The impressive thing about my new MacBook Pro is not how shiny it is, although it is very, very shiny:

[New MacBook Pro]

In front, my new MacBook Pro; in back, my old TiBook.

The impressive thing is not the nifty camera and microphone placed at the top of the impressively bright screen, although they’re very, very nifty: With all the blog/podcast/whatever support that Apple is building into their hardware and software these days, I’m sure it won’t be long before I hit a random key combination and inadvertently upload a video podcast of myself typing up posts to this boring old text weblog. While naked, of course.

The impressive thing is not how fast the system is, although it’s very, very fast: Things that I didn’t even think of as slow on my old 667, like skimming through posts in NetNewsWire, are considerably zippier on the new machine. GarageBand now seems to run without causing my computer to groan and weep in pain. Even Photoshop is faster, despite being non-Universal and running under some kind of mysterious emulation.

The impressive thing is not how smoothly the migration has been going so far, although it’s been going very, very smoothly: On startup, the machine actually mounted my old TiBook as an enslaved Firewire drive, and proceeded to suck the brains right out of the it, grabbing all my settings along the way. It offered to grab transfer applications as well, but I had so much cruft lying around that it seemed better to reinstall things by hand.

The impressive thing about my new MacBook is the fact that after I got all my favorite apps reinstalled, the windows for all of them popped up in the same positions that they sat in on my old machine, allowing me to get right back to wasting time as if nothing at all had changed. This is in spite of the fact that it’s not only a different machine with fresh installs of all these apps (many of them in new versions, no less), but that the screen on this MacBook is even at a different resolution than the TiBook, meaning that someone, somewhere actually went to the effort of making window geometry work in terms of percentages or distance from edges or something. Nothing makes me happier than seeing that some people actually get around to sweating the small stuff.

OK, the shininess and the fastness are pretty impressive too. Love! (And massive credit card debt.)