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They took away the pro in the MacBook!

Announced in May 2006, Apple introduce the MacBook to replaced the existing 12″ and 14″ iBooks.
The MacBook is packed with Intel Core Duo processor, 13.3″ glossy LCD panel with an integrated iSight camera, larger Serial-ATA hard drive and Gigabit Ethernet. Its newly design black or white colour case (more than a quarter of an inch thinner than the iBook G4) and sleeker unique new keyboard design. When you look at the MacBook, you’ll have the similar feeling when you first look at the ibook back in 2001. Love at first sight!
 
Two special features MacBook has are the magsafe power adapter and magnetic latch. The MagSafe is a magnetic connection instead of a physical one. So tripping over a power cord won’t send your shiny new MacBook flying off a table or desk. The cord simply breaks cleanly away, without damage to either the cord or the system. As for the magnetic latch, you’ll have no worries when opening and closing your MacBook. No moving parts to snag jam or break.

The only drawback is that Mac Book has to sacrifice part of its main memory to the graphic usage. However it’s 2 RAM slots available up to 2GB of expansion to offset the memory loss.

They took away the pro in the MacBook!


The MacBook still waiting for a review no longer. This is what the people who have used this computer notebook extensively say:

The GOOD

  • The performance is great if you’re not doing anything of substance. (this statement is sort of in middle ground, seems to be praising the MacBook but it really isn’t. Then why put it here in the first place. Simple, I want to put it here.)
  • The keys are pretty far apart, it prevents you from accidentally pressing the wrong key though.



The BAD

  • It’s slow and painful to multi task on the MacBook
  • glare of the glossy screen distracting, especially in offices with bright ambient light or outdoors.
  • sounds thin, tinny, and too soft. (I think she is referring to the speakers for Mac Book)
  • Battery life was respectable—though not overwhelmingly superior to previous models. I could get about three-and-a-half hours of DVD playback in one sitting without the battery going dead. (Look, this is not intended for multimedia use. This is to be expected, quit whining)
  • new keyboard with buttons instead of keys would need getting used to blasted the wall AC on the Mac Book to cool it down after it got super hot and crashed. It booted after being cooled this way.
  • It was a heat issue. (Yes heat issues all over the forums I took a look at. A flaming session took place after news on some lady getting burnt when using the MacBook on her lap was posted. Go figure.)
  • no expansion slots
  • The video isn’t terrible, but its noticeably sluggish.



Conclusion

Its a great choice if you want a laptop (added bonus for shallowness), but who don’t need the fastest model available. You can forget about fast gaming on this thing. The specs are actually geared towards those that need to be mobile, a match for students. The rich ones.

It also fits the average consumer well. The overall, general purpose notebook for communication, organising, media storage and viewing, web usage and office productivity tasks.

So get a MacBook for 2 reasons. You got money to burn and you don’t need it for exceptional performances, in short you like the cool design. 2nd, the specs fits your needs and the cool design appeals to you.

On a creative side note, if you have a friend who has an alternate to what you’re getting. You may consider changing the keys for contrast. I’m going to make mine a checker board when I get one. You heard from me.

Still on the keyboard, I tried it out at the Apple centre in Orchard road. I read some contradicting views on how the design of the keys on the keyboard so I decided to try them myself. I didn’t notice any difference, maybe its just me. I mean if you don’t like the keyboard then just get another notebook, if not get used to it.


Is the MacBook for you?



The technical details I hate but need.

  • Apple Remote
  • 60W Mag Safe Power Adapter, AC wall plug and power cord
  • Lithium-polymer battery
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2MB on-chip shared L2 cache, 667MHz frontside bus
  • 512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) on two SO-DIMMs; supports up to 2GB
  • 60GB or 80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive; optional 80GB, 100GB or 120GB drive
  • Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) or SuperDrive with double-layer read support (DVD+R DL/DVDRW/CD-RW)
  • Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory1
  • Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 1920 x 1200 pixels on an external
  • display, both at millions of colours
  • Built-in iSight camera with 640-by-480-pixel resolution
  • Mini-DVI port
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking (based on 802.11g standard)
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) up to 3 Mbps
  • Optional external Apple USB Modem
  • Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in omnidirectional microphone
  • Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack), Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)
  • 55-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with integrated charge indicator LEDs, 60W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen. TFT display
  • One FireWire 400 port (up to 400 Mbps), Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer Tools)
  • iLife ’06 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand), iWork (30-day trial), Omni Outliner and Apple Hardware Test
  • Front Row
  • Height: 2.75 cm (1.08 inches), Width: 32.5 cm (12.78 inches), Depth: 22.7 cm (8.92 inches), Weight: 2.36 kg (5.2 pounds)