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MacBook Pro, Sony NEX 5, Panasonic GF1 and Nikon D90.

I have been having some performance issues with my MacBook Pro; it kept crashing on me and I ended up losing work multiple times. So I took it to the Genius Bar and they ran a diagnostic on the machine. Nothing was wrong. The technician told me, "I don't think it's fast enough for you."

 

Damn it.

 

After much debate, I decided to sell my old machine (it's sold already) and buy a more powerful one. I bought an Apple refurbished machine and it seems to have no apparent difference from a new one. My old machine is on the left, new one on the right.

These are the specs:

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache
15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory 

 

And how much was it? $1,729. A bargain.


I went with an antiglare display with the higher resolution. I have always preferred the look of the glass display in terms of aesthetics but after seeing the MacBook Air with a similar aluminum bezel, the antiglare MacBook Pro looks magically more appealing. 

 

I am still not completely used to the look of the antiglare display's bezel. It just looks slightly out of place with the black keyboard and hinge. 

 

And ofcourse, my new MacBook Pro has the higher resolution display at 1680 by 1050 vs 1440 by 900 of the old. It's absolutely gorgeous and you can really see the difference in this photo. Notice how much more you can see.

 

You can also see how much smaller the menu bar is, thanks to the extra pixels. The pixels are clearly more visible on the older display on the right.

 

My old laptop on the bottom is showing some natural wear on the Magsafe connector. 

 

I've decided to post some hardware comparison shots with the NEX 5 I review recently. Here it is with my beloved Panasonic GF1.

 

External vs internal flash. The Sony is really really small but faces some of these drawbacks. 

 

Man, that Sony is so compact. As a camera, the GF1 is superior in my opinion though (as I have stated in my review).  

 

Side. The Physical dimensions of the Panasonic's 20mm lens seems to be more compact but if you look at the first photo, its glass is almost twice as large.

 

The lenses. Despite the appearance, the Panasonic 20mm feels much more durable than the Sony's 16mm. It feels almost twice as heavy and super dense. 

 

Of course, the Sony has an impressively large sensor. The GF1 looks pretty hot without the lens though. Looks very retro.

 

With my old D90 (now my father's). This comparison really shows the size advantage of mirrorless systems. The photos above that include the GF1 were shot with the D90. Notice how this picture, shot with the GF1 is actually better. This is why I feel that people shouldn't disregard mirrorless cameras just because they aren't "pure" DSLRs. 

 

Conclusion: GF1 beats all.