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I have used my macbook for 3+ years now and it hasn't let me down yet!
The macbook is a great laptop for the average consumer. If you want to easily upload your photos from your camera, organize them without any difficulty and instantly share them on facebook, twitter etc using the iPhoto program. Easily create music on the garageband program, and even hook up your electric guitar/piano etc. to record your own instrumental song. Surf the web with the fast safari browser. Easily edit your videos with the imovie program. Play a professional pre-setted slideshow with awesome music and effects on the frontrow program. Easily find files on your computer using spotlight. Take quick pictures of yourself with the built in camera and edit your taken pictures with fun effects using the photo booth program.
Everything is pre-installed to the macbook, so there's no need to search and buy programs. Everything is there for you straight out of the box!
And you dont have to worry about viruses since the mac os X operating system cant be touched by viruses. It really is a beautiful experience.
A must get for the average consumer!
Our Macbook has been around for about two years now and is still going strong. The fan tends to get a bit noisy at times but pretty well everything else to do with 'build' quality is still excellent. I bought the MacBook primarily for me to write on: I am a professional writer and can dole out thousands of words a day. Keyboard sensitivity is essential for me: I don't want to be pounding on a stiff keyboard. The MacBook scores here as the keyboard is excellent. The trackpad is also smooth and receptive. My only keyboard 'dislike' is that, as I understand is common with Macs, there is no delete button: you use fn plus backspace. This is fine when you get used to it,
We had one issue with the Snow Leopard OS crashing and burning and needing reinstalling. The iPhoto and iMovie functions are very popular in this family and my daughter, 12, frequently uses them to make movies and presentations for school work. We have also purchase a Microsoft Works package for the MacBook as I prefer to use Word for writing on. I don't think Pages is as good.
In general, although expensive, this MacBook is a good purchase. I'm not convinced that some of the high quality PC laptops on the market aren't as good value but we certainly enjoy using this one and the iMovie application is great fun, as I have mentioned.
In summary I have been impressed with build quality but less enamoured of the famed stability of Apple's operating systems, which was one reason we bought the MacBook. I suspect I may be a boring PC lover in essence. So I am giving it four stars.
I say this is a "starter" into the world of Mac, but don't think that means cheap. Although this is the most basic model, it'll still cost you near a grand. For those who haven't experienced the Mac OS, it's very reasonable to ask if the experience if really worth the premium price. For the most part, I'd say yes.
On the software side of things - OSX is very swish. There are lots of little touches in it which add something to the whole experience of using a Mac. It's difficult to explain to someone who's never used a Mac before, but things like the animations when using expose or minimising applications really make the experience feel fresh and personal. Windows 7, in comparison, whilst is nice in a lot of areas with its looks still seems to lack any personality in some regards. I don't say that because I'm a Mac fanboy; I like Windows 7 just as much as OSX, but if you want something that feels that extra bit special when you use it, I'd definitely recommend using a Mac.
The Macbook itself is relatively small, which is partly what drew me to it. The small size does mean you make a few sacrifices though; obviously the tech in it won't be as powerful as the larger laptops out there. What's crammed into it is more than ample though if you aren't going to be doing CPU intensive things such as high spec gaming. If you're heavily into deisgn and use products like photoshop, or are a gamer, you might want to look into the Pro model.
My only real criticism of this product is the battery life. Laptops aren't generally known for boasting huge battery lives, but I'm generally quite lucky to get about 4 hours out of mine just surfing the internet.
I'd recommend this for someone who's looking for something a little different and has the cash to spare; if you're on a tight budget I'd recommend you look for a cheaper alternative Windows based laptop.
The apple macbook is a laptop style computer which I have had among a number of systems. I think it has many features which work well for me and I think its easier to use than some of the windows based computers and laptops I have had.
The macbook has an easy to use well positioned keyboard with qwerty keys. There is no number pad section as the numbers run along the top of the macbook.
I think the way the keys are super flat is good. I like the way I only need to use a soft touch to type something. This is less tiring than with other laptops and easier for the wrists.
I think the white outer casing is great. The apple logo lights up on the lid when I use the macbook which is cool. The track pad is at the middle at the front and makes it easy for me to use.
I can tap once on the pad to click on something and use 2 fingers to scroll down on a page. I think this is very useful and quick for you to pick up as a new user.
I can have the macbook set to show top sites, which is a selection of pages I have been to when online that visit.
If I want to clear my browser when I log back on it will take a while for top sites to reset again and show my recent or favorite sites. I can click on any of the mini pages shown and that page will come up for me to use.
I can run a macbook with safari as the browser, but can also split it to run another as well, so fire fox can be there for use for instance if I need it. I think safari is better for this as it is the system created for the macbook so it runs best.
The case for the macbook is smooth and the screen is just over 13 inches. I think thats enough for a smaller laptop and the view you get is good, very clear with bright colours. I can change it if I want and also change text size etc to make viewing easier.
The control panels for macbook is cool, you can have it set vertical at one side or horizontal at the bottom. When you move the cursor across the panel the icons get larger as they get highlighted and you get a cool effect from that. It makes it easy to choose which application you want.
Macbook has a built in camera with a good choice of effects. It can be a web cam too. There is itunes, iphoto, idvd, garage band, iweb, ical, quick time player, photo booth and many more you can set to be part of your display choices.
The cost of the macbook is a concern and makes it too much for many. I wish they cost less as they are much more than lots of the similar windows laptops.
There so many great things you can do with a macbook, its very good for use with the ipod and it can work with printers with no issues once its all installed correctly.
I would recommend the macbook as its a very reliable easy system to use. I think its easier than a windows laptop for a new user. Prices are high and can be at least £730 for a macbook and often more.
Its a great laptop that should be available for more users, but price puts people off. I can understand why.
My third Apple laptop (but a Mac user since '93) and costing just one third of the cost of the previous one (a 2002 1GHz Powerbook - £2400) this is an awesome laptop. Whilst my Powerbook is still going strong after eight years this is a really neat and great value for money. The battery lasts forever. It's solidly built. The keyboard's a dream to type on - especially in the dark. Bu the killer feature is probably the trackpad; I simply can't function trackpads on other laptops anymore they feel so useless compared to Apple's efforts.
The main downside for me is the SD card slot - a very poor effort on Apple's part. It's the right size for a RS-MMC card and there's no eject mechanism. For those of used to older Apple products I miss the quality of features but I guess that explains the huge drop in price recently! I'd also like to see the USB ports spaced better but they do look neat and for most purposed they are fine.
Upgrading the HDD takes only a few minutes and far cheaper than taking Apple's upgrade options. The process is explained in the manual - so don't worry about the warranty. I went with base RAM as Apple do overcharge for that but for my light use it's fine. Crucial UK are the best suppliers for Mac RAM in my experience for those who need more.
In summary this, the base MacBook Pro model, is a near perfect laptop for home/student/office business use. You won't be disappointed. For those that need more real estate or power either upgrade aftermarket to avoid Apple's expensive updates or look for a higher model.
I got a 13inch Macbook for Christmas last year and seeing as I'm 15 I only use it for internet and coursework.
The laptop is brilliant, its so much faster than any other windows laptop I've used in the past and the graphics are by far the best on the market. The idea of having applications in a folder on the dock make the desktop much tidier and its basically easier to find which programme you want to use. The webcam or 'photobooth' is quite good, for most people webcam doesn't really matter but its easy to use via skype.
The 7 hour battery life is brilliant, my old laptop was about 3 hours. The use of programmes like GarageBand and iWeb are amazing, I think I bought iWork for £90 or something but its worth it seeing as you can produce songs, podcasts and websites using the package.
The only downside is Pages. Pages is the 'equivalent' to Microsoft's Word and lacks half the things Microsoft includes. This is my first Apple laptop so when I first used it I honestly didnt have a clue, I'd recommend to take a few classes/lessons on the basics of using a Macbok because its so much different to Windows then I expected.
Other then a poor MSN and 'Word equivalent', the 13inch Macbook is amazing. Worth the money!
I have owned two Apple Macbooks. My first Macbook lasted four years but after this time there were a few problems with it, the original design meant that the plastic broke away from the sides and left it looking less than desirable, also dirt stained the material quite easily. When getting close to the end of the laptop's life the screen backlight became broken and the screen failed to turn on properly which meant it was basically on the lowest brightness continuously. The newer macbook which I own now has an impressive glossy design which keeps in much better condition. Overall the quality of Apple products in my opinion succeeds others, the software which comes with the macbook is of equal quality to any windows laptop, the speed of the new snow leopard software adds extra features such as time machine which is a great addition to previous Apple laptops. The battery life has lasted me at least 3 hour train journeys with me using software continuously for this time. It was also easy to install microsoft office and therefore make it good as a student's product for accessibility.
Having owned a G4 Quicksilver tower which was on it's last legs, I decided to update with a laptop as I wanted more mobility in my own home rather than being stuck in the study. I didn't need anything as powerful or expensive as the MacBook Pro and so looked into a MacBook.
After much deliberation and research, I opted for the entry level MacBook which came with 2.1 ghz processor, 1GB RAM and a 120gb hard drive. This was enough for me as I was mainly going tomuse it for web browsing and Skyping friends and family. I ended up purchasing the Mac on the Currys website as I managed to find a discount code which bought the price down to just under £600. I must point out that I bought this laptop in 2008 and so the spec and price are obviously a little out of dat. I could probably do with upgrading again!
I had heard reports of the battery not lasting all that long, but I'm pleased to report I still get a good 5-6 hours of regular use on a single charge. I'm also very impressed with the built in iSight web camera, which is built into the framing around the screen. It gives very good picture quality when using Skype, even though I believe the quality to be less than a megapixel.
One of the best improvements I have seen from previous incarnations is how the power cord attaches to the laptop. Previously, both MacBooks and MacBook Pros (or rather iBooks and Powerbooks) had regular "plug" style adaptors which, on occasions broke. Apple had decided to update the function with a magnetic attachment which is much better. If you trip over or pull the lead accidentally, the laptop doesn't follow you round the room... Instead the light magnet simply detaches and causes no damage.
Overall, I am still extremely delighted with my MacBook 2 years later. I will certainly upgrade with the newer version when the time comes.
This is my 4th macbook purchase after a string of poor laptop choices. Even as the very basic model, it outperforms most laptops in most respects. I am a casual computer user - that is to say internet usage, a few other programs for viewing photo's, ripping dvds, watching videos and updating my iphone. I cannot speak for more indepth design programs or such, but I have never had a problem with performance - even running multiple programs at once.
This is in comparison to my pc (which I do need for some un-mac-friendly internet sites and programs), where it finds it difficult to rip a dvd and surf the net at the same time.
The other main difference between macs and windows-based laptops / pc's is how user-friendly a macbook is. I use computers 14 hours a day and still feel like I fight a pc when I want to install software or add hardware. With a macbook, its nearly always a pain-free experience. Printers, wi-fi networks..... it detects them for you and does everything automatically.
Macs are also getting more interface-friendly and connect to most digital cameras / video / tv equipment. I just purchased a mini-display port to HDMI lead to a 50" plasma tv and my macbook treats the tv as a second monitor - so I can watch a movie from my macbook on the tv, whilst still surfing the net.
The biggest difference between a mac and a windows laptop is reliability. I use a Dell laptop at work and programs crash constantly and has to be rebooted often. No such issues with a macbook.
Overall, I cannot speak more highly for this product and have talked 7 friends into buying macbooks - all of which have been very thankful for enlightening them.
The only negative points you can level at macbooks are price and battery life. However, you certainly notice the difference in quality and the battery life (approx 3 to 4 hours constant use) issue is true of all laptops.
Believe the hype. You wont regret ditching a windows-based product once you've swtiched to mac.
right i have had this macbook since december 09' and would like to share my thoughts on it. Firstly, when opened up for the first time you sense the pristine white and looks like a very clean computer. When turned on, the 8th wonder of the world has been created. Never had i had a computer which loads so fast and quickly and can be on the web within 20 seconds of pressing the power button.
As a previous windows user i was sure they were the only computers worth buying and could not risk £800 on a new computer that might not even been that good. So this part is for the windows users- the macintosh software has grown substantially since it first came about. There used to be problems with compatibility between macs and pcs but that has completely gone since macs are now inline with there rivals. Windows are still great computers and no doubt are much better for gaming but i believe everyday users will benefit from the very user friendly interface of the mac. It comes with many free programs including garageband- a music composing software and photo booth-a webcam program which works in conjunction with the good quality webcam. The keyboard is very flat and allows users a very comfortable experience even for long documents. The battery life is meant to be around 10 hours but i can get around 7-8 hours doing light web browsing and documents. Heavy browsing like youtube will cut it down to about 3-4 hours.
This is for the mac owners with older macs- the new macs are fairly similar to what was created from 10.4-tiger and i would say they are very much the same in speed. I would only recommend buying one if your old one broke down or your felt the need for time machine- a new back-up software program which is useful if you have valuable documents but this was added in the previous version-10.5 leopard. I don't see the extra features of the macbook pro being worth it like a back lit keyboard or memory card slots
The only problems i have had with the computer is that the back overheats slightly when the charger is in. I have had no software problems and don't know many others who haven't. I believe this is the time to switch if you have and as i was a devout windows user!
When I want someting I really fight for it, and this is no exeption. It has all you could possibly want and more all in a simple but really effective laptop. It is great for travelling, it is light weight, provides webcam, internet, games and so many more features. I can't get enough of it. Overheating caused me many problems with other laptops, in the middle of doing something important the computer woulld just turn off, but I didn't have to worry about that with this laptop it never seems to get over heated. Another great advantage is that it can't get any viruses, this is great yet another weight pulled off my shoulders I can't think of what to worry about now. The only thing that pulls you away of this mindblowing product is the price, so did I but I was about to make a huge mistake. I probably wasted more money buying other laptops every few years than buying this one. It doesn't fail me, ever.
Do not NOT BUY THIS because of the price. Yes you can cheap laptops with a great spec. now but they are not made by Apple.
The Apple MacBooks, like most Apple products, are gorgeous really chic white, shiny and very classy looking plus like it or like it not there is still a certain prestige that comes from owning an Apple computer, be it a Mac or MacBook. The only worry I had when purchasing my new white MacBook was that it looked as though it was made out of a kind of plastic shell, I was worried it might scratch, snap, break or even become discoloured over time. However my concerns were unfounded. My MacBook is neither scratched, broken or any other colour besides white and still looks as pristine as it did they day I walked into the Apple Store and picked it up!
The new touchpad on the MacBook is probably the most notable improvement, in my mind anyway. Whereas the old style white MacBook had a scrolling touchpad but buttons which you had to press to select thing on screen, the new MacBook has an all-in-one touchpad which you can use to scroll and click...however don't think you'l be 'clicking' like you would on any normal laptop no, no, no...On the MacBook you simply hold you're finger onto the pad, no tapping, clicking or prodding involved. If you're thinking of buying one of these definitely go to the shop and try one!!! Another improvement from the old Book is the look of the new styled MacBook. Apple have made this one more slender and rounded everything off so that whether the MacBook is open or closed it looks like a work of art...and shallow or not one of the reasons I chose a MacBook, in particularly the white one is because it is so aesthetically pleasing!
The computer itself is brilliant, the white MacBook is really the entry stage model however, you definitely would not notice! The processor is really quick, the software brilliant (...if a tad useless for any written work!!!) and the features, well when I first started using the MacBook I was constantly thinking...Wow that's a great idea, why doesn't a windows computer do that? And how have I lived without that feature?! Sounds corny, I know, but you're constantly discovered new tricks that the Mac does that make everything so much easier and although these tricks and quirks seem odd and a little alien at first you will soon be wondering how you managed without them. For instance:
-The touchpad can be used for much more than just scrolling and selecting...seriously buy one and play or stand in the shop for a few hours
-Before you can make any changes to your MacBook's set-up it asks for an admin. password to prevent any accidental or unwanted changes.
-The MacBook has something called 'Time Machine' which when connected to an external hard-drive automatically backs up all your work without having to be continually told.
-There is an application called front-row, which besides being very attractive and well designed, makes you MacBook a music player, cinema, tv etc.
Anyway in short with a Mac you are always discovering new things that you didn't realise you needed. Plus with the speed and brilliant design work, using the MacBook for anything work related seems to be a lot quicker and easier!
One problem and quite a notable one though...when you pay around £800 for one of these you get no Word or text software included! Cheeky!!! You not only have to buy the computer but also software for it to be useful!!! (If you plan to write on it etc.) This software is quite expensive too...as far as I know there is iWork made by Apple or Office which is obviously Microsoft. I chose Office as I had moved to a Mac from a Windows laptop with Word 2007 and had got on well with it so didn't really want to change and I will say Microsoft Word for Mac is amazing...much better than for Windows. There are no compatibility issues in between operating systems and platforms; 'MacWord' sorts them all for you and there's a clever bit that asks you, if you're interested what format you want to use, if you aren't interested though 'MacWord' automatically makes in 'standardly compatible. Also instead of numerous toolbars at the top of your screen 'MacWord' has a 'Toolbox' which is a little window which pops out next to your writing window and can be used to select fonts, colours, pictures, use a dictionary, set up margins etc. all of which is loads simpler and easier to do than on a Windows PC/Laptop. There are things that after having Windows based computers for about 15 years I do not know how to do and I've done IT courses and school/college etc. Whereas on the Mac it's so simple and straightforward everything can be done easily and in many cases better.
Well I think you get the gist and I could go on and on about how amazing the Mac is...just to summarise it's fabulous and I never want a Windows OS again! But when you buy an Apple Mac writing software does not come as standard!
If anyone is undecided about purchasing a Mac though and wants any extra info. or has any questions...drop me an E-Mail and I'll try to help : )
I bought an Apple Macbook last September when I was starting university and my Dell laptop kept breaking down. At first, I was slightly apprehensive due to the price and the fact that I'd been told that they were better for people who needed them for art/design etc (I'm doing Law).
I went to the Apple store and the people there were really helpful and gave me a small lesson on how to use the Macbook and its features. They also told me I would get a 15% discount for being a student. I can honestly say that now I have a Macbook, I would never go back to any other type of laptop/PC. It did take a bit of getting used to at first but now it is so easy to use. It has never once crashed (my old laptop crashed all the time) and the graphics are brilliant. It even looks a lot nicer than most other laptops, however the fact that it only comes in white is a downside as it shows any little bit of dirt. Also the surface of the lid gets little scratches really easily so I would recommend getting a case for it.
In the box there was a charger, screen cleaner, back up software and of course the laptop. The charger is brilliant because it is magnetic where it attaches to the laptop, so if you trip over the wire, it simply falls out rather than causing your laptop to fall.
It sometimes is a pain that it doesn't come with windows because most email attachments/downloads seem to use windows, but you can buy the windows for mac software. Also, when I bought my digital camera, I put the camera software into the mac only to find that it would only work with windows operating systems. However, when I plugged my camera into the macbook, it worked without needing the software.
To summarise - I did think that Macs were overpriced before I bought mine, but I can honestly say that they are worth every penny and mine will probably last a lot longer than my old dell did (18 months!!). They are brighter, faster and nice looking than most other laptops and are extremely easy to use. They are not just for art/design, although they do have some fantastic programs on them (e.g. you can retouch photos). If you need a new laptop and are considering one...go for it!!
I have had my MacBook for quite a while now and feel that I am in a good position to review it fairly. I originally purchased my MacBook as I was in the design industry; I have since moved into the telecoms industry and given a PC laptop (boo, haha!), so my Mac was kept as a personal laptop for home use.
**Price & Availability**
You can buy a MacBook from £740 from the Apple website, from independent online retailers, and from the high street. Apple have a number of stores, MacBooks are also available at independent Apple shops such as KVCS and from well known high street retailers Comet, Currys, PC World and John Lewis.
If you wish to pick up a MacBook second hand, you can do so via Ebay or on the high street at Cex. Prices vary according to age, spec, cosmetic state and amount of accessories.
My MacBook, which I'm basing my review on, cost £900 from KVCS in Leeds in August 2008. The specs are as follows:
Size and weight
Height:1.08 inches (2.74 cm)
Width:13.00 inches (33.03 cm)
Depth:9.12 inches (23.17 cm)
Weight:4.7 pounds (2.13 kg)
Processor and memory
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
1066MHz frontside bus
2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Supported resolutions: 1280 by 800 (native), 1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 1024 by 640, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 by 480, and 640 by 480 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio
Connections and Expansion
MagSafe power port
Gigabit Ethernet port
Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
Kensington lock slot
250GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive; optional 320GB or 500GB 5400-rpm drive4
8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/
Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD
Graphics and Video Support
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
Built-in iSight camera and mini Display Port
Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking.2; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement)
Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in omnidirectional microphone
Combined optical digital output/headphone out (user-selectable analog audio line in)
Supports Apple Stereo Headset with microphone
**What's in the box?**
In the box (which in true Apple style is neat and white with a carry handle) you get:
60W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord (the Magsafe connector is great; it magnetically seeks the port so it's easy to clip into place).
Printed and electronic documentation
Remote control (so you can control itunes if you are watching a movie using the TV out port).
Initially I would say the build quality is high. The MacBook feels solid, well made, and very user friendly. There are no fiddly catches or clasps to break and the buttons feel solid and are easy to use.
However. One year on I noticed my once-pristine MacBook had stained yellow on the area around the trackpad, where I place my wrists to type. Apparently this is staining from sweat! Now, I am not a sweaty person (honest!) and always take care to wash my hands, etc, but the level of wear and tear the Mac is showing is far more than my 1 year old black Dell work laptop is showing and I've used that far more aggresively!
The well used keys, in my case the space bar, and the mouse button, have also become dirty and dull with age. The outside of the Mac hasn't fared much better - despite my only using it on a table top and never, ever taking it out of the house, the heat of the fan has caused the outer casing to dull and the only way of cleaning it is to take a clean white pencil eraser and rub off the 'tarnish'. Not something I'd have expected to do with a £900 laptop at just over a year old. I *really* wish I'd bought a black one.
Worse still, the magnets which hold the case closed when the lid is shut have been proven to be too strong, which means that the entire outer edge of the keyboard and the top of the lid (above the screen) have cracked and peeled off . I have called the Mac care line and been advised this is a known issue and I have to take it for repair which may take six weeks! So, not very happy about that. This is the first time I have ever had problems with Apple build quality. My iphone, and previous Macs and ipods have all been brilliant. My 1 year old, near £1000 laptop is now cracked, dirty and looking terrible, and my husband's £300 netbook, 2 years old, dropped more than once is sparkly new!
There is nothing easier to use than a Mac, in my opinion. I do love it for it's ease of use, from it's sensibly placed buttons, it's wonderful keyboard, and it's operating System - I have Mac OS X Tiger, though you can opt to upgrade to Snow Leopard. I don't want to go on for 100 words on how great Mac OS X is - I genuinely think it does everything a well designed OS should do and I prefer it in every way to Windows. The level of support nowadays for Mac is high, five or so years ago on my old Mac I couldn't find Mac-compatible freeware anywhere, now most everything is adapted for Mac. I use the FireFox browser as I prefer it to OS X's installed browser, Safari, and it does everything I need it to.
Playback of movies of any format is a breeze (but just like with PCs you need to install a codec pack first which takes about 10 minutes). The sound is loud, clear and of the high quality you'd expect of a MacBook.
I am so used to using a Mac that if I didn't have to use a PC for work, I'd never go back (though due to the build issues, I may buy a desktop, or another model of laptop). The built in iSight camera means Skype calls are a doddle, and I can call my dad and have a video chat for free, Mac-to-PC, with ease.
The battery is a big draw for me and is worth a good chunk of what I paid for the Mac alone. Whilst I rarely if ever take it out of the house I do take it into the kitchen to play TV shows or music whilst I cook, in the bathroom or laundry room for the same whilst I clean, and can take it into the lounge to share photographs with my family, all without having to worry about wires. That's because the battery lasts an easy four and a half to five hours even when running a memory intensive application. None of the PC laptops I have ever owned, even on a high capacity battery, have been able to match this, much less 18 months on.
The Bluetooth means I can take photos on my phone and have them on my computer in moments. I can also send music files or contacts back to it. It syncs with my Blackberry, iphone and ipod, and all of them quickly with ease.
**After Sales Support**
I have to give a big thumbs up to Apple Care because even without taking the extended warranty I found that my MacBook was covered for known faults, and any repairs I take it in for will be free of charge. The staff on the phone and in the store (you can book an appointment at the 'Genius Bar' to discuss your hardware) are extremely knowledgeable and extremely polite and helpful and I am confident that should I have any issues with my Mac, I can be provided with the level of support I'd like from all companies (but don't, sadly, always get!)
**Would I recommend?**
Well it's a mixed bag for me. My MacBook is fabulous in every way apart from the build, which means it's tatty and cracked way before it's time. So, whilst I wholeheartedly recommend you get a Mac if you want one (and some people just want to change from PCs, as they use them at work or they are fed up of Windows/Microsoft) I would not buy another white model. I would probably even shy away from the silver MacBook Air - I'd go for a black MacBook or MacBook Pro.
For the build reason alone I have to dock a star but the 4/5 I give it is highly deserved in every other way including it's battery life, OS, and the after-care.
Once you've settled in with a Mac you won't look back at a PC the same way again! Coming from a PC background I had always thought PC's were the way to go but having gone through 3 laptops in 2 years, I was convinced to buy a computer that worked every time and was reliable. This is where the Macbook came into it. A friend of mine recommended trying a Mac and after only owning it for a few days I can honestly say I would never go back to a PC again. Getting used to where everything was stored on the Mac did take a little time, but Apple's tutorial video's really helped. Once I knew my way around I fell in love! It works just the way I want it to every time I start it up, programs and documents integrate easily with each other, and I have never been so pleased to show off this stylish bit of kit. It's amazing, having never thought "Mac's" where for me, I now know better and will never go back to anything else!