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As most of you''d already know, MacBooks are not currently in stores anymore. These days you either go Pro or Air. Of course if you''re really keen you may get this exact model from independent sellers/distributors. I got this Macbook shortly after its release in 2010. 4 years counting, and it still works great! Pros : Faster processor; improved graphics; better battery life compared to older versions. It also has a Multi-touch trackpad, like the one on Macbook Pros, so it allows users to click all over the trackpad, and it responds (clicking & gestures) quickly too. Good resolution. Cons : No SD card slot RAM Although I started with a 2GB RAM, when I entered university I installed a 4GB RAM myself; which I got from uk.crucial.com (If you get it done in store it is roughly 120pounds, if you do it yourself it only costs 40pounds) 2GB was fine for me when I only had iWorks installed. When I got Microsoft Office and a few other softwares installed my Macbook became really slow. Battery Battery life was amazing on this Macbook with moderate usage throughout the day. It promises 10hours on the go without charge! Don''t worry even if you have your ports on (Wifi, Bluetooth etc.) it still last for 7-8 hours long. This year (4th year) my battery had to be serviced. The guy from the Genius Bar actually told me to hold off replacement until later, saying that my battery capacity is still >80% and he recommends replacing it only when it drops to 20-30%. As you can see everything is quite lasting! The only problem I''ve gotten now is the fan. The fan is normally only activated when your Mac reaches a certain temperature. These days it goes off 10s into boot up. This could be due to a number of reasons. 1) The temperature sensor is broken 2) It is dusty I''m hoping it''s the dust that''s causing the malfunction, I have my appointment booked in next week! Overall I think this baby can still last me for another 2-3years. Most importantly the replacement components require to fix any (if any) malfunction is not too expensive! I''d recommend anyone to get this.
I bought my macbook last year after years of problems with desktops and I must say, it's the best move I have ever made. I find it easy to use, cute and you can make it very individualistic. My partner has one too and it feels like we have completely different laptops as we have both personalised the settings. I have never had a problems with mine, except when I got flooded and it got water logged but that was easily fixed by the apple store, though did cost but as it as my fault I can't complain. I would defo recommend this laptop to anyone looking for a stylish and easy slaptop.
Well, it all began when I was 16 years old (now 19).
I began working in a computer hardware store, saw this little beauty on display and instantly fell in love.
Each day I was at work I would have a play with the features on the MacBook getting increasingly desperate for my chance to own one.
In October 2008 my wishes were finally granted, they discontinued this specific MacBook in that month, however thanks to an early Christmas gift and my own savings I managed to scrape enough money together to purchase this beautiful machine.
It has been faultlessly reliable, never crashing on me once.
It is extremely easy to set-up and use, the computer practically talks you through everything you need to do and helps you do it.
It comes with built in wi-fi and blu tooth which have been invaluable whilst on the move, itunes comes as standard so any iPhone or iPod owners out there, this is perfect for you.
It has been said before if you can use iTunes you can use a Mac, and while that is probably 80% true I'd say at the very most it would take around one day of usage to become completely comfortable with Mac software and hardware.
It is much faster than a lot of 3 or 4GB machines on the windows operating system and the battery life is a fantastic 5-6 hours if on the lowest brightness setting.
All in all I'd say 100% go for a MacBook for your next laptop, especially this one, as now it is discontinued the price for them has plummeted!
Slick and stylish in brilliant black this Macbook is a dream when it comes to handling heavy duty programs such as Photoshop or Dreamweaver. Perfect for graphics, photography, film and web related activities and due to the 'like a brick' nature of the mac's they are near impeneterable when it comes to virus attacks.
If you're coming from Windows then it may take some adjusting and don't expect all software to have a Mac version, but most does or there are usually alternatives.
Personally i'm a photographer and Web Designer and so really got it for the known reliability for this sort of profession. Running the latest 'Leopard' operating system the 'Time Machine' backup software is a must have when it comes to important data. Keeping everything backed up nice and neatly without taking up loads of space with duplicate files etc.
The only problems i have encountered with the Mac's (and indeed my girlfriends iPod) are when it comes to the chargers which have a slim magnetic connection into the macbook. The slim part of the cable seems to get warm quite easily and i have had to replace it once (at £60 each time). Additionally the 'Superdrive' (CD/DVD drive) broke and had to go into the Apple shop to be fixed (£200 later...), it has since broken again but is under warranty so just be a bit careful, Apple Care may seem expensive at the time but it may just be worth it in the long run for piece of mind.
In summary this is a class piece of hardware with just a few bugs here and there that need sorting, but as an overall laptop in terms of ease-of-use and reliability i would never go back to Windows now i've gone Mac
I bought a macbook because I myself am in the music world as are most of my friends. Macs are the ONLY way to go if you are doing anything with music. The graphics on this computer are great. Macs are great for running music programs such as protools, It is a pretty reliable computer, however, I have had to replace the battery twice due to unexplained issues. Once it wouldn't hold a charge and another time my computer wouldn't recognize it.
The design of this computer is great. It is sleek and very easy to carry around unlike a lot of pcs that are extremely bulky.
Macs never get viruses, and their performance is great. Other than the issues with the battery that I had, I have had no other major issues with this computer.
There are a couple of issues that I personally have with Macs altogether. The speakers on this computer are not very loud so if you plan on listening to music with your computer to be able to hear it on a macbook you will need computer speakers or headphones because the full volume is pretty low. Also, I have had a lot of compatability problems with programs that are only compatible with Windows.
This is my first review so please do read it, I'm also sorry for any spelling mistakes etc since I am dyslexic!
Being a young, first time buyer of my own laptop with little money I was faced with the question "Should I go mac or PC?" this is a question which plagues a lot of people, do I go for the more expensive mac or make do with a PC? As a converted mac user I shall now continue to explain why the extra money spent on a mac goes a long way.
Lets look at the quality, I've had this mac for about 9 months now and I am yet to find a problem with it, it's solidly made with an fantastic battery life and it looks damn well awesome! Now lets compare this to another laptop such as my old laptop, a Fuji, which had to be restarted almost every time it was used and was slow and died on a number of occasions.
Then lets look at what the mac offers you, 1 years free warranty, fantastic customer care & support, iLife for free and the latest in innovation of technology. Apple seem to have used PCs, see what annoys people most and strive to put them right, for example built in webcam, a magnetic plug so if you trip over it doesn't fall to the floor, a remote control, a beautiful looking hardware and something brilliantly easy to use which doesn't need to be restarted and I am yet to see one crash or freeze. Then we get to Leopard operating system, spaces (different screens which you can switch from easily), quick look at documents, fanning / griding folders in dock and the list is endless with over 300 new features.
And we haven't even got to the performance, absolutely fantastic! I never ceases to amaze me, it's fast even with lots of programs running, and is fantastically easy to use.
As well as this, as soon as you purchase a mac you're suddenly let into this unspoken select group of mac owners; I was on a train back home from college and sat down beside a guy using a macbook pro and after I got out my macbook we suddenly started talking an it was as if we'd known eachother for years. And then you have groups of mac owners helping each other out with the best latest downloads for your mac.
So, why one earth would you even consider using a PC, I honestly can't think of any plausible reason as to why anyone would. My brother, unfortunately, uses vista on his laptop and I can't help but feel sorry for him, it's a constant battle for power between him and the PC with vista constantly stopping him and not working for some unknown reason which always seems to end up in me having so sort it out which takes just hours and is completely pointless and always ends in me wanting to take a hammer to it and smashing it until all that's left is a pile of meshed up plastic.
So, we've established that macs should be used over PCs. But which mac? I personally chose to go with the macbook purely because it is their cheapest laptop as oppose to the macbook air and macbook pro. So why then, you may ask, have I got the more expensive black one? Firstly because it looks fantastic especially when the apple logo is light up, and the little bit of extra specs go a long way as it is very fast and responsive and is just a piece of technological masterpiece.
If you want my advice, this is pure technological brilliance and if you're looking for a laptop then look no further!