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on 23 February 2010
First of all Amazon gets 5 stars for price and delivery. Much cheaper that the Apple Store and I have even seen refurbs for more that what I paid for a new one from Amazon.

I am not so sure about the Macbook Pro. Over £1000 is a lot of money for a notebook especially when the screen is only 13.3 inches. I am having to lean forward to type this as the font is so small. I paid £999 for an HP computer 4 years ago for my wife and a similar price for a Samsung 15 inch notebook for myself. Now you can get a pretty good notebook for half this or less. Apple still charge the higher price.

I have been an IT professional for over 30 years and have been forced to work on PCs as that is what all the big companies use. Like so many people I am trying to get away from the big MS. The thing about Windows is that the software has to operate on many makes of machine. Apple on the other hand make both the machine and the software so the fit should be better. I can't understand my MS do not make their own machines.

Anyway, getting back to the Macbook.

Good points.

Can run run Windows using the Bootcamp function. Can use the machine just with Windows if you wanted.I seem to spend a lot of time on the Windows 7 partition

Graphics are spot on

Track pad very clever with multi touch functions

Connected to my wireless network and printers in an instant

Not a PC

Bad points

13.3 inches is too small but the 15 inches costs a hell of a lot more. I'm sure I will get used to it or get stronger glasses.

Apple Software like iWork is very poor in my opinion especially NUMBERS the spreadsheet application, sorry, app. Far better to use MS Office on the Windows partition or, better still, use the very good and very free OpenOffice. iWork seems to be very clunky, not very clever and is very infuriating at times. When you first open an Excel Spreadsheet it tells you all the functions it cannot support and has removed. Not very inspiring. Don't buy iWork until you have tried OpenOffice first. The PAGES app (WORD) uses an american dictionary for the spell checker. I am still trying to turn it off. You could always use Apples own Office Suite but that is mega bucks.

Email setup is not as clever as Apple claim. The setup was unable to find the correct servers for my Yahoo accounts. I had to manually correct the settings. I thought Yahoo was fairly common

I don't like Safari as a Web Browser. Luckily Opera runs on the Mac and is much better in my opinion.

Limited software compared to Windows although many printers etc come with both Windows and Mac drivers

Tricky just opening the lid. No catch so you have to grip the thing and prise the two parts apart. Silly

No dedicated Delete key and the @ key is in the US position (Shift 2)

Pretty heavy for aluminium

Screen brightness difficult to adjust from the auto setting. Very dim compared to my oldish HP.

I am unable to change to size of the mouse. Very difficult to see on this screen

No keyboard shortcuts.

Overview

I will continue with the Mac but unless you are a lottery winner, banker or Stephen Fry I am not convinced the Apple is worth the extra cash.

I was going to buy the wireless keyboard so I could sit back and type but not much point as I wouldn't be able to see the screen. This is probably why Apple are trying to get me to buy a separate monitor. More expense

This is all just my own opinion. You may find the Mac perfect for you. I wish you luck

UPDATE. I returned it less than a week later. I spent all my time on the W7 partition so what was the point. I now have a 17" HP notebook that flies and is considerably faster than the Mac. No more spinning rainbow umbrellas.
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