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Title: Gift
Camera: Panasonic DMC-LX3
Capture date: 25/12/08
Image file type: RAW (16 bit)
Lens: 24-60mm Leica f2.0-8.0
Aperture: f/2.0
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 1/25s
Shooting mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure comp.: –
ISO: 200
White balance: Auto
Flash: No
Cropped?: No
RAW converter: ACR

Gift

Happy Christmas everyone and I hope you have a great New Year?

I find it strange that during my time off from work I seem to have had even less opportunity to do anything, like update this site, than during my working time. Oh well!

It has been a good week (in more ways than one) since I posted anything on imagi and to be honest I haven't got much new to show other than a few snapshots taken over Christmas. Speaking of which, here is a shot of the missus (or soon to be) enjoying opening her presents on Christmas day morning. We didn't get each other that much, unlike previous years, as it looked like we would be needing a new laptop and, after getting a really sweet deal with Apple, we did just that.

I had read some reviews on the new model Macbook Pros before we went to get one. There were a few features which concerned me but, after having had one for a few days, I am pleased to report that you can forget all the negative remarks. The new lappies are the best yet with an even better feel 'out-of-the-box' than either of the two previous laptops I have owned (a 17" Powerbook and a 15" Macbook Pro). The one-piece aluminum body feels solid as a brick without weighing as much. The graphics cards do chop and change now automatically, rather than manually, and I honestly can't think of one thing I don't like about it. Its performance is wicked, the gloss screen (and this is where I thought I would turn off from it) is actually pretty damn good. Is it faithful colour representation I hear you cry. Who cares? Images on it look amazing.

The only negative thing I can say is that my Nik thought it looked a bit cheap with the black keys out of the aluminum. This is not something I agree with. After having two previous models with keys and bodies that matched I like the change and it goes great with the black surround of the screen. Battery performance is also way, way better than previous models. Even on high performance I clocked almost four hours use. I know! It actually runs near the length of time advertised. Unheard of.

Ok, I have thought of one or two gripes but I am reaching here. It doesn't have a remote in the box. Nor an adapter for outputting from the new spec mini displayport to DVi, VGA or HDMI (in this age of HD TV). I know Apple will reply that they are just being green but that's just crap. I can hear it now – 'We didn't put one in to minimize the packaging. We left out the adapters so only people who decide they want one actually get one, after parting with another 20 quid. Come on, who do you think you are fooling Jobsy? This is a tad tight when we the consumer have just blown £1700 on your product, don't you think?

Also, there is no sniff of a Blue-ray player, which is expected as Jobs was quoted saying, "You know, Blu-ray is a bag of hurt."

The computer is also expensive (I forgot this as we got that 'sweet deal' that I mentioned earlier) which Apple have always tended to be but their design is what its all about. I could have a £500 plastic DELL machine but would I really be that happy with it? No! Especially when I get both the OS X machine and Windows with Boot-camp. And let me tell you, games on this are sweeeet! Still sometimes you think Apple are taking the p&*s when they flog you a network cable for £20 or and power adapter for £60. I mean, it's a power adapter. It doesn't play music or wirelessly back your data up. Shame on you Apple.

With all that ranting said I would still say that If you are thinking of getting another Apple laptop I can't recommend this enough. I got the 2.4GHz with the upgraded RAM as adding an extra £300 quid for a slightly better graphics card and 70GB more RAM seemed too much, even for devotee like me. The new trackpad is great fun and I am pretty much used to all the gestures already. Even if you have had a MBP in the last two years I would think about getting this beauty. Or a Mac pro. Or both. :)