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This macbook is excellent! I must admit, I never really new why people would rave about mac's but after getting one I now know why.
It is stylish, the visual and sound quality is good, it starts up quickly, it's very quiet, and once you are used to the layout it is very easy to use (and efficient). I bought this mac about 6-9 months ago off my brother as he got himself the macbook pro. He had it for about a year prior to that and has never had a problem with it. Likewise, I never experienced anything faults. The battery still last up to 4 hours (depending on what your running) without the mains.
However, for it's size, it's a heavier than it looks like it's going to be. The dirt and dust it picks up tends to be more noticeable which I guess can be seen as a good thing as you tend to clean it more regularly. The only other niggle is that it doesn't have Office (most computers ie. at the Uni library are PC's), however, you can use Textedit and save the files as Office documents. I don't have much of a problem with this, but it would be a lot easier to not have to mess around with the documents.
Now, my brother purchase it for around £700 - which at the time I felt was quite expensive (he then spent £900 on the mac book pro). I paid less than half of that so I feel I got myself a real bargain. Paying the full asking price is a lot for a laptop, seeing as you could buy a PC laptop for considerably less (I also have PC laptop and paid £300 for it). Although, I can see that amazon are selling them at £530 at the moment which seems to be a more reasonable price for what your getting.
I only use my mac for browsing the net, storing a some music and vids (for when I'm on the move), watching dvd's or online tv programmes in bed and I occasionally take it to the uni to do work. The mac handles all this with ease.
I am not a gamer, a music or art buff so if you want to know what it can really handle then this is probably not the best review (sorry). But if you have similar needs to and are unsure whether to buy a PC or Mac, I would have to say get the mac. If you can get yourself a good deal on it I definitely recommend it, it stands head and shoulder above our PC laptop. I can't wait until my brothers fed of his macbook pro, so he tells me - it's even better.
UPDATE - another little downside to this it that the Wifi/airport signal strength isn't very good. A friend of mine was wanting to use his next door neighbours broadband (with his permission of course), and to cut a long story short - I brought round my mac and it wouldn't pick up the router and it was only 70 yards away tops. His next door neighbour comes in with his dell laptop and picked it up no problem full signal. I still love this laptop but I am a little disappointed with this I must admit.
Also on ciao - same username.
This being my first review, I thought what better way to start than reviewing the thing I am writing on. I have owned Macs for a while now, my sister had one, my mum had one and now I have my own (it's a family of MacBooks!).
I think it's it's a given that there are Mac people and PC people. However, PC people maybe thinking of coming over to the good side ☺ and what better way to do this than with the MacBook laptop.
For the cheapest price you get a 13-inch screen, which is pretty good to be honest. I feel that it is a great size to watch films on. The display is very clear and is of good quality. The actual laptop itself is quite lightweight and portable and comes with and extension cable for the charger, so you don't always have to sit near a plug to use your laptop. And if you're on the go, the battery life is a decent 3 or 4 hours.
Using a Mac is pretty simple, I admit it took me a while to get used to the different layout and to figure out how to right click (two fingers on the tracker pad and click) but when I was used to it I loved it so much. The dock at the bottom of the screen for applications makes everything so easy to find. iTunes and iPhoto come as standard and are easy to use, making organising your music and photos simple. And once you get started up with the internet, you don't really need to worry about anti-virus programs and such like (mind you, most computer experts would probably tell you to use one anyway but I've never had any problems - I think there's only about 8 viruses for Macs or something and people don't bother to write any more cause it's too hard). Plus the laptop is super fast, so you don't need to wait around for pages to load.
As a personal preference, I do prefer using Firefox as my browser rather than Safari but as I said that is just me, I'm sure there are a lot of Mac fans that will champion Safari as a browser ☺
I do have to admit, I like to use Microsoft Office for university work etc. but Macs don't come with this ☹ The good news however is that you can buy a version of Microsoft Office for Mac and for anyone wanting to do work on their laptop, I think this would be a good investment. It can be a bit pricey at £80 but it is definitely worth it - I have got my money's worth.
And while we're on the subject of prices, we come to the price of a MacBook. I paid £700 for mine, which is pricier than a standard laptop, but for what you get I think it is definitely worth the money.
I've had an apple macbook for about 6 months and i have to say its fantastic! ive ever had an apple laptop before so it took a while getting used to the software and i probably still haven't found out about all the great things it can do yet but so far im very impressed. Being white i thought it would get really dirty quite quickly but it hasn't seemed to. It's very light and everything about it is stylish, even the little hooks that you can open on the lead to wrap the cable round! The 'thing' that will always stick in my head and give me confidence when on the internet using a mac is the virus protection ' it's harder to make a virus for a mac then it is Windows so people generally don't bother' well thats what the guy in the apple shop told me!
This is the first time that i have brought an Apple Macbook. I always heard rumor going around about how they were quicker and more reliable than the PC/Laptop. After more than four months of debating weather to buy one or not i took the plunge and never looked back! by far the best investment i have made. Now after a year of having it I am still learning new things about it! It takes some time to get use to at first but once you have the hang on of it, it will put and PC to shame. I use both PC's and Mac's at work and am always finding alot more people complaining about PC issues and there are hardly any about the Mac's. I feel this is down to the way the Macs were thought out in the early stages. The main advantages with the Mac's are on going improvements to the OS. In my eyes Apple have once again bagged them selves a winner with the MacBook Line!
I personally own an apple mac book and love it,I am an audio engineer and most of my softwares run on mac so it is very essential for me.It has a great interface and is very visually appealing.It took me a little bit of time to get use to it,but once you learn it,its a breeze.The speaker quality of the laptop is good not great but much better than other laptops on the market.It is light weight and very portable.If you want to buy a laptop for personal use I don't recommend you to buy it because there are not many games for mac and most of the softwares out there don't run on mac.The best part of mac book is that it does not get infected by viruses and very rarely freezes.If you are a graphic designer or an audio engineer I will surely recommend you apple mac book,but if you want to buy it for entertainment purposes don't buy it.
This is the 2nd mac ive had,the first being the ibook g4. When i purchased this new one i didint expect there to be too much difference between them,i just wanted to keep up with advancing technology.
How wrong i was,this new macbook is completely different,the first thing i noticed was the weight,its so much lighter than any other notebook of this size,which adds to the portability side of things,and to boost with that its far thinner.
The battery life on this new mac far proceeds the old version,im a designer and use battery zapping programs and on a good run i can still get around 4 and a half hours out of it.Or to put it another way,i watched transformers the movie on here,and by the time it finished i still had 50 something percent of my battery left,impressive. Charge time for the battery is also much improved,from flat to full your looking at around 3hours whilst in use,2 hours while left alone.
The intergarted web cam was a new feature for this mac,and i think one of the best new features.Ive used it far more than i expected to,probably because its always there and theres no messing about you just turn it on and your ready to use it.I was really surprised at the quality of the cam,when its picking up moving image theres hardly any delay which is a rarity in cameras at the moment.
As with all mac operating systems this one is as flawless as ever,its simple to use,it looks brilliant and everything just runs so smoothly,ive yet to have any hickups with any of it,touch wood:)
One thing thats included in the box that i loved was the mac remote.Its basically a small remote that allows you to change song,change movie and flick thru photos without beingn anywhere near your mac,quite a handy little gadget.
The mac itself is pretty durable,its made from lovely white plastic so its pretty light,and the keys and such are all hard wearing and havnt faded,even after all the finger abuse ive given them.The power cord itself is one of the cleverest things about this new release,its magnetised,this means if anyone trips over the cable your lovely mac doesnt follow it,it simply unconnects itself,genius.
The only down side to this mac is the keyboard surround.See the mac shuts by magnets,and remains shut using their own pulling power,however this pulling power is seemingly too strong for the keyboard panel to cope with and after 7months mine cracked a little,nothing major,just a hairline crack from the closing system. Now i looked into this and it is quite a common fault,but if you know about it from the start and be more careful when closing your mac,this should increase its longevity.
Overall a great mac,and one thats worth every last penny
The MacBook is the baby of the Apple laptop range. But even though it's the smallest one it's still powerful - with up to a 2.4 GHz processor this is by no means a lightweight.
Lots of people will be drawn in by the MacBook's looks which, are in my opinion, slightly children. I'm not keen on the over use of the plastic, which makes it look cheap and horrible, but lots of others seem to like it and think it's stylish. One thing I would say is that if you buy one don't think you'll be unique - it's incredible the number of MacBooks there are! They're everywhere!
The screen on the MacBook is bright and vivid, and generally very nice to look at. It's a 13.3" screen, which is a very good size in my opinion for a laptop. As with all Mac's, it comes with Apple's OSX operating system, which is very easy and fun to use.
Reliability has been iffy in some MacBooks (lots of reports about cracked cases) but mine has been absolutely fine. I've abused it a fair bit (even dropping it by accident on a few occasions) but it's taken it all in its stride.
Overall, the MacBooks is a very sorted and sound laptop. It's well worth buying, but, if you can afford the MacBook Pro, I would recommend you get that (it looks more classy).
Prices for the MacBook range from £700-£950
The thing that instantly attracts people to macbooks is the appearance, and I agree my macbook is my baby and it is beautiful, but within this are many carefully thought out features that really make it stand out from a windows laptop. Firstly, when you open the screen, the only moving part is the hinge itself, it is kept closed by a magnet. The power cord works in a similar way and locks in with a magnet. The benefit is, that apple have removed things that might go wrong on a laptop being moved about. With this, there is no clasp to break through over-use and no way the laptop can be damaged by the power cord being ripped out accidentilly. The quality of the keys and trackerpad are also excellent when compared to the laptops I have had to use for work which often have the odd shakey key. While other reviews have concentrated on the running of the machine, I have concentrated on the outside which for me is one of the thing I enjoy the most about owning my mac. It may cost a bit more to start with, but believe me it is worth it.
I switched from my Pc that kept crashing and I am pleased I did. The macbook is sleek and fast and the new operating system is really easy to use.
Just take it out of the box plug it in and away you go. I had no problems at all and when I sorted out my internet connection there was no need for anti virus and firewalls, there is no way you could do this on a PC.
The standard model come with an 80 gig hard drive which is big enough for me if I have any larger files I put them on an external drive. The intel core duo processor has enough power to run Photoshop CS3 and Microsoft Office. Even though the shop reccomends 4 gig memory. If you do upgrade the memory do it at crucial memory as Apple will charge over £300 for 4 gig.
All programmes on the Mac run better than my old Pentium 2.6ghz P4 machine with 2 gig memory and a 128 meg agp graphics card!
The 13.3" screen is a great resolution and adjustable brightness something my friends dell lacks. But I think 17" would be better.
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The only problem I have is the battery life it seems quite short to me. However I think that most Mac books and laptops are the same. It is supposed to be 6 hours but more like 3. There are options that allow you to conserve battery life by making the processor run slower, this works well if you are browsing the internet.
It also seems to get quite hot and has some quite sharp edges but saying that the design is a million times better than PC's
Finally it is a bit pricey at £699 but if you get a refurbished one like I did it is £588 delivered with a years guarantee. Look on the right hand
side of the mac stores website where it says special deals. look at the mac section and there are a variety of models. They are not always available seems in the mornings they will be there and gone by the afternoon.
I bought the 2.1 GHz Macbook as a replacement for an old aluminium Powerbook which was starting to show it's age, and had become a bit slow.
I was initially concerned that the Macbook wouldn't be able to handle graphic intensive applications like Photoshop very well, and would take an age to complete mundane processor intensive challenges. However, i'm pleased to report that Apple's product exceeds all my expectations. In fact, the speed of the macbook is only a little behind that of my powerful desktop iMac.
I don't really want to get into a Mac vs PC debate with this - basically I use both, and each has their benefits and downsides. However, if you are a Mac person, then I would highly recommend this model.
The design is very good, although the white interior, track-pad and screen surround can get dirty very quickly.
The Macbook as a whole is well built - and although it doesn't look to substantial, is made from high grade plastic and can withstand a knock or two.
The high quality 13" widescreen display really makes a difference when you're using your computer for viewing movies, and the in built DVD player has been updated a lot in the last few years to add more options and make it more user friendly.
The keyboard is well laid out and feels nice when you type. I like the separation of the individual keys, which seems to reduce errors when i'm typing at full speed.
When I first got hold of the laptop, there were a few issues that I wasn't entirely happy with - firstly, in specific applications, it occasionally wouldn't let you input any numbers, and secondly, it would not wake from sleep effectively. However, I downloaded the latest firmware update from Apple (which is free), and the problem was sorted.
There is a fairly good range of software which comes with the Macbook, but you do have to pay a little extra if you want a decent word processor, design programme etc.
The battery life is pretty good and certainly better than any other laptop I have owned. I can get around 2 and a half hours from a full charge, when i'm browsing the net.
I highly recommend the Macbook, not only for it's speed and good looks, but also for its overall useability.
I have already written a review on the macbook black, but I am kinda ashamed of it now and don't think it deserves the VU rating it got, so here we go attempting it again with the other macbook.
So, here we are again, faced with the question of mac or PC. I can easily go into thousands of words exclaiming why you should choose mac rather than PC but lets be honest you're reading this so you must interested in macs.
So here we're looking at the lowest end of the spectrum of macbooks apple has to offer but at £699 that is very expensive compared to it's rivals, lets take a look at what it's up against. Dell Inspiron 1525, bought from the Dell website is £369 which is nearly half the price, we also have the Toshiba TL60 for £449.99. So it's obvious that price doesn't go in favor of the macbook, so why is it worth considering.
Well, this is where any mac can out do any new PC, the operating system. Leopard is Apples newest most renowned operating system which comes in every new mac, it has over 300 features to add onto the already brilliant tiger operating system which the leopard succeeded. The biggest feature, I think, is the Time Machine, this will automatically back up files hourly for the last 24 hours, daily backups for the last month and weekly backups for anything older than a month, with a very easy to use interface which is easy to use and a it does all this as soon as you plug in any external hard drive. In the leopard operating system we also have spaces, this is where you can have multiple screens operating simultaneously where you can easily drag programs from one screen to another, and flicking between the screens is as simple as 'apple, arrow key'. Then we move onto iChat, which is apples instant messaging service with webcam etc, with leopard you can use a tonne of new affects from photo booth to spice up your video chats, apple also use AAC-LD audio codec which delivers the highest quality of audio, iChat also offers screen sharing which is a fantastic new innovation where you can access and control the other person computer from your own and flick through files etc. The list is almost endless of what apple have now included in leopard, but when we compare it to the vista operating system. The first problem I see with Vista is all the choices because if you choose the wrong one you can end up spending far to much money or you end up with nothing like enough features. From the reviews and through what friends say, Vista is a complete and utter catastrophe for Microsoft with a large amount of people degrading back to XP. So now we begin to see why the macbook is so much more expensive.
So now we need to look to the tech specs, and to give you something to compare them to the Dell Inspiron 1525 which is the £369 laptop I mentioned earlier. As to why I've chosen this one to compare it to, this macbook is apples budget laptop and the Dell is Dell's budget laptop so it makes sense to compare the two together. Firstly lets take a look at the screen sizes, the mabook has a 13.3" which is relatively small compared to Dell's 15.4", but the larger screen size means the Dell weights 2.7kg which is 0.5 more than the macbook weighting 2.2kg, it also means that the macbook is more compact, 2.75 x 32.5 x 22.7cm compared to the Dells 3.7 x 35.7 x 25.6cm which makes the Dell bigger by about 3cm length and width and 1cm in height which is quite a lot of space on a laptop. As far as memory they are both evenly matched with each going up to 4GB as an extra. The macbook has a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor while the Dell only has Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7250. From this you can see that as far as these statistics go the two notebooks are pretty much evenly matched with the macbook creeping ahead, so how is the macbook worth the extra money. Well we just need to take a look at the actual price of the Dell, I've added all the statistics the website gave me in customising it and suddenly the price has come to a huge £635.76 and now it's suddenly looking a lot less impressive. And I'm gonna let you know how much I payed for the macbook, I payed a mere £500 for a brand new one by importing it in from America during the credit crunch and if you try hard you can probably get it cheaper. So now the tables turned and it looks like for a decent Dell you're going to have to pay more than for the macbook. So already the macbook is looking very favourable, and I haven't finished!
Apple is one of these companies which include lots of little toys in their computers, for example we have bluetooth as standard which is fantastic for sending files from computer to computer, computer to phone or phone to computer. It also has built in iSight, the webcam, along with photo booth which can amuse you for hours. There's also apples fantastic built in airport which is it's wireless which I've found fantastic. The battery life is also a fantastic 4.5 hours wireless productivity, and then we move onto the MagSafe power adapter that automatically releases is someone trips over it. Then it also has iLife free with purchase, this includes iTunes, iPhoto for editing photos, viewing photos and creating photo albums and frames, iDVD for creating DVDs, iMovie for making homemade movies while looking professional , Garage Band which is a home music studio and iWeb for making websites. And then the fact it's got a tough polycarbonate case means it's virtually indestructible.
If we then look over to how user friendly it is you begin to see how the macbook really does stand out, with the easy to use dock, spotlight to find any files on your mac, spaces, exposé to select a program which behind another program, and the brilliant tracker pad which out does any tracker pad I've used before. Then we get cover flow in finder and quick look in Mail and finder which means you can see the file without opening it. This is by far one the most user friendly computers around, apart from the rest of the mac range.
So, for the specs and the features it has this has a very competitive price which can be taken down if you look in the right places. But it's meant to be Apples budget laptop, so why does it have so many features and cost so much. What I think apple need to do is release a proper budget laptop which is cheap, not with so many features and has a price which can compete against the basic Dell 1525 (without the extra features). This is a fantastic machine but it isn't worth buying because the slightly more expensive macbook at £130 more has much better specs with twice as much memory so why bother with the cheaper one if it isn't cheap compared to other budget laptops.
After writing some of my reviews on this laptop, I thought itself is worth a review. Enjoy
What Is It?
The Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz - 13.3" TFT is the latest notebook to add to the Apple Mac range. For anyone who doesn't understand Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz - 13.3" TFT, this basically means it is a lot faster than any other notebook previously made by Apple. TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor which means the pixel quality will be very good so brilliant to play movies, games on etc.
Why Pick Apple Computers?
Ever since 1977, Apple has been making computers to compete with Microsoft. Apple was popular but it wasn't until the iPod was released, that made Apple a huge name and that is when I heard of the company. Apple are now a leading competor in the Computer market. The MacBooks replaced the iBook which were at there time fast, but now seem to be a distant memory compared what these new computers can do. The MacBook was designed to be very modern and easy to use like other Computers in the company. I also read other reviews on Ciao and others sites which also explain that Apple are very reliable.
Finding An Apple Retailer
I wasn't very sure where to start if I was wanting to have a look at the Apple products. I actually used the instructions from my iPod to find the website (I forgot I could use Google) and got the Apple website from there. I ended up on the American site which was a little confusing but I found a little British icon in the corner and I was in a British website.
PC World now sell Apple products (in selected stores) as well which you can try and have a go on a MacBook to see what it feels like. I went to the one in Edinburgh and it was definately worth it. Apple shops aren't very common in Britain but they are about in the biggest cities like Glasgow and London. I would recommend the website the most as that is were you get the lowest overall price.
Picking A Laptop
Apple offer a range of computers to suite everyones needs. I needed a computer for school as I was starting Highers, so needed something smaller, lots of memory and practical to have. I went a long to my local PC World and had a great time having a look at different laptops. But I saw the MacBook which even said it was ideal for students. I spent some time trying it out and felt it was really easy and comfortable to use.
The MacBook range comes in 3 sizes of screen, going up to 15" you can also decide how much memory you would like (1GB or 2GB) and if you would like a widescreen (ideal for movies) and extra software added. I needed something simple so got the smallest laptop, 13.3" with the 1GB memory which was enough for me. Each laptop is slightly different to suite the buyers needs which is really good. So everyone is suitable if they were interested in buying an Apple laptop.
Best Place To Get One/Price
After deciding the Laptop I would like in February, I went back home and had to wait until May (to save up) and be the right time as exams will have been finished and would be able to get started with laptop for Highers. After a lot of looking around I found that the best place to buy would be directly from the Company. So I headed onto the website, which was very easy to use, and inputed what computer I wanted and any extras. The price however was hefty at £699.
Ouch, its a big price tag, although I didn't have to pay for full price as didn't have to pay the VAT as my dad owns a buisness and wanted to also use the MacBook when I wasn't using it for Internet use and to take to different events.
So I paid £594.89 which did make a bit of difference. It is still a lot of money. However PC World and other websites were asking about £100 more, so I would really recommend buying it directly from Apple to get the best price.
Arriving And Setting Up
After paying for the Laptop using direct debit (I would recommend that rather than a Credit Card) The MacBook arrived 2 days later which was brilliant. It came very neatly packaged and after opening the main box, was very happy to see another box with a lovely picture of my lovely new purchase. On the side is a bar code with all the details of the MacBook which I checked which all seemed to be correct. After opening my very modern looking box, the MacBook was under polystrene printed on it 'MacBook' which was pretty cool. The laptop was safely wrapped up and you could actually smell how new it was.
I took everything out the box and got the instructions out. They actually thanked me for buying this laptop which I thought was quite nice and I started reading how to set up my MacBook. It was all written just in English which is good as you sometimes get them written in every other language! I set up the power and plugged it into my laptop. It used magnets to connect the lead to the computer in the socket so it was securely plugged into the power supply.
I had to leave the laptop for around 3 hours to fully charge which I didn't mind. So after it arriving at 12.30pm it was really to use by 3.30pm. Exceptionally easy to set up so far which was excellent.
I turned on the Macbook using the little round button at top right hand side corner. The screen immediately lit up and turned grey with the Apple icon, a good sign I thought? And yes it was the screen turned into a picture of a pink star in space (the iconic background of the Software Leopard) and then all the icons showed up.
Now the setting up of the MacBook. I followed a step by step guide and it asked for a username (I just used my initials) and then to make up a password for the computer. It then asked me questions like would I like a Mac email adress at £50 a year which I declined as I had a free email from hotmail. Then that was it I was really to start up, and get going.
When I first had a look at Apple computers, I noticed how different they were design wise other than Microsoft. The MacBook comes in 2 different colors, black and white. I chose white as I thought it was a lot nicer than the black. Don't worry if you find the design a bit boring, you can get special sticker and covers which come in the most beautiful designs from everything from Cars to Flowers to Smart to Fun.
The keyboard is the normal QWERTY and is built in. You cannot remove the keys like some other laptops as they are built in. It is exceptionally comfy and after writing lots of essays and reviews, my fingers don't hurt at all. Also you do not have to push very hard like some computers where you have to put lots of pressure on each key. This means you can type very fast giving you more time to do other things.
The TFT screen is incredible quality, like having you own mini HD DVD player. Viewing photos and movies in such high quality is really amazing and you have to see it to believe it. The screen is a really good size as well and is just the right size for the MacBook overall.
All MacBooks have built in touchpads which are really easy and sensitive to use. I admit it does take a little getting used to, if you are used to using a mouse all the time like myself.
And one of my personnel favourite parts of the MacBook, a built in 'webcam' or camera. I love it! There is software built in to allow you to use the camera to take photos of you and your friends using it. Also you can record videos and add funky effects. Really good fun! And of course it can be used as a webcam like on Skype or MSN. I have used it for webcam and it is fantastic quality (high pixels for a webcam anyway)
Of course I have to mention all the sockets, built into the side of the computer. You have the power, Ethernet, Firewiere, 2x USB and a headphones slot. A good selection and are nicely built in the side and not the back so you can easily add or take away leads and wires. On the other side is a really cool built in CD/DVD player. Unlike ordinary computers, you just slide the disc into it, nothing flicks out its all internal. It's really weird to first use as you kind of think you CD is going to be eaten by the computer, but you just click eject on the keyboard and it comes straight back out from inside the computer.
Overall design is actually quite unique compared to other laptops on the market. it is all about space saving and simplicity which they have excelled in design wise. 5+ stars for design, not a single flaw.
The MacBook comes with a lot of lovely extras as standard. The speakers are very good and actually are stereo which is obvious as the quality is very very good. The only annoying thing is that the bass isn't brilliant so the MacBook can vibrate a little but I solved that by turning the bass down! Easy enough.
One of my favourite extras is the built in Bluetooth. I don' t have a very new phone so don't have any fancy wires to add to the computer to import my photos. However I do have Bluetooth so was able to send all my pictures and songs to the MacBook. That was really cool and I could do the reverse and send stuff to my phone. Very handy.
There is a built in LAN aerial which is brilliant. It detects if you are in a wireless network and asks you if you would like to join it. Brilliant extra and really handy to have. It means you can access Wi-Fi anywhere that offers it (I see shops offer free Wi-Fi which would be great if you had this MacBook.
Its nice to have lots of little extras as well. You get built in the latest version of iLife 08' (see my review on it) which means you don't have to fork out £55. Also you get Leopard built in which I mentioned before. This means it will generally make your computer safer and faster. Great!
Living With The MacBook
After the excitement of having and getting the computer, I had to learn to live with it. Our house has built in Wi-Fi from BT which is great so I can go on the internet anywhere, I can even go on the internet outside with the MacBook (which shows how portable it is!) I'm currently writing this review on the sofa in our living room, which even after almost 2 months of having the MacBook, feels weird.
I went onto the Apple website and got some FreeWare downloads like MSN Messenger for Mac, Skype and other smaller downloads. These downloaded in seconds which is really common with this computer. It is so fast, it can download music files from iTunes in around 15 seconds which is very quick.
I took it on its first excursion in the car last week. I was heading to Edinburgh with my mum so was finishing off an essay for English in the car. I admit looking at the screen and the road did make me feel a bit ill.
The battery power is very impressive I have found with 6 hours full battery a time. This is really handy and means I can work for ages in different parts of the house without having to keep it attached to a power supply for ages.
So far, after two months, it has been a gem with absolutely no problems (touch wood) and i'm confident it will stay that way.
What's Right With It
I think I have written quite an optimistic review about this MacBook. That is because it is brilliant! I actually can't imagine going back to Microsoft as I have 100% trust in Apple now. I love the design of the MacBook, its light, very portable and has a great battery life. The use of the MacBook is brilliant, it is so useful and does everything and more than it is supposed to do. The applications allow you to do things that you will never have done before at such a high quality. You can make music on it and send it to iTunes and see if it sells! You can automatically put a movie on Youtube in seconds. You can keep a huge music library on your laptop and carry it everywhere easily.
I'll be honest, I don't just use the MacBook for doing homework (obviously!) but it is an education tool. Looking at the free software you can get off the Apple website for education use is fantastic. I recently got an application for higher maths, which is a great feature.
It is really fast to use and takes no time at all to turn on and off. I think around 30 seconds to start up and 15 seconds to shut down. Even if you don't want to shut it down, you can put the MacBook to sleep which means its basically on standby. You just shut the screen and then open it when you want the computer on! Great!
It is also fairly energy efficent. If you leave it on untouched for around 5 minutes it will just go to sleep. This means you don't waste battery power and when you turn it on it will be exactly the same as how you leave it.
It is a brilliant thing to have overall and it has so much right.
What's Wrong With It
The price is a put off for a lot of people. At £699 it is a huge amount of money and it is sad as this is such a brilliant machine. I feel it is worth every penny but the price is very high and it would be nice is Apple could knock, even a little bit off the price.
Another thing that is annoying that I have noticed is there is a very limited amount of games and software you can get for Mac. When looking in Woolworths there was only one game suitable for Mac which was a Sims game. The rest were all only suitable for Microsoft.
According to a blogger I read, a lot more software and game designers are taking Mac users into account when making games and there should be a lot more on the market soon. Until then it is a flaw.
Wow, I hadn't realised I have written over 2,500 words but I hope I have persuaded you that this is a brilliant computer to have. I conclude that this is a fantastic bit of machinery to have and am recommending it to everyone. If you have the money then this, I promise will be one of the best investments you will have ever made. The price is high, but I can guarentee it is worth every penny. I will be using this to write future reviews as well to show how great it is! A 5+ stars machine that is truly brilliant to have, ask anyone who has one!
© scotlandizdabest (2008)
Before buying a macbook i looked at other manufacturers such as Dell and HP, but none of them offered the instant out-of-the-box functionality that the Macbook did.
My Macbook was purchased direct from Apple and took just two days to arrive. And, as promised, it worked straight out of the box. I just pressed power filled out my user details and i was going. The setup hooked me onto my wireless internet and i was away.
The first thing that struck me was the size of the thing, it's only slightly thicker than an average sized hardback notepad and weighs just over 2 kg, in other words it's a perfect size. Before the Macbook i had a HP ultra-portable which was too small, too slow and too ugly. The Macbook is just right in all of those categories.
The powerful Core2Duo processor really packs a punch; all of my applications launch instantly and run perfectly. The 1 GB of memory keeps the machine running well, however, if you plan to run a lot of media editing applications then i would suggest that you upgrade to 2 GB. I run iwork08 without a hitch and iphoto runs very quickly.
The feel of the machine is very clean and crisp. Apple really has gone above and beyond with this one, it's perfect. The 13,3 inch glossy screen is great for watching movies. Just a note for skeptical readers: the glossy screen rarely (if ever) reflects anything in the background. When it comes to using the Macbook in a brightly lit area or outside there is less reflection than there would be on a Matte display.
Battery life on the Macbook. Is better than almost all other laptops out there: I can get about 4 to 6 hours while doing general work such as word processing and browsing the web and I can get about 3 to 4 hours while doing photo or video editing or watching a DVD.
In summary: if you are looking for a great looking; reasonably sized; powerful laptop to use everyday then i can see no reason not to go for the Macbook. It's the ideal way to switch to the mac platform and even if you don't like the operating system (Leopard) then you can alway install Xp or Vista.
Apple have recently released a new model of the extremely popular MacBook, that has sold hundreds of thousands worldwide. The main modifications of this fifth upgrade are the increased RAM (up to 4GB), the larger hard drive of 120GB, and the improved Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
---Why Shouldn't I Buy A Cheaper Laptop from DELL?---
Well, maybe you should - it depends. The entire mac range is in my opinion much better than windows-running laptops for several reasons:
* Firstly, the mac OS is much easier to use than windows - and runs considerably quicker and more smoothly. Gone are the days where your computer takes hours to turn on; the macbook powers up between 15 and 30 seconds. It also comes ready to use straight out of the box. There is loads of extremely useful software already on the laptop that you'd have to buy if you were using Vista. iLife '08 provides you with iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, iWeb & iDVD. You only have to feel the macbook to fall in love with it.
* The macbook is also perfectly sized - with a glossy 13.3 inch screen that does not compromise a pixel of perfect crystalline viewing resolution due to its TFT display. The macbook looks as beautiful as it feels.
* If you're thinking "but what if the mac OS won't support the applications that I need?", then you have nothing to fear. Apple have cunningly included Boot Camp - which is basically Windows XP if you want to use it. But trust me; once you go mac you won't go back.
---Okay - So What's the Catch?---
Well this really depends on you. If you have £700 kicking around somewhere, you really need to buy this product. But the price is an issue for most of us; as a decent Dell will set you back around half the price. However, bearing in mind that the macbook has loads of software, features and a camera already included, the price isn't that out of the ordinary. This mac will last you a lifetime.
* 120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive; optional 160GB or 250GB 5400-rpm drive
* 24x slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed; writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed; reads CDs at up to 24x speed; reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
* Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
* 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colours
* Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
* Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
* Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
* Built-in stereo speakers
* Built-in omnidirectional microphone
* Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
* Combined optical digital audio output/audio line out (minijack)