“Mac fans have been waiting a long time for this. The new Macbook is the long-overdue replacement for Apple’s aging iBook laptops,” Cliff Joseph writes for Personal Computer World. “The recently released Macbook Pro was the first Apple laptop to make the switch to Intel’s Core Duo processor, but with prices starting at £1,400 the Macbook Pro is very much a top-of-the-range option. This non-Pro version of the Macbook is the mainstream model aimed at the iPod-owning mass-market audience. There are three models, all equipped with a 13.3in widescreen display and measuring just 1in thick, 12.7in wide and 8.9in deep.”
“One detail that has attracted a lot of attention is the glossy coating on the screen – a number of PC laptops have similar screens. While they’re great for watching DVD films, the reflective surface of the screen can become quite annoying when performing more mundane tasks such as word processing. The glossy surface acts like a mirror and seeing your own reflection in the screen can be something of a distraction,” Joseph writes. “To combat this, Apple has added an anti-reflective coating to the Macbook’s screen, and this does reduce the mirror effect quite significantly.”
“The Core Duo processor represents a real step forward for Apple. It claims this processor is 4-5 times faster than the iBook’s old G4 processor. Of course, overall system performance relies on other factors as well, such as the graphics card and hard disk, but the Macbooks still clock in at 50-100 per cent faster than the iBook when running applications such as Apple’s iMovie video-editing software. The one weakness is Apple’s choice of a low-cost integrated Intel GMA950 graphics chip. This is perfectly fine for video work or 2D graphics, but it’s really not up to much when running 3D games,” Joseph reports. “Mac users are typically more interested in music, digital photography and video work, and for that sort of software the Macbook is ideal – especially with all the free audio and video software that Apple includes with all Macs. There’s nothing revolutionary about the Macbook, but it does give Apple’s laptop range a much-needed shot in the arm. And, of course, it’s got the gorgeous design that is traditionally associated with Apple products.”
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MacDailyNews Take: There’s nothing revolutionary about the MacBook? Compared to Apple products, maybe; compared to any other PC assemblers’ stufff, MacBook is revolutionary. Apple’s MacBook runs a modern state-of-the-art operating system, Mac OS X. It also runs any other OS you can throw at it, even inferior ones, thanks to Boot Camp and Parallels. All other PC laptop competitors are stuck with the several-year-old Windows XP. If you’re “lucky,” you get a “Vista-ready” sticker glued to a hideous laptop case that, when closed, could double for a bathroom scale. Have an ugly wait until next year (supposedly) for Microsoft’s kludge Windows Vista that will attempt to deliver some lesser percentage of Apple’s Mac OS X which we’ve been enjoying for years. Virtually anyone in the market for a notebook computer today would be vastly better off with an Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro. Period.
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