"Nearly Perfect"on by stewbacca
Pros Design, stability, price, OS, Apps, Wireless
Cons Heat, non-intel apps slow, too little standard ram
Summary I have had the entry level MacBook ($1050 with student discount) for a month now. There are two things keeping this from being a perfect 10. The intel duo core runs too hot and non-intel apps are hit and miss. Some other small issues are that it should ship with 1gig of ram instead of 512mb and the Superdrive/DVD burner should be standard on all Macs.
The only intel-native app that I've had any problems with is mail stopped responding today and I had to force quit. I had 7 or 8 apps running and the cpu was very hot (as usual). Other non-intel optimized apps give me trouble nearly every time (acquisition) and some old favorites are now junkers (firefox). In a year, I bet this paragraph will be outdated.
MS Office 2004 runs just fine (for a MS product) and I haven't had a single slowdown/crash/burp with the non-intel-native version. An intel-optimized version should really be great.
The thing boots up in under 20 seconds...very impressive. And unlike my home desktop PC, you can actually start using the computer when the desktop appears, and not have to wait around another 30 seconds for all the system tray garbage and desktop icons to load.
So far the intel transition has been pretty smooth, but not as smooth as usual Apple launches (like the switch from OS 9 to OS X). I've come across a couple downloads online that just won't work with intel chips on a mac (and the web sites say, "coming soon"), but nothing show stopping. I've also noticed that the third parties have become PC-like-sloppy with their install packages, and the ease of installs varies wildly, depending on the vendor.
The wireless capability of this machine are the best I've ever seen, mac or pc, and that says a lot coming from a US Gov't computer security employee.
The integrated graphics chip is great. Don't feel pressured into springing for a MacBook Pro unless you need the 3d horsepower (games) or do a LOT of video editing. I do a little photography, video and audio editing, and this thing is just fine for all of it.
"Great machine!"on by StumpyNL
Pros It looks great, long-battery life, built-in iSight, lots and lots of features and a very good screen
Cons MSN doesn't support a webcam function for Mac OSX yet. (Not Apple's fault though)
Summary I got this 1,83GHz Macbook delivered a couple of days ago and I love it! Let me explain.
First of all, the 2D performance of the Intel GMA 950 is incredible. I hooked my Macbook to my HDTV and the picture was smashing. In fact, it is much better than the 2D performance of my ATI Radeon X800 (PCI Express). While others maybe think 2D performance is not important to me it is.
Second great thing. The 13,3" glossy display itself. I read some positive and some negative reviews about the glossy display. I think it is awesome. The picture is so much clearer and I didn't experience annoying background light (the sun or lights) yet. I've worked around with it in the garden and so on.
This brings me to another great feature. The Airport wireless Internet thing. It is absolutely incredible. I've got internet everywhere!
FrontRow and the other programs are cool as well. I am a new Mac user by the way, I've worked on Windows based pc's since Windows 95 but this is so much better! (Not saying that Windows is bad, but this is just way cooler).
I also read about 'the moo'. Some sound the Macbook produced. Well, I'm not saying it is bollocks, I just didn't experience it yet. Neither did I experience heat-related issues. The machine is just brilliant and realy fast (my system has 1024MB's of RAM) and works just fine with the Apple Mighty Mouse, especially the Expose buttons and the Dashboard button are handy.
Pros Easy to Use, Powerful, Fast, Enjoyable to Use, Security
Cons Dual Core Processors can get VERY hot, but does not mean a compromise in performance!
Summary Having been a Windows User from day one, I Finally made the switch to Mac, and as i expected incredibly easy to use and very enjoyable.
In Terms of programs, I have yet to find a program that i needed on Windows that there isnt an equivilent (and usualy better) version for Mac.
I would add that if you intend of using a Current Photoshop (CS2 etc...) It may be worth waiting untill CS3 or a Universal Version comes up as it can be quite slow but mainly on its startup. However I hardly find this a problem on my 1.83Ghz, 512Mb Ram.
The Power of the Laptop is fantastic and ive yet to find a power related issue.
The ONLY issue that I have found is that the Dual Core processors, potentially can get incredibly hot, and this may be an issue for people who literally use laptops as laptops! Generally Speaking, the heat is not a major issue as it does not compromise the performance at all.
The new Macbook is a powerfull and efficient machine, and i have yet to find any problems with it. I Highly Recommend this laptop to people considering it.
Pros Relatively Light Weight, Bright Screen, Intel Dual Core, Built in iSight, iLife 06 included, Fast, fairly long lasting Battery, Large Track Pad, Bluetooth, comfortable keyboard
Cons When you close lid, computer goes to sleep and doesnt continue running programs.
Summary I love this laptop! I got it 2 weeks ago and I love everything about it. I use it for graphic design, and it works great! The computer is fast and rarely freezes. The screen is bright and vibrant and the graphics are awesome. You can see every detail. With all he OS X and iLife 06 software, you dont need to download much software. You can organize all your photos, make movies, listen to music, and you have the dashboard widgets just for extra! The total cost after I bought it as almost $2000 dollars, but I think its completely worh it.
The only thing I wish it did is when you close the lid, it doesnt go to sleep and you can still run the programs in the back, though if you leave it without closing it and it goes to sleep, the programs continue.
Pros Worked great for the first 8 months
Cons hard drive problems
Summary So my brother got a laptop very similar to this last june, and LOVED it. I was personally skeptical because I don't like apple's monopolistic ploys. So on 5/15/08, his computer crashed. His hard drive died. I don't know why, but the apple store had to replace it and couldn't transfer his data. Now, we've got two portable hard drives here at home, but he didn't back up his information on either. So he has now lost all his music, minus what is on the external hard drive from when he transferred his music from his old computer to his new computer, so roughly $200 worth of music and countless hours of work on a project he has due for school next week. Macs are great and all, but back up your hard drive.