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Wonderful and stylish ... and it's a computer as well
Apple MacBook MB061B/A
Member Name: AndrewPo
Apple MacBook MB061B/A
Advantages: small, compact, fast, good battery life, stylish, well-made, Mac OSX/Unix
Disadvantages: Mac OSX/Unix?
This Macbook looks great and quite different and is better made than many other machines with similar specifications. In white, which is the standard/cheaper option it looks very different from your average laptop. If you prefer Mac OSX rather than a Windows operating system I would certainly recommend it. I am a fan of unix, which is the underlying operating system for all Macs (i.e. the layer of software below Mac OSX) which is very accessible through a Terminal window, but this is probably irrelevant for most users. If however you prefer Windows (e.g. Vista) it is also possible to run Windows via a program called Bootcamp although of course this would add extra expense unless a copy of Windows is already available, because Apple only supply the one operating system, and this does impact a little on the available disk-space. Personally I think this is an extravagant way of getting a Windows PC , unless you really want that Apple style.
Some free open-source software is also available, such as Gimp, the Linux photo-editing program (similar to Photoshop), because Linux and Unix are in fact virtually identical, but any software specifically for Apple from any source will generally be as expensive as the PC equivalent and probably available some time later, because there are far fewer users of Apples (unless you run Windows on your macbook)
In terms of performance it is a fast machine, with Intel dual-core processors, which can be made ever faster by doubling or quadrupling the RAM (1 GB is standard) although buying extra memory from Apple is expensive so upgrading using non-Apple memory at a later stage could be more cost-effective than buying a higher specification initially. Battery-life is very good at up to 6 hours and the clever magnetic power-cable that detaches if someone trips over it rather than pulling the macbook onto the floor has probably saved me a few quid in repair bills already.
It is however perhaps more expensive than some of its rivals and the screen is quite small for jobs such as photo-editing, but so far I have had no regrets in paying the extra for this wonderful little machine.
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