|Apple MacBook MB467LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop
|List Price: $1599.00
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 2.4GHz 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 illuminated keyboard at just 0.95" thin and 4.5lbs, 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 Pound
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 2.4 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 250 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. And it's illuminated, so when you're in low-light settings, such as airplanes or conference rooms, you can always see what you're typing.
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 2.4 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 250 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 backlit 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
- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- 2 GB RAM (4 GB max)
- 250 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)
- Set up family member
My brother and I purchased this laptop for a dear family member. We also purchased the Apple iMac MB324LL/A 20-inch Desktop PC (2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive) and a Apple Time Capsule MB277LL/A (AirPort Extreme Plus 1 TB Storage). We set them up with a MobileMe Retail account and set up everything to sync and backup automatically. We got them a license for the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, too. We are all very pleased with the laptop and the rest of the system....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
- H to the E, to the double LL, Yeah!
Having made the switch to Apple almost a year ago, got a Mac Pro, I was contemplating on a laptop. I've never owned one, and school is set to start in a couple of weeks. I need(ed) something powerful, light, and dependable.
I decided on the 2.4GhZ/250 GB version, because it's pretty much the top tier in the 13 inch Macbook family. I'll probably have this machine for years to come.
I ordered it this past Saturday, and it arrived yesterday, and I was ready to rock! Before I forget, these Macbooks on Amazon still have iLife '08. I was fortunate enough to have an extra license for both, iLife '09 & iWork '09. I'm running at full/current capacity.
For some reason it took me a little longer to set-up my wireless internet. I have a Time Capsule that two computers share internet connections with. I figured the Macbook airport would just catch the signal and I'd have internet access automatically. It didn't quite happen that way, so I'll spare you wasting your time. At some point while accessing the Time Capsule parameters to join the network, it will prompt you with a screen that says something like, "Do you have any devices, firewalls, or routers connected to the machine (or something like that). You must click yes (if you have a Time Capsule), then it asks you to restart the machine, and press "continue" afterwards. I kept hitting restart on my MacPro instead of restarting my Time Capsule. At the end I unplugged/plugged the Time Capsule and the MacBook picked up the signal %100. Oh, and make sure the Bluetooth is off, you probably won't need it.
Sorry if the above was long winded, but it had to be said.
Other than that, I'm working on all cylinders!
Between me and my siblings, we have a combined total of 5 Mac computers.
Apple computers... it's like being home. :)
- elegant and functional
I am a long-time mac user and purchased this computer to replace a recent-generation white MacBook. At first, I wasn't sure if I should get the new MacBook or just replace my white one with the same one I had, but after talking to a few people and reading reviews, I decided it was worth a couple hundred bucks to go for the new one. Happy I did! The new design really is beautiful and feels great. Lovely keyboard and screen. I haven't experienced problems with glare on the super-shiny display as some have, I love the brightness and crispness of it. Best of all is the new track pad technology. I had always used a mouse with my previous laptops as the old trackpads that required clicking with the thumb and dragging with fingers never felt right to me. This is so easy and very intuitive. My only complaint is that sometimes the tapping just stops working. This is sometimes just a few-minutes problem but other times requires a reboot.
I remain a happy Apple customer, and recommend this gorgeous new laptop wholeheartedly....more info
- Life is so much better!
Before I switched to Mac, I never knew it is so easy to do things on a computer. I've been sharing my time between OS X and Ubuntu for the last few months, and but for official purposes, I've stopped using Windows altogether.
The only reason I gave 4-stars is the speaker balance in the unibody macbook. The sound is clearly biased towards the right side, and after some googling, I found out it was because the position of the subwoofer was adjacent to the right speaker. This makes it seem like all the sound is coming from the right side of the laptop, which clearly annoys me....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
- So overhyped.
I bought the Macbook when it came out this past October. Five months later, I essentially have a $1300 (plus tax) paperweight.
My hard drive crashed while in the care of a "Genius Bar" in an Apple store. It was working when I brought it in because the system preferences never worked. After the geniuses were done, I couldn't even turn it on. I was told that it "coincidentally" deteriorated rapidly while in their care. Since I refuse to pay a huge fee to get my data recovered (and the geniuses apparently can't do it), I've lost all my work, photos, etcetera since October and they couldn't even replace my hard drive because it wasn't in stock. ...more info
- My Macbook Changed My Life
I decided to switch from PC to Mac as my New Year's Resolution. I can't believe I had been resisting it for so long - what was I thinking? My 13 inch aluminum Macbook has definitely improved my life!
I'm a commercial/editorial photographer, and manage content on a high traffic automotive blog site ([...]) for a living. This Macbook shuts down & wakes up in about 1 second, whereas I'd have to constantly wait for my PC to shut down/start up. This is a big deal to me, because since I multitask like crazy, I'm constantly running late for things and ALWAYS need to leave immediately for meetings, or get last minute info (like mapquest directions, etc) real quickly before I leave.
I love how my aluminum Macbook is small, thin, lightweight, stylish, and surprisingly rugged due to the aluminum exterior. I travel ALOT (last year I took an average of 2-3 trips per month) across the USA and internationally, and let me tell you... having a capable, light laptop is a huge deal. Especially one that can do all the things my Macbook can. Photo and video editing, managing playlists, syncing to my iphone, creating webpages on iweb, blah blah you name it.
I love that my Mac uses SPACES (it's like having 4 desktops, and keeps things uncluttered.) It lets me use Firefox on desktop #1 (I manage the site through Firefox), Email/addressbook on desktop #2, Photoshop and plugins on desktop #3, and I can have iTunes blaring out my favorite music, while I'm looking through the folders on my Terabyte external HD in Finder (like Windows Explorer) on desktop #4. Spaces keeps my desktop and my mind organized; I love it. I can run my 80000 tabs in different browsers, and I can keep work related tabs/windows separate from random browsing stuff like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Yelp, Amazon.com, etc. Perfect if you have ADD like me.
Try THAT on a PC. Even a new one. It would explode. I have 2 Toshiba Satellite laptops on my desk, and my Macbook. The smaller, thinner, more efficient Macbook is what I use for most of my web/internet/photoshop tasks... and my POS Toshibas are now only used for dumb, mundane tasks like copying photos off my CF cards to an external drive, checking MS Outlook email, and FTPing files from my external HD to our server. Hopefully, I can dupe someone into buying my Toshibas cheap on Craigslist, and I'll just buy another Mac Mini and simplify my life further.
BUY THAT MACBOOK NOW! You'll be glad you did.
- Sweet little machine - worth every penny
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1OWMI7HP3SHEE The video says it all....more info
- Someone's Happy
Gift to person who had always lived in the Windows world. They were immediately happy. New touch pad really works as advertised. Price beats Apple store! Now I'm envious and want one....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
- The Best MacBook yet!
Upgraded from my old MacBook & I am thrilled with this new model. Small issue with the amount of dirt the screen attracts but other than that this machine has everything I could imagine I will need for the next 3 years. A beautiful creation from the folks at apple again. Great price from Amazon too and the usual excellent service....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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Best Computing Experience
I've been in the IT field for years dealing with Microsoft OP systems.
I recommend a MAC to anyone new to the computing scene for the ease of use and ease of learning the MAC operating software.
The workmanship and quality of Apple equipment is the best I've seen. ...more info
- Beautiful Piece of Machinery
I can't say enough about how much I love my Macbook. It is a beautiful piece of engineering. The laptop itself is incredibly solid, there are almost no moving parts on the case, and it has no squeaking, give, or any other little annoyances that exist on other laptops (like weak-points in the case, seams that are coming apart, etc). The unibody construction is simple amazing. This *will* sound ridiculous, but even closing the lid is more satisfying than with other laptops. Finally, I am in love with the trackpad. It is incredible. I used to be unable to control a computer with a trackpad and I carried around a mouse with me everywhere. The trackpad on this macbook, though, has eliminated my need for a mouse. I don't know if it the gigantic size, the mouse button integrated into the pad, or all the awesome multi-touch gestures, but the combination of all of that has eliminated my need for an external mouse with this laptop.
As far as the hardware inside goes, the computer is very fast, the graphics are great, and it has a nice big hard drive. The screen itself is lower quality than the Macbook Pro's, but this just means that it has narrower viewing angles. When viewed from straight on by a normal person (meaning not a professional artist or graphic designer) it looks just as good as the Pro's screen.
The software is great. It's a Mac. There's not much more to say. Just switch now and leave behind the frustration of computers that don't wake up from sleep when you open them, "driver incompatibilities", having to choose between 32 and 64 bit versions of your OS, etc. I used to be a PC fanatic that thought Mac people were crazy, and now I'm a full-fledged Mac prosthelytizer. Go figure....more info
- Great computer for design.
This computer is amazing! The design is beautiful. And its so fast. The screen is just gorgeous! I reccomend this for anyone wanting to get into design....more info
- Little Mac- (pc to mac- like going from a cd player to an ipod)
There are so many reviews on this already. There isn't too much to add.
So here were my big concerns and conlcusions after one month of ownership.
Is it hard to switch to a Mac-
very very easy. I used firefox on a PC, now I use firefox on a Mac. With all the cool gestures its even better than firefox on a PC.
Mac version of MS office is better and easier than MS Office for Windows, which is weird considering MS should really make its own OS version better, but I guess it has more to work with on a Mac.
Picasa- now available for Mac.
utorrent- now available for mac.
Glossy screen- I hate glossy screens, but the mac 13.3 glossy screen is fine. Never once had any glare ever. On a comprable pc glossy screen, glare was so bad I returned it. So the screen is actually one of the best I have ever used, even compared to my samsung 24 inch desktop monitor.
mini displayport- get an HDMI connector from monoprice. That way you can have video out to your HDTV for hulu and such. But does not carry audio- so you have to also have a audio cable of some kind out to your speakers or tv or such.
I guess thats it. Otherwise, what can I say. After 3 failed windows laptops, from hard drive crash, driver issues, overheating, cracked monitor hinge etc, I finally got a mac. The funny thing is when I use a pc now, I realize that a loading time of 5 or six seconds to start a program just doesn't happen on macs. Its like going from a cd player to an ipod....more info
- Another Vista to Mac Convert
I've been a PC guy my whole life. I briefly owned an iBook with OS 10.3 Panther and I hated it. I was a bit reluctant to buy another Mac but I've had about enough of Windows Vista.
I had been using a Sony VAIO with Vista for about a year before it started giving me guff. Certain music production applications (Ableton Live and Reason) would stall on start up and it would take me 3-5 time of ending the task and restarting the app before I could getting it running properly. These two programs were the only ones that had this issue. I tried reinstalling the programs but that solved nothing. I also had issues with a couple of the MS updates, IE updates and a .NET update would not install. After contacting MS tech support, they prescribed a complete Vista reinstall as a remedy. I thought that was a bit much just to install a couple of updates. These issues along with Vista's sluggish performance convinced me to give OS X another try.
As with all of my big purchases, I did my fair share of research and read countless reviews, positive and negative ones. One of the recurring themes in the negative reviews I read were the objections to the new glossy glass displays. "It's a mirror disguised as a computer display," some said. When I first took the computer out of the box and saw how reflective the display was, I started thinking about all of those reviews. When I powered the computer on, all of those unfavorable reviews seemed unfounded. The bright LED display, for the most part, is able to counter its mirror-like properties.
The MacBook's physique with it's all aluminum case, and sleek, slim design is, of course, a huge part of the Mac's appeal. I personally love the feel of the keyboard on the MacBook and the new trackpad with the multi-touch gestures. When I first heard about the multi-touch gestures, I thought it was just a gimmick. However, after using them, I must say they're very practical. Namely, two-finger tap for right-click, two-finger scroll, and four-finger swipe for Expos¨¦.
OS X is great at handling system resources, especially when compared to Vista. Upon start up, without any applications open OS X only uses 285 MBs of RAM while Vista hogs 760 MBs of RAM. Coming from Windows, I do feel like OS X is a bit limited in some areas but I'll be able to live with it.
Although my MacBook will be my main computer, I also have an old bulky IBM ThinkPad running Windows XP as my backup laptop/travel buddy. This MacBook has changed my mind about Apple products and OS X. But that's not to say that I'm a Mac zealot now. I still cling to XP and I have high hopes for Windows 7. I'm sure I'll lust for a new computer with Windows 7 when it's finally released. For now, though, I'm very pleased with my MacBook.
-Aluminum unibody case
-Quiet running computer
-Trackpad with multi-touch gestures
-Able to run Windows with Boot Camp or virtualization apps
-Only two USB ports
-Lack of Firewire
-No media card reader
-No ExpressCard slot...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
- $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
- 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
- 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
- great product
Apple MacBook MB466LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, Slot Loading SuperDrive) great speed and very light weight ...more info