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4.0 out of 5 stars
Great quality, great usability, 19 Jun 2010
I am one of those people that made the switch from PC to Mac, skipping the Vista to 7 upgrade and going Apple, I think there are loads of us nowadays.
Strictly technically speaking this Mac is not the hottest machine around, still carries the "old" Core2duo cpu, a slow hdd (5400rpm), the screen resolution is relatively low (1280X800), and perhaps the only really new thing about it is the Nvidia graphics which switches on and off automatically when needed thanks to a special Apple treatment NOT yet available to windows running laptops.
In reality though, the sum is much greater than the parts, and this is something that the hardcore Apple haters will never get. Everything works smoothly and (surprisingly for the "older" hardware) really fast, set up is easy, and the machine works out of the box with minimal need for user added software, things like Skype, Office, Spotify, which is no big deal to install.
Battery life is great, screen is gorgeous (albeit shiny and hence not good for outdoors), keyboard feels good (I had a few of the T series Thinkpads, famous for the keyboard functionality and feel), construction is robust and the laptop is very good looking, trackpad functionality is amazing ( I don't miss the left/right buttons).
Only minus points, no i5 or i3 processor, no native UK keyboard (@ is on the 2 button), it is a bit pricey, and it doesn't make you feel special any more, everybody seems to have one of these nowadays, and that is about it.
Overall a great machine, worth the money!
edit: I've had this machine now for almost a month, and in the meantime Steam has released some popular games for Mac (Portal, Half Life, and others) that play very well, list of games is still limited as compared to the PC counterpart, but it is growing.