Chicago Tribune reviews Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard: Further proof that computing needn’t be stressful

“Apple’s new operating system upgrade, called Leopard, continues to make Mac computers the easiest and most enjoyable to use,” Eric Benderoff reports for The Chicago Tribune.

“If you own a Mac, you’ll want Leopard. If you’re thinking of giving Apple computers a try, Leopard is further proof that personal computing needn’t be filled with stress,” Benderoff reports.

“In the past, some Mac OS upgrades could be skipped. The last one, dubbed Tiger, had nice touches, including Dashboard. (That’s a platform for little programs, dubbed widgets, that make computing a bit more entertaining.) But overall, the Tiger upgrade, by itself, wasn’t the primary reason to get a Mac,” Benderoff reports. “Leopard is.”

“I can tell you this: for $129, Leopard breathes new life into an aging Mac,” Benderoff reports.

Full review here.

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  1. “Of course by “aging Macs” they are talking about upgrading machines that are two or three years old with some new features and a fresh look so they will continue on for another two or three years. Some of the G4s that can be upgraded to Leopard are 4 years old – try upgrading a 4-year-old PC to Vista and see how far you get.”

    I’ve been debating whether or not to upgrade my 1Ghz 17″ Aluminum powerbook, and I think I will. Leopard, 7200 rpm drive, new battery=$550. It should be god for another 2 years.

    I never got past 2 years with any windows laptop, if only because they LOOKED dated. Forget about the fact that at the very least they needed a full Windows re-install by that point for performace purposes.

  2. I’ve got both glossy and matte screens on my MacBook Pro and PowerBook and understand and appreciate the benefits of each. Under most conditions I prefer glossy, but under certain circumstances I feel that matte would be better. It is not a tipping point for me either way.

    Why is it so hard for so many to understand that a layer of commonly available and inexpensive plastic anti-glare film will effectively eliminate reflectivity problems (on a flat screen, not a curved one like a CRT) for those who would rather have matte than glossy? Glossy-to-matte is quick and cheap, while matte-to-glossy is impossible.

    Yes, selling both would be nice for those who prefer matte, but it doesn’t keep you from getting what you want fairly easily.

  3. I’ve got both glossy and matte screens on my MacBook Pro and PowerBook and understand and appreciate the benefits of each. Under most conditions I prefer glossy, but under certain circumstances I feel that matte would be better. It is not a tipping point for me either way.

    I find glossy screens slight benefits don’t justify the huge problems from reflections which make it hard to see the screen.

    Why is it so hard for so many to understand that a layer of commonly available and inexpensive plastic anti-glare film will effectively eliminate reflectivity problems (on a flat screen, not a curved one like a CRT) for those who would rather have matte than glossy? Glossy-to-matte is quick and cheap, while matte-to-glossy is impossible.

    Who wants to mar up their laptop with some cheap film that’s just going to collect dirt to fix a problem that was already fixed with matte screens? Especially when over 86% of people responded prefer matte in the first place?

    Now 86% has to fix on a nasty anti-glare screen to get matte finish to satisfy the 8% that prefer glossy?

    Then how about all those ignorant people who eyes are getting damaged by glossy reflections?

    Yes, selling both would be nice for those who prefer matte, but it doesn’t keep you from getting what you want fairly easily.

    Well the issue isn’t glossy vs matte, the issue is Apple not providing a choice of either.

    Rather they are forcing people to purchase glossy screens, slowly phasing out matte screens or only selling them in the high end products.

    It’s the lack of choice that’s the problem. And with a investment in Mac OS X, it’s not a easy thing to pack up for another hardware vendor that provides the products one needs.

  4. “Who wants to mar up their laptop with some cheap film that’s just going to collect dirt to fix a problem that was already fixed with matte screens? “

    Ever see what happens to anti-glare film when it gets dried out by the monitor heat?

    Ever try removing it?

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