|Apple MacBook MB466LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop
|List Price: $1299.00
Our Price: Too low to display
Machined from a solid piece of aluminum, the new MacBook is thinner, lighter, and more powerful than ever. The streamlined enclosure slides easily into backpacks and briefcases and is stunning in any setting. Open your MacBook and you're instantly greeted by glorious full screen brightness. The brilliant, ultrathin LED-backlit display provides instant full screen brightness and enhances any media viewing experience. Power your way through the 3D environments of Quake, Call of Duty, and Spore. NVIDIA delivers discrete-level graphics with up to five times the performance, so you can immerse yourself in faster, smoother, more lifelike 3D gameplay. Click anywhere on the all-new glass Multi-Touch trackpad the spacious, smooth surface doubles as the button. Multi-Touch gestures now come to the MacBook, so you can use your fingers to swipe through photos, rotate an image, and pinch to zoom in and out. With the new four-finger swipe gesture, access Expos modes and toggle between open applications. Inside the new MacBook is a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.0GHz with an increased 1066MHz frontside bus and next-generation 1066MHz RAM. That faster memory lets you quickly and easily manipulate large, complex files and keep more applications open at once. All of this with a full-size keyboard at just 0.95" thin and 4.5 pounds, MacBook is truly the next generation of notebooks. 13.3 Glossy (1280 x 800) LED Backlit Widescreen Display Built-in iSight Camera and internal omnidirectional microphone NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB Shared Video Memory 8X Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+-R DL/DVD+-RW/CD-RW) AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet Ports - 2 x USB 2.0, Digital/Analog Line In; Digital/Analog Line Out, Mini DisplayPort, RJ-45, MagSafe Power Port Unit Dimensions - 12.78 (W) x 0.95 (H) x 8.94 (D) Unit Weight - 4.5 Pounds
Redesigned with a precision unibody enclosure crafted from a single block of aluminum, the MacBook is thinner and lighter than its predecessor as well as stronger and more durable. But Apple didn't stop innovating with the body's design. The MacBook also includes a new 13.3-inch, LED-backlit glass display (instead of an LCD panel) and a glass trackpad that doesn't include a button (for larger tracking area) and features includes Apple's Multi-Touch technology.
Under the hood, the MacBook is powered by a powerful 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (with 3 MB L2 cache and 1066 MHz front-side bus), which runs applications faster and more efficiently as well as helps to reduce power requirements and save on battery life. And the MacBook features the integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor, which delivers outstanding 3D game play with up to five times faster graphics performance than the previous generation.
The redesigned MacBook (see larger version).
It's pre-loaded with Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, which enables easy backup of your most important data via Time Machine, a redesigned desktop that helps eliminate clutter. It also comes with the iLife '08 suite of applications--including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes--and the newest version of the fast-loading Safari web browser. Other hardware features include a 160 GB hard drive, 2 GB of installed RAM (which can be upgraded to 4 GB), an 8x combo Superdrive (for burning dual-layer DVDs as well as CDs), built-in Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), and Mini DisplayPort video output (for DVI and VGA connections).
The New MacBook Design
Traditionally notebooks are made from multiple parts. With the new MacBook all of those parts with just one part--the breakthrough unibody enclosure. Every MacBook starts its life as a single block of aluminum, which is precisely machined into the basic unibody design. Another pass and the unibody takes shape. Another, and the integrated keyboard emerges. When you pick up a new MacBook you immediately notice the entire enclosure is thinner and lighter. And it feels strong and durable--perfect for life inside (and outside) your briefcase or backpack.
The standard aluminum electro-static trackpad has been replaced with a new glass Multi-Touch trackpad, which provides 40 percent more tracking area than before. Use two fingers to scroll up and down a page. Pinch to zoom in and out. Rotate an image with your fingertips. Swipe with three fingers to flip through your photo libraries. Swipe with four fingers to show your desktop, view all open windows, or switch applications. The entire trackpad surface is also a button, allowing you to both track and click virtually anywhere on the trackpad. And you can easily enable multiple virtual buttons in software, such as right-clicking.
The keyboard has also been improved, with the rigid aluminum keyboard webbing cut precisely to hold the keys, which are curved to perfectly fit fingers.
The 13.3-inch display is made of edge-to-edge, uninterrupted glass for a smooth, seamless surface and features LED backlighting for brilliant instant-on performance that uses up to 30 percent less energy than its predecessor. The ultra-thin displays provide crisp images and vivid colors which are ideal for viewing photos and movies
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Experience improved energy efficiency, expanded wireless connectivity, and amazing battery life with the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which has a super-fast 1066 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and a large 3 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
The new hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--conserves even more energy, giving you more time away from the wall outlet. With 3 MB of shared L2 cache, data and instructions can be kept close to the two processor cores, greatly increasing performance and allowing the entire system to work more efficiently. And, because the processor cores share the L2 cache, either can use the entire amount if the other happens to be idle.
Video Processing & Output
The new MacBook uses a graphics processor that economizes space without sacrificing battery life. The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M is great for gaming, providing up to a 5x performance boost. Enjoy faster, smoother, more responsive gameplay as you power your way through the 3D environments of Quake, Call of Duty, and Spore. The 9400M graphics processor shares 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM with main memory.
The MacBook includes a next generation Mini DisplayPort, which delivers a pure digital signal that can drive up to a 30-inch widescreen display. The Mini DisplayPort is ultra-compact at just 10 percent the size of a full DVI connector, and is compatible with Apple's 24-inch Cinema Display. Adapters are also available for using VGA, DVI/HDMI and Dual-Link DVI displays
Hard Drive and Memory
The 160 GB Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive (5400 RPM) quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to FireWire and USB 2.0. The 2 GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM (two SO-DIMMs of 1024 MB) has an industry-leading 1066 MHz speed, and the RAM capacity can be increased to 4 GB.
The built-in 802.11n wireless networking provides up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, but it's also backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g routers, enabling you to communicate with the a wide variety of Wi-Fi resources. It works seamlessly with the new AirPort Extreme with 802.11n. Use the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology to connect to your PDA or cell phone, synchronize addresses, or download pictures from your cell phone. You can also use a wireless headset for iChat audio chats and VoIP calls as well as quickly share files with a colleague.
Video Conferencing with Built-in iSight
Artfully placed in the glass display is an iSight camera, which enables easy video conferencing as well as allows you to snap pictures of yourself and create video podcasts. Using the iChat AV application, video conferencing is integrated into your iChat buddy list, so initiating a video conference is a breeze. iChat also lets you hold audio chats with up to 10 people and provides high-quality audio compression and full-duplex sound so conversation can flow naturally. For video podcasting, you can record a short clip using the iSight camera, then use iWeb to create a video blog entry or post your GarageBand-recorded podcast.
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Mini DisplayPort compatible with DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI connectors (all optional)
- 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with the following write speeds: 8x DVD¡ÀR; 4x DVD¡ÀR DL (double layer); 4x DVD¡ÀRW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
- Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement)
- Internal omnidirectional microphone and built-in speakers
- Combined optical digital output/headphone out (minijack)
- Combined optical digital input/audio line in (minijack)
- 50-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery providing up to 5 hours of battery life
- Kensington lock slot
- Measures 12.78 x 8.94 x 0.95 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 4.5 pounds (including battery)
The entire new MacBook family meets stringent Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Gold and RoHS environmental standards, and leads the industry in the elimination of toxic chemicals by containing no brominated flame retardants, using only PVC-free internal cables and components, and using energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass.
Preloaded with Leopard and iLife '08
The biggest Mac OS X upgrade ever, the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system features over 300 new features, including:
- Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac
- A redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs
- Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application
- Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them
- A brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock
- Major enhancements to Mail and iChat
Leopard's new desktop includes the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks, a new way to organize files for quick and easy access with just one click. Leopard automatically places web, email and other downloads in a Downloads stack to maintain a clutter-free desktop, and you can instantly fan the contents of this and other Stacks into an elegant arc right from the Dock. The updated Finder includes Cover Flow and a new sidebar with a dramatically simplified way to search for, browse and copy content from any PC or Mac on a local network.
Preloaded with Leopard, you'll enjoy enhanced productivity and a clutter-free desktop (thanks to the the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks).
Time Machine lets you easily back up all of the data on your Mac, find lost files and even restore all of the software on their Mac. With just a one-click setup, Time Machine automatically keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on the Mac. In the event a file is lost, you can search back through time to find deleted files, applications, photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file.
The MacBook also comes with the iLife '08 suite of applications that make it easy to live the digital life. Use iPhoto to share entire high-res photo albums with anyone who's got an email address. Record your own songs and podcasts with GarageBand. Break into indie filmmaking with iMovie and iDVD. Then take all the stuff you made on your MacBook and share it on the web in one click with iWeb.
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
iLife '08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
What's in the Box
MacBook, display cleaning cloth, lithium-polymer battery, 60W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord, install/restore DVDs, printed and electronic documentation
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- 2 GB RAM (4 GB max)
- 160 GB hard drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive
- Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Operating System
- 13.3-inch LED-backlit glass display, Integrated NVIDIA graphics (with 256 MB shared memory)
- Ditching your old PowerBook? This is a great replacement
I've bought this computer to upgrade from my old 2003-era G4 PowerBook. For those of you with G4 PowerBooks, you're in for some nice upgrades:
1. The screen is much, much brighter and despite how some users feel about the "glossy" look, it is much better than the dimly lit PowerBook screen.
2. It is certainly fast enough to run streaming video from Youtube, and [...] without choking. I can run many more applications simultaneously without any performance issues (though I do have 4 GB memory installed in my model).
3. The large trackpad is a big plus, especially if you don't tote around a mouse.
4. No more noisy fans running constantly. Under the same usage patterns as the PowerBook, this runs quietly and handles some big computational work smoothly without heating up. (I occasionally do some bioinformatic work on this computer).
FireWire: Other users have complained about the lack of a FireWire port on this model. I have mixed feelings about this... I do not ever plan on using a FireWire device on this computer. However, I have found using the FireWire supported Target Disk Mode useful in the past to rescue data from a crippled Mac. But I now back up data more routinely, and I doubt I would even use TSD.
Headphone Hiss: I use headphones with this computer often. Unlike the PowerBook, the headphones produce a background hiss. I have read elsewhere that this is an issue with the sound card of the MacBook and not an issue with headphones or unshielded cables. The hiss clicks on and off as the soundcard activates and deactivates when sound is sent to the speakers. This may or may not be fixable through software updates in the future. Until then, it is only a minor annoyance.
- Five very solid stars -- plus a few things you should know.
Who'd have thunk that Bill Gates would be bribing people to pan the new MacBook on Amazon? Yet, the proof is in the pudding. The new MacBook is, frankly, the best consumer laptop Apple has every sold, and I've owned just about all of them. It's also the finest consumer laptop out there, but, I suppose, I'm repeating myself. Yes, there are a few folks who elevate the lack of a FireWire port to the kiss of death, or complain about the "quality" of the screen, even though it is the same quality screen that made its appearance in the last iteration of the MacBook -- and, more importantly, it's a damn fine screen that no reasonable user could find fault with. It's bright, vivid and clear, backlit by LEDs that truly make it quick to light up, easy on the eyes, and a beautiful display for watching videos or slide shows. Those who complain are a lot like the folks who could be convinced that tap water is actually Norwegian glacier drippings, or that hand-rolled oregano is a joint. Finding fault with the screen is just plain silly. But, don't trust me. Truck down to your local Apple store and take a look for yourself. It will really blow you away. And as for FireWire, it would be a more versatile laptop if it was included, since a lot of older camcorders are FireWire only, and, as of yet, there is no FIreWire to USB 2 converter available to consumers. My guess is that there will be in short order, but that's for another day. So, if you really want to do FireWire downloading to your Mac, get an iMac or a MacBook Pro. Simple as that.
But, here's why those petty complaints don't mean a tinker's cuss. First, this is a rock solid laptop, pressed from a solid block of aluminum and virtually scratch-proof. It's expensive to produce this kind of light rigidity (no one else machines their laptops from aircraft grade aluminum), but it turns out to be indispensable for a workhorse portable. The MacBook opens and closes and feels like a fine Swiss watch. Going from the MacBook to any of its competitors is like going from fine Japanese or German sports car to a Chevy Impala -- the kind with chintzy appointments and cheap doors. The kind that folds up in a crash. Are you going to pay a bit of a premium for that kind of quality? Sure. But, even with this kind of off the charts fit and finish, the MacBook only costs $1299 -- and you can get an Apple certified refurbished unit for hundreds less. But here's the real beauty part. Apple laptops hold their value -- just like Hondas and Toyotas. I trade mine in every two years to get the latest and greatest, and usually get more than 50% of the purchase price in a trade in. Try that with your Dell or HP. They'll laugh you out of the computer store, and then the best you'll be able to do is to try to sell it as a commodity product on eBay for parts, maybe.
But, apart from the terrific screen and off-the-charts build, you get an amazingly solid operating system that virtually never crashes. Sometimes an application with quit on you, but even that's rare. And the OS X just keeps on keeping on. It's a thing of beauty, and the next version (Snow Leopard) is designed to take advantage of the MacBook's architecture to achieve blazing speed. Not that the current version (Leopard) isn't plenty fast. It is. And then you have software programs have no equal in the Windows world for both elegance and ease of use. Just give OmniGraffle or Keynote a try if you don't believe me. Sure, there are some specialty Windows programs that aren't available for OS X. No problem. You can run Windows on your MacBook -- either by directly booting into it, or via fine emulation programs like Fusion. Note: If you want to run heavy duty games, you probably should drop a few hundred more bucks for the MacBook Pro. But, since most of those games suck, and are better off being played on a console or desktop computer, why bother?
Seamless integration with your iPod or iPhone, the great, exclusive software, a crash-proof operating system, and a beautiful design of both strength and lasting beauty ... don't listen to the MacBook bashers here. They truly have no clue as to what counts in a laptop or what consumers both need and want. Frankly, I think they're just looking for attention, and to rally around some irrational clinging to their Windows laptops which they probably got on the cheap (you get what you pay for) or paid too much for and got little in return....more info
- Best Decision Ever!!
I was think about buying a netbook and decided to go with this instead, best decision I've ever made. I upgraded my hard drive to 500gb for $100, and my ram to 4gb for $100 through Ramjet. I've heard of some people having problems with adding other than apple ram, but so far the Ramjet has worked flawlessly. The only real reason I would have got a higher model macbook would be for the backlit keyboard, but if you're a half decent typer you shouldn't have any problems even in the dark. The 13in screen has been perfect for me. I think a 10in netbook screen would have been a little too small, and any bigger than 13in would decrease the portability, although if I was someone purchasing this for my primary computer and would be using it at a desk a lot, I would consider the 15in or 17in macbook pro. Battery life has not been a problem, especially if I'm just surfing. If I traveled a lot and watched a lot of movies or was using CPU intensive programs it might be a problem, but car inverters and other travel adapters are cheap. The only thing at all I wish this had is a built in card reader. on a last note I would recommend upgrading the internal hard drive over buying an external, I got my Western Digital 500gb from newegg for around $100, and changing it was easier than upgrading the ram. ...more info
- $1299 for this?
For $1299 I can get a 13 inch Dell laptop (Studio XPS) with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, GeForce 9500M 256MB GPU and I can upgrade the battery for only like $80. I could get a 16 inch Studio XPS with a 2.53GHz IC2D, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, Radeon 3670 512MB and 9-cell battery for $1330.
Macs have weak specs - heck, YouTube videos look pixelated like heck (don't believe me? Try them out at your local Apple Store or Best Buy), and Flash (which YouTube uses) is crap on the Mac. The gestures are nothing more than gimmicks, there is only 2 USB ports, OS X's dock is also very outdated and when Windows 7 comes out it will be even more outdated (1990's outdated status), this gets hot too, MagSafe isn't that safe (just see the reports), it's just not a good notebook.
Get the Dell or another PC laptop with better specs and features, and if Windows turns you off, get Linux. Stay away from Macs....more info
- I love it
After 13 years with Windows I have moved all my stuff to Mac, cause I luv it. Everything is well thought and prepared for ease of use. Only thing is the price, a bit steep on pocket but its okay. Only one thing I want to say, Apple should include a better codec support for Quicktime. XVid, Divx, Matroska etc doesn't play....more info
- Another convert
I almost didn't get this Apple because of the reviews about glare problems with the screen. I have glaucoma and have a major problem with glare. I am also using Lenovo and HP laptops and have had Dell and IBMs and the glare is no more of a problem than it is with them.It took a little while for me to get used to the changes in operating systems because this is the first time I ever used an Apple. It has been several weeks and I am impressed! It is smoother and a lot less glitchy. I really like how quiet and cool it runs. I didn't expect to take to it this much but I have. I doubt I will go back. It is worth the difference in price....more info
- Don't think I'll ever go PC again...
I cannot say how much I love this MacBook!!! It is great. Waiting for our desktop PC to die and will replace it with another Mac... The laptop is easy to use, easy on the eyes, and as convenient as anything! I really am thrilled to have made this purchase!!!...more info
- The best laptop for everyone!
- Leopard: the best OS
- Design: attractive, nice
- Incredible screen
- Great trackpad
- Good battery life
- Keyboard is excellent
- Magsafe adapter !!!
- Great iSight Camera
- Boot camp available
- Glossy screen quite reflective
- Small amount of game functionality
I use it every day and it is great - it has all you need from a laptop....more info
- MacBook, Better Than expected
After having a dell xps m1530, and then switching to the mac book, the most noticeable difference is the fact that i leave my home, with only the MacBook, no wires, no charger, no chords no cables not even my wireless mouse. I just slide it in a very small umbro bag. The size and weight plus the battery life, makes it so convenient to carry to basically anywhere. I get 4 - 5 hrs straight from my macbook, more than enough time to be away from an area with an electrical outlet.
The track pad, is not only for use, but to play. The multi-functionality of the track pad, makes work look like play. Zooming, scrolling, switching between windows or applications, rotating pictures to name a few, all done by sliding your finger or a combination of fingers on the track pad.
The screen/display is stunning. We took for granted the fact that we remain seated around the table watching a movie: and the table was round. It is only after a while my friend observed that normally we would have to get up to get a good viewing angle, which is straight in front of the screen. The display adjusts to the amount of lighting in the area, excellent idea.
You use the keyboard effectively without accidentally touching the track pad. The back light is one very important feature, and should have been standard just like the battery in all laptops. you just need it all the time. The back light also adjusts to that amount of lighting in the area.
The macbook gets warm, and not hot, which is excellent.
The operating system is excellent, and graphically based. I don't need to be a genius to have an idea what that picture is saying. Most of the technical and complicated information has been removed or hidden rather, so all i see are icons. To install or uninstall and item simply drag the icon in the appropriate location.
The Negatives i have noticed : the "two" USB ports it has, are placed ridiculously close to each other, making it near impossible to have to things connected at the same time (may be it was deliberate, to get us to purchase the other little gadgets). I only supports stereo (one output) straight off the book (u need a gadget). I am still learning the operating system and thus i am seeing there isn't much that can be done to customize the overall look of the system , apart from changing the background and colors of the names under the icons. May be there is more that i need to learn (and mind you, i will).
There is a lot more i can say but will end here. what i needed out of a portable device, was battery life, durability (it is made of aluminum you know), and simplicity, while fun, but does not compromise on power and versatility. I did not even talk about the dash board, which as the name would suggest, provides quick easy access to many things on your system.
If you have the money get a mac, its only a few hundreds more, and did i mention that you can run windows on there, so you can run two operating systems for a few hundreds more....more info
- Another Transition Sacrifice
Guess what kids! Apple is dropping firewire. USB 3 is 10 times faster than USB 2. It's on the way in a year or so, and will be the new world standard. ...more info
- Hardcore PC guy giving Mac a chance...
I had to give up my HP laptop so I saw this as an opportunity to try out the new Macbook. Granted, it was a few hundred $ more than an equivalent PC but I really don't mind paying extra for quality - and without a doubt, quality was what I got. I've checked it out quite a few times at the Apple Stores prior to making my purchase but for some reason I was a lot more impressed after getting one and having hands-on with it for a few days. The unibody gives it a very solid feel and the build-quality is un-comparable by any PCs that I've seen/used. This is a work of art. I find myself wiping it obsessively on a daily basis and I would leave it on top of my desk just to show it off. The magnetic "Magsafe" power cord is genius as I've already kicked it off a few times.
I've never used a Mac before and was a little bit hesitant so I Boot Camped it and installed Windows 7 Beta on it. The installation went flawlessly. All the drivers were included on the CD. Just to test out the 9400M capabilities, I installed Far Cry 2 and Prince of Persia to see how it would run. Well, let's just say it runs ok when set close to the lowest graphic settings but the machine heated up pretty quickly. So if you're a hard core gamer this is probably not for you... But to just play a little bit here and there to kill some time it's pretty ideal (or pop in an older game). Far Cry 2 reported that "My vdo drivers are too old please update" but newer drivers are nowhere to be found. So perhaps with a drivers update it'll get better, we'll see. I also installed 2 older games, Jade Empire Special Edition and Fable the Lost Chapters. Both runs very nicely at the highest res and AA x2 (medium detail etc). Nvidia drivers does not support this Chipset and Apple does not offer updates for it, quite frustrating.
OS X / USER EXPERIENCE:
As for using the OS X. It did take me a little time to learn it and get used to it. Being technically savvy, I was able to figure everything out within a day or two. The first epiphany came when I realized that I can forever do away with the mouse (except when gaming or using Photoshop). This extra large track pad is very intuitive. One finger tap to click, 2 finger tap to right-click, 1-finger double-tap to drag, two finger motion to scroll/zoom/rotate, 3 finger swipe to browse, 4 finger swipe to select a different running app... etc., I never knew so much can be done with just 4 fingers. The MAC OS X is much easier to use than Windows. Everything you need is VERY easy to access and everything else that you MIGHT need is minimized. Spaces - Very cool concept. I set all my chat clients (MSN, iChat, Skype) to one space (desktop) and work stuff on another. Simple tapping switches from one space to the next. There's this other thing where you can set all the corners of your screen to have different functions. Shooting my pointer all the way to the upper-right turns off the screen. Perfect when I'm browsing in bed and it's the last thing I do right before passing out. Powering on and off is extremely fast - Much faster than Windows (Powers off in 5sec). Battery life seems exceptionally better compared to Windows (on the same machine), which tells me that OS X is probably much better optimized. Good 4 hours of usage prior to drain, something that I can only dream of on my previous laptop. The led battery indicator lights up at a touch of a button even when the power is off to give you a quick juice status. Resuming from sleep mode, the WIFI connects instantly without problems (even if it's waking up to a new network).
... You guessed it, the crazy glare on the screen... Doesn't bother me that much because I'm used to it from my previous (HP) laptop. Would I recommend the new MacBook? You bet... Would I purchase this MacBook all over again? You bet... ...more info
- This is a great laptop
I have used Windows exclusively since Windows 95 was introduced. I currently own PCs that run XP and Vista. I never really had much trouble with Windows, but I decided I wanted to give Mac a try. I bought the 2.4GHz Macbook and the first thing I did was upgrade the RAM to 4gb (very easy to do.)
This is a great computer. It's beautiful and it does pretty much everything I used to do on Windows, but much faster.My favorite features are the multi-touch trackpad and the Spaces feature in the Leopard OS. At first, I was concerned about the glossy screen, but it hasn't been an issue.
In my opinion, Mac's Leopard operating system has a better user interface than Windows. However, I need Windows for a couple of programs so I installed VMware Fusion 2 to run Windows XP SP3 on my mac. VMware fusion is great because you don't have to reboot into windows (you can use Bootcamp, but you'll have to reboot into Windows). Also, Windows XP runs better on my macbook than it did on my PCs! I can run my windows apps side by side with my mac apps. I am currently running the Windows version of CorelDraw and Photoshop along with my mac apps with no noticeable decrease in performance.
I also installed Windows 7 using VMware Fusion, and it runs great.
I highly recommend this computer....more info
- Apple MacBook the BEST!
We grew up on Macs, I was a computer teacher and used Macs for years, had no choice but to switch to PCs for business-related applications. Now my son is almost 21 and in college and when his Toshiba laptop got stolen, he insisted on returning to a Mac. I saw him yesterday and he claimed, without question, that he will NEVER EVER use anything but a Mac again. I may just make the switch back someday myself!...more info
I will say 5 words I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO PC. This is the greatest thing!!!! I love this, it's a bit expensive but totally worth it.
And if you are a PC owner it will take just a few days to get used to Mac and you will NEVER GO BACK TO PC:)...more info
- A step closer towards perfection
A beautiful and stunning notebook both inside and out. I can not even begin to tell you how passionate I am about this device since the day I got it. The Unibody Macbook is generations ahead when compared to equivalent notebooks with similar specifications. There are countless reviews out there so in this review I would like to share with you the little things that are often overlooked, yet can make an impact to your buying decisions.
Build and design - Unlike the polycarbonate version, the unibody clearly feels solid. It is not a marketing gimmick and by far the most solid notebook you'll ever pick up. Lenovos were traditionally viewed as the 'tough' book class for business environments but the unibody manufacturing process has changed my view completely. (Although not recommended), there is virtually no flex picking up and holding the unibody by the edges.
Turn the macbook over and all you find is a clean and well presented underside. There are no ugly FCC stickers, no Windows COA stickers. International and Bluetooth certifications? Intel inside stickers? Nope. Although some of these regulations are required to be displayed, the bare minimum is etched onto the back cover as a monochrome type instead. I have seen countless laptops being scarred left right and center with all sorts of horrendous stickers both on the palm rest and the back. To complete, there only 4 visible screws flushed against the aluminum back cover and actually the only ones you'll ever find on the entire notebook. The remainder is hidden underneath the battery latch. When was the last time you counted the number of screws on your laptop? The unibody incorporates 'defensive design' - should you find the need to open up the notebook to upgrade the memory, you will notice that there are strategically assigned magnetic areas which catch these screws if you accidentally dropped them in the process.
I had been tearing apart trying to decide whether a backlit keyboard (2.0ghz vs 2.4ghz model) deemed necessary for the extra cost. The processor and hard drive upgrade was insignificant but I had no regrets going for a model with a backlit keyboard. I am a touch typer yet I still find it helps considerably especially during low lighting situations such as being on a plane, checking mails first thing at dawn where you would find yourself typing passwords or quick email replies in these low lighting situations.
Around the notebook, you'll notice that battery indicator on the side - No point having it at the bottom where the battery is if it means you have to turn it over to find out. This is extremely helpful when you are in the middle of a full screen presentation. There are no annoying or blinking indicator LEDs that you find on other notebooks. With exception of the sleep indicator just to the left of the infra red receiver. In fact, it is not even visible at all until it is actually indicating sleep mode. There are no latches to get your business/long sleeve shirt caught onto and the lid shuts with a solid thud which got me to believe that to even produce that kind of sound, it requires all edges of the lid to come into contact with the base all at the same time.
All connectors/ports have been assigned to the left side of the notebook, a feature I find that many other notebooks lack - For example, I tend to use wireless but on occasion fall back on Ethernet LAN, with the previous notebooks I owned I had to look left, right and behind to locate ports which I do not frequent. The unibody design meant that every port you'll need is always in one side of the notebook. Also keeps your desk tidy rather than having cables running in every direction out from the notebook.
The fan is extraordinarily quiet when in operation. I would hear the hard drive spinning over the centrifugal fan. Vents are placed at the top of the notebook between the keyboard and the display. This is critical because with most notebooks I find they tend to draw air from the side (or worse at the bottom) of the notebook which meant that dust could get drawn inside the unit.
It is not widely known that the speakers have actually been upgraded from the previous polycarbonate version. It even boasts a mini subwoofer but do not expect it to perform miracles.
The multi touch trackpad is a joy to use once you get accustomed to it. There have been plenty of criticisms, both positive and negative about this however I found it did not take me long to realize that I am far more productive using it daily without requiring a dedicated external mouse. It is highly configurable and even does right clicks for those skeptics out there, and my advise is to kick the habit of physically pushing down for a left/right click and instead use the multi touch capability to distinguish between the two. Try it out at an Apple Retail Store.
A review is never complete with negative comments however it is impossibly difficult to expose the faults of the Unibody Macbook. My only concern was the poor LED display quality when viewing at an angle - colors appear washed out when viewed at an angle - something which Apple has addressed recently with a silent upgrade. Mentioned by others, the glass display does attract fingerprints but it is nothing too strange about any Apple device in the first place. The lack of firewire ports seemed to be a strategic decision for potential buyers to consider the 15" pro cousin instead.
In conclusion, Apple has once again redefined the standard of notebooks and made me accept nothing less in terms of design and quality from a notebook manufacturer. Apple has always made great devices and other manufacturers can make great things too. For the latter, sadly that is still not entirely the case. The unibody macbook may not be the device for everyone, but it is certainly a notebook that made a right step towards perfection. I hope after reading this you are able to take away some of the insights that I found to have contributed towards the joy of using it everyday....more info
- Faster on VMWare and Guitar Hero 3
I can't believe how much faster it is to load VMware fusion on this laptop. Also loading ubuntu was much faster compared to my latest version of Mac mini with same speed processor. Playing Guitar hero 3 on mac was a lot better. Video card definitely is a major upgrade....more info
- Superb Computer! Amazing Quality & Functionality!
Purchased my daughter's new Macbook 2.0 Ghz from Amazon. Excellent shipping & flawless delivery of perfect product as usual with Amazon. This particular computer is absolutely amazing. The "solid" aluminum body is a different creature altogether. Typical excellence delivered by Apple, and this LED display is more brilliant than you can imagine; superior to the LCD on the white Macbook, but both have their advantages (the LCD is not as visible from a side-view; security consideration). Nevertheless, this is the finest laptop line I've seen yet from Apple. They just keep getting better and better. If you're looking for a great computer for your kid going to college, this is the perfect size (not too large to carry, yet solid and rigid construction). I strongly recommend purchasing the AppleCare (3 year warranty), and Mobile Me, as well as the Mac Box Set (which has iLife and iWork - the later does a brilliant job of functioning as a Microsoft Office substitute), and you can use the remaining software (Leopard & iLife - which is already installed on this computer) on another Apple you may already have.
Strongly recommend this computer. Excellent in every way. ...more info
- MacBook makes MSBloat look good
After years of pent-up frustration with the bureaucratic, non-intuitive, user-hostile functioning of PCs, Windows, and Microsoft Bloatware, I was really looking forward to my switch over to MacWorld. I bought a 13.3" Macbook upgraded with the best available processing and memory. Right out of the box, the thing looked beautiful and sleek. I switched it on and that's where the fun stopped. The MacBook and OS Leopard make Microsoft products seem efficient, intuitive, and logical by comparison. I've had mine a month now, and I'm a reasonably intelligent person, so it is fair to say I've given it all the chance an average person should. I look forward to using it as a $2K aluminum frisbee very soon. Examples:
I recently spent a 4-hour cross-country flight trying to get the word processor to let me expand the default working window from 5" to a more full=screen adult size. But you can't do that. Apparently MacApple also doesn't want you to be able to re-name files, or move them around among folders. Even deleting them is not a one-key process, you have to drag them here, drag them there, play miniature golf with them, just to get them in the "trash."
But backing up a couple of weeks; right out of the box, most programs started out with some kind of error message. "Hold on there, you can't do that, who do you think you are" So I had to burrow dep into the settings and preferences to try to reset things to get Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes etc, to run at the basic level. And oh by the way, all "Help" menus are online, so you must be connected to the internet to use them. That's a problem when your problem is that the MacBook won't connect to the internet. So there went another weekend for me, wandering through settings and preferences in weirdly arranged menus, trying to set the computer to the most obvious basic settings to get it online. What sold me on Macs was the reputation that everything about them is "plug and play." My experience is that almost nothing is.
Now it won't let me send emails while I'm on the road.
And the trackpad is going bad, after 4 weeks of service.
When the CD drive ejects a disc, it sounds like somebody folding a CD jewel case in their hands until it snaps into pieces. I sense big trouble in there soon.
So: I spent big money experimenting with the switch from PC to Mac. I used to keep a Bill Gates Voodo doll on my desk, sticking pins in it everytime I ran into some typical PC dysfuncion. But now Apple has made me a big fan of PCs. I'll be going back.
The backlit keyboard is nice, and the glossy screen is not the problem other reviewers suggest. The real problems with this product are not those superficial things. The real problems are inside.
Run, do not walk, away rom this product....more info
- Mac Time
Love the Mac Book. Thanks to Amazon for amazingly fast service - the Mac got here the day after I ordered it! Seriously. ...more info
- I've Gone to the Mac Side
I've been an IT professional for almost 20 years and just made the leap from PC to Mac. I will never go back. I love my little Mac Book and bring it with me everywhere. It is so intuitive and user friendly that I was shocked how quickly I was all set to use it. Normally when you by a PC it takes at least 1/2 hour to complete the final Windows set up, not to mention setting up your wireless and printer. The Mac did it all in less than 5 minutes. ...more info
- Thoughts from someone who has switched
In the first couple days after getting my Macbook, I felt like the guy who is last to see a movie everyone loves. Everyone has been laughing and quoting it and telling me I have to see it, and when I finally get around to it, I think "Oh . . . but it's just a movie." After about six months of researching and being sold on Macs, I thought "Oh . . . but it's just a computer." It was a sad moment when I realized it wasn't going to change my life. I suppose as sort of a non-computer person, I was seduced into expecting it to hold me when I cried and make me breakfast in the morning. It doesn't do either one of those things.
I'm happy to say that I've grown quite fond of my Mac, after a fashion, even though it consistently refuses to do my dishes and hasn't actually changed my life. I will probably never be the Mac culty I thought I might become, but I don't see myself going back to Windows. I've sipped the kool-aid and found it delicious refreshing.
Some things I like:
-It doesn't come loaded with a lot of useless stuff you'll never use; the applications that do come installed are things you're going to use, or at least want to play with.
-Leopard is really easy to use, and it's incredibly attractive. (I'll be a geek and admit I love the genie-in-the-bottle effect when minimizing something to the dock.)
-The "Scrabble tile" keyboard is really nice and looks sleek.
-The whole system and the unit are simple. There aren't extraneous lights, buttons, etc; everything does what it looks like it's going to do, and it doesn't look like an airport landing strip.
-The backlit keyboard is actually really useful; I wasn't sure it would be.
-The trackpad with all the gestures isn't as "gimmicky" as I'd read; the 3-finger forward and backward, and 4-finger expose features are really useful (though the 3-finger gestures don't work in every application).
-Finding files is so easy, and it's actually led me to be more organized in my saving of work; Time Machine works incredibly well--I can't remember a single successful backup of my Windows computer, ever. That's not Mac-freak speak; it's true.
-It's light and compact and I don't need a special bag to put it in, I can fit the adapter and the notebook in my backpack.
-The battery life, while not quite as good as advertised, is miles above what I'm used to.
-Office for Mac isn't as bad as a lot of the reviews I read say it is; I actually like it and find it simpler and easier to use than the Windows version. It did take some adjustment, though.
Some things I don't like:
-It is beautiful, but it's a scratch magnet. Aluminum is a soft metal, and within days I had three or four noticeable scratches that I can't trace the origin of. I broke down and put on a see-through Speck case for it, because my OCD was kicking in. I hated the case at first, but it's ultimately not that bad--aside from the dust that collects in the front, bottom corners. I just feel as though something that costs this much should stay pristine longer.
-Screenshots, which probably isn't a common practice for most people, is sort of complex.
-Shortcuts take some getting used to. Using "command" in place of "alt" for Word shortcuts is a big change--and when I go back to work to use a Windows computer, I make mistakes doing that, too.
-I'm not yet sold on "Mail" and "iCal" being better than Outlook. One of the reasons I was sold on the Mac was the "Mail" feature of Notes and To-Dos--this feature has actually not worked correctly once. When I talked to AppleCare, they told me most people don't use that feature and so they don't have much information about it. About 3 or 3 weeks later, I'm still waiting for word on what's wrong with it. It's minor, clearly, as most people aren't using it, but I was annoyed.
-Finally, there's what my friend calls "Mac fear." Essentially, the terror that comes with realizing you've spent a huge amount of money on a notebook and that it could get stolen or somehow damaged. I never really worried about that before. AppleCare protection plans and LoJack for Laptops alleviate the fear, but not much.
Ultimately I like the Mac a lot, and I'm glad I made the switch. As someone who works full time and also goes to school online full time, I find that it's important to have a computer I don't mind sitting in front of and lugging around with me everywhere. That's the Mac. If you're interested and can afford it, go for it. But, if, like me, you had a relatively new notebook and you were wondering if you should give in and replace it, I'd say hang on for a while. At the end of the day, it's just a computer. A nice computer, and one that works well . . . but, again, it's not going to pay your rent, wash your car, or have dinner with that relative you can't stand . . . buyer beware. ...more info
- first mac
I purchased this item after looking for a change from the PC; it has been incredible...especially with the iLife 09 suite--great photo and video programs that are very user friendly. The overall Mac OS is very intuitive and powerful. ...more info
- Perfect for my needs
OK, my plan was to buy a cheap laptop for travel and instal some version of Linux, so that's what I started out looking for. Obviously, I just couldn't bring myself to do that. I'm a MacHead from way back, so syncing with the desktop and application compatibility became an issue. I needed small and light, and this is definitely small and light. I needed rugged and this is rugged. But, the keyboard is absolutely wonderful. I'm not a trackpad fan, but I really like this one. Took about an hour to adapt to it, and now I wouldn't have anything else. The display is beautiful. On of the best I've ever seen with one minor exception. The glossy screen is less than ideal in some lighting conditions. By and large, I can adjust the tilt of the display and it's fine, but the reflections can be a bit much. OTOH, in decent lighting conditions it's gorgeous. I spent way more than I intended, but I'm using this machine much more than I intended also. It's seen every bit as much action as my desktop since it arrived. The original plan was to use it only for travel, since I really don't much like the laptop form factor. Except for this one....more info
- Successful Switch
I must say that I've make a successful switch to Mac from PC, thanks in no small part to this little 13.3" 2.4Ghz aluminum beauty. The commercials are right...just turn it on and it works. I can't believe how fast this is with just 2 gig of Ram. It powers up and down so fast that I'm going through caffeine withdrawels (as I used to brew a cup of coffee whenever I started or shut down my previous HP PC laptop.) I love the crisp, bright screen, and can't believe how much of a fan I've become of the illuminated keyboard. I run MS Office for Mac and have Fusion for a few Windows apps. I switched to Mac because a couple buddies of mine did years ago (and survived!) and their Macs have never slowed down and are still running like new. I swear, every PC I've purchased...gets slower and slower every couple of months (even with deleting cookies, optimizing drives, etc.) GOODBYE VISTA! I've switched and won't be going back. This new Mac laptop rocks and seems built to last....more info
- waste of MONEY
This is complete waste of money.... its slow, macs are supposed to be good for video and audio working this thing couldn't handle my software! Same software that worked perfectly on my 4 year old computer.
Only plus to this is the body and keys, the screen is terrible speakers are terrible. The new touchpad is ok but takes awhile to get used to. Unless you have money to burn id pass this laptop up! Get a cheaper better PC or save up for a macbook pro!...more info