Product Type: Apple laptops
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Wow, so much better than my other laptop!
Apple MacBook MC516B/A
Member Name: alexnewberry
Apple MacBook MC516B/A
Advantages: Looks good, really easy to use, so many apps and programs avaliable
Disadvantages: no longer make them!
Why and Where:
Right so I'll admit, I wanted this macbook for little else than the pretty whiteness of it all at first. Plus the fact that I was incredibly impressed by my iPhone, the ease of use, the apps etc. So when my 18th birthday rolled around I knew exactly what to ask for. Due to the price I had to chip in a little (fair I suppose!), and my dad ordered it off the Apple website itself. As I am in university he got the education pricing which I think is around a 5% discount, every little helps! I got an extra 2 GB of ram boosting it up to 4 GB and also got Microsoft Office for Mac preinstalled. It took around 2 weeks to arrive as it had to be shipped from America. All together, it cost around £850.
As soon as i turned it on, I was impressed. It starts up very quickly in comparison to my old Windows laptop. The appearance of the macbook is lovely, it is made of a thick, good quality shiny white plastic, which makes it look sleek and very unique to Apple. The screen is lovely and bright and gives an amazing clear picture. I got the smallest screen available, 13 inches, but I think this is pleanty big enough, the screen doesnt look cramped or too small. I dont think I would bother spending more money on the larger version, this is just fine. It took me some time at first to get used to the different controls but as soon as I did it was like second nature. I found the macbook incredibly easy to use, and it was very fun exploring it. I went on the App store and there are such as vast amount of fun and useful apps avaliable, something for everything I could think of. The apps that come with it preinstalled I find very useful. I use iCal to organise my diary and to keep track of my uni timetable which can be all over the place at times. iTunes is tried and tested and just a brilliant piece of software. Safari is a very good, quick, and reliable web browser, I much prefer it to IE personally.
My macbook comes with 250GB of memory. This is a LOT for the average user! I have over 3000 songs on my itunes and this has barely made a dent in my memory. I do download a lot of films and tv programs and I also have lots of photos, so I store these on an external hard drive. This is simply to ensure that my mac doesnt get clogged up and so I can keep them all nice and organised. You will be able to fit a lotttt of things on your laptop which this amount of memory, and if you require more you can request it when you order your new one. Battery life on this macbook is excellent. If I am doing basic things such as word processing then the battery can last over 4 hours. Obviously if you are doing more energy intensive things such as listening to music, watching videos or downloading a lot then the battery will not last as long. Charging is easy and fast, and the charger attatches to the laptop via a little magnetic strip which I think is a nice touch. Sound quality is really good through the speakers and much better than my old laptop. One thing that is fab with apple is their customer care. Any troubles with your macbook you can just take it along to any apple store and someone on their Genius Bar will be sure to help you. You can also buy fairly inexpensive customer support when you buy your laptop.
One thing I have heard a few people mention is that after a while the white plastic on their macbook goes a bit yellow or splits. Personally I have not experienced this at all and I have had mine for over a year now. One other thing is the price. It is very pricey! You can probably get a normal laptop with similar memory etc. for a lot cheaper, but it will not have the quirky features and ease of use that a macbook has. It probably will not be as good quality either! One thing that may bother people who like to upgrade their computers, is that you cannot open up the macbook to insert extra ram or a new battery for example. If you want this done, you will have to take it to an Apple store or to the manufacturers for them to do it for you. One thing I have found with my mac is that a normal usb mouse will not function with your macbook properly, I have always found there is a bit of lag. So if you want a seperate mouse rather than just the touchpad youd have to splash out on a proper Apple one.
I absolutely love my mac and definitely think it was worth the price. It looks good, it works perfectly, and there are just so many things you can do on it. Now with the introduction of the cloud, it is so easy to link my mac and my iphone. One thing to note, they no longer sell these white apple macs on the apple website! Many secondary retailers will probably have them in stock, and they probably will instore as well. but if you want this specific model from now on you may have difficulty!
Summary: Fantastic laptop, would recommend to anyone
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