Pros Sleek design, vibrant & bright display, good battery life and strong performance
Cons Left Click button for the mouse would be nice
Summary I'm a switcher, having always used Windows through various iterations, from 95 through XP, all of which gave me grief with issues such as system instability (Blue Screen of Death), performance and spyware. Luckily I never caught a virus because I was careful, but the risk still caused me to spend time and worry to prevent viruses. I also felt like my XP computers always ran slowly and required frequent restarts to speed up. So when my 5 year old Dell died, I was still apprehensive about switching to a totally different OS but I was willing to give Mac OS X a try. I was lucky to have two roommates who went on back-to-back vacations and who let me borrow their laptops while they were away, one a new Vista laptop and the other a 12" PowerBook G4 running OS X Tiger. I was able to compare the two in depth, and though I was frustrated at first with my unfamiliarity with OS X, I quickly learned how to do common functions on it and in general found the Mac to be very intuitive. I was also pleased that software ran smoothly and required fewer restarts and had fewer program crashes than Vista. Overall I was disappointed with Vista's issues (Firefox ran poorly, had many WiFi issues with our WPA network, etc.), and so I went ahead and bought the MacBook and I must say I love it.
-It's beautiful: the hardware is sleek and feels solid and well built. The display has great resolution, color and brightness, and OS X is very visually appealing and slick. A dramatic advance over XP and I think it's even better than Vista, which does have an elegant look but still lacks the refinement and visual appeal of OS X.
-It's fast: I don't have to restart every few days as I did when my XP comp would grind to a halt. In 2 months of daily use, I have probably only restarted 3 or 4 times.
-Great software is included: the whole iLife suite is really useful and nothing comparable comes on a Windows machine. Also thankfully there is no bloatware.
-No more worry about viruses and spyware. I know technically it's possible for a mac to get this, but none of my friends who have used Macs for years have had any infections.
-I love the widgets and the two finger scrolling on the mouse.
-I think peopled talked OS X up so much that I thought it would run perfectly, but that's not the case. You still have programs freeze on occasion and I even had one unexpected restart. That said, these issues happen perhaps with 1/5 of the frequency they did on my Windows computers.
-I was very worried about missing the left click, but the Mac sales person showed me how to use the two fingers on the mouse pad to left click function found in system preferences and it has made my life a lot easier.
-I would like the option for discreet graphics on the MacBook, although the integrated graphics has been just fine for everything I've used it for. I'm not a gamer.
Go ahead and make the switch. Even if for some crazy reason you hate OS X, you can always install Windows on your MacBook with Apple's Boot Camp software and still enjoy the fantastic hardware that comes on a Mac. I bought the MacBook knowing I could switch back to Windows if need by, but honestly I haven't felt the need to install Windows on it.
Pros Right Size, Battery Life, Rich Feature Set
Cons None Worth Noting
Summary Apple pulled off the finest computing experience. One could pick apart minor things but the MacBook has more pluses than any Sony or Lenovo we've ever owned. And rather than focus on what the competition lacks let’s talk about what the MacBook has and what you should know.
First, don’t forget your Apple Care at $249 or you’ll find out how that red headed, unloved stepchild felt. Plus the added peace of mind is priceless. If you’d like to take your ownership experience up a notch add a dot-Mac account for only $69 when purchased with your new computer. As for hard drive space go for size over speed as long as its 5400 rpm’s or greater. As for the shiny screen it aids in contrast and color saturation but can pick up glare like all similar laptop screens on the market. Black or white is a choice. The flexibility of running Windows under Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop for Window virtualization is a huge plus especially for those fearful of moving away from Windows cold turkey. However, you shouldn't be afraid to move into the light – there is peace in the light!
Frankly, the fun never ends. And in October 2008 when Leopard, Apple's latest operating system rolls out it will add many more user friendly, productive, and intuitive features. Apple made using our computer fun again! And after years of hardware and software not working together Apple is a welcome guest in our household. If a company took building hardware seriously they would write their own software - Apple did! Good Luck and Happy Computing!
Pros Thin, light, strong, fast, stable, long battery life, packed with features, looks good.
Cons Graphics let it down... but not that much...
Summary This is my first Apple product and I must admit that I am impressed - indeed, the only reason this product has not received full marks is the lack of a dedicated graphics solution.
There are no other real downsides to this machine. While a switch to Mac OS seems daunting at first, anyone who knows how to use a computer should be able to work out how to get most things running quite quickly.
One other possible disadvantage is the keyboard - there isn't anything actually wrong with it, it just feels weird.
Everything else runs quite well. The computer isn't too hot, unlike a lot of modern thin-and-lights, and with 2Gb RAM in it, there isn't that much it can't handle. Just don't try playing a decent game on it. This is definitely not a gaming laptop...
P.S. If you're looking for a better bang-to-buck ratio, check the middle option (white) and spec it up to the black.
Pros good when it works...
Cons ... but "hard drive failure very likely" (quote from an apple store guy)
Summary Switched from PC to Apple to join the bandwagon of rave reviews about how easy, safe, crashless Mac were. Until after 8 months of use, the drive died on me. 100% data loss. And at the Apple store I was told with a very straight face, that I should have expected that, "happens all the time to this model after 2 to 12 months".
Maybe it should come with a "surgeon general" warning 33% of the size of the packaging like on cigarettes? I would have backed up more often... or stuck to my PC.
"great laptop"on by mabelline
Pros sleek, beautiful, fun, user friendly, quick connection
Cons could be lighter
Summary this is my very first apple product and I love it!! Bought it in white with no add on's except the 3 year service and repair contract and it's just what I need! I don't use it for games, just personal use, internet, etc and it is just GREAT!! cool picture effects, webcam, calender with reminders and many many more things!! no more SPAM, junk mail or anything else!!! They should make one that is a 8-10 inch screen!! I love how easily it connects to wireless networks!! GOTTA LOVE APPLE!!!!