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I recently bought an iBook to take away with me to university in September, wanting something different from a normal windows system. I briefly considered getting Linux, but then looked at the iBook and decided to give it a try. People tried to convince me it was a bad idea initially, saying that I'd have to get used to a new OS and there wasn't much software for it. Blah Blah Blah :) Well, it took about a few days to get used to the new OS. I haven't had a problem with it. The only reason it feels odd at first is that I'm so used to Win 98. A total computer newbie would find learning to use Mac OSx much easier than Windows. The software that comes with it is excellent and feels very well thought out, unlike the utilities that come with windows, which can feel like something of an afterthought. There are a few little weirndnesses, but I'm sure that they result from my inexperience with the software and aren't the fault of the system. There are some slight niggles with it though - you'll miss the windows taskbar at times when talking to 3 people on AIM or browsing multiple windows. It can also feel a little restrictive at times, but the flip side of that is that it's harder to mess things up without realising it. The single mouse button is a little annoying until you realise that if you plug in a 2 buttoned mouse, you can right click to your heart's content, just like in Windows. What else? It all feels very well made, like it will last a long time. It's well specced, with 2 USB ports, Firewire, an Ethernet card and a modem as standard. The visual quality of the monitor is nothing short of phenomenal with an extremely clear, sharp picture. The compatibility problems aren't really that bad, because there is excellent software out for the mac and I haven't yet wanted to do something that I couldn't. If all you want is a games machine, this wouldn't be the one to go
for though. It will play games, there just aren't nearly enough around for it, and it is a little low on power. You'd be better off with a G4 or G5 desktop if you wanted to play games on an apple computer. I very highly recommend the iBook. I went for the 14.1" version but the 12" version was just as impressive. Only a little smaller. It's a fantastic system for those who are looking for something a little different and for those who are new to computers. Give it a try. UPDATE: I believe this review may be for the wrong "class' of iBook. Mine is the one currently on sale on www.apple.com. It's the 800Mhz, 256Mb, 14", DVD CD-RW version. The other reviews here seem to be for the older iBooks. LONG TERM UPDATE: Ok, well I've had the iBook since late February now, so I have a good idea of what it's like owning one in the long term. I have to say that I haven't looked back once, or once regretted buying it. It's crashed once on me, in about 7 months. It doesn't get much better than that, and I don't know a single person who has a windows machine that matches my iBook's record. I have friends with windows XP laptops that are, to be honest, a mess. One of them can only run about half the games he buys. Another of them has a problem with Windows media player which means it takes about 15 seconds to load an MP3. They ALL crash regularly. Looking at the software that comes with their machines, I'm happy I bought the apple. I love the way it all feels totally integrated, the way programs all just work together without problems and on the very rare occasion that a program has an error and needs to close, it doesn't affect the rest of the system. I've also tried out networking the machine, and it's extremely easy to connect to a windows system. I used it to play Quake 3, if you're interested. The ONLY problem with it
is a slight lack of power. I put in another 256Mb RAM for it, which has given it a useful boost, but it's not a blazing fast system. It's more than adequate for what I want to use it for though, and still much faster than any 800Mhz windows system. My best piece of advice to a new owner would be to learn all the keyboard shortcuts. They make life much easier and come in really handy. The problem I had in the past with multiple windows is no longer a concern. But I still rate it 5 stars and I'd give it 6 if I could.
After being a PC convert, I decided to try something new- and who could resist the new Apple iBook? I intended to use it initially for its tote-ability: it was lightweight (i believe it weighs in at about 4 lbs) and I could take it with me to do some writing. But let's face it- who could resist its outer beauty. Sleek and sexy, the new cream coloured amalgamation is very zen. It's the quietest computer I have ever had and it has a wonderful feeling keyboard (if that makes sense...)- it feels good to punch the keys! After having it for about a week, I realise that the iBook is capable of so much more than just good writing. It is also an excellent multi-media player. The one that I bought came equipped with CD-RW and a programme called iTunes so I can burn my own CD's and compile my own music library. Furthermore, the iMovies programme enables me to download footage from my digital camcorder and compress them into small Quicktime files- perfect for emailing around to friends and family or burning onto CD. There is impressive surround sound which beats all of the PC laptops I have used. And for those who like to play games- it comes equipped with three very visual 3D style games. My favourite is a bug game called Bugdom, where you play a rolypoly that is trying to free all of the ladybirds. Very sweet. All in all, if you are in the search for something different, you would not do too badly getting an iBook. Prices start at around £1200 and go up depending on whether it comes with CD-RW, DVD-Rom, or both.
Before I start I'll give you some background. I have used PC's all my life and spent 2 years administering an NT network, so there is a tiny wee bit of PC bias in here - but I'll try and keep it under control! I work for a web design co. as an account manager, and thus I need a Mac laptop. I have been living with it now for 4 months so here's the report so far. The plus points are numerous. It is fairly quick and not too noisy and dead easy to cart about (it has a really nifty handle on the back) The battery lasts about 4 hours and it has an inbuilt USB port , network card and modem (later models have a firewire port)...... .....and yes, yes I admit it - it does look gorgeous! I get a fair amount of slagging for it looking like a handbag - but I'd much rather have that on my desk than a big beige box. Helpful tip for novices! Don't use it in a crowded airport terminal, as you'll be mobbed! And the downsides?? Well there are a few minor ones such as the casing getting manky easily, the gorgeous Apple logo looking scruffy after a few months and the USB being on the "wrong" side for a right handed mouse-r like myself. However the really big deal is the screen. It is pretty small (compared to a PowerBook) and the resolution only goes up to 800x600. This means when viewing web site (which is mostly 800x600) you end up having to scroll left and right! This can get annoying, as can the lack of memory noted by others. However I always find the best way to do this is to increase the individual program's allocation. So the crunch question. Would I spend my own money on it?? Well if it was me I'd have a desktop and a PDA but if I really needed a laptop - this wee beauty would definitely be in with a should - it's not that pricey when you think of is as art !
A couple of weeks ago 2 flatmates got both an iBook for their studies. So far they are very happy with it, no problems at all. Setup was very easy. The iBook was up and running, connected on the Internet within half an hour or less. (while it took a couple of days to do the same for a PC laptop b/c of network configuration problems). The iBook comes with an internal modem as well as an ethernet card, which is extremely useful to connect to company or university network. It's just plugged in, no setup was necessary! amazing. Screen quality is good, as well as sound quality of the internal speaker. Small drawback: no internal floppy drive. But Apple offers diskspace (20MB or so) on their server by using the iTools feature over the Internet. And external floppy drives connect to the USB port without any additional software needed!
The iBook is beautifully designed and insanely easy to use, but it's not for power users - there's not a lot of add-on hardware (at the time of writing, you can't add a DVD drive; ISDN connections are extremely expensive and so on). At 12" the screen's a bit titchy too. It's a great machine and a good companion to a desktop mac but, if you need a single machine for home and mobile use, a powerbook or PC notebook would be a better bet.
The iBook is my first ever experience of using a Mac, and boy am I impressed. There’s an old rumour that Macs were designed for women, and this seems to be true for the iBook in more ways than just the design. The OS is intuitive and I haven’t had any problems that I couldn’t solve within a couple of minutes. My PC using husband, who is in tech support, finds it much more complicated than I do. I love this thing! The one frustration I have encountered is the lack of memory. I’ve had to buy more ram and the continuous switching on and off of the virtual memory is a tad frustrating. (btw I think Apple have added extra memory to the new model). Another small complaint is the lack of software for Mac users, especially games, although I have a feeling it’s a peculiarity of British retailers. It’s cheap and easy to use, my friend’s are really jealous and it looks gorgeous. If you are going to have a computer in your home, why have a nasty beige monster when you can have this stylish piece of kit?
The apple Ibook is admittedly a very revolutionary design but so far I am unhappy with it. Yes it is an apple which does make it a shade above the rest of the PC flock but you can't make a laptop for 1000 it isn't possible. They aren't making a loss this year apple were massively in profit so they must be skimping. This is evident when you use the Ibook good as it is it ain't perfect in fact it on some scores is really pretty poor the graphics are cramped onto a small screen and the resolutions are limited it does have some good points it is very well designed and thought out as a machine and the sound is great due to the BOSE designed speakers, it looks nice which is always a bonus however its performance isn't great far from a games machine and fairly below par for apple. I would prefer to spend my money on a good second hand machine if possible as they are just as powerful and a lot cheaper now. Try one they are great but they are hard to live with think about it spend more money on a snazzy black G3 laptop or risk a second hand model not the latest but still helluva good.
After the huge success of Apple's all-in-one iMac, it was only a matter of time before the company took the multicolored plunge into the world of mobile computing. Enter the iBook, a notebook computer that Apple is marketing as a "consumer portable" but that actually has more than enough power and flexibility for most general business applications. Design Innovations Like its iMac cousin, the blueberry iBook is a visual treat. Translucent plastics, rounded edges, and neat ergonomic touches make the system a standout among notebooks. A very cool, soft, pulsing light on the iBook's hinge lets you know that it's asleep, while a continuously glowing LED surrounds the power port and indicates that the unit is correctly plugged in. The iBook sports USB, a headphone, a 56k V.90 modem, and Ethernet ports that don't have any covers, but they are recessed a bit more than usual into the side of the case, offering ample protection yet easy access. Carrying on the iMac tradition, the iBook doesn't have a floppy drive, but it does have a built-in 24X CD drive. The iBook automatically goes into sleep mode when you close the case and springs to life again when you open it--no hunting around for a tiny sleep/suspend key. You also won't need to fumble with lid latches, as the system doesn't have one, but it stays closed when you want it to. The keyboard response is a little on the soft side, but the letter and number keys are fairly generously sized. The function and arrow keys are merely half-sized. Ready to Roll One of the smarter features on the iBook is the spring-loaded carrying handle that lets you tote the 6.6-pound, slightly wide (13.5 inches) notebook around like a small briefcase. Actually, this is not the only laptop that sports a handle, but the iBook's is comfortable and practical, perfect for carrying the unit on short trips around the office or to the car. The power cord also winds around a smar
t, little AC power adapter, so you don't have to deal with tangles. Detach the cord, and Apple estimates that the iBook provides a long six hours of battery life with intermittent usage. Another nice touch is the smooth trackpad, which lies flush with the rest of the case, and the huge mouse button. Most notebooks have mouse buttons that are too small for their own good, but the iBook's button is a gigantic and comfortable 3.5 inches across. Unfortunately, the 3.2GB hard drive is on the loud side and makes a distinct whine when it spins up. With only 2.3GB of free space, it might come up a bit short for business users or graphics pros who log a lot of big files. The iBook's 300-MHz PowerPC processor is boosted by 512K of backside cache and communicates with the rest of the system via a 66-MHz bus. Compared to previous PowerBooks, these specs made for slightly below-average performance on our applications tests. Still, the processor provides plenty of power for basic applications. The standard 32MB of RAM might be cutting it close for users wishing for more speed, but the single RAM expansion slot supports up to a 128MB SODIMM. Unfortunately, Apple's online store doesn't offer alternate RAM or hard drive configurations, so users will have to rely on third-party solutions for expansion. Screen, Software, and Connectivity Smarts The system's 12.1-inch, active-matrix screen is bright and easy on the eyes. The iBook's 4MB ATI Rage Mobility chip can crank out a maximum 800-by-600-pixel resolution, which will limit the iBook's appeal to graphic artists, even though it supports 24-bit color depth. But this is more than enough color for Web browsing and other general applications. The iBook that we received didn't come with Apple's hot, new wireless network connection, the AirPort, which is available for an extra $99. But the instructions for installing it were included in the manual, and
a helpful diagram was even printed under the keyboard. The keyboard lifts out very easily via two small, retractable tabs that give users easy access to what looks like a very simple upgrade. The iBook comes with a solid software bundle that should get the average college student or home user off to a good start. AppleWorks 5.03, Apple's integrated software package, is the main application, and it includes word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, and painting programs. PalmPilot users will be glad to find Palm Desktop loaded on the hard drive, as well. And Web surfers will appreciate that Apple has preinstalled both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Communicator. If you're a business user who gives plenty of presentations or a professional graphic artist, you're better off going with one of Apple's higher end notebooks. But there's no doubt that the iBook is another well-integrated, eye-catching piece of hardware from Apple. And at only $1,599, it's a pretty good buy, considering the styling and processor power. It should do everything that students and SOHO users require, while standing out from the crowd in form and in function.
The Apple Mac ibook is my first ever portable laptop but miniture! The range of these is extensive with a range of different colours and extras that you can add onto. Although you can find note books for cheaper it is worth paying for the quality name and product from Apple. The sound is excellent- which has helped from a new contract with a German speaker manufacturer which is much better than the old speakers. The machine has all the functions you would expect like word writing programs etc. It looks very fashionable and no one will know when you turn it on as it is very quiet. Have alook at one today!