MacBook Pro – first impressions

I picked up a 15" MacBook Pro on Sunday after struggling with this decision for about 8 weeks now. I figured I’d just have to dive right in.

First impression: wow. Just opening the box was a great experience. There was: 1 laptop, 1 DVI to VGA converter, 1 power cord. It took me about 5 minutes to unpack, plug-in, power-up, and get on my home network.

The laptop itself is just awesome. I’m still getting used to the Apple OS, but I also picked up VMWare Fusion, which I’ve been told is better than Parallels. I installed XP as a virtual machine and am now in the process of installing all the other necessary software. Tomorrow I leave on a 15 day trip to Barcelona and my goal is leave my ThinkPad at home and only bring my MacBook.  The MacBook is lighter than my ThinkPad and the screen is bigger, so that’s another plus.

Suffice to say, I’ve got a lot to do in the next 24 hours to ensure this isn’t a disaster as I’m presenting at TechEd Europe!

My concerns with the two-mouse buttons was easily resolved. Turns out you can configure the touch pad to detect a right-click when you clicking using 2 fingers instead of one.