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Old 01-17-2007, 10:43 PM   #15
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hi mistral blue...

i've got the 15 inch intel mb pro and watch dvds on it occasionally when boondocking or in bed in the a/s...

it is ok but for the money and IF intended as a replacement for the tv i'd look at the imac in 20 or 24 inches....

Apple - iMac

this is a sweet screen, the equal of a sony lcd. and for 1900$ you'd have a computer, tv screen, dvd player and so on...

i've seen the tv interface sold now at the apple store (not the new product yet 2b released) and it works fine. it is the elgato product i think...

but on the 20 or 24 it's so much better!

i've already go the sony wega lcd so the imac will have to wait...but the sony only uses 80watts so using it with a small inverter while boondocking uses very little juice...

take a look at the imac...

of course having the laptop TOO is pretty nice!

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Old 01-17-2007, 11:59 PM   #16
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I use the EyeTV with my Macbook. Only had a few occasions to use it, but it is easy to use. The picture is fine on cable. I have also connected to the wingard TV antenna, but didn't have the greatest reception in that particular spot. I use the Macbook as the complete entertainment center, TV, music, DVD's. The picture isn't very big, but I have a small trailer anyway.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:50 AM   #17
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Any idea on the wattage of a MacBook Pro?
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:26 AM   #18
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According to the tech spec on the apple website. 85 Watts max input.
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My vote is for the EyeTV Hybrid. It will allow you to tune regular over the air and cable standard defination TV, as well as unencrypted HDTV over the air and cable AND it doesn't require any other connections besides a USB connector on your laptop.

I'll be getting one for my Macbook sometime later this year. I really want it for the HDTV.
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:56 AM   #20
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the mb pro uses about 80-85 watts...

but it does double duty as a space heater...

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Scott's right about iTunes. We use it primarily for the music along with Sirius, but we have added movies and some TV for bad weather nights. One warning about the video side of it all - get the absolutely largest hard drive you can, or even an additional external drive. Good quality video takes lots of room and HD is going to swallow more.
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Oh boy...

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Scott's right about iTunes. We use it primarily for the music along with Sirius, but we have added movies and some TV for bad weather nights. One warning about the video side of it all - get the absolutely largest hard drive you can, or even an additional external drive. Good quality video takes lots of room and HD is going to swallow more.
Alright, now you're talkin' beyond my puny comprehension.

Get the absolute largest hard drive you can? Does that mean if I order a MacBook Pro I should now be asking for a particular hard drive too?

An additional external drive? Is my yet to be ordered laptop already obsolete?

Sorry for the ignorance.
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it won't be obsolete...

until you open the box.

yes there is an 'upgrade' option for the hard drive.

i think it adds 200$ and 40gb more capacity.

but with the 2 firewire ports you can add an external hard drive that will be fast enough.

up to 500 gb which is not too much IF you plan 2 store video or tv or dvd movies...

get a least 200gb and don't forget an archive/back up drive...

apple upgraded the processors and ports and dvd drives about a month after my purchase...

i imagine today's models will be upgraded in late april/may.

the macbook (not pro) was just upgraded recently...

it's a moving target, so just buy one and then don't look at the ads or magazines for a while afterwards.

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Thanks 2air. Should I wait until June? (I always thought January was the right time to do something like this.)
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Definitely order your Macbook Pro with the 160Gb hard drive. You can add an external drive later (like the LaCie 120Gb Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive) when you start to need more space. My photographer (wife) just bought one of these because it has the same ports as the Mac lineup and she wants the promised speed of a Firewire 800 connection.
There's really no good or bad time to pick up a Mac. I can't remember seeing any kind of sales for Mac's in quite awhile. Just leave yourself some time to experiment with your setup/use and probably even placement before you want to use it. We discovered the need for a couple of extension cables; tucking things around corners, etc. But we love it; one laptop keeps us connected to the world, can even get some work done (extremely demanding clients only), and is a portable entertainment center. The new radio I installed has auxillary inputs, so we picked up a cable that allows us to hear the laptop throughout the trailer and its built in speakers.
The kids (college) like it because we got a PCcard through our cellular service and they can stay in touch whenever and wherever. (I don't always answer the cell-phone.) And the passenger can actually connect (if there's cell service) on the road and locate places/services between destinations.
The laptop definitely meets our rule of "everything needs to serve at least 2 purposes."
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Definitely order your Macbook Pro with the 160Gb hard drive. You can add an external drive later (like the LaCie 120Gb Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive) when you start to need more space. My photographer (wife) just bought one of these because it has the same ports as the Mac lineup and she wants the promised speed of a Firewire 800 connection.
There's really no good or bad time to pick up a Mac. I can't remember seeing any kind of sales for Mac's in quite awhile. Just leave yourself some time to experiment with your setup/use and probably even placement before you want to use it. We discovered the need for a couple of extension cables; tucking things around corners, etc. But we love it; one laptop keeps us connected to the world, can even get some work done (extremely demanding clients only), and is a portable entertainment center. The new radio I installed has auxillary inputs, so we picked up a cable that allows us to hear the laptop throughout the trailer and its built in speakers.
The kids (college) like it because we got a PCcard through our cellular service and they can stay in touch whenever and wherever. (I don't always answer the cell-phone.) And the passenger can actually connect (if there's cell service) on the road and locate places/services between destinations.
The laptop definitely meets our rule of "everything needs to serve at least 2 purposes."
Excellent info racoco. Thank you.
Q: What kind of PCcard do you recommend and about how much does it cost?
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We use Cingular PCcard(s) but that is really because in our area they are the only good carrier. I don't believe any of the advertising from any of the providers; personal experience has taught us it comes down to coverage area. And Cingular has coverage. We just traded in the old card for the new high speed G3 card. The G3 network is not everywhere yet, but when you're near a major city, it's just like having DSL service. When you're not, the card defaults to the slower EDGE service, but still works as long as you have cell-phone signal. Unlimited data access for the PCcard runs $60/month. A little pricey, but we're mobile no less than once a month. Unlimited because on the pay-by-the-byte plans, you can shoot past $60 without even trying. We've started looking at a dual purpose satellite antenna for the trailer that does DirecTV (or Dish) and internet access for real boondocking. But really, when we go that far away it's usually on purpose, and a TV or internet kind of defeats that purpose, so we haven't done much on it yet. Having iTunes and Sirius is best for us when we want to get away. I'm a Blues/Jazz fan. Combine that with a campfire and you can beat stress. Our other gear is because we're self-employed.
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Forgot to mention -- Sirius was our choice because they have NPR and I can listen to the Saints games no matter where we are.
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