I have been using this laptop for a long time, and I love it! It looks so good, and is eyecatching, get's me a lot of good comments! It is powerful enough to do basic video editing, and all the other tasks I usually want to do. It has great configuration, although the hard drive was lacking for me so I upgraded to 320GB. The mac operating system and this laptop, are such a good combination and I love not having to worry about viruses in this age of viruses and trojans! I use my macbook for everything, and take it everywhere, and it is not too heavy too transport, and has a fairly good battery life, although as always, it could be better! I have often wanted to upgrade this laptop to the newest version, just to find that actually it is good enough to not need to or even want to! I use the webcam a lot for skype and it is very good quality and the mic is perfect. I find that I cannot think of many disadvantages if any for my mac!
As a windows user for all of my technical life. I've always been curious as to what apple and their mac range had to offer.
I became a full time student and was looking for a reliable laptop to facilitate my studies. It needed to be able to last a good three years. After drooling over the apple website I finally took the plunge and spent a lot of money (although students get them cheaper from the official apple store) on a macbook and took out the two years extra warranty.
OS X (the apple operating system) is different to windows but not in a bad way. It offers a sleek GUI and combined with the hardware it offers a more than adequate environment for writing essays and conducting research (spotlight it my favorite feature).
The best way that the macbook increases productivity over other laptops is it's multi-touch track pad. No other laptop implements this as well as the macbook range. Want to scroll? Just use two finger to stroke the pad instead of one. Activate exepose (an amazing feature)? Four fingers downwards swoop. By using all of these elements you can access different screen and documents far more efficiently that could ever be possible with simple ALT-TAB on a windows laptop.
I'm never without my macbook and if you're an intermediate to advanced pc user you'll have no problem adapting to a new OS. As a student the macbook is invaluable. I will note that advanced users may feel slightly restricted in that OS X is not very customizable. Use it for work or study but stick to windows for your main computer.
This is the first mac I've had, after being continuously impressed with the numerous amount of ipods I'd had. I needed a new laptop for university, and was looking for a high spec laptop, that was going to last me my whole course. After spending a month or so looking at laptop prices and reviews, I found that I was going to be lucky to find anything good and reliable enough that wasn't priced at around the £700 mark. I then realised that with vista still being the pre-installed operating system on pretty much everything, a mac seemed like a sensible alternative. Taking a bit of a risk, picking mainly on others opinions and my experience I bought the mac and waited for it to arrive!
Not really knowing how easy/difficult it would be to set up and use, I turned it on, and was immediately impressed with the clear screen and how bright it was to use. It was so good, I preferred it to my larger previous 15.4 laptop screen. After plugging in a few personal details, I was ready to use it. My immediate reaction was the fact that I wasn't immediately nagged to install updates, re-start the laptop before I could use it, unlike my previous Window's laptops. I also notice that it seemed very basic and lacking any options or menus, but how wrong I was. The bar at the top of the screen changes to what application or window you have up at the time. For example, Safari lets me look at history, bookmarks etc, but itunes lets me look at controls and store. I thought this was very innovative and was soon learning how practical it all was. The only real problem I had in the first week or so, was properly closing down programs. Being use to the minimise, maximise and close buttons so commonly found in the top right hand corner of Window's OS, i thought the red, yellow and green buttons work in the same way. However, there isn't a 'close' button, but instead just pins the program window to the dock, and not closing it completely. To properly close the program you have to go through the menu bar at the top which is easy enough to do!
At the bottom of the screen is the 'dock'. This is the easy access to all programs installed on the laptop. Some of the most common ones include, itunes, safari, mail etc, but this can be customised and other downloaded programs can be added to the dock; as well as the option being available of changing the icon size and wether you want to hide the dock when you don't have the cursor over it.
A clever option which I quite like is the fact that you can change the wallpaper continuously by changing the settings. It gives you the option of changing the wallpaper from every 5 seconds, or changing it less frequently. The wallpapers from Apple look stunning on the screen and are very bright and clear.
Itunes does work a lot slicker on the mac, than any PC I've used which does make it a lot easier to use. Also, ipod synchronisation is a lot better as well as the backup facility for any content downloaded using WiFi.
Overall, I would recommend this laptop highly. I would also recommend getting it from apple personally because not only do they do student discount, but at the time I bought mine, they were also doing a free ipod touch rebate. This did mean buying it, and then requesting a rebate, but once you sell the ipod, it makes the laptop a lot cheaper over all.
I bought an Apple Macbook around March of this year. Since its purchase I have never had a single problem with it, and am still very impressed and pleased with my purchase. I'm always carrying it around with me, to and from uni on a daily basis, and find that it is very easy to do so due to its size.
The packaging to the Apple Macbook is obviously the first thing you will see after purchasing it. The packaging looks very professional and makes the Macbook look very desirable. Inside the box everything is nicely padded with thin black foam and is laid out very nicely.
In the box you get:
. The Apple Macbook
. The charger
. An optional plug to use if you don't want to use the full length cable
. A screen cleaning cloth
. The instruction manual
. The Mac OSX 10.5 startup disk
. Ethernet cable
This is everything you need to start using this impressive piece of equipment.
When starting up the macbook for the first time you will get an incredibly cinematic video which shows some of the basic features of the mac as well as showing off the fantastic quality of the 13.3" screen. You will also be asked to entire all you personal information and customize the laptop to how you want it. This setup process doesn't take long at all, and once it's done your ready to start exploring the Macbook.
Once you have used the Macbook you will really be able to see how well it performs with the core 2 duo 2 GHz and the 2GB of RAM, as the computer runs so smoothly and quickly. This makes using programs like spaces a joy to use.
With the rather large amount of memory, 120GB of it, you needn't worry about having to delete files in order to make it perform quicker or to create more space. I find that this is plenty of space.
The battery life on this laptop is very good indeed. I usually get about 4 hours battery life after it has been fully charged, which is plenty of time. This could be increased further by playing around with the power saving settings.
I particularly like the bluetooth on this laptop. It makes transferring files from my mac to my phone effortless and quick. This makes the fact that my phone software doesn't work on mac negligible.
For anyone who wants a Macbook, but still wants to use some programs for windows, then this can still be done using the boot camp utility. This allows you to put a partition in your hard drive and allow a certain amount of space for windows and a certain amount or OSX.
The only problems I can find with this product is that it accessories are quite expensive, like the mighty mouse, which is around £30 for the wired one, and £50 for the wireless. Also it doesn't support all hardware and software, so it is definitely advised to look into the purchase beforehand.
Overall this is a great laptop which is great for work and entertainment. I'm still finding new things to do on it and little shortcuts that make using it even more of a joy than it already is.
This Macbook was the first Apple computer that I have ever owned, and I am glad to say that it is fulfilled my expectations and even gone beyond. For a start, the new Mac operating system Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a lot faster, and feels a lot more stable, than Microsoft's alternative Windows Vista and Windows 7. The user interface also looks a lot nicer.
One of the things that Apple have always been renowned for is the quality of their products devoted to media and creativity, and their latest laptop computer does not disappoint. The iSight camera is of reasonable quality, and has an array of effects which I found amusing, if not terribly productive. The iLife suite of software, which comes free with the computer, is fun to play with and is useful if you wanted to design a webpage or make a home movie - pursuits that have become increasingly more common.
The Achilles Heel? Although Apple say that their computers are 'seamlessly compatible' with Microsoft, I found that it was not always, especially with the Keynote software, Apple's answer to PowerPoint. However, I still consider it a product worth buying, and i would definitely recommend it to a friend, if I thought they could handle the change from Windows to Mac.
I have never had a Mac before, this Macbook was my first Mac ever. I did not know if it would be any good but good things are always said about Macs and the fact that most of the people in my family had moved over to Macs. They helped me to get a Mac. I have only had it couple days and am very pleased with it so far. Their's only couple of things which I do not like about it which will be pointed out in this review.
I got a Macbook couple of days ago and so far am extremely impressed with my Macbook. Starting off Mac OS X Leopard is a very cool fresh change from Windows it looks fresher and newer. The ease of use with Mac is so user friendly. You have a bar at the bottom of the screen which is called the Dock. You can move this to where you want to the screen which is good. The dock can contain what ever programs that you want to and it does not matter what programs you keep on it however I would recommend that you keep the main programs on it but it's completely up to you what programs you keep on it. When I first got my mac I was getting confused with things so small like how some of the programs work and how to empty the trash can. But after been using the Mac for couple of days I am used to it now and know how to do most things little and small because it's so userfriendly and easy to use.
Mac is not a very popular operating system and most businesses use Windows so that means that all the virus are coded for Windows and not mac which is a big advantage when you need to use your laptop for personnel information and that will help you to keep you safe and your credit card information when you shop online. The only thing the I do not like about the Mac is the keyboard. It looks and feels cool and good to use but the keys are moving out of place somewhat.
The caps lock key is very bad I press it and type and then it takes about six seconds to put on and then I keep typing and my letters come out in the wrong caps It's so annoying.
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We switched from using windows XP on a pretty old and slow PC about 2 years ago. We wanted a Laptop as at the time we lived in a flat and thought it would be a space saving solution. We decided on an Apple MAC as my other half is very interested in music production and all the big name DJ'S seem to be using these. For the first week or to we found it difficult until we got used to the difference between apple and windows however it did not take long. The laptop itself is very lightweight and easy to carry about and store at home when not in use. I bought my other half a carry case from the Apple shop which he finds useful when taking the laptop to work. We have a wireless connection at home and find that the download speed is excellent. The screen is large compared to other laptops I have seen. The only thing that annoys us about this product is the battery life. We only seem to get a few hours out of ours before we have to plug it in again. Don't know if this is average or not but doesn't both us too much as we just keep the adaptor beside us in the living room! An all-round good computer if you are thinking of buying I would recommend it. It may be expensive to buy at first but well worth it in the long run as much more reliable than a PC.
Nothing anyone can say or show me, will stop me from saying I LOVE MY BEAUTIFUL GORGEOUS SEXY WHITE Macbook! NOTHING i tell you ha-ha!
Its so sleek, fast, stylish, amazingly beautiful! You need to get one, its a must.
I bought this 2 months ago from comet, 649.99, which i must say was a bargain brand new and not a crumbling display model!
This machine, is super fast and works amazing with my other apple products (iPhones & iPods) apple has their current technology at such a tee-its unbelievable.
The software (os) is superb and easy to use, i went from a PC to a MAC you guys that have PCs...
Macs are not hard to use, you can even run windows on them if you need windows for specific programs or decide you doon't like the Mac's os. You can even run windows in a window, so you can still run the mac os and also mix files between both system runners... Its an amazing machine, you need one. If you read this, it means your considering, stop thinking, start clicking.
BUY BUY BUY, MUST BUY!
CHECK OUT MY UPDATE AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW, I'M FAR FROM IMPRESSED!!!
I received my Apple MacBook for Christmas 2008 and have enjoyed using it for many of its features. The MacBook itself is a lovely compact size with a 13" screen, and looks very stylish in white with the Apple logo on the lid of the MacBook which lights up when in use. The screen is bright and the colours are amazingly bright and deep. The icons for different applications and programs are set at the bottom of the screen for ease of use.
One thing I found strange about the MacBook was not having a 'right click' button on the mouse. Being used to PCs, I found this difficult at first but there are lots of shortcuts which provide the same function as clicking the right button on a PCs mouse. I bought a book to give me the lowdown on MacOS X, the operating system used by the MacBook which proved very useful, as this was my first Mac.
Primarily I use it to browse the internet using Apple's Safari browser. Easy to use, very straightforward. I purchased Microsoft Office for Mac which gave me Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Any documents created on this are compatible with Microsoft Office on a PC and vice versa. This was very useful when transferring documents to and from work. The Word program is good because you can also create publications similar to Microsoft publisher but with more sophistication of design, much more sleek than anything a PC could produce!
There are lots of fun features on the MacBook, such as the built-in webcam which allows you to chat on line with others, take photographs and alter them with weird and wonderful effects. This provided me with hours of fun on Christmas day! GarageBand is also a great program which comes with the MacBook. It is a recording studio which allows you to create your own songs using either pre-recorded loops, a virtual keyboard or you can plug in instruments via a midi-keyboard. There are loads of instrument sounds already installed as well as loops of music of many genres and the results are fantastic - a must for anyone who wants to write and record their own music and fun to mess around with for those without musical talent!!
The battery life is not as good as I would have hoped, it will give about 4 hours of continuous use before needing to be charged. The power cable is a MagnaSafe cable, which means that the bit that plugs into your MacBook is secured with a magnet, so if the cable gets pulled, it will just pull straight out rather than pull your MacBook onto the floor! A great idea, I thought. My powercable, however, ceased to work after a couple of months of having the MacBook and after looking on the Apple website for reviews of this, I found that a number of people had experienced similar problems. A replacement cost about £60 so I was not very happy with this. Time will tell if the replacement cable lasts well or not!
****UPDATE***** THE AFOREMENTIONED POWERCABLE (THE NEW ONE) BURNED OUT YESTERDAY!!!!!!! I ONLY BOUGHT IT IN AUGUST, NOT LONG BEFORE I ORIGINALLY WROTE THIS REVIEW. I AM INCREDIBLY ANNOYED WITH THIS HENCE THE CAPITAL LETTERS AND INTEND TO GET IN TOUCH WITH APPLE TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT, I'M NOT PREPARED TO PAY ANOTHER £60 FOR SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO CONK OUT AFTER A FEW MONTHS!!!!! RANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To conclude, I feel the MacBook is great for surfing the net, using the fun features such as GarageBand, watching DVDs, iTunes, the built-in webcam and organising photographs. A good entertainment laptop.