Slow on the link post, but here's the link:
I think you're right, we could have been clearer, but it's not just Photoshop, there are other non-universal binaries that run slower under Rosetta.
Here's some of the test test results from the CNET labs
"CNET Labs compared performance of the MacBook to older Apple laptops running the PowerPC processor, as well as to the 2GHz Core Duo-based MacBook Pro. Unsurprisingly, the MacBook's integrated graphics were insufficient for gaming--it trailed far behind the MacBook Pro's discrete ATI graphics on our games test--yet the MacBook sped ahead of the MacBook Pro on our iTunes MP3-encoding test."
So not always slow but does have some issues. We weren't trying to give a blanket indictment of the MacBook by any means. Thanks for the creativemac test results. Very cool.
Other than being bugged by the slow Mac comment did you think the rest of the conversation helpful?
You guys need to assume that listeners are ignorant and don't know the full technical story behind your statements.
I understand Photoshop is not a universal app yet and therefore runs slow on any Intel Mac right now... But to simply say that "oh the macbooks are slow" is not accurate at all. Anyone not educated on the details is just going to think that the new products are bad, which is the opposite of the truth ( I know, I own one). If you are going to base your decision on Photoshop performance, you should mention to people that if you need it today to run PS as your primary machine, yeah, it's gonna be slow, but as soon as a Universal version is released it is gonna be fast.
...and consider if you already run Windows (and plan on running it in bootcamp) and already own PS for windows it shouldn't be any different than working on a PC laptop.
check out these tests for Final Cut Pro: http://www.creativemac.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=43717 (link from TUAW) ....long story short, beat out a Dual2.0 G5