Since I got my MacMini last year, I became a Mac addict. As a result, I eagerly wanted to sell my 6-month old Toshiba Satellite for a MacBook (still up for grabs, by the way). A good friend of mine back in college told me about his plan to buy a MacBook himself. I encouraged him to do so, then asked him to give me a review of the item. Actually, it’s my way of having a “safety net” — kind of like “try-it-first-if-its-not-good-I-ain’t-buying-bro!” Clever, huh? 😉
Anyway, he sent me his review this morning. I’m posting it here for the benefit of those who are contemplating on getting this new hardware from Apple. I’m copy-pasting “as is” so you’ll get the feel of his candidness.
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Yo! Got my MacBook last Sunday morning. Although I have not tinkered with yet because my wife was using it most of the times for her class, here are my firsthand observations.
1. It does get hot. It does not burn my lap but it’s noticeably hot unlike the g4 processors. Well blame it on intel. But heat is not an issue to me. The underside gets hot but after four hours the pad start to warm a little but is still far cooler than pcs.
2. Loads Windows like PCs. After loading bootcamp, it partitioned the drive. From there you load windows and software much like the pc’s. So far so good. I did not notice any difference in performance with my former AMD desktop. Although I have not tried editing yet on memory consuming softwares like photoshop. By either pressing the option key or the menu on the apple remote before pressing the power button you will be given two options where to booth. If you have configured windows to be the startup disk then you automatically load windows when you do not press the options key.
3. Office trial for 30 days and apple iworks trial. Your are right. And what’s bad with office trial is that you can’t print. (Here, before he purchased the ware, he was excited to learn that MacBook is loaded with every software that he needs. I told him, almost. That’s without the most important computing tool — an office productivity suite which, unlike a linux-based PC like Kubuntu have a pre-installed OpenOffice.org2. Of course he can easily buy a P25k+ Office Suite. 😉 )
4. Built in camera takes a good shot. Compared to other webcam in the market, this one is superior. It adjusts to the lighting condition and gives a decent picture.
5. Remote really looks cute. Battery is size of watch or calculator batteries and is replaceable.
6. Screen really clear.
7. It seems that battery only last from 2-3 hours especially if you are set to superbright. For movies i think it will only last for 2 hours. I still have have to observe.
So is it a good buy? Well yes! If you are for stability and durability of hardware it is. Besides it offers you two worlds. But if you are still very much into windows work then you will just benefit from the good hardware.
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I want a MacBook! I want a MacBook! 😀