The Good This is a slick piece of kit. I'm totally new to the Mac and boy am i thrilled with the decision. Firstly the screen is bright......when i say bright i really do mean bright. It takes your breath away, which for photographs is amazing. Battery life is so far impressive, obviously the more you do the more hungry it is but easily getting 5 hrs plus. Better than any windows laptop. It feels really stable, i've only had to force quit (close down) once and that was with an external hard drive full of window files. Shutting down the machine is simple and again very fast. This is a capable machine, to give you an idea..... i was transferring 4gb video footage from iMovie to mem stick, surfing the web, online poker on, itunes playing all at the same time.....not even hint of lag. The only game i have tried is Eve Online, not like i play it but wanted to test out the main graphics card....WOW...works a treat, very smooth. Although i did notice the machine was getting a tad warm. Apparently you don't need virus software, as windows users know, loading up virus protection does have an impact on yr machine. Now i'm not totally convinced by the apple shop telling me this but so far so good. Just need to stay away from the dodgy websites.
The Bad It's expensive, very expensive. It's fairly heavy for its size, but i went for the 15" for the viewing pleasure so can't complain. The interface is different and it has taken about week to get fully up to speed with how it all works (obviously the basics) - i'm a little concerned if something was to go wrong, i'd have to ship it off somewhere. With a windows laptop/pc i'm pretty sure i could fix anything - this is no blight on Apple or the machine just an observation you should make when purchasing
The Ugly Only 2 USB ports. Don't like the fact that DVD drive can only be operated from within (ie no eject button). Some models have an SD only slot, i'm mainly an SD card user but had a ExpressCard slot installed just in case, already been useful. To switch the main graphics card on you need to log out, fairly annoying which i'm sure Apple could fix with a patch but nothing to put you off. I apparently purchased a 320GB hard drive, but only realised yesterday it's 300GB - i'm not sending it back for the sake of 20GB, not when i'm fully loaded with my photos/movies etc. Had i noticed before then maybe i would have.
The Undecided Compatibility is obviously an issue, and i've yet to pluck up the courage to load windows into boot camp. I've watched all the tutorials and it does look simple but need to research further as i'm concerned with virus/trojans etc. But all fingers point to it's an easy procedure. It allows you to run windows and it's applications just like on a PC. I want to get some good usage out of it - do i need to put windows on. If i did why go for a Mac. So far i don't but it's only been a week.
Why Purchase If, like me, you use for mainly photographs, video, web, poker, itunes then this machine is a pleasure to use, i'm sick of my PC crashing, struggling with tasks, freezing. It will bring a new lease of life to photo images. If you're a games player i'd probably go for a windows based machine (although see The undecided) as it would be simpler all round - games are expensive too - but i'll update if i put windows on - apparently all the games will work. The OS takes a little getting used to as slightly different to Windows but for me it was like getting a computer for the first time. The apple website is very useful too. The trackpad takes some getting used to and really didn't like it at first but i think it's winning me over. I did read you couldn't have a right click but i can assure you that it's not true.
Conclusion Expensive but worth it. A good number of applications provided (garageband, imovie, iphoto etc) to start you off. Great to work on (screen is bright). I'm still only at the basic stages but so far so good and if this trend continues it won't be long before i trash my PC and switch to Apple completely.
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