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I have been raised in a family of Windows adoring fools and have always desperately wanted to own an Mac, so when a friend of mine upgraded to a new one and offered me his old model I leapt at the chance. Despite being almost 4 years old now, this MacBooks aesthetics and general design completely blow away all other laptops, due mainly down to its utter simplicity. The hold outer casing is white, with the apple logo emblazoned on the top, lighting up when the laptop is turned on (an amazingly cool feature), and a very well designed keyboard, each key rising individually out of the body of the machine itself. This is a great design as it makes the keys far less prone to being snapped off or even falling off on their own accord.
The outer casing has survived the test of time very well, with just some very minor damage to the front lip of the body, but other than that I am very impressed at how new it continues to look.
This particular model, despite being old, is still has a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo running it, rather than that terrible Power pack system, and will therefore still run the new OSX Lion, which I was very relieved to discover (as I like to keep everything up to date). However, unfortunately it does not support all of the multitouch gestures, with 2 finger scrolling being the only one that works. Also there is no touch click, so in order to select something you have to press on the button bar below the trackpad. This can be a pain sometimes but one you get used to it it is no trouble.
It only comes with 1 GB RAM which means that it is nowhere near as quick as the new model but it is very easy to change this. I replaced my RAM and boosted it up to 4 GB and now it runs very smoothly, much quicker than my old laptop running windows 7.
The only thing that has suffered dramatically over the years is the battery life of this machine. When my friend bought it new he said it was about 6 hours, which for a machine of the time is amazing, and still pretty impressive now. However the years have taken their toll and my poor macbook can barely survive half an hour of use. I have to leave it on constant charge, which kind of limits me as to where I can use it, no casual writing in Starbucks for me.
But there are plenty of plus sides, speed probably being the main one. But with a macbook everything is just so professional, refined and dare I say luxury. You use a PC because your bored or you have to do work, you uses Mac because you have been waiting all day to come home and use the Mac.
In my opinion these are the best machines on the market, even this one trumps most modern laptops. I think the PC advert says it all when it is treated like a crime that a PC is 4 years old and hasn't been replaced. This is 4 years old and isn't even close to needing replacing.
In general Im a pc person, I used to avoid macs like the plague. Now one day I was in the car with the other half and we had seen an offer on the macbook in comet, so decided to take a look as it had £100 off. The machine is very small and sleek looking. I would say though that if it ever went wrong it would be difficult to repair as its very tightly made. The mac now has two options to either use the mac os or run windows via bootcamp. We bought the machine, although the company had already registered the machine so we had a big fight to update the warranty, in fact took x4 months which was poor. The battery life is going on 6 hours, tell me a pc that can last that long? The processor is very fast, the screen so clear and bright. I would honestly now ditch my pc for one as it's so quick and so easy to use, Im a mac virgin!
My Macbook is almost two years old now, and still going strong. I bought my first ibook G4 in around April 2006 which is pretty much the same as the Macbook just smaller, less memory and a lower spec, oh and without the shiny screen!
It is true what they say "Once you go Mac there's no going back."
You feel utter luxury.. seeping through the tips of your fingers as you type. Melodramatic? Maybe :)
At first the little differences between the PC and Mac are very alien and noticeable. But now i can use either at relative ease. Although when i use a PC these days i realise i am not the patient person i once was! How long does Windows need to boot up!? Really!
Everything about Mac is fast and easy, the browser and applications load so speedily, i wouldn't go back to PC for that single reason.
There are of course other wonderful ways about apple Macbook, from the design, the magnetic charger, the layout of the application icons to the fabulous programmes such as iphoto, imovie, icapture, iDVD, amongst others.
Mac will always be more expensive than PC laptops and many people complain about it being a rip off. Unfortunately there will always be a price tag on quality, people pay it, so the reality is they would not gain anything in lowering prices. Besides i think Microsoft would go bust if Apple ever lowered their prices to an equal level.
An added bonus with Macbook would be the fact that not many Viruses are written for them, as i believe they are hard to penetrate and with the vast majority of people using Windows, hackers just don't bother! So no worries about losing important documents, pictures, music collection etc.
On a negative side, Apple like to remain exclusive, which means many applications and features which are available for Windows are not available on Mac, are developed for Mac months or even years later, and sometimes not at all. I think this problem is solved now for the future with new software which was released fairly recently (last year i think) which allows you to use both windows and OSX which you can alternate between. Another downside of Apples obsession with exclusivity is that if there are ever any problems with your computer, you can't just go out and buy the parts, you have to take it to Apple and pay through the nose to get things fixed. (Or spend a fortune on Applecare and get it done for 'free')
As a two year old Macbook, it is aging well. It is white and the shiny outer layer is looking good, however the keypad area is discolouring, as much as would be expected really. Still enjoying it to this day and many more in the future i imagine.
I have had this model for almost a year now and have never had a problem with it. On the outside the MacBook is a stunning piece of machinery. There are many extras on the MacBook than available on normal laptops, for example the intergrated camera is always a source of fun and with different effects. The battery life is good, with a full battery the laptop will last a couple of hours with continuous use. without continuous use the battery will last a lot longer. The only disadvantage is the white colour of the keys which often get dirty from a lot of use, however they are easily cleaned back to their white colour with a damp cloth. I would highly recommend this model of the MacBook for anyone who is looking for an easy-to-use, attractive laptop, that does not have any fancy extras but still works exceedingly well.