“Announced last week, already on store shelves and measuring up well not only to its predecessor but to its big brothers in the MacBook Pro lineup, the new MacBook is an even better value than the model it replaces. With a notable speed boost from the new Core 2 Duo processor, more standard RAM and larger hard drives, the MacBook arrived just ahead of the holiday shopping season,” Ken Mingis reports for Digit.
“A prediction: Apple will sell a ton of these, an expectation not at all lost on Apple bigwigs who rushed to tout their new consumer line as soon as it was released,” Mingis reports. “this is more than a mere consumer laptop. Aside from the shared graphics memory — which is an issue only if you’re heavy into design or planning to run Windows Vista with its high hardware requirements — the MacBook specs are top-notch.”
Mingis reports, “Something else I’ve warmed up to — or maybe just grown accustomed to — is the keyboard on the MacBook. It’s the same keyboard that was introduced in the first MacBook, and when I tried it out in May, I found it a little hard to use. The keys are flat and the small gap between them threw off my typing a little. I haven’t noticed that with the MacBook this time around. And the fact that this keyboard doesn’t lift out like the one in the old iBook adds to the overall solid feel of the MacBook. It’s not heavy at 5.2lb but it feels hefty — in a good way — when being carried.”
“One of the selling points of Apple hardware now that it’s using Intel chips is that buyers have the best of both worlds when it comes to software. Macs run Mac OS X, of course, as well as Windows, both XP and Vista (though Vista isn’t yet fully supported) meaning you’re all set if you need to run the occasional Windows program. I haven’t tried Apple’s Boot Camp software on the MacBook, but using the Parallels virtualization app, I fired up both Windows XP and Vista with no problems,” Mingis reports. “Just don’t look for the hardware-demanding ‘Aero’ look in Vista — the MacBook’s shared graphics don’t support it.”
Mingis asks, “But why would you want to deal with Windows anyway? You’re much more likely to stay on the Mac OS X side of things, especially since Apple’s next operating system, Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard, is due out by next spring. Leopard will be a 64-bit OS. The Core 2 Duo chip is a 64-bit processor; 64-bit OS, meet 64-bit processor. User, enjoy.”
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