My New Black MacBook
My new black MacBook has been in my possession now for about a week and I can report that this design rocks big time. Prior to the new MacBook I have owned four 17” Apple powerbooks and used may others and am thoroughly impressed by improvements made in this design.
As others have stated the new MacBook is infinitely more sophisticated than previous incarnations of the low-end Apple laptop. Though I have two 17” G4 Powerbooks at my disposal I have used the MacBook exclusively since its arrival. I love the new screen (the gloss is not a bad thing and it is incredibly bright), it is much faster than the G4 and the keyboard, though not perfect, is nice. Initially, I thought I might not be happy with the quality of the MacBook finish as the aluminum PowerBooks are beautifully done but the CFM of the black MacBook is really nice.
Two elements of the MacBook design that I regard as huge improvements are (as the Apple describes them) the “klutz-proof power adapter and a nifty magnetic latch”. The power cord interface and latch on all of the PowerBooks I have owned were eventually damaged causing much grief for such a seemingly insignificant feature. Great job on these features Apple.
The last item I wanted to be sure and note about the Intel-based MacBook is the that, though the Adobe Creative Suite 2 is not optimized for the Intel processor and runs on Rosetta Photoshop and Illustrator run a fair bit faster than on my G4. I was concerned with the performance of these apps on a MacBook as I spend a great deal of my productive time working in them and would quickly become disenchanted should they have been super slow on the MacBook.
So, I thought I would add to the echo around the black MacBook and touch on a few items I found most useful or surprising. The moral of the story is there has never been a better time to pick up a great Apple laptop at an extremely reasonable price. I have gone from the top-of-the-line Apple laptop to a low-end machine by choice, not lack thereof and am very happy with my decision and am sure you will be as well.