I also appreciate Apple’s willingness to allow the great unwashed to open the case for component upgrades. Flip over the closed clamshell and you can open the base with a crosshead screwdriver, revealing the optical drive, Ram slots, battery and hard drive.
The non-slip base is easily unscrewed to access the laptop's innards
Incidentally, Apple says the battery will last ten hours on a full charge in normal use. Reg Hardware’s own intense battery test, based on abnormal use - playing a 45-minute QuickTime movie on indefinite loop at full screen, full brightness and 50 per cent audio volume, Wi-Fi on and connected - saw the MacBook battery last five and a half hours away from the mains.
Power management in the MacBook is good. In normal use, it consumes an average of 23W, rising to 30W while charging the battery at the same time. In sleep mode, it consumes a mere trickle: just 0.6W, rising to 7W if it needs to charge the battery while snoozing.
You can sniff at the benchmark results, frown at the 250GB hard drive and rub your chin at the 2GB Ram, but none of this tells you what it’s really like to play with an Apple MacBook. It is a terrific notebook computer that is great to use for pleasure and everyday work, and looks lovely being slid in and out of a student’s shoulder bag.
It’s expensive, but I don’t care: if you want cheap, go buy a tombstone. What I do care about, however, is the limited range of I/O ports. Please, sir, I want some more. ®
Thanks to the Square Group for the review unit.
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Right so lets start with the fact that im one of those "rabid pc fans", though not because it gets me better benchmarks, just because it's what I am most comfortable using and it supports the things I use the most.
Reading this article, due to me also being a technie and interested in all technology, one thing I come across is how annoying the writer of this article is, again and again you come across statements that, while not saying it outright tells you "If you don't think like me, you are an idiot", such as the whole "if you don't like flat easytype keyboards like this, you are just building up to RSI and are certainly an idiot".
In general this article smells more of Mac Pro-Bias than of any real review and more than that it smacks of "personal opinion" rather than any attempt to distance yourself and give an unbiased impression with looks from both sides of the fence.
This review boils down to "I love it because it's Apple"
That is all.
Worst review ever?
I mean, not only is it not objective, but it doesn't really say anything, mostly just fluff about how much the reviewer is a fanboi...I don't like Apple, but I know they make quality laptops, but this review basically boils down to:
1) I like Macs because they're made by Apple
2) If you care at all about your computer, you should skip this review
3) If you have no idea about anything to do with computers, you should read this review
(though if you know that little, maybe you should find a friend to help you out instead of a fanboi)
4) I like the keyboard
5) It needs more ports
6) Battery life is OK
Why did this review take 3 pages of the reviewer gushing like a 17 yr old girl over the latest fashion accessory trend?
More Expensive ?
"It’s expensive, but I don’t care: if you want cheap, go buy a tombstone."
Typical rabid iTard, Really let down by this review, for instance does the new thicker shell stop the cracking that has plagued my old white Macbook (I'm on the 3rd top case in 2 years)
Will Apple collect and return under their warranty yet ?
I got pretty cheesed off having to drive 16 miles outside of Edinburgh (nearest Apple store is Glasgow) to leave my Macbook in for repair then drive back a week later to collect. Even my old £300 HP (never again) was collected from my door and repaired within 3 working days.
These are all the sticky little questions most Apple fans can't answer in a review because they are selling you the same cult like lifestyle they enjoy.
It's expensive alright and since I can buy an Asus laptop with Core i3, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD and a 2 year collect and return warranty @ £450 I would say this Macbook is DOUBLE the cost of a normal PC not just more expensive.
What a piece of junk!
So let me get this straight...for the same price, you can get a Sony Vaio with higher res. screen, an i5 in it, twice the RAM and HDD, and has a Blu-Ray drive, not the crApple components from 5 years ago, has a mountain of sockets and will give you about £150 change, and also comes in a very nifty looking design?!
So this machine is what? typical Apple old crap they've found in the bargin bin and slapped in a fashionable case and then applied the Apple tax while they sit back looking smug at any idiots who are stupid enough to buy it. It's laughable. This machine should be £599 and not a penny more.
This machine might of been ok a couple of years ago. Today, not a chance. Apple should improve, but then again doesn't really have a desire to due to the mentality of the userbase/fanboibase sadly.