Top positive review
10 people found this helpful
Overall a great product
on 13 April 2010
I recently upgraded from a Toshiba laptop running Windows Vista. I do not regret buying this product at all. For a start, the MacBook takes less time to turn on (I've counted about 30 seconds) and less time to turn off (about 5 seconds). The MacBook also connects to the internet faster, loads web pages faster etc. Although I liked the design of Windows Vista, I also like the design of the Snow Leopard operating system. The systems are quite different but I found that it didn't take me very long to get used to the difference. At the bottom of the screen is the "dock", which does let you open your programmes faster and easier. You know their opening as their icon jumps up and down. I found this a nice design feature but no real advantage over Microsoft. Another big difference is the "menu" bar. Instead of being attached to the window like it used to be, the bar is permanently fixed to the top of the screen, so this may mean a lot of minimising to get the window you want which is behind the current one. Another feature you'll have to get used to is the keyboard. For example, the @ symbol is no longer to the right of the qwerty keyboard, but just above it on the number 2 button. You should also note that to click, you use the trackpad. There is no separate button to use to click. If you want to right click you have to use 2 fingers. Unfortunately it doesn't explain this well in the book that comes with the MacBook. If you've ever purchased a product from Apple before you'll know they don't use much packaging and their instructions booklet is very light. If you get stuck you will find yourself googling any questions you have. A feature I like about the MacBook is that it automatically spell checks everything you write, so if you used google as a spell checker before you no longer need to. Another feature I like is the Apple logo on the back of the screen lights up. This makes it more attractive but doesn't do anything for the operating system. If your buying the MacBook because it looks more stylish than Windows, then it is worth it as the design is far more elegant. If you're buying for performance then it's also worth it. The battery life claims to last 7 hours but I get a little over 4 while surfing the internet, listening to itunes, and a little less while charging my iPhone. If you have an iPhone there aren't that many advantages of having a Mac than Windows, the only thing I've noticed it is easier to transfer data between the two devices especially from the iPhone to the Mac. The iSight camera works very well and when I purchased my MacBook I also had iLife with it. iLife is great, when you open the programmes for the first time there are tutorials on how to use the software, and which appear every time unless you decided not to have them. iPhoto lets you organise photos via face, locations etc, however I have about 30 photos of myself on my Mac and only twice has the software recognised me in others. However the software does have the advantage of uploading photos to flickr and Facebook easily. I think the biggest issue that people are wondering about is compatibility issues. I have not used "Boot Camp", but I did have a problem installing a plug in which I needed to view a video format. Apart from that I have had no other compatibility issues. The best part I found about MacBook is the storage. Although I don't think my MacBook has more storage over my old laptop, it seems to have far much more memory. I think it is to do with the way in which it stores the information. With Windows it only seemed to go onto the default hard drive, while with Mac you have more opportunity to select where to save a file.
Overall I would recommend this product. I have nothing against Windows but I wanted to try something different. I've heard they are supposed to be better and I guess I'll find out. My last laptop lasted just over 2 years and I've asked around and MacBook is supposed to live at least 4 years. You may be looking at the specifications thinking they are not that good but the memory appears to be able to handle more data and although it's only a 2GB RAM it does not over heat that easily. If your in doubt over whether to buy one, try one out at your nearest computer retailer and ask any questions you have.