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Owning an Apple Mac is a real joy, I am not going to hide that. Having such a good magazine to read up on the latest news just adds to that enjoyment. Mac User magazine really offers up a lot of good reading for actual users (new and old) or even someone thinking about buying a Mac.
For me, a long time user, the reviews section is really great. The in-depth reviews give me a good idea about if the particular piece of software or hardware is worth trying. They are pretty accurate and seem unbiased, which is a good thing. The 'Letters' page gives some light relief and their are also some tutorials that are not always tailored for beginners. The 'News' is always of interest and the fact that this is a fortnightly publication it is very up-to-date.
For new or potential Mac users there is plenty of good things too. The buyers guide shows all of the current computer line-up, so helps in buying decisions. They also run good articles about buying second hand, from ebay, or from the Apple Refurb store. The Q&A pages and tutorials also show just how easy the Mac is to use and show that there is always help available should you need it.
It could do with a better Marketplace section, not loads of ads, just more specific Mac companies to choose from. Other than that it is faultless.
I have to say, I don't like MacUser. I subscribe every now and then but that's really down to offers that are '£1 for four issues with a free gift' rather than the content of the mag.
MacUser promises much although it's thin on delivery. It's about 100 pages (which is really thin) and is about 60/40 articles to ads (although I'm being generous). And it's no CD/DVD or downloads.
I think that the lack of CD/DVD or download really lets it down. There is something about getting a CD/DVD that's exciting - it allows you to try something that you wouldn't normally try.
I also find the mag's style to be a little staid and stiff - a bit like the Mac community's version of The Times (but not in a good way).
Other mags do it better - Macworld and Mac Format are immensely superior. So, unless they have an amazing deal on, I'd give this one a pass.
An established magazine with the usual things like news, product reviews, letters, tips, etc. Unfortunately, you will probably have read that news weeks ago on the internet. And product reviews are okay ... but only if you're after that product! Also MacUser seems to be aimed at the business user rather than the home user, often reviewing more expensive products that home users probably wouldn't consider. The magazine also contains a lot of adverts and big glossy pictures. Take these away and there's very little left. In conclusion, MacUser is far too expensive for what it offers. MacWorld is a better buy.
I'm quite new to the big wide world of the Mac having only bought my iMac a couple of months ago, but I have still had time to sample the range of magazines for the Mac. Sad as it may seem, the fact that there are relatively few magazines for the Mac was one of the reasons why I shose a Mac, I'm a sucker for a magazine and a cover disc, and if i'd bought a PC just think how many magazines I could buy each month! Anyway, back to the subject in had. Macuser is one of the Mac mags availble, and it is presented slightly differenty than the other Mac maags. The most obvious point is that it doesn't come with a cover CD. Now being new to the Mac to me this is a bad thing, as I do not have much software so look forward to trying out the various software and demos goven away on the front of magazines. OK a lot of the stuff is a pile of pooh, but at least it keeps me occupied for a few hours. One good thing about this is that is keeps the cost down rather than paying £4.99 for a mag with a CD on the front, MacUser only costs £2.99. Initially this may seem a good thing, but the magazine is published fortnightly, so it will cost you over £6 a month to purchase. Doesn't sound quite so cheap now does it! The mag itself is very well presented, the news section is very good and there are reviews of new products, and although I haven't tried many of the products mentioned, the reviews seem to be pretty comprehensive. There is also a very good shopping section at the back of the mag, with some good advice about purchasing items. The problem with MacUser is that it just isn;t worth it. There's not really enough news or products to review to justify being publihed fortnightly at a cosof £2.99. The mag may have around 200 pages overall, but at least 2/3 of these are adverts, and a big chunk of the rest are screenshots. If the mag was monthly I think it would be spot on and fill a gap in the market, bu
t as it stands it's a bit weak, with not enought content every issue to justify the purchase price.
MacUser is quite simply the most useful and informative Macintosh magazine there is. This is mainly due to the fact that it's published fortnightly and as such is always first with new product reviews and news. It has many useful features and you never have to wait long for the next issue, once you've devoured the current one. It is beautifully designed and put together, but doesn't limit its scope to the creative applications that are traditionally associated with the Mac. If a product exists for the Mac, it will be covered in MacUser. Unlike many computer magazines it doesn't give your postman or newsagent a hernia when delivering or lifting it, as it is not crammed with trashy adverts. All adverts (save one or two) are confined to the MacShopper section at the back of the mag. This section is very useful too due to the magazine's fortnightly turnaround which means that the prices are always pretty spot on and never out of date. Also, you don't pay a premium in order to get a cover CD full of software that you'll never use, and could probably download from the internet anyway! Although it is aimed at the Mac community (a notoriously evangelical bunch, I admit!) it doesn't bow down and worship at the feet of Steve Jobs (Apple CEO if you didn't know) and Co. when it isn't justified. It has the strength of conviction to criticise and lead where other Mac mags follow. You know that if a product has been given a high rating by MacUser then it's gotta be worth getting. The only downside is that each issue brings a whole new selection of beautiful kit that I can't afford! If you've ever even toyed with the idea of getting a Mac, buy an issue of MacUser - it'll tell you all you need to know!