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With Intel Core 2 Duo processing power, you'll be amazed at what your MacBook can do--and at how fast it can do it. Its 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display lets you see your photos, movies, websites, and documents with incredible clarity. A built-in iSight camera gives you hassle-free video chatting,(1) while Front Row and the Apple Remote make it simple to navigate your digital media from across the room. At just 1.08 inches thin and barely over 5 pounds,(2) the versatile and portable MacBook puts a world of advanced features within your reach. 1 Video chatting requires broadband Internet connection; fees may apply. 2 Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
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If you read this long-winded review you'll notice that I'll nitpick quite a bit. As a sort of a Cliff's notes, just look at the rating; overall I'm quite happy with it, though it has its annoyances here and there.
I've never been a Mac person, never owned one until I purchased this Macbook. I bought it to replace my Thinkpad, which I really like and will, to a degree, naturally compare the Macbook to.
The only reason I even considered a Mac in the first place is because of Apple's wise decision to create Boot Camp, the utility allowing you to easily install and dual-boot any Intel-based Mac with Windows.
The screen is nice, I was a bit apprehensive of having a laptop with a glossy screen, fearing glare would be a plaguing problem. I admit I have not used it outside much, but in all of the various places I have used it, it has proved to be a non-issue for me.
The magnetic power plug is a nice idea, however I find it a bit more annoying than useful. The idea is to make a snag-free power cable; it has a fair amout of resistance if you pull on it straight outwards, but from an angle, i.e. a pet or child tripping up on it, the cable will easily disconnect from the laptop. It's a nice idea and can potentially prevent an expensive accident, but I find that it can easily disconnect from just maneuvering it around a bit on my bed. It's not a big deal though, and pretty much a non issue if it's on a table or desk.
The keyboard is slightly odd at first, but I quickly grew to like the feel. The key layout, however, is another story. Possibly the thing I liked most about my Thinkpad was its keyboard, they have the best keyboards on any laptop in my opinion. My primary grudge with the Mac keyboard is the page up/down and home/end positioning. The Thinkpad has dedicated keys for this, all in the same layout as a standard full-sized keyboard for a desktop. The Macbook, however, makes it a funtion (FN key) + arrow key function.
I also use the delete key all the time (delete in PC terms, not Mac terms). On a PC, backspace will delete the character behind the cursor, and delete will delete the character in front of the cursor. I use both quite a bit, so I like having a seprate key for both. With the Macbook, however, the "delete" key is backspace, and to delete the character in front of you you have to press FN + delete. But if you never use these keys often, obviously it's not an issue for you.
The touch pad is very nice. I loved the red pointer on my Thinkpad, I far prefer it to any touch pad. That said, The Macbook touch pad is huge, I'd say a good 40% larger than any other touch pad I've seen (it's actually slightly wider than the space bar). This makes a huge difference, eliminating the cramped feeling I usually get when using touch pads. Just as importantly though is scrolling. To scroll you just use two fingers on the touch pad instead of one, dragging up/down or left/right. It's brilliant, and you get used to it almost immediately.
One major complaint I have with the Macbook though is both the lack of a multimedia port (c'mon, even just an SD card reader would've been nice) and the lack of an expansion slot (so if you want to plug in your SD card, for instance, you're forced to use an external USB device). This also makes a Macbook out of the question if you require the use of a Sprint/Verizon Wireless Broadband card. I understand Apple's need to differentiate between their Macbook and Macbook Pro, but I don't think the lack of an expansion slot should have been one of them.
I never use my laptop with an external display, but if you do, you'll have to buy an adapter from the mini-DVI interface on the Mabook. One could reasonably argue they did this to save space, but I would find it irritating if I needed to connect my Macbook to an external display.
One thing I simply cannot fathom coming from the PC side is Apple's stubborn refusal to have two mouse buttons. This is especially bad for booting into XP, if you can't use an external mouse you need to use a keyboard re-mapper to get a right click. But this is even annoying in OS X. You can plug in a standard generic two button mouse in OS X and the right click works perfectly; why then do they refuse to implement two buttons on their laptops? It's obviously not an issue for a Mac Mini/iMac/PowerMac since you can just swap mice, but it's using a double finger tap to right click is a completely inadequate substitute.
A few miscellaneous things:
-I really like how the USB ports are side by side instead of stacked (probably to help keep the chassis thin)
-I also like the full 6-pin Firewire port.
-The magnetic lid is really nifty,
-The built-in camera is worthless to me, I would've much preferred a light to illuminate the keyboard like the Thinkpads have (since they won't give them illuminated keyboards like the MBPs have).
-I love the overall dimensions, it's the main reason I bought this to replace my Thinkpad.
Having owned a G3, and a G4 ibook and powerbook respectively, I decided it was time to move to something faster. While I was slightly hesitant to move from my 12" screen to a 13.3" screen since I love the compactness of my previous G4, I definitely did the right thing.
This is a well built machine as can be expected from Apple. I went with the matte black after comparing it against the white one which I thought may show the scratches more.
This thing is so light, and the screen is beautifully clear and bright. Great battery time and runs as quiet as a mouse. Oh and did I mention how thin this thing is. Any of my friends who see it and own a bulky PC laptop are very green with envy.
I really love my new mac.
The magnetic power cord is a blessing too. I have actually pulled the cord out several times by accident and low and behold it works just like it was designed - great idea Apple !!!.
Right out of the box, a PC user can start this up and be surfing the internet wirelessly in a matter of minutes. Alternatively you can just load Windows XP on to it and it works fine.
If you are concerned that the price is alot higher than other laptops I can assure you you are paying for a well built laptop, which will hold its value. I sold my G4 for 2/3rds of its value after 2 years !!!! This laptop has one of the latest chips in it which is enough to tackle most everyday task.
I have already made some movies on it including timelapse ones using the built in isight camera, and burned dvs with ease.
I truely recommend this and can assure you you will not be disappointed :)
I've been a Mac user and have done Mac support for many machines since 1987. I just purchased this Macbook and have to say this is an amazing little laptop. I loaded Boot Camp onto a 5GB partition with WinXP Pro. I then installed Parallels and used the feature that allows me to use the Boot Camp partition as the Windows OS. What a smart idea, I didn't have to load Windows twice. I loaded it this way in case one of my sons wanted to play some games in Windows in Boot Camp. It's better suited for that because Parallels doesn't have as good support for games. I use an occassional Windows apps and so wanted Parallels. I was running Windows in Parallels and playing a Movie in Mac iTunes and the machine didn't miss a beat in playback. That's a feat I couldn't have done on my G4 tower. Everything is snappy on this things. The days of VirtualPC and it's unforgiving slowness are now behind me! You can't even imagine the difference between them, there really is no comparison. Muti-tasking is wonderful in Mac or both. The Parallels Coherence mode is amazing. You can run the Windows programs in the Mac environment without even seeing Windows. I know this probably sounds more like a Windows review then a Mac one but I just had to say this because running Windows on a Mac in the past was one of the most INTENSIVE drains on the computers resources. This example shows that if this machine can run like this having both OSes running at the same time and not feel slow it means that it should run all my Mac apps very, very well. I'm a computer graphic designer and video editor by profession and am anxious to get my Adobe CS suite upgraded to CS3 now along with the new Final Cut Pro! Thanks Apple for a nice machine. This one is my wife's and I REALLY look forward to getting my 17" Macbook Pro come next January. Apple's latest quarter showed that 59% of the Macs sold were portables. I truly believe the laptop has reached the desktop in performance. Goodbye desktop.