Pros Clean Color and Design, UNIX Base, Everything
Cons Price and Nothing Else
Summary While PC notebooks are usually cheaper, with the Apple, you get what you pay for. I have not had a single problem with it since I purchased it, and I love it very much. There is VERY little maitenance needed, and it functions flawlessly. TO ALL PC USERS : TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MAC AND SWITCH TO IT ; YOU WILL NEVER REGRET THE MOVE!!!
Pros Ease of use (online in 15min. out of the box!)
Cons No PCMCIA slot
Summary This has to be the best PC experience I've ever had! Set up is a breeze! Support is killer and it does everything I need without buying more software. Apple has finally got it right! I wasn't a Mac fan in the early days, but now that Apple has realized that it MUST be compatible with the Windows world, why not go Mac? The only thing I'm missing is a PCMCIA slot. But for less than a Powerbook difference, I can get a USB one, so I'm set. Mac'n it and Love'n it!
Pros style, ease of use, student discounts, close to 5 hours battery life
Cons price (depending), touch scrolling not standard, low ram
Summary I have owned my Ibook for about a month now and can say that I absolutely love it. One very important point is that apple offers special student pricing for all collage students, this took 100 dollars off of the price of my ibook, making it comparable to other similar laptops. The styleing is beautiful and is what you would expect out of an apple product. The battery continues to last close to 5 hours before another charge. I would reccomend that you upgrade the ram that starts at a low 256 mb.Also one thing that I found that was missing was the two finger touch scrolling that came standard with the powerbook series. This can be fixed with second party drivers,which I am currently using. I would reccoment this laptop to any future student, or business person who does not want to pay the extra $$$$ for the powerbook line.
Pros Built like a Benz, Mac OS X and iLife, no viruses, excellent tech support (buy the extended warranty), beautiful display, very lightweight, IT'S NOT MORE EXPENSIVE,more powerful than it looks on paper
Cons Well, in an imperfect world, this is as perfect as consumer notebooks can get as of March 2005, so I'll have to stick with my 10.
Summary If you want a good review on a Mac, I'm not sure which site to recommend, but I can say DO NOT TRUST CNET. Just look at their statements on anything Apple- if they can't find anything wrong with it, they'll make some wise-a-- remark that is nothing more than a poorly-concealed logical fallacy. Anyone can see through these accusations. Have you seen their review on Mac OS X.4? It hasn't even come out yet, but apparently it already sucks. Oh yeah, Windows Longhorn? It's the best there ever was. Of course, it won't be out for at least a year, if I'm not mistaken. But Cnet must know. Right.....
I personally own a new iBook G4. What really pisses me off is when people say it's overpriced. The standard-equipped Apple may cost more than a Windows machine, but the Windows machine is also quite underequipped. Add a few "extras" to the Dell and you're about to spend a couple hundred dollars more. (About $300 in my case). So, is it overpriced? Only in another world.
-No guilt of supporting nerdy Bill Gates' greedy monopolistic empire.
-Tech support not only speak English, but actually know what they're doing! Imagine that! And OMG, hold times of 5 minutes? It's true!
I could go on, but sorry, I have a life lol. In conclusion, I'm pissed not because I think Macs are the greatest gift to the world ever and they're gonna save my life and blah blah blah, I couldn't care less about technology since it always seems to complicate more than simplify (I say this despite being quite knowledgeable and experienced in the field of computers, both Windows and Mac.) But for the sake of all that is good and decent, look at what these reviewers are doing to Apple! Do you people know the story of Preston C. Tucker and how the government screwed him out of his auto company to save the "Big Three" (and hence a huge portion of the U.S. economy)? There's a movie about it, it's great. Well anyway I'd like to show you the new Preston C. Tucker (Steve Jobs) and the new perpetrators of free enterprise (Cnet and others, but none so blatantly as CNET). Look at the statement they made about the Linus guy using a Power Mac G5. They make the man sound like an idiot for using a Mac, and why? Well... because it's a Mac...
If you only look around, you will inevitably notice the countless logical fallacies that run rampant on what could have been a very good site. But bias has ruined everything. They don't criticize the Mac because they hate it, people... they criticize it because it's what their sponsors require them to do. How do you think Dell gets such great reviews? It's not because of their customer support, that's for sure...
Pros 1: It runs Microsoft Office (the best version out at this point, 2004). It's virus-free, runs UNIX (BSD via OS X) and has many best-of-breed applications. Applecare (for an extra few hundred bucks) gives you three years of phone tech support, and warranti
Cons Not as fast as it's sibling PowerBooks. Missing Firewire 800, only mirrors video.