So here's the issue: I have a laptop, and it's getting old. Very old. Falling apart-old. For instance, every now and then, the thing won't boot normally, because of some harddisk problem. This usually means I have to do some fsck-repairs, reboot and hope for the best. Also, I have less time when running on just the battery than when it was new.
Of course, if it's just this, and I think it is, it can be fixed by just getting a new battery and a new harddisk. But the laptop is over two years old, and who knows what the next failure will be. Also I have never liked the fact that it weighs about 4 kilo's, which is kind of heavy to be just carrying around all the time. So I decided I needed a new laptop. A fresh one, with new technology, a slick design, good features.. And I chose: a MacBook Pro.
There's just one problem. I've been reading several blogs, forums and news sites, and a lot of them report about a whining noise when the MacBook is on, making work on the laptop a lot less comfortabe. Also, it tends to get too hot to put it on your lap.
These complaints, which seem to be very serious, make me doubt whether I want to buy a MacBook or not. A lot of people have the problems, so chances are I will too. And Apple doesn't seem to care about it either, because I can't find a public statement about it anywhere. I don't know if they're busy fixing it, or recognize the problem at all. So, when I buy one, will I be able to use the thing comfortably, of do I have to return it to Apple to get a new one, over and over again, until it's finally fixed?
there are problems with the macbooks because they are brand spanking new. as a long time mac user, this is very widely known that apple releases cutting edge technologies and with that, will come a few bumps (the whining noise). But the noise is fixable by a software update, which apple is very, very good about releasing. they aren't releasing any press releases about it because it's a small issue. It'll be fixed just by updating software. Within 2 weeks of the problem being discovered, there was a program released that fixes the issue until apple does. search google for quietmbp.
That is the only issue right now, there are still kinks to work out, but that's the price you pay for getting technology that won't be released by dell or anyone else for at least 2-3 years. I say this because ive got a 3 yr old laptop from apple that has more integrated features than a state-of-the-art dell, sony or toshiba laptop.
If you're that scared about the whine (even though its technically already fixed), wait until the summer when the rest of the line of laptops are released, they won't do a full line release without 99% of the bugs squashed. That is the safest bet.
I say this after I ordered my very own macbook pro not less than 24 hours ago. I say go for it if you're really in need of a new computer. you won't be sorry.