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      02.04.2010 03:31
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      Premium computer, premium price.

      I've had this computer for almost 2 years now, it has been absolutely top class. Like every Apple product it is extremely well designed, it is frankly a beautiful thing to look at. It isn't flimsy either only accumulating a few scratches after several drops and such like.

      The only problem with the matte black design is that it accumulates fingerprints and dust very quickly, with is not such a problem with the newer aluminum or white versions of the macbook.

      I'm not going to go through the various statistics and specs of the computer as they are conveniently located above, but I will go into a few key features. It has all your key features, usb ports, firewire, ethernet etc, It also comes with a camera installed into the top of the computer. Depending on the model you will get plenty of ram and memory.

      It also very reliable, not one breakage or problem. The keyboard is also lovely to type on it is very responsive. It is also ready straight out of the box with all your essential programmes installed and ready to go, no pesky start ups etc.

      All in all this was my first move away from Windows, I shan't be going back anytime soon.

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        09.08.2008 14:33
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        A great piece of kit

        I have owned one of these little laptops for about 2 years now and I can honestly say I'm a mac convert. Quick to load, not problems to-date with viruses or spyware and a surprisingly good range of software makes this laptop a real winner.

        I have to admit that I use the bootcamp option with the Leopard operating system (which was a upgrade from Tiger), so that I can run windows which I need for work.

        However, this all works well and I use Leopard for all home PC tasks such as storing music, editing photos, updating my website etc.

        The bundled software is excellent. Not a great fan of Apple's iwork programs but Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac is excellent and means I can do odd bits of work while at home while running Leopard. On a side note, I would also recommend Freeway 5 from softpress (www.softpress.co.uk) as an excellent WYSIWYG website creator - this has been one of my most-used programs on the Macbook and has been incredibly useful for creating three small business websites for my company.

        The battery has now started to lose power - when I first got the laptop I was getting 4 hours use, but now I barely manage 2.5 hours from a single charge. However, this is probably just a reflection on how well the product has been used, rather than any problem to complain about. I'm sure it will also be easily fixed with a replacement battery unit.

        In summary, a fantastic bit of kit. It's been around in its current guise for quite a while now though, so if you're considering a purchase, might be worth keeping an eye on the press to see whether a new case design is expected anytime soon.

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          18.05.2008 15:39
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          My favourite laptop ever

          Apple have been selling this laptop for quite a while now. There are many things that have set it apart from other laptops. From its unique and stylish looks to its completely different operating system. The macbook has been avery popular laptop, and over half a million have been purchased so far, this is a phenomenal figure for laptops. But does it really deserve all these buyers and some of the great reviews that it has been receiving?

          First of all, it looks fantastic. I love the white or black finish on it, it is a truly unique laptop. There is a distinctive apple logo on the back of the laptop, this looks great and kind of shows off the fact that you own an apple mac. A pretty cool feature is the lighting in the logo, it lights up whenever it is in a dark place. This really is the best laptop I have ever seen.

          It is very lightweight too, at only 13 inches diagonal and 2cm thick it does not weigh much at all. Where a normal laptop weighs around 4-5KG, this only weighs a measly 3KG, making it very portable. I think that you could easily fit it in your rucksack among many other things without many problems.

          The software, or operating system, is what makes it so different from its competitors. Only a handful of other computers, all made by Apple, are like this one. OSX is the operating system that is used on this machine, not windows.

          Instead of the standard windows toolbar at the bottom with a star icon, we are given a pop up toolbar with all our crucial programs on it, like say Itunes or Safari (the Apple internet browser). And all other programs like games are kept on the actual desktop. To reach other parts of the PC like the shut down button, there is a toolbar at the top of screen, with easy tabs, it changes to suit whichever program is being used, this is a brilliant feature.

          More than anything though, mac OSX is dead simple to use. It boots up in 20 seconds, as opposed to the Windows 2-3 minutes, it doesn't get many viruses at all as most viruses are designed to destroy windows systems. All programs are easy to use and load up quickly, there is not much that can be faulted within the operating system.

          Another great feature coming from mac OSX is its vast range of supplied programs already on the system. A good example is imovie, this is movie editing software that would cost around £50 by itself, there are many other built in programs, I would guess that altogether over a Windows machine the Mac comes built in with £150 worth more in applications.

          There are only two problems in OSX, but you can get used to both of these quite easily. The first is the lack of windows programs functionality. Basically as more computers use Windows program designers have produced all there programs to run on normal computers, not macs. This is a bit of a bummer but you get used to it quickly, it is surprising how many mac versions of products there are. If you still don't think you can get used to it, then you could always invest in a program called boot camp, which basically runs windows as well on your system, allowing you to switch in between the two. You can use OSX for all your media, and Windows for your programs.

          The second one is much smaller. If you are not a very experienced user, then it will probably take around 2 months before your comfortable using this machine. Once you are though, you will not regret making the switch over from PC to Mac.

          The specs are really what should be expected for a laptop of this pricing. The processor is a 2.1GHZ intel core 2 duo, this runs quickly and smoothly, it has also been specially configured by Apple to make as small an amount of noise as possible. There is 2Gb of ram standard now, which is easily enough unless you try to open above 10 programs at one time, you should not do this with any computer anyway. There is 120Gb hard drive onboard, easily big enough for most people. The graphics card is an nvidia nforce one, this is fine and can run most games, it supports direct x 10, which is good. The only disappointment in the specs is the cd/dvd combo drive. It can read and write CDs with no problem what so ever, but unfortunately cannot burn any DVDs. A big thing that not many mid range laptops have is wireless n networking, which is standard on all these laptops, they allow for a 150 metre wi-fi range, outstanding. Do not forget that these specs are for the base model only, and can be vastly upgraded with more money spent.

          The screen is only 13 inch big, but it has a very high resolution, equalling that of an average 17 inch notebook, making movies look fantastic on this high definition screen, as shown in the picture above. It is very glossy and has glare protection to make it easy to see in bright daylight. The bright colours contrast well and there are no problems in this section.

          There are a few other little extra things I have not mentioned earlier. At the front of the laptop, there is a magnetic holder for the screen to keep it in place when the lid is closed instead of the average hook. There is a 2.0 webcam included at the top of the laptop, this is great for video calls and even conferences. Included in the box is among other things is a mini video remote, when it is switched on a 3d media menu pops up on screen, with the ability to view photos, movies and music quickly using the remote, it almost makes it like an ipod with a 13 inch screen.

          Overall I can't really find fault in this laptop. Some people have had problems with battery life, but not me. Everything is exceptional here, and at £700 for the starter white model, I believe that it is a bargain for money, 5 stars.

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            09.02.2008 01:10
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            An ideal first Apple computer - plus, it's a Mac!

            If you're one of the many people who are becoming increasingly frustrated with Windows-based PC's, or are on the hunt for a new laptop, then Apple's Macbook could well be just be just what you are looking for.

            At £699, the Macbook is by no means a budget laptop, but it may be reassuring to know that you are getting a well built, well designed and well thought out computer.

            For those who have never owned an Apple PC, you may be surprised to know that the hardware inside an Apple is practically identical to that inside a standard Windows-based PC. In fact, all Mac's (iMac's, Macbooks, Macbook Pro's and the new Macbook Air) all ship with an application called Boot Camp which actually allows you to install Windows XP or Vista on your Mac and have the choice of running either Windows or MacOS X (Apple's operating system) so that you can continue to run any essential Windows-based program should it be needed.

            MacOS X has been updated several times since its original release. The latest and greatest version; Leopard, has over 200 improvements on it's predecessor (Tiger). One of the many great things about Leopard is that it includes so many features you'd have to buy as extras with Windows, such as a very good e-mail client, Time Machine (a backup program that has managed to make the dreary job of backing your system up both fun and aesthetically pleasing!), and many many more! Furthermore, all new Mac's ship with a suite of programs called iLife. These are best-in-class applications that allow you to write websites, create and burn DVD's, organise and edit photos, and the list goes on!

            In other words, straight out of the box, the Macbook has absolutely everything you need to hit the ground running. Microsoft Office comes pre-installed for a 30-day test drive, as does Apple's (in my opinion) superior office suite 'iWork'. Simply plug it in (using the magnetic power cable - brilliant!), set up your user account and away you go!

            It's very true that once you have tried a Mac you won't look back! I have used PC's since my first 486dx2/33 many many moons ago, and must have had at least 10 more machines since then, but since I bought my first iMac just before Christmas and my new Macbook only a few days ago, I would never DREAM of getting another PC! Mac's just work!

            Apple has quite a few stores now around the country, but you can also see their computers in most of the high street retailers so you can get a hands-on feel for this beautiful machine!

            If you are going to be using the Internet, word processing or writing spreadsheets, this computer will do everything you need and much more. However, if you need a heavyweight computer for gaming or intensive video work, then you should investigate the Macbook Pro instead if you need portability, or even a PowerMac.

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              06.01.2008 21:04

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              Great laptop at a decent price

              First off, I have to say that it is definitly the best laptops that I have ever owned. I have had my Macbook for 3 months now. The size of the Macbook is not too small and not too large. The screen is just perfect. When one looks at the keyboard of a normal laptop, one often has the problem with food and other nasty things getting under the keys. Strangly enough this doesnt even happen to the macbook, because the keyboard is slanted. Learning how to use the Mac operating system is not only easy but fun. It took me only a couple of hours to learn how to use it. One will find that the idea of having a dock to keep all of your programms in is a lot more effiecent than the taskbar of windows. One problem which I believe should be drawed to my readers attention is that the white macbook does scratch easily. However the black one doesnt at all.

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              05.01.2008 20:17

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              Buy it, you will love it

              WOW, i was lucky enough to go work for an architectural practice this last year (Glenn Howells) AN apple lovers paradise. It was the first time i have ever used a MAC and you know what? Once you go MAC you dont go back and thats a fact. This notebook was so easy to use, utilizes an intel chip and works like a dream. Fast, light weight and compact for traveling to and from the office. Loaded software is great, although i am not a great lover of Apples Internet browser (safari) and preferred to download firefox. Onboard webcam is great and i would also go for office 2003 for macs, hey Microsuck where is office 2007 for MAC? This machine makes computing easy and stylish. The O/S is built on a UNIX kernal so out of Graphics mode you can also become a UNIX Guru.

              The LCD monitor and graphics are fantastic on this machine and blow any PC away. Apart from that you can pick up parallels software and dual run windows XP or Vista on this laptop which is great for architects who want to utilize autocad and use the far superior functions of creative studio 3 from adobe on a mac father than a PC.

              You will not regret buying one of these machines.

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              12.10.2007 13:10
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              Amazing design and amazing performance

              This Laptop is the BEST i have ever owned.

              The whole design is lush too look at and use. Lets look at the power cable, It is magnetic so that if you trip over it or accidently knock the computer there is no chance of the wire getting wrecked or not working. A feature that i have never seen on any other laptop, Simple but very very effective.

              I had never seen a mac book in real life before i ordered one, because of this i thought that the 13 inch screen would be a little small but bearable, this is not the case at all, the screen is a perfect size and looks great!

              The layout of the keyboard is great, it takes a little getting used to as the keys are spaces out a bit more than my old one but after a couple of minutes this is no problem.

              One thing that a windows user (previously me) might be put off by is the single click. Change the options on the tracker pad and place two fingers on the tracker and that simulates a double click. I have found that if i go back a windows computer i do this as it becomes so natural to do.


              I do not honestly think there is one thing i can say that is bad about this laptop. The computer is virtually silent when running, it does not get hot when running at all and i have had not one problem with it for a year now.

              The price might have been a problem but i bought it while i was doing my degree so that i could take advantage of the student discount. This was great and they even threw in three years warranty for £50.00!!!!

              Such a great laptop!

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                26.04.2007 23:49
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                Resonably priced Macbook

                This is the apple macbook, the alternative to a windows vista PC. This particular model offers very good specs. It has the latest core 2 duo technology with a 2ghz processor meaning this machine is very fast, it also has 512mb RAMwhich is rather dissapointing as I would have liked to have seen this machine sporting 1gb RAM to improve the machine. In terms of portability this apple macbook is excellent as it has a 13.3" widescreen which is a about the perfect size for a portable laptop It is also a very slim laptop making it even better for people on the move to carry around. Another advantage for people wishing to use this laptop when there out and about is the build quality. The Macbook is made from very tough materials so this notebook will be able to withstand a few bumps and bruises. The Macbook also boasts a reasonable sized hard drive of 80gb which is fairly good for a laptop. The machine is reasonably priced and is well worth a look at just over £700 as it has good performance and has stylish looks

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                  05.04.2007 19:42

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                  I'd wanted one of these for ages but couldn't afford one! That's until I stumbled across http://Computers.Freefor.me.uk/index.php?referral=1277 and the principle of incentive advertising. Now I have one and I didn't spend a penny! Here's how:Go to http://Computers.Freefor.me.uk/index.php?referral=1277 and sign upComplete an advertised offer (Lovefilm is a free 2 week trial DVD rental)Find some people to do the same and they'll send you one free!It works!

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                  07.12.2006 17:48
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                  Fast and powerful the macbook is great for everyone

                  've had my macbook for almost 6 months now and i love it. Mine is the white, core duo 60GB model (the cheapest one). This is my first mac after using windows os for years and although i still use windows pc's and laptops for work if i had the choice id use a mac all the time.

                  The first thing you notice about the macbook is how good it looks its sleek, slim, stylish and lightweight, the glowing apple logo on the back looks really cool.

                  Its really fast and has never really crashed in my 6 months of almost constant use. The changeover from windows was no hassle at all as macs recognise all windows file types.

                  The battery is great and compared to other laptops ive used lasts for ages. The 'MagSafe' power connector is a really good idea and has saved me from a few near misses, the power cable connects magnetically to the computer so if its pulled on, or tripped over, it just comes out and doesn't send the laptop flying.

                  The built in iSight camera is really cool, a lot of people are impressed with this, and its a pretty decent camera as well good quality photos and there's some cool effects you can use in photo booth. The down side of this is that there seems to be no MSN IM software that supports this as a webcam, ive tried and tried but to no avail.

                  The bundled software is great, Mail, Itunes(obviously), Pages, Iwork all work perfectly and there quite fun to use, it seems the emphasis on macs is to be fun, rather than the dull windows databases and spreadsheets (see the apple tv ads).

                  What can go wrong?

                  Discolouration
                  Unfortunatley i had this problem after having my macbook for 3 weeks, the wrist-rest area, the trackpad, and the mouse button was turning a dull grey/brown colour. When i called apple the guy didn't seem to know what i was talking about and asked me if i had tried cleaning it (well duhhh) after forcing him to go onto apples website where the problem was in the macbook FAQ's he arranged for it to be picked up and i got it back about a week later. They had replaced all the top casing and since then its been fine :o).

                  Unfortunatley after having it back for two days I tried to turn it on and it wouldnt, nothing happened, just black, so i called apple again spent about 10 minutes trying different things to get it on, but nothing. It turns out that the engineers who replaced the casing had messed up my hard drive and i had to send it away again to be replaced. After making a bit of a fuss about not being able to be without it again for a week due to their incompetance, i got it back this time, in three days.

                  Other Problems
                  It does get hot, its not unbareable and in these cold winter months its quite nice actually. Apple issued a firmware update a couple of months back that changed the behaviour of the fans and now its no-where near as hot as it was, and its just the same as any other laptop ive used.

                  The good thing about apple is they do act recognise problems and act on them pretty quickly. This i think is a great advantage over windows pc's and its only possible because apple make the hardware and operating system.

                  So I've actually written more about the bad things, but overall i love my Macbook, despite a few teething problems in the first month or so its been great and i would definatley reccomend it to anyone looking for a new laptop.

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                  Powered by the Intel Core Duo, built from ultratough polycarbonate, just 1.08 inches thin - MacBook combines performance and portability like never before.

                  Built upon the revolutionary Intel Core Duo - with two processor cores on a single chip - MacBook leaves other consumer notebooks in the dust. It performs up to five times faster than the previous generation iBook without compromising on size or style.

                  At 1280 by 800, the 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display delivers 30% more viewing area than the iBook or 12-inch PowerBook - perfect for movies and more. And the ultra bright LCD makes photos and graphics come alive with color. You can also connect your MacBook via the mini-DVI port to an external display and create twice the workspace.

                  With the built-in iSight camera, it's easier than ever to video chat with friends and family. Just fire up iChat AV and start chatting. Pick up the included Apple Remote, find a comfortable chair and treat yourself - or a crowd - to a show. The Front Row interface lets you summon forth your music, movies and photos from across the room.

                  Your MacBook includes Mac OS X Tiger and the iLife '06 suite of applications, making it perfectly tuned to serve as the center of your digital life. Create photo albums, watch or make a movie, manage your email, and much more - right out of the box.

                  Measuring just 1.08 inches thin, your MacBook still offers a full complement of ports and connections, including mini-DVI video, fast Gigabit Ethernet, and optical digital/analog audio. Plus you get the innovative MagSafe Power Adapter, a power cord that's held in place magnetically, so if someone should trip over it, the cable disconnects harmlessly and your MacBook stays put.

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                  Product Description: Apple MacBook Core Duo 2 GHz - 13.3" TFT
                  Dimensions (WxDxH): 32.5 cm x 22.7 cm x 2.8 cm
                  Weight: 2.4 kg
                  Localisation: English / United Kingdom
                  System Type: Notebook
                  Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
                  Processor: Intel Core Duo 2 GHz ( Dual-Core )
                  Cache Memory: 2 MB - L2 Cache
                  RAM: 512 MB (installed) / 2 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300
                  Hard Drive: 80 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
                  Optical Storage: DVD±RW - integrated
                  Display: 13.3" TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
                  Graphics Controller: Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0
                  Audio Output: Sound card
                  Networking: Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
                  Notebook Camera: Integrated - 0.3 Megapixel
                  Input Device: Keyboard, trackpad
                  Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
                  Battery: Lithium polymer
                  Operating System: Apple MacOS X 10.4
                  Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified
                  Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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