“In all the time I’ve been a Mac user (since 1986 for those of you compiling notes for my biography), there has not been a Mac like the 13-inch MacBook. Certainly there’s never been a Mac notebook like it. With processing power to rival desktops and even high-end quad Opteron workstations, this machine blazes through CPU-intensive tasks like rendering 3D scenes and After Effects sequences, applying Photoshop filters, encoding MPEG-2 and H.264 and even rendering out video from applications like Final Cut Pro and Motion,” Dave Nagel writes for ITBusinessNet.com.
“What’s more, the 13-inch MacBook is only the second line of Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and WIndows XP natively (the first line being the MacBook Pro). What’s even more, it’s fully loaded with just about all the goodies you’d want in a notebook, from built-in 802.11g wireless networking (at no additional charge) to digital optical audio in and out (plus analog lines in and out),” Nagel writes. “And on top of all that, it’s a shocking bargain. The 13-inch MacBooks start at $1,099 and range up to $1,499. The model we’re reviewing today is just $1,299. That’s not just cheap for a fully-loaded Mac. That’s cheap for a laptop offering these kinds of features from any manufacturer. All of these aspects of the MacBook make it not just a fantastic machine but the best bargain for a Mac that I’ve encountered in my 20 years as a Mac user.”
“The 13-inch MacBook is an insanely great value. It’s incredibly fast; it has features that you will not find in any other consumer notebooks; and it’s inexpensive. If you need great 3D display performance, you’ll be better off going with a MacBook Pro. But on the whole, this is a great machine… I easily give the 13-inch MacBook a Strong Buy recommendation.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Added 3:18pm and 5:05pm EDT: Apple Mac mini and iMac models are also powered by Intel and capable of running both Mac OS X and WIndows XP natively.
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