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I just love this machine step up from my 17" imac been out for awhile now so got it for a real good price £650 brand new... at house of fraser tec7 1st macbook and will never get a windows laptop again
Ever since having migrated from the pain that is Microsoft Windows a few years back I can truly say I will never ever buy another computer that isn't a Mac. They are truly fantastic. I first bought one because macs have better foreign language input methods. For example, to type ç on a mac, just hold down alt and press c, on a pc you would have to press down alt, (and on a laptop num lock) and the digits 135. Albeit, quite a silly reason to buy a mac seeing how expensive they are, but I needed it. (New macs with a multi-touch trackpad let you write chinese characters with your fingers!)
Anyways, the mac book pro. My advice to anyone wanting to buy one of these should wait until September 09, Apple are releasing their new OS X, Snow Leopard then, and you don't want to buy one now, and have to upgrade come September, although you will be able to do this for free if you bought your Mac after June 09, all you will have to pay would be for the postage and packaging of the new OS (£7.50 I believe). Oh and don't forget, if you're a student either buy your mac instore and present your student card or buy online from the apple student store.
This is literally the best laptop I have ever had. The battery lasts a long time, depending how you use it for example surfing through wifi, with screen brightness at a low setting will last for at least 4 hours. The built-in webcam although not that high spec, works well with skype and ichat. The trackpad is a pleasure to you, with the new multitouch system, you can go into expose, by dragging four fingers down, go forward or back on the web by sliding 4 fingers left or right, and you can customise it as well to perform other functions. The Keyboard has the right amount of springyness and is great to type on. The screen looks superb, although the glossy finish can give a bit of glare if you have a direct light source behind it. The included software is everything you need, with iMovie for home movies, iCal makes a great calender and can synchronise with online calenders, iPhoto is great, iTunes and more.
It is easy to use and for those coming from windows, you will start to enjoy the speed and efficiency of a mac. Another great thing, is that the new unibody macs are one of the most environmentally friendly latops to be produced.
After uming and erring as to wether or not invest in a Macbook, I took the plunge! I've had my Macbook for just over a week now, (it's the 13.3 inch Aluminium one.)
Well, i absolutely love it! I mean, people say, ooh a Macbook, that's flash, etc... Maybe it is, but I find, it just seems to work. Now that might not sound like very much, but after struggling with a PC for years, and waiting for it to load, and hope it doesn't crash, this experience is an absolute joy!
I don't have to sit there for an eternity, waiting to log on to our network, I don't need to wait for ages as it loads all sorts of applications that I don't even want. The speed is fantastic, and everything about it feels nice.
The keyboard is a nice size, the screen is lovely and bright, and the aluminium enclosure feels really strong and smooth.
Yes the initial outlay is rather expensive, and people do seem to get jealous, however, I really feel it is worth it. I am yet to have a single crash, or problem, and I really can't say enough about this wonderful machine.
A couple of things to consider though,
Some programs that work on your PC may not work on the Macs operating system, and obviously the price may be an issue, but apart from those little nigles, I totally say go for it! 110%
A beautiful looking laptop, the MacBook impresses before you turn it on!
When mine arrived I was immediatly impressed, even the box it came in is a piece of art. Once unpacked, the first thing you'll be surprised by is the power supply... The connector magnetically pulls itself into the side of the device. This connection has a big advantage over the usual plug in types, if anyone walks into the power lead, it disconnects... no tripping people up or damage to the connector.
The next impressive feature is the start up speed, it's very quick both to the login sceen and to the desktop.
Now the fun begins, MacOS X! It's not Windows, so some users face a learning curve, but the effort is worthwhile as the OS is much more robust. For techies out there, it's UNIX based, so very powerful and versatile. I've enjoyed getting to grips with vi again!
I was worried about the screen size, but my worries were soon laid to rest. It may lack an inch or two, but the quality of the screen is obvious just looking at the desktop. Putting in a DVD confirmed the stunning picture quality.
The wireless networking is N compliant and also G and B for compatibility. Hard drive space isn't huge, but then most applications don't take as much room as in Windows. Sound quality is amazing, and to test that it comes with GarageBand where you can make your own music with little practice or in my case talent!
I'd heard good things about Macs for years, and after a few weeks I've yet to find anything bad about them. The only factors stopping this dominating the market are it's price (you get what you pay for) and the fact it isn't windows based, so there's less software available. The latter can be corrected as it's capable of running Windows Vista if you really need to.
The apple Macbok is a laptop like no other..it has more features than any windows laptop or home pc. I have always been a fan of windows and decided to become a swicther and swicth to a new brand and i chose the apple macbook
I purchased he Applemacbook last year and use it everyday, i love the fact i can charge the battery for a few hours and not have to worry at alll about the battery draining on me whle i am surfing the net or using it for design work.
The features in the Applemac are immense and would love to cover them all but i dont think i could...there is just tooooo many. What i love about the mac is i turn it on and can have my itunes open and widgets open..and aslo be sending mail all at the same time, the spaces feature is amazing it enables the user to have e.g.itunes, mail,photobooth,safari,and many more applications open without slowing down the computer..it really is that fast!!
Apple doesnt have a menu bar along the botton with icons and they stad out out more than windows icons, they are user friendly and really make you enjoy your using your computer..i have to use a windows pc at work and it bores me to tears folks! the applemac book is lightweight has brilliant battery life..excellent easy to use icons along the bottom of the screen oh and a built in camera!!!!
It really is the best of the best of laptops.i still find new things to use programme wise everyday..if you are into your design and music this is the computer for you! Garageband will keep you entertained for hours and it is possible to create your very own alblum..apple have thought of everything including iphoto and iweb and helps you design and make your own website ...publish and create artistic photo albums...has images to create flyers/menus.photoalbums..you name it you can on a mac!!!!
Apple macbook..gets 10/10 for design,easy to navigate around the apple menus..and excellent battery life!!!
As a long time pc user I had never considered an Apple laptop as an option however I recently visited an Apple store to buy an Ipod and was won over by the slick os and helpful staff who put to rest any of my worries about compatibility. I've had my Macbook for about 3 months now and have hardly switched my PC on since. The operating system is very stable and snappy and the bundled software is extremely useful. I particularly love iphoto which i now use to catalog and view my entire photo collection. I use MS office for Mac os and have no trouble opening files on a pc and have just bought photoshop elements which is also excellent on the mac platform. The keyboard and tracker pad are very easy to us and responsive and the screen is excellent and displays photos and movies effortlessly. The native browser and email client are again very easy to use and set up and all the different aspects of the mac os seem to work together well. Overall, I love my Mac and will never consider going back to a PC and windows again
I bought this laptop very recently to have as a portable solution to my iMac computer. I really do love this laptop and I think it is the ideal the only problem however, is the price. This cost me £929 and I bought it from the Apple store, I considered this to be a lot of money especially compared to other PC laptops of a similar spec.
The performance of this laptop however is excellent, I love how it boots up quickly and it really is quick to do tasks. The new Mac OSX Leaopard OS operating system really is excellent and great to use. I have found my work efficiency when using this laptop to be very good and the 2GB of ram ensures a stable use. I feel much more secure about the laptop not breaking from a virus because of it being a mac.
The screen is absolutly beautiful and I find the 13.3" screen to be the ideal balance between portability and performance. The resolution of 1280 x 800 is ideal for photo's and movies and there is an inbuilt camera which looks invisible in the screen, this is perfect for video conferences with friends. I really love the keyboard because it is so comfortable to press the keys and they are well spaced apart.
There is an impressive graphics card installed within the laptop and the inbuilt bluetooth is useful for sending files to other people. I love the aluminium casing which really loks great and feels great also whislt keeping the laptop cooler whilst running. The battery life is excellent giving you 5 hours of productive use. The multitrack touchpad is also very cool and provides a fun way to literally flick through your photo's amongst other things.
Overall I find this to be a fantastic laptop thatI really have been generally very impressed with. The performance is incredible and the new multi track pad really does make it more fun to use. I find the only downside to be the price however it is an Apple so you pay a premium. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
I purchased my MacBook around 6 months ago, despite being relatively pricey if you compare them on paper with similar "Windows" laptops the extra price really is well worth it, considering the benefits that they come with. My first impressions were that the build quality was incredible, especially compared with other laptops that I have owned in the past. You can quite easily pick one of these up with one hand, and not hear any creaks or see the entire thing bending, due to its "Unibody" construction.
The quality of these really is second to none, a true example of "you get what you pay for", and the operating system, OS X, continues to show the MacBook's quality. Due to it's Unix roots it is inherently secure, think of it as a more advanced version of Vista's User Account Control.
My primary use of this computer is web development work, so the issue of Windows only applications isn't really a problem for me, despite this Microsoft have released Office for Mac, so compatibility really isn't an issue.
What makes this laptop differ from many of it's cheaper competitors are the small things, no, it doesn't come with dedicated graphics or a bazillion GB of RAM, but it uses it's hardware effectively, and selects arguably the best technology. The use of DDR3 RAM is an example of this, bang up to date technology in a laptop, which hasn't even reached the mainstream PC market yet.
Another example is it's battery indicator, rather than having to turn on the laptop to check the battery life it has a small little button that illuminates a series of lights to tell you how much power there is remaining; which usually isn't a problem given the huge 5 hour battery life! But when it does come to charging Apple have even thought of that, with their MagSafe connector - this is the kind of thing that most companies wouldn't even have thought of, instead of having a typical plug held in by friction this uses magnetism to keep the connector in place. The advantage of this being that when you walk too far from the power cable instead of falling in a comical fashion the cable simply comes out and drops to the floor, with no hurt laptops (or people), this has saved me (and my laptop) on countless occasions.
The software that isn't included is a notable point; unlike many cheaper manufacturers it doesn't come with the typical array of "bloatware", so from the start you can enjoy the computing experience, rather than having to remove trial software that just slows your computer down. The included software is just as good too! Apple's iLife suite allows you to do the kind of things that, out of the box, you could only dream of with a PC.
The only real thing that is letting this down is the lack of a FireWire port, something that the previous generation did have, although in reality I never really use this, it would just be there in case I wanted it.
Great laptop! Hasn't broken yet!! >_> I have taken it a two mile walk around 3 days a week for the last 6 months too!
I bought this because I got through 3 computers in a year, all hardware faults! Hp Pavillion broke within 3 months!!
The touchpad is very handy for graphic designers in general, and so so good that I don't use a mouse! Which I always would with my other laptops!
The screens good, but it DOES have some glare, though I have been ok with this so far. I have to say though the colours of the screen are beautiful!
I love that the power cord is magnetic, as I always knock it accidentally, so no damage done there, though it does mean you will want to keep the battery in always, as it comes loose easily.
It seems to get a bit hot quickly, but it's been fine so far despite that.
The switch from PC to mac is easy and fast, and you can partition a windows drive and boot up in windows if you like (though the drivers being a little glitchy in this may mean you wont want to use windows as your main, but it is fine for games!)
I bought this because it had a decent graphics card, not something you usually see in small laptops, but now I see the sony vaio has a great graphics card too, for the same price with better specs, so you may want to go for that.
(See if you can buy it in China or another cheap country, you can also buy the apple care there too!)
I purchased on of these just the other day, and not through one of my normal channels. Instead of brand new, for the first time ever I bought through the Apple UK refurbished store. I got it for £799, so a £130 saving...
The only difference is it came in a plain white box, rather than a printed one. Everything in the box was brand new and sealed. The laptop is likely to be a custom return, or even a canceled order. I think mine was a return, as it had a tiny tiny mark on the edge of the lid, you had to hold it up to the light to see it. I was well pleased though.
I was started up and on the internet in under ten minutes. Another bonus was that this has the latest iLife 09 software suite on it. The screen is awesome, very bright and evenly lit. Battery life is equally impressive, with me getting around 5 hours between charges when just surfing and doing email and about 4 hours if watching some videos in the mix. The whole system is very quiet, runs nice and cool. The 160GB hard drive is plenty big enough for my use, mainly emails, web, and a few photo related tasks.
The only change I am going to make is spending £50 on some extra memory. I always do this with computers as it allows them to work at their best.
Can I recommend the MacBook... a definite yes.
I received this for Christmas and I am still besotted with it, and its performance is still amazing. Had I not begun a course and graphic design course and been shown how easy Macs are to use, I probably would never had this great urge to get this macbook.
The price may seem extortionate to some people, but you really do get what you pay for. The price buys you a macbook that has been designed with great attention to detail, from the unibody exterior to the little sleep indicator light that pulsates when your macbook is sleeping. You also get great support from Apple, and for 2 years longer if you choose to purchase AppleCare with it.
Obviously if you're going to be doing video editing or more professional work and need a larger screen and better graphics card then the Macbook Pro would be a more suitable choice. I use it for my graphics work and Adobe CS4 runs great on this, as well as any other programs really, such as Microsoft Office.
The most wonderful feature of this has to be the trackpad! Two finger strokes mean you can scroll up and down easily, three finger swipes left and right can be used to scroll through photos in iPhoto or to go backwards and forwards on webpages and so much more :)
The installation was so simple too. I just turned it on and after about 5 minutes I was set to start doing what I want. The Mac OS is just as simple, for first time Mac users you'll get used to the new OS and wonder how you ever did without it.
It comes with iPhoto for keeping your photos all organized, Photobooth for making use of the built-in iSight camera by taking silly pictures, iMovie for movie making projects, iChat for IM'ing those who also use Macs or have AIM screen names and loads more.
The built in Airport picks up your router really easily, so you can be on the internet in seconds. It also has bluetooth, which I haven't really used. The battery can last a good 4 or 5 hours, or 3 hours when running more graphic intense programs such as CS4.
The one problem I have is that for the money you pay, it should offer more than a 2.0ghz processor. But the DDR3 RAM means it definitely doesn't lack speed.
Basically, if you have almost a grand to spend on a laptop and want something that looks good and performs well, then this would be a great choice. Great for students, as its portable, stylish and performs well.