"Progressive design and excellent performance make this an excellent computer in its class."on by LinuxAddict2010
Pros Roomy keyboard and touchpad, bright screen, can run Windows natively, has internal Bluetooth
Cons Glossy screen might turn off some users, all ports are on one side of the computer, some users might prefer an external mouse
Summary I was looking into a new laptop to replace my ailing Compaq Presario laptop, which had served me admirably during my first semester at college and through my senior year of high school. But it was a bit big, and it was starting to develop problems, so I started shopping around. Anyway, I have always wanted a Macintosh, so I naturally made my way over to Apple's website and checked out their offerings. After carefully doing my research and weighing my options, I decided to take the plunge and buy a MacBook.
Being that I'm just a college student and don't do much outside of the realm of tinkering around with Linux and writing papers, I needed a computer capable of doing these things and little else. But as I found, my little MacBook is capable of a few of those things, but I don't recommend it for hardcore gamers or people who need a lot of horsepower for productivity.
When I got my new MacBook via FedEx, the first thing that stuck in my mind was the ease with which I got started using it. Keep in mind that I've never used a Mac for longer than about an hour before, so I'm not too well-acquainted with some of its features.
Or so I thought.
After registering with Apple and registering the computer on my university's network, I got started with sharing files between the Mac and my old Windows PC. The transfer didn't take terribly long, and as I'd already prepared an "Emergency Kit" of sorts full of software for my new Mac, I was able to get started using my favorite open-source solutions after just a few clicks of the mouse.
Even with just 512 MiB of memory and "only" 1.83 GHz of processing power, this computer doesn't let you snooze unless you fall asleep reading a Wikipedia article. Even though it's the bottom of the MacBook product line, it's a fast, responsive computer, which is more than I can say for bottom-of-the-barrel computers from any other manufacturer I've dabbled about with. Quite honestly, the 1.83 GHz MacBook doesn't even feel like it's the least-expensive of the MacBooks available.
And when I got down to business working on a paper for my British literature class, I found the keyboard to be the best laptop keyboard I've ever used, and this is among a desktop-replacement Compaq, two Dell Inspirons, and one of Apple's own iBook G4s. A good-quality external keyboard still beats the onboard one hands-down, but who can afford the space when traveling? And the touchpad was similarly responsive, although I prefer my old USB Logitech mouse, mostly because it has two buttons. One drawback I found is that all the ports are on the left-hand side of the computer, which makes using a USB mouse somewhat problematic. That problem is solved, however, if you use a Bluetooth mouse.
I also found the battery life to be quite impressive. No more lightly than I use a computer's processor for most tasks, I can get four hours easily out of the battery, which is four times more than I can say for my old laptop. I get similar performance out of Debian GNU/Linux, which I installed both for the fun of it and for the open-source software I can access at the touch of a button.
The software Apple puts on their Macs is quite nice. I've dabbled around with iPhoto and iWeb, and both are the best pieces of software I've used in each of those arenas, though I'll grant you I don't often use those kinds of software. Windows users might have a hard time adjusting to the Macintosh's way of doing things, but a lot of programs are available to ease the transition: Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Opera, even Microsoft Office. Mac OS X is a marvel of user interface design and a wonder to behold every time I click on an icon and watch the little animation. Some may see the use of animation as childish or immature on Apple's part, but I don't see it as either -- after all, part of Apple's appeal is the beauty of the operating system running on their hardware.
All in all, MacBook is a wonderful computer and one that I enthusiastically recommend to anyone looking for a new laptop rich with features and performance but is affordably priced. Apple has come a very long way in the past few years with making their products more affordable, and I plan to continue to use Apple products for a very long time to come.Updated
I upgraded the memory in my machine a couple of months ago, and I can say that the increase in performance is enormous. I can easily run two Parallels virtual machines in addition to eight or nine OS X applications (perfect for testing my website) with no perceptible drop in performance. In short, quadrupling my Mac's memory made it fly rather than scoot along.
Pros just the sleek design
Cons problem with the isight camera
Summary was my first apple and am really disappointed with it.. there is a problem with uploading windows .. there is a problem with the isight camera that turns on and you cannot switch it of.. and also the adapter that gave way in a matter of 7 months..
Pros Design, LCD screen, inlaid iSight and microphone, OS and iLife suite.
Cons Default RAM setting (512 Mb), LCD panel open angle (max aperture hits the table), inside white plastic easily gets dirty with everyday use, speakers, 60 Gb of HD is definitely not enough for me.
Summary A must have! Apart from all the cons, I would still buy a MacBook again, but I would surely buy the next one up the scale. (2.0 GHz; 1Gb RAM). Now that I have added another 1Gb of RAM everything feels muuuch faster.
Pros Beautiful bright screen, fast, Built-in webcam, loaded with features, high quality, simple-to-use software, long battery life, portable, and many many more
Cons None so far
Summary This is a great laptop for anyone. Very easy and cheap if you want to upgrade the memory or hard drive. The glossy screen is not a problem at all and has no glare. It is filled with nice features. This is my second day experiencing Mac and I am already getting used to it. I would highly reccomend this laptop to anyone.