May 2, 2006, 3:13 p.m.

MacBook Pro 15.4" Returned

I bought a new MacBook Pro 15.4" from Cool Apple Buddy on Thursday. Needless to say I was extremely excited since a significant upgrade to the ageing G4 processor was long overdue. I actually wanted the 17" since I currently own a PowerBook 17" 1.67GHz model, but none are currently available. Unfortunately this was the biggest mistake I made in a long time...

See, the notebook had random hangups. I would do a network copy, XCode install and then tried to launch Firefox - just to see the UI hang indefinitely. I ran AHT and found two errors - 4MOT/1/40000002:LeftUpperFront as well as 4SNS/1/40000000:'TCOP'. Whatever that means. From what I gathered it means a fan is broken and something else too.

Furthermore - the screen does not tilt back far enough to my liking. It is fine if you mount your notebook on those plastic platforms - but not if you work with it on a desk like I do.

So I decided to return i for a refund. Will see how that goes. But I am NOT impressed. Will wait for the 17" MacBook Pro.