It took me about 2 days before i could correctly use the trackpad, even at this time i thought it was overpriced and not worth it. Two weeks later and i cant live wothout it, [. ]
Style over substance – the macbook range is becoming less diverse. Prior to buying this macbook i had the 13. 3 white version from last year, which is a fantastic machine. I bought this new model however after selling my old macbook, given the new unibody might solve the problem of the previous plastic enclosure becoming a bit creaky and even bending. After about a month of using this new macbook, my thoughts are somewhat varied as to the value of apple’s new hardware these days. So firstly, lets get the negatives out the way:the price. Producing the new aluminium enclosure may benefit the environment and ‘precise’ details of the body, as well as strength benefits, but the milling-process to make the uni-body has just shot the production costs up. I remember steve jobs saying that ‘choice is good’. In this case, why can’t we buy the upgraded macbook without the enclosure?.Because if we want the old white macbook, it’s now more expensive.
On receipt of my new shiny mac i have to say that its an absolute delight. From the moment you open the box its simple clean and straight forward to start using. I have owned various laptops of varying brands all running some kind of microsoft software, and start to endure the long loading times and waiting, its a real bore. I decided to take the leap and move over to mac and i can honestly say i will not look back. Its fantastic to have all of the software pre installed, it even came with a fully charged battery, i had to install ilife09 but that took all of 2 minutes and again simple and easy to do. To be fair though i must report one problem i have had, after about 4 weeks the optical disc drive broke and wouldnt read discs and kept on spitting them out. I reported the problem over the phone to apple and after some initial over the phone diagnostic checks apple promptly told me where my nearest authorised dealer was and offered to replace not fix, the drive immediately. The service was speedy and second to none,living with the mac has been a joy, i have had no problems with software compatibility and i can connect all of my periferals no problems, i have purchased office for mac 09, but that is only because of work compatibilty, otherwise im sure that iwork would be absolutelly no probs,all in all im chuffed and wont ever buy a windows based laptop/desktop again.
As a pc user for years i cannot believe it has taken me so long to get my first mac. I have had it for four months now and i am still continually impressed by it. It’s simplicity to use is incredible and the operating system seems immense. Even my parents would look professional on one. I have a lot a photos and the macbook is a delight when sorting through them. I could go on all day about how good i think the macbook is. Of course there are flaws, (although i’ve only read about them and not encountered any) and the cost is higher than other brand, ‘better specced’ laptops. It’s a premium brand and it seems you’ve got to pay for it.
Unibody + led display + multi-touch + nvidia 9400m = expensive. Much has already been said about the new macbooks, so i thought i’d keep my review short and sweet, and write it as a list of pros and cons. Pros:- the unibody enclosure is rock solid. It doesn’t flex, warp or creak if you try to bend it or twist it- the silver appearance is the result of real aluminium, not plastic sprayed with metallic paint- the 13. Colours are clear and vivid, and whites are very bright and clean- the 13. 3′ led display doesn’t indent or ripple when touched- the multi-touch trackpad is about 4 times larger than the average. 7 cm- the multi-touch trackpad responds to about 6 different gestures, including pinching and rotating- the multi-touch trackpad doesn’t have any buttons, but you can still do physical left clicks and right clicks- the nvidia 9400m chip enables it to run google earth totally fluidly, without any fans kicking in- the nvidia 9400m chip enables it to play and scale 1920 x 1080 h. 264 video, totally fluidly and silently- the nvidia 9400m chip simultaneously supports an external display up to 2560 x 1600 pixels- the nvidia 9400m chip will be used as a second processor with snow leopard (summer 2009)- the internal hard drive is very accessible. Just flip the latch on the underside and it’s visible- the internal hard drive can be replaced with a 500gb 2. 5′ model for as little as £90- the line out socket is compatible with the iphone/ipod touch stereo headset with microphone- it starts up (to the desktop) in about 40 seconds, and shuts down in about 5 seconds- it supports 6gb of ram with leopard, and potentially 8gb of ram with snow leopard (summer 2009)- it comes with mac os x leopard pre-installedcons:- the starting price of £949 is too high for a ‘consumer’ laptop. £749 would be far more attractive- the 13. 3′ led display has a narrow vertical viewing angle, solarising easily with head movements- the 13.
MacBook 13.3″ 2.0GHz/2GB/160GB/GeForce 9400M/SuperDrive : It took me about 2 days before i could correctly use the trackpad, even at this time i thought it was overpriced and not worth it. Two weeks later and i cant live wothout it, .