I usually hang around the 10.6 server-section, but I had to drop by here to ask/talk about something.
I think most of you have noticed that Apple started using 5400rpm drives on MBPs as a default setting. Do you have any idea why is this?
I have around 40 iMacs at my workplace, they all got 7200rpm drives (cos they are desktops), and I have older MBPs that have 10.5 and 7200rpm drives, and I have MBP models from last two "seasons", some I use myself, others I just administer.
After I got my first Lion MBP few months back, I noticed that the response time and processing speed I was used to was gone, what supprised me, now that I had the i7 model with dual GPUs and 4 gig memory (compared to my "old" one with i5 standard gpu 4 gig ram). I researched a bit and came to conclusion that Lion was a bit slower, at least thats what people said, than Snow Leopard. I compared specs with my old laptop and noticed that both had 5400 drives. I was fine with that when I had Snow Leopard, but now the speed seemed to be a problem.
I did not even think about the drive when I ordered the new book, or the one before. Now I started to think, is there a good reason to put in the 5400 drive by default? And what are the reasons?
I also compared the specs with new and old MBPs back to 10.5 times (around 4 years timespan) and there were not so much "revolutionary" details.
I think the 5400rpm drive is huge problem for MBP, at least with Lion. Don't know what is the problem exactly, but my experience says its the combination of those two. Atleast if you want to work with the thing.
And ofcourse, I can order faster drive separately, but why would I want to do that and pay extra, when they could just design a piece that is powerfull overall (and they mostly are)?
Why wouldn't Apple put SSD drives to all their MBPs by default? If they are performance computers as they claim, then why you even want to use 5400 drive? Since they ended the era of the basic macbook and started targeting all audience with MPB, is this somekind of compromise? And if it is, why?