Pros Good performance, nearly MacBook Pro specs, not too heavy, real bargain
Cons No SD card slot, no multi-touch trackpad, weak battery compared to new MacBook Pros, polycarbonate shell picks up smudges and scratches easier than aluminum counter parts
Summary I've had this notebook for about 3 weeks now, and I am most impressed by it's performance. The 2.13 Intel Core 2 Duo processor is fast and gets the job done. Normal tasks such as web surfing, word processing, email and photos work well. Overall, as a consumer notebook, this MacBook has more than enough power to get the job done.
The included 2GB of RAM is industry standard, but Apple allows u users to upgrade to up to 4 GB of RAM, although this may be unnecessary if you are just using this notebook for everyday tasks.
The battery is advertised for up to "5 hours of wireless productivity", but if you dim the screen brightness and run less applications, you may actually exceed the amount that Apple is promising.
Pros Awesome performance, cool trackpad (two-finger tap is like a right-click), very user friendly but also customizable, great camera, comes with great software, easy to switch keyboard languages, light, compact and sleak, pretty design.
Cons Wish it came with a bigger hard drive (160 Gb), white case smudges and scratches easily, OS Leopard is OK but not amazing, $999 is the cheapest Mac out there, but that's still a lot of dough (it's well worth it though)
Summary So it turns out that whatever hang-ups that I had about switching from a PC to a Macbook were really unfounded. The Mac is a sleek looking and its performance blows any PC out of the water. It's not even a comparison, the Macbook just runs better.I should also add that while the Macbook doesn't come with an SD card reader, you can buy an SD card reader adaptor at any electronics store for around $20.
Leopard is OK, but nothing to write home about. I like it more than Windows Vista, but I have WIndows 7 on the Macbook as well (another great feature of the Macbook if you need to run Windows only programs) and a mixture of Windows 7 and Leopard would be cool. I'm waiting to see what Snow Leopard is all about.
I would recommend this $999 Macbook if you want the seamless computing experience that the Macbook offers, but can't afford to "go Pro." Although the specs on this machine aren't that much off from the Macbook Pro.
I'd recommend the Macbook over the PC. You will be spending more money, but the Macbook really is worth it.
Updated on Jun 11, 2009
Also, while the Macbook is equipped with 2 Gb of RAM, this shouldn't effect your buying decision.
You can upgrade to 4 Gb by buying 2x 2 Gb RAM online for as low as $40 (don't even think about buying Mac RAM at Best Buy or at a big box store, where the same chips were $200).
The Memory slots are underneath the battery, so anyone can upgrade the memory--even that one woman in the PC commercial who scoffs that the Macbook "has only has 2Gb of RAM."
Another good thing is that the Mac OS X uses much less resources than Windows. The Mac uses less than a gig a memory and is even less than a gig of on your hard drive.
This is a GREAT laptop, and as I said I would recommend it to anyone, but I'd like to end this by saying that Mac's lame corporate identity thing may help sales, but you are not your computer. You are you.
Pros Everything is fantastic on it
it built on the best operating system
and it is secure with linux/uniux
Cons I have no cons about the macbook
Summary Get a macbook and you will love it
as I said
it built on the best operating system
and it is secure
you can't get that with windows
the hard drive space I configured my to 320g hard drive
I have my macbook for 3 months now no problems
Pros nVidia graphics, fast processor, the screen size is the sweet spot, iSight built-in, cool keyboard, it's like an iMac to go. It does everything you throw at it. Battery life.
Cons Scratch prone, Firewire 400 is getting old, we should see 800 instead.
Summary It's the same MacBook we knew since 2006, with better graphics and faster performance. It's even better than some early MacBook Pros. Trackpad is efficient but I would've liked multi-touch. Pretty cheap considering it's a Mac.
Pros Wow 2gig ram supports 4gig, 160gig HD, Wifi, Bluetooth linking, 2 usb ports, firewire 400, isight web cam, able to have a second monitor linked or to new HD TV's, OS X snow leopard is great. plays great with Hulu and youtube. Oh the magnet power cord
Cons Battery life is low just little under 5 hours, only place i see that being a problem is if you fly an it last longer than three four hours.
Summary I got my right from the apple store on line and it was a refurb which did not matter to me. I have owned other mac products refurb. That was what my prismo was an it lasted from 2000 when it was made till i broke it early 2010. I saved more than $200 off of the suggested retail price. I had owned more that five windows pc, five in the same time i had just one mac until I bought this new one. I even got my mother to buy her a mac an she loves it better than the pc she had for three years. So do a favor buy a mac save some in the long run.