I’m loving my new MacBook Pro, but… it’s definitely far from perfect. I have these niggles:
- iTunes will every now and then choke on playing an AAC/MP3 for a second and then resume. I have a widget that constantly monitors by CPU usage, and when this happens, it’s really low (>0.2 load average). Hmm…
- Sometimes, the computer just locks up for a second or three. This is especially common when I use Adium. Each time, and its fairly frequent, I have this sinking fear that I’m suffering from the next problem on my list…
- My PowerBook G4 1.67 GHz seized up once a week or so; this baby does it two or three times a week and requires a hard reboot. When this happens, iTunes keeps playing the current song, the mouse cursor keeps moving, but I can’t do anything else.
- Sometimes, it doesn’t wake up from sleep. Uggggh! This is the cardinal sin. This is the single biggest reason I loved my PowerBook. It always went to sleep right away and always woke up right away. The MacBook, on the other hand, often takes more than a few seconds to doze off, and maybe one out of ten times, it never wakes up (and another 10%-20% of the time it requires a few attempts to wake up properly). Oh, how I miss the days when I didn’t have to worry about making sure everything was saved, etc. before sleeping. This glitch more than anything else makes me feel like I’m a PC user again.
- I travel a bit, and often hot-swap my battery. With the PowerBook, this was a dream. Close lid, swap out battery (without tearing fingernail to shreds), and open lid. In five seconds, I’m all done. The MacBook, on the other hand, swaps memory to disk, so its: close lid, swap out battery (with new cool switch mechanism that doesn’t require strong fingernails or a tool), open laptop, and wait for about a minute for the memory to be swapped back in. And, 20% of the time, wait another two or three minuets for the environment to stabilize.
But, on the whole, I’ve been pretty happy with the sucker.