Product Type: Apple laptops
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Apple MacBook MC516B/A
Member Name: xisorosix
Apple MacBook MC516B/A
Advantages: Pretty robust, easy to use.
Disadvantages: Shoddy plastic, expensive price.
My Macbook is nearly 4 years old now which is virtually miraculous for me since the previous laptops I've used have lasted barely 2 years before all sorts of problems occurred... I remember various friends persuading me to convert to macs at the beginning - this I was extremely hesitant about given that the cost of one of these lovely things could buy me 3 pretty decent netbooks for example... but I gave in and really don't have many complaints.
I'm using the macbook to type this review on and all the keys still remain perfectly intact - no keys have ever come off. But please note that the keyboard is 'fixed in' so it isn't easy to clean it out whenever you want to. It types very smoothly and despite previous keyboards showing wear, this one remains in the same condition as when I got it. One of the things I loved about the macbook was the scroll gestures which soon become very intuitive, despite being different to other computers and laptops. The mouse works very smoothly and has never caused me any problems. But...the plastic casing (same piece as the keyboard) has... this is a persistant problem amongst macbooks and one that Apple itself acknowledges - the plastic is extremely prone to hairline cracks especially where the hands rest next to the keyboard. People who have taken extreme care over their laptops have had this problem and I have heard cases where Macstores will replace this casing without any quibbles. My laptop also has hairline cracks underneath, but these aren't covered by their guarantee or by AppleCare which I will mention more about later. The screen of my macbook has all the pixels intact - I have never had any problems with the screen. I've noticed with previous laptops that after less than 2 years, the screens often suffer problems e.g. brightness. The laptop also runs without much noise either. I really, really appreciate the magnetic cord which pulls off when hooked. This has avoided many potential disasters in the past few years. On a very superficial note, I absolutely love the sleek design of the laptop. The white casing probably ages less elegantly than black, but it is still a beautiful piece of work!
The battery however has caused me quite a few problems. With apple laptops, their batteries only run a set amount of cycles (charge and discharge), after which the battery will be unable to hold its charge effectively and you'll be forced to either (a) buy a new battery (b) (like me) just plug the laptop in directly from the mains (I've taken the battery out for this - if I pull the cord out by accident well... *lights out* :( ) It is worth mentioning that this is the second battery that I've had. The first one completely failed on me within a year and held zero charge - basically it was a dead brick. Despite getting persuaded by the nice man in the AppleStore to buy Applecare, this did not cover the battery at all. Eventually Apple realised that the battery was faulty, but it did open my eyes to how bad the customer service could be. I use my laptop everyday for several hours and my battery lasted me 2 years. I'm still deciding whether to purchase a battery or not!
Overall, I would say that this laptop is extremely robust and will last more than 3 years if used with care :) I have not purchased any apple products since my ipod and this laptop since the price does exceed that of other competing products. For those that have never used the Mac operating system, I would say that there is only a small learning curve. After a short period of time, it becomes very intuitive and extremely comfortable to use. I find myself being able to use Mac and Windows operating systems interchangeably without any hassle or confusion. I have heard some horror stories about the customer service at Apple and have seen for myself as well, but despite this, my next laptop/computer would probably be a Mac due to how impressed I've been overall with it - this is despite having to save up for a loooooong time! I'd probably give it 4 stars, since despite the flaws that may sound quite annoying/severe it is still operating the same as when I first bought it overall!
Summary: Overall, a very nice laptop to use with some amazing features.
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