“After three intense days with Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5, I have three main things to say about it. First: despite minor problems, it’s by far the best operating system ever written for the vast majority of consumers, with dozens of new features that have real practical value—like truly automated backups, preview images in folders, and notes and to-do lists integrated into the mail program,” Edward Mendelson reports for PC Magazine.

“I found Leopard to be startlingly fast, brilliantly streamlined, and packed with conveniences and innovations. Leopard’s rich set of built-in software runs faster than I imagined possible,” Mendelson reports.

“Leopard has its share of first-version glitches.. There aren’t a huge number of them but you might want to wait until Apple releases its first update and more before third-party customization utilities become available,” Mendelson reports.

“If you’re in the market for a new machine, it’s time to look seriously at a Mac, especially now that all Macs can run Windows along with OS X through the built-in Boot Camp feature that lets you install Windows and Leopard in separate partitions. Even better, third-party software from Parallels or Vmware make it possible to run a Windows program in a window on the OS X desktop. It’s even possible to set up OS X so that Word documents automatically open in the Windows version of Microsoft Word,” Mendelson reports.

“Leopard again raises the question of whether to switch from Windows to a Mac. I’ve found Vista to be a major disappointment that tends to look worse the more I use it. I still use Windows XP for getting serious work done. But OS X is easier to manage and maintain and I vastly prefer OS X to Windows for Web-browsing, mail, and especially for any task that involves graphics, music, or video. Leopard performs all such tasks even better than previous versions did—and Leopard is the only OS on the planet that works effortlessly and intuitively in today’s world of networked computers and peripherals. Leopard is far from perfect, but it’s better than any alternative, and it’s getting harder and harder to find good reasons to use anything else,” Mendelson reports.

Full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Corinne” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Mendelson still uses Windows XP for getting “serious work” done? “Serious work” like what? AutoCAD maybe, because Autodesk can’t get off their duffs to release the app for Mac OS X? (An aside: AutoCAD is so horribly spaghetti-coded for Windows, that it would require a totally fresh rewrite from the ground up.) Or games – that’s probably what he means, unless he thinks installing and wasting processor cycles running antivirus, antispyware, anti-this and anti-that is “getting serious work done.” But, hey, he is writing for PC Magazine, he must feel that he has to feed the sheep at least one morsel as he shovels Windows into the manure pile where it belongs. On the other hand, perhaps he means that he uses XP vs. Vista for getting his so-called “serious” work done? In that case, we understand to a point, but we’d still use Pages, TextEdit, or God forbid, Word for Mac to open Word docs. Why suffer with XP unless you absolutely are forced to do so by shortsighted IT guys and/or developers?