PC Mag: Apple’s MacBook offers the best software bundle in the industry

“Whether you’re shopping for college or to replace an old computer, there’s never been a better time to buy a laptop. They’re more compact, powerful, and inexpensive than ever. Even for a modest price, you can get a machine that’ll serve you well for years to come. But what can you get for $1,200? The answer may surprise you,” Tony Hoffman reports for PC Magazine.

“If you’ve ever thought of switching to a Mac, a 13-inch MacBook may be the ticket. The Apple MacBook 13-inch (Core 2 Duo T7200) is more powerful, has more RAM and a larger hard drive than the previous version, yet it maintains its same reasonable price. In the iLife ’08 suite, it has the best software bundle in the industry,” Hoffman reports.

Full article here.


  1. I am slightly disappointed by Apple’s change in educational discount. It’s still great for computers, but students save all of $9 on iLife and iWork (it used to drop $30 to $49). No more discount on iPods or the iPhone. Oh well, guess I will have to get a job ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Please Apple, don’t bundle everything.
    While it would be nice-to-have, it would also quite probably negatively impact the software-ecosystem and overall landscappe of the Mac software-market.
    People should still be able to make a choice.

  3. It is always so strange that people would care about one company more than the other. Neither cares about you, but they have both needed each other. Apple is better set for the future and makes much tighter consumer products. M$ is a giant and windows extremely outdated. So is office for many people. iWork using iWork and even though Apple has no love as M$ does, it makes better products and far cooler software.


  4. NOT bundling iWork does make sense. Bundling iLife, though i don’t use it, is pretty much essential for Apple.

    For many, Office legitimizes the Mac. Which means that if Apple gave MS reason to kill Office they would, except that Office does provide a revenue stream.

    I’m convinced that Apple killed AppleWorks… it died 5 years ago and had been in stasis until the “official” killing a few weeks ago.

    My only quibble with iWork, is the lack of some sort of database application… a FileMaker Lite, for instance.

  5. If people get iWork for free, they won’t use it.

    If they pay for it, they will use it.

    If students need a freebie suite they can just get NeoOffice.

    Runs flawlessly on x86. Reads the horrid MS formats too, and exports to a WORLD STANDARD open format.

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