BootCamp partition to run a flight simulator called RealFlight 3.5 that will not run under Parallels. (The only app I tried so far that doesn’t!)
3. Core Duo2 vs. Core Duo. at least 10% more speed for equivalent clock speed plus the new machine is 2.2 instead of 1.83.
4. The original MacBook Pro was a first-generation machine. I reckon a few generations newer has worked about a few more bugs although I have to say that the old MacBook Pro was SUPER reliable, just getting a little long in the tooth.
5. I love the smell of a new computer in the morning. That fresh, electronic smell. There is nothing else like it in the world. It smells like, productivity!