New MacBooks and Bento 2

Macworld Podcast episode 134

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In our last, special edition of the Macworld Podcast, we discussed our immediate reaction to Apple’s just-announced laptops. A week later we’ve gotten our hands on several MacBooks and MacBook Pros and have the performance data to prove it. In this episode, executive editor Philip Michaels joins lab director Jim Galbraith to discuss just how these new Apple laptops measure up.

I then engage FileMaker’s vice president of marketing and services Ryan Rosenberg in conversation about Bento 2, the recently released, easy-does-it database application. Ryan details what’s new in Bento 2 as well as explains the product’s lack of an incremental upgrade price.

And in my News & Commentary monologue I offer my two-bits on the lack of FireWire on the new MacBooks and the untimely death of the matte display.

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Show notes

Everyone has opinions about the loss of FireWire and matte screens. Our own Peter Cohen believes that most will learn to carry on without FireWire. And, like me, Rob Griffiths maintains that matte matters.

We’ve benchmarked the living heck out of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. Check out our MacBook benchmarks, our MacBook gaming benchmarks and our MacBook Pro benchmarks. Also take a look at Jason Snell’s first look at the MacBook and MacBook Pro And Roman Loyola takes you on a video tour of the new MacBooks’ trackpad and multi-touch gestures.

We’ve also posted a review of the new MacBook models.

As for Bento 2, you can read William Porter’s review of the latest version of the personal database app.


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