Pros As with most Apple products, premium emphasis on looks. GeForce 9400M integrated graphics is an improvement than crappy Intel GMA.
Cons No firewire, no pcmcia or expresscard. Glass + aluminum components == concern for heavy travel. Glossy screen detrimental to image quality. Usual Apple flash over substance. Way overpriced compared to others laptops in this class.
Summary No firewire AND still no pcmcia or expresscard to add insult to injury, so it's a non-starter for any kind of music application. In particular I record with M-Audio FW410 which would be useless on this laptop. This is a dealbreaker for me.
Since I do pro travel photography work on the side, I prefer using CompactFlash via pcmcia (or expresscard) and this would not be an option either. Instead I'd have to carry an external USB CF reader -- as if my camera isn't full already.
The glossy screen is a concern for photography as well. Lastly the glass LCD is going to be a concern while traveling. I don't know if the Aluminum casing could flex enough to absorb shocks, or if it would be transmitted to the glass or other sensitive components like the hard drive.
Pros The new design is quite attractive.
Cons like sony is going insane releasing a new version to the ps3 every couple weeks, apple is beginning to change up their macbook like. Updating it last year, then early this year, and now releasing a new one? whats next apple? calm down if you ask me.
Summary Apple is turning into Sony.
Pros faster overall, best price/performance slot for most users, but...
Cons the "hub for our digital lifestyle"? The one "for the rest of us" which doesn't connect to any but a small handful of camcorders? (listed as USB on Amazon doesn't mean they actually work with OSX) - and for audio/music people - forget about it.
Summary Perfect for the person wanting the ultimate in style and small size, whose needs can do with out any real connectivity.... (and USB 2.0 is simply not up to external storage, video transfer, and/or audio/midi all by itself - heck, is barely qualified to do them one at a time)
Oh but wait! Isn't that why the Macbook Air is available. Without FW (or a express card slot) the new Macbook is less a "Macbook Pro Lite" than a Macbook Air Fat.
Pros There Cool Looking and run faster at 2.4ghz with better graphics card
Cons Was really hoping for a cheaper macbook because i cant afford a $1500 laptop.
Hard To find software to work with Mac OS
Summary Was Really Hoping For A Cheaper Macbook but am very disapointed after the prices went up $200.
"That's a toy"on by johnnythejohn
Pros All of your gadget-loving friends will envy you
Cons $1,300 to go down the drain in the name of vanity
Summary I own an MSI Wind. It has 3 usb ports, a multi-format card reader, and a VGA out. I can surf the web with it, type documents, watch AVIs, and even run statistical software. The little bugger performs all of the functions the general purpose, everyday use laptop should perform. It cost me $400, less than one third of this MacBook's price. It even came with a carrying case.
The reason I'm telling you this is not to brag or advocate the MSI Wind. There are other machines like it. These are tools. This MacBook is a toy. Yeas: an everyday use laptop which has very limited connectivity, a 13.3" screen, and which goes for $1,300 is an elitist's toy. It looks like the entire line of Apple's laptops is a parade of expensive toys. Funny, these days people, i.e. the masses, aren't particularly crazy to part with their money. The reviewer who said this MacBook is a laptop for the masses was wrong. It is not for the masses. It is for the elite and those who'd die to be perceived as the elite. And I'm just wondering: why is Apple so hell-bent on becoming elitist? It never did the company any good. In fact, it almost killed it some 10 years ago. It's most successful products have always been affordable: the original Apple Macintosh, the original iMac, the iPod. Do they really aim to become a Bang & Olufsen of the household computer industry? And they are working toward a larger market share and better acceptance. Go, figure.