New Macbook – not bad, not bad


As my Mac nears the end of its useful life and one or two things are glitching, the release, Tuesday, of the new Macbook with monocoque construction is interesting.

The comments on the article complained of no firewire and only 2GB RAM but I had a look at mine and it has the same.  So for me it would not be an issue either way.  All the other goodies seem to be in there.

Apparently there’s a 15″ version and an optional 4GB RAM, which I’d go for.  The cost is $US999 and over here you’d add 20% or so to the conversion because of our insane laws.

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in/out port, supporting optical digital out and analog in/out;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad;
  • built-in, 60WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

I like my 17″ to work with but it does turn the laptop into a portable computer and it’s a pain to transport, truth be told.  15″ seems the best compromise to me or else go for the Mini.

The graphic above shows happy amateurs with a consumer item and that’s unfortunate because the Macbook Pro does many nice things swiftly and professionally – certainly it covers the MS suite and graphics packages.  The whole point of the Mac is that it operates well for amateurs and superbly for those in the know, e.g. the shortcuts, voice commands and general elegance.

They are so reliable.

I’d been a PC user and had a good package, put in by a professional, with everything that opened and closed.  It was great.  The Mac is different and it is so far above any other operating system in a notebook that it’s not even a contest.  People who say Macs are expensive obviously haven’t used one day in, day out.

That’s when its true value comes through.

3 comments for “New Macbook – not bad, not bad

  1. October 21, 2009 at 15:50

    Want, can’t justify.

  2. October 21, 2009 at 18:05

    Peter, I can’t afford the hassle or time of a breakdown. If I get a Mac, that’s its primary purpose – that it will work in all conditions and won’t go down. It’s critical to my work for it to be so. I really can’t afford something else which has less reputation.

    In the end, it is the cash we have onboard. I’d pay anything for health things, e.g. dental, fitness training or glasses, I’d pay a lot for a good computer, a bit less for clothes, a fair bit for good food, very little on entertainment and virtually zero now on travel or other pleasure.

    Priorities in the end.

  3. ivan
    October 21, 2009 at 22:09

    James you say your notebook is getting to the end of its life – that make it about 8 years old then. At least I assume that age because my notebook is just on 9 years old and I’m considering replacing some of the keycaps because the letters have worn off. It’s also due for a new battery, the 4th. No it’s not a Mac, I never could justify the additional cost plus the difficulty of getting OS/2 on to one.

    I’m now thinking of building myself one because I need a keyboard with a numeric keypad and a normal screen, not one of those wide ones that should be turned 90 degrees to be of use.

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