Pros Everything about it...
Cons The MacBook doesen't have a backlit keyboard... Thatsit...
Summary As a Mac user for a few years now, I must say that I'm impressed with the direction that Apple is taking with their products. The decision to blend the line that was created with the iBook/Powerbook line has been pulled off in a brilliant manner. Good job Apple.
The new product line that's offered is the MacBook/MacBook Pro line. If you're an iBook user then you will see the MacBook as a familiar machine. If you're a Powerbook user you will see the MacBook Pro as a familiar machine.
All of the machines now offer pretty much the same features. The difference is the prosessor speeds and graphics cards. The MacBook Pros get a better graphics card and slightly faster processors then the MacBooks.
All the options that are available for these machines are the usual Apple things; more ram, bigger hard drive, combo drive or super drive, etc.
The things that set this new product line apart are things like the built in iSight cameras in every machine, the keyboard and the power adapter. The camera looks really good! Nice addition. On the MacBooks, the keyboards are the most noteable change. For those of you that have Apple laptops from the iBook/Powerbook line, you know that after having those machines for a while, the keyboard being pressed up against the screen when the screen is flipped down does take a toll on the screen after a while.
Apple has sunk the keyboard area and raised the keys. The keys feel better than the keyboards on the older models. The keyboard is also a permanent thing now, you can't remove it like you could on the old iBooks. Probably a good thing???
All of the new MacBook/MacBook Pro models offer a glossy screen. Standard on the MacBooks, option on the MacBook Pros. The glossy screen looks really nice. Much brighter then the matte screen on the older models.
All the Mac laptops now have a DVI video output. Thanks Apple!
Another cool new feature is the new MagSafe power adapter. Briliant!
Sticking with the magnets... Apple got rid of the little magnetic latches that popped down once you closed the screen (the MacBook Pro still has them). The MacBook machines have magnets the hold the screen closed. The magnets are pretty strong and do a great job holding the screen closed. Another briliant addition.
Now there's a lot of talk about these machines running hot. I will tell you this... I've been using my new MacBook in the same manner as I used my 12" iBook. The iBook ran hotter then the MacBook. I've used the new MacBook sitting in my lap, I've used it sitting at a desk. The machine seems to run cooler then the iBook. I haven't burned my legs having the machine sitting in my lap for an extended amount of time. I think it's all hype folks.
You can't go wrong with these machines. It's a few new additions that make the machines better and all the familiarity that makes it as simple as pulling it out of the box and working on it just like you did on your old Mac. These are the best computers on the market. Go get one today!Updated
It's still as rock solid as it was the day I purchased it! Apple makes the best computers on the market. GO GET ONE TODAY!Updated
It's still as rock solid as it was the day I purchased it. Apple is making the best products on the market by far. Go get an Apple computer or an iPod today. You will not be sorry.
Pros The overall build quality, the quickness, price/value-esp. compaired to competition, astheticlly pleasing, the way hardware just works with OSX, trackpad the size of Rhode Island, 2 finger scrolling
Cons Mac OS is filled with 'conveniences' that i do not need that eat up the hd space, heat issues a concern but not a defeat, more usb ports would be nice, these are more personal whinings than real cons
Summary In need of a laptop to replace my aging, 'bootleg' P4 3.0 8lb tank of a laptop, (bootleg as it's a badass custom job) i wanted something that was light enough that i would have to check my bag to make sure it was in there. I initially thought i wanted a Dell Inspiron 700m but i just could not part with the cash for that one... glad i didn't!
I purchased the Macbook from Tekserve, with much reserve as it had been out less than a week. (i'm an IT tech and i know better than that!), but i was traveling and using the laptop for performing live music. I needed something reletavily inexpensive and bad assed enough to handle what I was to throw at it. The initial quote the salesperson made out was for $1890. for the black macbook w/ 2.0 processor and 1Gig of ram. I told him to take that back, give me the 2.0 processor 60Gig HD and 512Megs ram in the white case which knocked it down to right @ $1400 w/ tax. I threw my old familiar friend Windoze on it as i had no time to aquaint myself with OSX, but was amazed by the beauty of the interface.
This config eventially worked FLAWLESSLY and faster than anything i had used before. I say eventually because the installation of a piece of hardware I was using for shows is painfully accurately portraied in the Apple TV commercials. I understand Bootcamp is a beta but it's still funny-
I plugged the hardware controller into the mac running OSX and it worked.
I plugged it into the mac running Windows and got a power surge on the USB hub error, then a blue screen,
driver updates caused a malfunction in the controller and erased the ********* firmware. After hours spent reinstalling firmeare & going in this circle there came a workaround that made performing live a total crap shoot, with several bluescreen reboots on stage, luckily before the shows started...
After i had a chance to sit with OSX i love it. The reliability has slowly gained my trust which is a HUGE thing for me to trust my equipment. AND i can use windows during the day for work!
I purchased 2gigs of ram from a 3rd party for $230 rather that whatever ungodly price Apple/Tekserve has on theirs, installed it myself and have not looked back.
I am officially converted and can not wait for the Core Duo 2 Mac desktops to hit.
-A client of mine has asked me to pick out a notebook for her. She knows she wants a Lenovo X60, when asked, i reccommended the macbook but she wants what she wants...the one i picked out which was about $400 more than i paid for the macbook w/ no OSX. i don't know why anyone would want something else.
"Great frist Mac"on by tofurki0789
Pros Fast, awesome display, great software package
Cons Speakers are a little weak
Summary I bought this as my first mac. As a long time windows user i found very little problems during the transition. In under a few hours i fully adapted to the Mac operating system. The MacBook is a fun machine with many great features.
Many people mentioned a over heating problem. I find the battery tend to rise to a higher temperature only when the charger is pluged in, but not to a point where i cant use it in my lap. With it unpluged it is actually cooler than most laptops. The only other complaint that i had was the speakers.
Pros Performance, features, value for the money
Cons Gets hot in your lap, wimpy speakers
Summary For about $2000 I got the fully decked out model -- 2 GHz processor, 2 GB memory, 120 GB hard drive. It is very fast, performs great, has OS X and Apple's wonderful software suite, and the integrated cam is quite nice and fun to use. Battery life is pretty good, I get about 3 1/2 hours using mail, web surfing, and word processing. It does run hot, but not much more than other notebooks I've used. The speakers aren't much, but you cannot expect much with a notebook of this size. I'm really impressed with what Apple has accomplished.
Pros screen, keyboard, built-in camera, start-up time
Cons runs hot, trackpad design, Mac Office
Summary Sorry to crash the party but the new MacBook is incredibly disappointing. First off, you should know that I am an Apple aficionado from over 15 years ago. I have owned an Apple II, a Lisa, the first generation Mac and a Powerbook. At that time, Apple computers were truly innovative, user-friendly and virtually crash-proof. What a difference a decade makes! After 4 months of heavy use with the MacBook, here are the pros and cons:
PROS: Very fast start-up, reasonably bright and clear screen, excellent 'goof-proof' keyboard with large flat keys and some nifty function keys that instantly display all open windows or clear the desktop with a single stroke, good battery life (I get about 2.5 hours), no viruses with OSX.
CONS: White palm rest has already discolored and will not clean up, unit runs dangerously hot (I have burn marks on my left thigh!), touch-pad design is very poor -- because it is large and essentially integrated into the palm rest, I experience lots of cursor/page jumping and spurious, Mac Office is an unmitigated DISASTER -- programs do not run the same as they do under Windows and are slow, buggy and unwieldy. Worst of all, for the first time in my long history using Apple products, this computer hangs and crashes.
I never thought I would say this but I will be returning to a PC running Windows. The Macbook running OSX is a productivity killer.