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I love apple products, I now have a fantastic macbook pro, i'm looking to get a macbook air, and prior to that I had a little white macbook.
For what I paid for the macbook, the chunky, slightly ugly, dated white macbook you can now get an ssd based slim, sleek macbook air- and they say mac's now are expensive!
The worst thing about this macbook is the screen, as a professional photographer I have a particular interest in screen quality, and usually i'm working on a big external display, but when I need to edit in the field the screen is terrible- the macbook pro screens from that era are considerably better- 1280x800 is also very low resolution compared to the macbook air's 1440x900, which makes more difference that you'd expect. Interestingly the 13" macbook pro has the same res as the macbook, but with a much better screen.
The build quality of products from this era was generally low, the macbook pro's stood head and shoulders above the crowd who have now caught up, but the build quality of this macbook leaves a little to be desired, frequently the touch pad buttons stop working properly, this is not a problem i've had on macbook pro's.
The keys are great though, and apple now uses those keys on all their laptops. The keys aren't backlit though, although realistically I never use that feature on my pro.
The battery life of this product is ok but nothing on the 5-6 hour per charge that is the norm these days, with a new battery you might get 2-3 hours.
If you want a cheap laptop it will do, but the macbook air's a hell of a machine at a great price
I've owned this laptop for about a month and it is easily the most versatile, reliable and best looking laptop I have ever had. The Macbook's design is beautiful. The case is durable, and the keyboard is a joy to use. The trackpad is really smooth and features Apple's multi-touch meaning a one finger tap is your standard left click and tapping with two fingers is your right click.
The Macbook also sports a built in microphone, webcam, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, a Firewire 400, a Mini DVI port, Magsafe Power adapter, microphone and headphone slots and 802.11n WiFi- currently the fastest option available.
I really like the magnetic latch and the magsafe power adaptor features. It's not necessary to slide any levers or buttons to get the Macbook open, and of course the glowing apple logo on the front of the case is very cool.
The Macbook's operating system is faster, more reliable and easier to use than any version of Windows I've owned. It does take a good hour or so to get used to the new interface coming from Windows but once you do you'll be glad you switched. Everything is streamlined to a point that you can get to wherever you want in one or two clicks.
All your files like Word Documents, Excel and Powerpoint stuff can all be read by both iWork or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. So file compatibility is no issue.
All your stuff like your wireless network, email, printers etc. will work faster and more efficiently when on a Mac, so you need not worry about that.
Another advantage is the amount of free software you get bundled with the Mac. Powerful tools you can use right out of the box like iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband etc.
My Macbook gets around 4-5 hours battery life when working on Word documents with WiFi and Bluetooth turned off. Playing online and using graphic intensive processes like games etc. will cut the life to around 1-3 hours which is still very good for any laptop.
The Macbook is such a fantastic computer I really love it. If you're looking for a very reliable, easy to use, good looking computer the Macbook is a great choice.
I have had this laptop for over 2 years, and I couldnt be more pleased. I had a toshiba laptop before this and after a few months it went very slow. As its a Mac it cannot get any viruses and so is almost as fast as it was when i bought it. I use this mac a few hours every day and it has been a joy. everything is so simple to use. I did have a few problems when i first got the laptop, as i was used to using a windows computer. however after a few days i was up and running with this laptop. i found some really simple ways to make the laptop compatible with the programs i used to use on my old laptop, such as watching videos or using Word documents for university.
After buying this laptop i doubt i would go back to a non apple laptop. I had a top of the range sony laptop for my last job, and had the option of using it at home as well as at work, I used it once at home for personal use and decided that I would much rather use my macbook. everything is so simple to use and i hardly ever need to ask for help when trying to set the laptop up on a new wireless network. Battery life could be better. I also had to replace my batter after less than a year. but apple shipped a new one to me asap and i installed it myself, so i never had to send it away. Another little problem i had is that the plastic does start to wear, and sometimes crack a little just below the mouse pad.
overall macbooks can be a little bit more expensive than some of their rivals, but i would say that in the long run they are much better value for money.
The best laptop/computer ive had to date.
This was my first mac as i converted from a pc and im glad i did! macs are truely amazing, if you have the money for one as macbooks fetch £500+ depending on your spec and age etc.
I needed a macbook for my college course and decided to get one for its portability as its small and lightweight, so far ive had no problems at all with it, mine is the 2.1ghz version with 2gb ram and runs like a dream. I mainly use it for logic which takes up a wopping 40gb+ but still runs a treat. In built wifi and bluetooth is a nice edition which means i dont have to carry around a 54mb wifi/ bluetooth dongle.
The built-in webcam is by far the best webcam i have owned, compared to the 4 ive brought for my old pc this is top of the pack, its crystal clear and sharp and even maximising it the full screen there is barely any noticeable quality loss.
Battery power lasts for a good 5 hours for standard use, and even longer if you use energy saving settings, the power cable is very smart as its a magnetic connection not just a standard plug-in, and can be shortened so it can fit easily in your bag for travel.
Being a 13.3" screen i was thinking of buying a seperate monitor but the clarity of the screen is brilliant and the 1280x800 resolution works surprisingly well for such a small screen.
Overall anyone looking for a good mac laptop i would recommend the macbook, although the new aluminium ones are out now they are still very pricey, you can easily pick up a macbook now for £500 with the same specs as the aluminium which fethc £750+ new.
Except for my ipod this is the first Apple product i have bought. I got it for uni and have fallen on love with it. For a start it is just so sexy! The design is sleek, elegant and just beautiful. There is no doubt that Apple design beautiful products but they are also clever, unique and different. When you buy something, especially something that costs as much as one these you want to feel like you've made the right decision. You can't help but fall in love with them. If you've been using a PC up until now then they do take a little getting use to but you do pick it really quickly and you begin to wonder how you ever lived without one. The operating system is easy to use, stylish to look at and practical. From the aesthetics side if things you can personalise pretty much everything from the colour you highlight in to where the arrows on the scroll bar are placed. You can decide what colour you want your labels to be, where you want dock to be place and how big your dock is. You can activate the spaces to help organise your desktop and you programmes. It has an automator function which is so useful to help organise your day to day activities on the computer. If you have any repetitive tasks such as adding memos, checking appointments, updating photos automator helps you do that in a quick and easy way. Seriously buying one of these will change your life! You get the ilife package with the mac which include ipohoto, imovie etc. which are all equally as cool and as useful. The great thing about these are that they are so user friendly once you know how to use them. There are lots of shortcuts like two finger scrolling, inverting the screen colour and copying text and images into a sticky note. You can drag and drop anything! this is instead of copying and pasting. You simply drag what you want to copy and drop it where you want it. You can also copy and paste like on a pc with buttons but dragging and dropping is a lot quicker. The macbook doesn't come with any office programs like word and stuff but there are several options for that. You can either buy iworks which is Apple's version of microsoft office, you can get microsoft office for the mac (need to get a mac version) or you can get open office which is free. All three are can change documents into word format so you can view and edit your files on windows. The more you learn about the cool things the mac can do the more you love it and want to brag about it. All you friends and family will be jealous cause normal pc's can't do it! Also if you need help with any problems the geniuses at any Apple store will help you out! You can now get a lot of mac versions of things like msn so you won't be missing out on pc programs if you do buy one. Oh and another great thing is that you don't have to worry about viruses!!
I got one of theese macbooks preloaded with OSX 10.5 Lepoard
The Hardware: Apples Hardware on the macbook is in my eyes unbeatable. I have had mine for about a year now and have had only 1 fault. That was with the plastic surrounding the keyboard. Apple did replace that no problem at all. Other than that i have had no faults with memory, hard drive, screen, keyboard, wireless card anything as a matter of fact. The charger for the macbook has what they call a mag safe power adapter. What happens here is the charger is magnetic and rests into the power outlet on the macbook so if you was to trip on the wire the power wire will just pop out, so not t damage the power outlet very handy when people are always running around you or if you have kids that keep getting in the way.
The software: As an opperating system I believe OSX 10.5 Lepoard is flawless. It is so stable and i have only ever had a program crash about 3 or 4 times. It runs smooth, and as a bonus Apple opperating systems are not prone to the viruses that windows systems are prone to keep getting, so there is no big anti virus program to keep running causing your computer to use memory slowing things down.
OSX 10.5 comes with:
A great e-mail software as native which is easy to set up and can be used with most IMAP/ POP e-mail accounts.
Safari internet browser which is the fastest browser out there faster than firefox.
The backup software Time machine, is the best I have ever seen. Plug into a external hard drive slide to on "Done" click time machine and you can use the back up software to see your desktop how it was a day, week, month or year ago just by flicking back.
Most Macbooks or any Apple computer will come pre loaded with ilife which consists of:
iphoto, a great photo software for editing and managing your photos
imovie, for making your own films from your camcorder
idvd, for putting you imovie's onto dvd
Garageband, a fun and simple software for making great songs
All of theese programs are idiot proof and have video tutorials on the web at www.apple.com/uk
Wireless reception with airport is brilliant i can pick up my signal down the road.
Customer support is 100000% better than windows. Something wrong with your computer? Ring up, send it back, done. Simple as that.
Overall: Worth every penny.
This fantastic product from Apple almost makes Macintoshes affordable for the average joe, however, whilst being a little pricy as with most apple products, it really is value for money. After years of working on a PC, comes a satisfying relief and joy in a computer that actually works. It does what you tell it to do, when you tell it to, doesn't answer back and leaves you wanting to stroke it rather than smash it and declare your undying love for macs everywhere. The macbook brings simplicity and satisfaction to everyday computing and keeps you stress free whilst working or even just playing. The common misconception that macs are incompatible in just about every way with PCs is a delightful myth. Apple have worked hard to ensure a way of compatibility with almost everything. so for the only issues i know of are .wmv format which can easily be overcome by downloading a piece of safe freeware called VLC, and .exe for applications, but most programs come in an apple alternative. Finally, when the whole world tells you that macs are a pain to use, stick with it because it's actually the contrary, people are put off because they are so different and that can be your hard to get your head round to start off with but in a very short space of time, you'll get used to it and quickly realise that apple's way of doing things is actually far more sensible and makes life a hundred times easier. So in all a excellent buy... if you can afford it.
After using a desktop for many years, this was my first laptop and my first apple computer though i had used them previously at college and university. Like most apple products it's stylish and easy to use even for those that are not very knowledgable with computers. I bought the laptop mainly for my university work, it's fast and can run many of the design programmes i use at the same time unlike my desktop. The only downside to the laptop is that the battery life is very poor and it seems to need charging after only using it for half an hour or so. Also it gets quite hot after a while too, though as i haven't had a laptop before this one i'm not sure if this is the case with other laptops too. However, overall this is a good product that i'd recommend to people as it can be used for anything really and i think most people would find it easy to use.
I love my mac, the new keys, the track pad and large screen all are fantastic. It's lightweight, great resolution and stability.
Ok, I don't really know anything about the technical side of this laptop (i.e. whether it has a dual core super woofer or not), so this review is strictly from an aesthetic and usability point of view.
Let me start at the beginning (and the reason I bought this laptop); it's pretty. Very pretty. And it loads up really quickly. You can turn it on and be on facebook while a PC laptop is still mumbling about trying to load the Windows screen.
The programs are responsive and the whole mac system is easier to use when you have got used to it.
Now for a couple of (small) downsides. The magnates that clip the laptop shut pull the plastic casing off eventually. I have had this about 2 years and have had to bring it back twice, as has my sister who has the same one. The staff always replace it. Secondly, it is harder to get programmes (especially free ones) for Macs, but when you have them, you have them.
Remember, once you go Mac, you will never go back.
I got my Mac about two years ago, and i've been having a love hate relationship with it ever since! I loved it for its sleek interfaces, whats not to like when you are showing off your presentation with 3D animations when the rest of the class is using the boring old microsoft powerpoint? But there were also times when I just wanted to rip it apart. When VOIP softwares that I wanted to use were not Mac-able, when I realised that I couldn't make video calls on the Mac version of MSN, and most recently, when my battery died on me, which after googling it, I realised that it was a problem that many people faced and you had to go down to an Apple store to get it changed ( I read that it is free to replace). But I guess at the end of the day, no windows user would pronounce their love for windows as much as apple users do for their Mac. Windows doesn't come without its problems, so those would are trying to jump the wagon, do give it a shot!
I had never Used an Apple computer until I started taking a music production/audio engineering course at college. I had always used a windows based pc.
The college had Imacs and the studio we went to had a supply of macbooks for us to use when we were there.
I Have to admit that I fell in love with the Apple operating system and after purchasing a macbook I can see myself wanting any other laptop.
The thing that probably holds most people back is the price. I was lucky that a friend was able to get one for me while in america so I managed to save a bit of money which meant I coulod spend that on upgrading to the full 3 year applecare package.
I love the fact that I have not been able to crash my macbook at all! Even with programs such as logic and reason running together. On my windows PC I could crash it without even trying.
Compared to windows the Mac OSX feels really clean and runs incredibly smoothly. Another great thing is that there are less viruses that can damage mac OSX as they are mainly programed for windows.
It is so nice to be able to concentrate on recording/writing or whatever you may be doing without constantly praying it will not crash.
The 2.2ghz processor seems fast and very reliable and 1gb is running everything smoothly. You can however upgrade to 4GB to make it run extremely fast!
The Built in airport card and bluetooth is extremely handy to have as you can send files between macbooks and link your mobile phone to it to send files and pictures from your phone.
The only downside Is that although the white finish looks very nice, it doesn't take long to get dirty and you will need to clean it often to keep it white.
Watching movies on your macbook is easy and mine came with an apple remote which I highly recommend as you can use it as a dvd remote, or to skip through songs in Itunes and even presentations in powerpoint.
There reallly is so much included in the macbook straight out of the box and I would highly recommend this laptop.
This model has recently been replaced in the Apple range by a laptop of all aluminium construction. The price of the new model has soared compared to these plastic models, but it is probably worth paying the extra considering what I am about to say of these models:
From the day I bought this Macbook I had reservations over its build quality. I have several Macs and other Apple products, and the white plastic Macbook simply isn't up to Apple's usual standards. Mine is less than a year old and already has two large cracks on the wrist support area, where the two raised lumps on the lid have penetrated the flimsy plastic cover surrounding the keyboard and track-pad. In general, the Macbook just feels flimsy.
Also, the Macbook gets far too hot on the underside, around the processor area (left hand side as you look at the display). The only ventilation is hidden within the display hinge, and this appears not really to be up to the task, as you will discover when you find your leg gently cooking under the Macbook!
The display isn't the finest I've seen fro Apple either. Viewing angle is pretty poor compared to their desktop displays, and colours look relatively washed out alongside almost any other displays.
I think in several ways Apple have simply concentrated on making the Macbook look clean and sleek, while neglecting more practical concerns. So, would I go back to a PC? No. Of course I wouldn't.
The Macbook may be a bit flimsy and too hot, but the operating system (OS X Leopard) is years ahead of what Vista struggles to offer (and you can always install Vista as well, if you wish).
The spec for these machines is easily available elsewhere online, so I have concentrated on commenting on issues relating to my experience with this product.
Although MacBook's are mostly used by graphic designers and art students, they are brilliant computers and have a much simpler interface for computer novices. The graphics are stunning, much better designed than on Windows. The Macbook itself is beautiful, fairly thin but weighty enough to feel expensive and know its there! I also love the way the desktop can be kept clean of icons and with the new features (such as Exposé) you can display it with a flick of the mouse, something I dearly miss on my work computer! I absolutely love my Mac and the ease of use it provides, making working on multiple documents much simpler; even tasks such as pasting text or creating web bookmarks is quicker and speeds everything up.
The main downside of the MacBook is the price; that and the cost of the software specifically for the Mac can make it cost more than double that of a similar spec Windows laptop. However, the Mac has the benefit of having less viruses than Windows machines, making it less complicated and cheaper in the long run, as you dont have to buy anti-virus software. Another downside is the beautiful outer case of the Mac becomes easily scratched after daily use, much like that on Ipods.
If your considering buying a Macbook for work or study, I would say go for it, its a great machine. If, however, its for playing games or purely fun, it works out much more expensive than normal laptops as you get less spec for your money and games come out later than PC ones.
Whilst a lot of the tech-savvy population will sneer at the sheer price of Apple's entry level laptop, the rest of us sit back and enjoy the ease of use the Macbook provides. Having owned for one for a long period now, I can safely say that this is simply one of the best tools that you will own. Whether it be processing documents or carrying out extensive multimedia work, the Macbook consistently delivers. Furthermore, the laptop is the perfect size and weight for carrying around, both for work and for leisure purposes.
If you're wishing to play the latest games then the Macbook will be a disappointment for you. Though you are able to install games from a couple of years ago, games that needed a dedicated graphics card rather than the integrated one supplied will simply not run. You may also wish to replace the amount of RAM supplied as if you wish to carry out a large number of processes, 1GB will not be enough.
In all, the Macbook is an excellent mobile laptop. Price and graphics card aside, it is a sleek machine, designed to fill both business and leisure needs in a simple and intuitive package.