Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Website stats and Dell Vostro update

I just pulled up my statistics on my website (as I have a tendency to do on occasion) and I found that quite a few people that have looked at my blog in recent history are coming here for problems with the MacBook Pro. I've had people hit my website in the past couple weeks by searching google for: "macbook pro not charging", "why is my macbook pro not charging", "macbook pro issues with trackpad while charging", "macbook pro screen not coming on when opening it", "macbook pro cd dvd rubbing inside" and "stop importing cds on macbook pro".

So, it seems to me like there are other people out there that are having the same problems with their MacBook Pros that I did. It's sad because they're such nice looking computers. It's my feeling that Apple put form way too far above function on the MacBook Pro and at the prices people are paying for them, they should be damn close to perfect. (Which, in my humble opinion, they are not.)

This leads into a a quick update on my Dell Vostro 1500.

It's still big and it's still heavy. Since I usually use it around the house it doesn't bother me too much. However, I found out that it doesn't fit in my awesome Timbuk2 laptop messenger bag that my sister got me for Christmas a few years ago. It's not even close. So, that's a little disappointing.

The matte black finish does show fingerprints pretty easily... but again, this isn't too big of a deal.

As far as functionality, though, I've ran into one glitch with it so far. Just for the hell of it I tried to play a DVD on it over the weekend and I couldn't get the DVD to play. The media player software that it came with kept asking me to switch the region on my DVD player to Region 1 for US/Canada. I attempted to, but it still wouldn't play and it said it was still set to "Free". I didn't really care enough to try to fix it since I was sitting in front of my TV. I just popped the DVD in the DVD player and went on with my day. I'm going to figure it out sometime, though... I just haven't cared enough to yet.

I purchased Need for Speed: Pro Street a few days ago and while the graphics aren't that awesome on the game, the Dell runs it with no problem at full native screen resolution with all settings on high. Even playing with the laptop sitting on my lap it doesn't get uncomfortably hot on my legs like the MacBook Pro did under less load.

I do find the trackpad to be a little "twitchy" sometimes... but not very often. It's more responsive and seems to not have the issue of my MacBook Pro's trackpad where I had to swipe my finger a few times before it picked up that I was touching it.

Overall, though, I've been happy with the Dell so far. I've been much more pleased with it than I thought I would be and especially knowing that I saved $1,300 or so on it compared to the MacBook Pro...

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