As usually happens, my first thought when reading about Apple’s new laptop range was "hmm… must buy!" And, as often happens, after an hour or two I’m much more ho-hum about them.
Don’t get me wrong: this is a nice set of upgrades, and significantly strengthen the consumer and professional lines. You can’t, right now, look at the specs of a MacBook Pro and buy pretty-much the same hardware from another vendor for several hundred pounds less, which was true yesterday.
But there’s nothing here that really makes me think that I have to upgrade my first-generation MacBook Pro. Maybe next year. Maybe when Snow Leopard comes out. But not right now.
There is, though, one more thing: The MacBook Air. The upgrade that it’s been given takes it from underpowered toy to being pretty close to a lightweight desktop replacement. Were it not for the rather puny hard drive – and no option to upgrade it – I’d be very, very tempted to make it my only machine.
But for now I’ll be sticking to my trusty combo of the first-gen MacBook Pro and an Advent 4211 – who needs one machine when a second one is so cheap?