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4.0 out of 5 stars
You might as well buy one., 14 Dec 2008
Here is what you will notice:
(1) The screen is INCREDIBLY - I mean, ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLY bright. It is so bright it will just totally, I mean, you may actually fall over or something. This screen is: bright. It's just incredibly, unbelievably bright. Apple currently pwned every else in the universe regarding Screen Brightness. If you want a bright screen, and who doesn't, start entering your credit card number. You're going to be wildly happy once you convince yourself you're not hallucinating how amazingly bright the screen is.
(2) Track pad "Look, no buttons!" gimmick. Instead of there being a click-button next to the track pad, the actual track pad itself, is a kind of button - the entire thing actually clicks up and down. (In other words, there's apparently a hinge at the top, and a spring at the bottom.) Whatever.
(3) "It looks like an iMac". The big cosmetic effort is that the screen sort of looks like an iMac. (Around the office we refer to this model as the "glass" laptop, as opposed to the previous "aluminium" "white plastic" "titanium" blah blah models). Sure, it looks great, unimpeachable, it's the most beautifully made beautifully made laptop ever beautifully made.
Other than those three points, there's nothing to mention.
This product is an (excellent, superb, incredibly admirable) EVOLUTIONARY step forward; it's NOT revolutionary.
It's slightly sad in a way - you want each new mac laptop to have something astonishing! The "Air" model is definitely the revolutionary astonishing one, but it's flawed so that product line will take some time.
These new "glass" laptops are the utter opposite of the "Air" models -- the glass ones are very much an evolutionary-not-revolutionary step forward.
They are "just" more and more reliable, more and more better, more and more simple. For instance, the power supply is "12% thicker" (a fact, not a joke) so it's just that much tougher and gives that much better juice - which is all good. There are dozens of incremental improvements like that. It's now incredibly easy to swap the hard drive (which you should do regularly), swap the RAM etc. The machining quality on the speaker holes is easily 125% improved over last time.
There are any number of nuisances designed to specifically enrage certain people, but: that's exactly like the release of any computing product ever released. (Why does the RAM max out at comedy numbers, why is there no XYZ port, what were they thinking changing some function keys, what's this four finger trackpad idiocy, etc etc.)
Once again the STAGGERINGLY BRIGHT SCREEN is the overwhelming unforgettable feature. In 50 years you'll be saying "remember when Apple came out with the incredibly bright screen laptop?"
The critical point: In complete contrast to the AIR, this is a product line you can and should buy immediately, instantly, before you finish reading this sentence. It's as solid a hardware release as you could hope for; you do NOT need to wait for a few revisions.
Be prepared for your screen to be the envy of every person.