MacBook Impressions

While at the mall this afternoon, I stopped into the Apple Store briefly to have a look at the new MacBook. As an unabashed Mac fan, I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by the recent MacBook release so far. Charging $150 for black (the extra 20 gigs of HD space included on the black model only costs $50 if you build-to-order it in the white case) is frankly insulting. I hate glossy screens, and I was dubious about the no-latch magnetic closure. Not to mention the name- it was lousy when the MacBook Pro was anounced (and Powerbook was such a cool name), and it’s still lousy. At least it’s good for a chuckle… as Dave has been heard to say around the office “No man of woman born shall ever defeat MacBook!”

After seeing it in person, my opinion has changed little. The magnetic non-latch did seem much nicer and more secure than I expected, so I’ll withdraw that complaint. But the glossy screen picked up glare and reflections from everywhere. Despite what many claim, I’ve never found the color on glossy displays (Windows laptops or the MacBook) to be better than standard laptops. The BlacBook is still a ripoff. Did I mention that I hate the glossy display? Oh, I tried the funny looking keyboard a bit… types just as well as my 3 year old Powerbook, which keyboard I like quite well.

Prior to the release (and the news of the glossy display), I had been thinking about buy my wife a MacBook. Her Compaq XP laptop is a little older than my Powerbook, and the battery life is abyssmal. She still prefers XP- she just needs to spend some time on a Mac. I figured a dual-boot MacBook would be perfect. Given the power/price ratio on the white MacBook, I probably would have done it… but I just can’t get past the glossy screen. Instead, I’ve ordered a new battery for her old laptop.

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2 Responses to “MacBook Impressions”

  1. douglas.nerad Says:


    Somehow I missed all the news about a glossy screen. I’m not a fan of them, either. What a pain. You could always grab an old G4 iBook (they’re still available I believe). Or you could take sandpaper and gloss your issues away. :)

    I think Boot Camp is a great idea, but until they can virtualize it then I don’t see the value in it. I could use Windows for some very limited applications, but not enough to reboot everytime I wanted to use it. Wait until they release the full version… That’s what I’m doing.

    I do want to try the new keypads. Somehow it reminds me of old school computers. I still remember banging away on my family’s old Atari 400. It had more of a surface than a keyboard. I still think it was pretty cool. Olde skool geek stylee…

  2. Sean Rivinus Says:

    Glossy Screen<br/>

    I can highly recommend to NEVER buy a laptop with a glossy screen or one with any brightness enhancing technology. They will never display the colors as correctly as a screen not using these technologies. I am often at customers houses with my laptop and have to bring my desktop LCD because the laptop cannot resolve the colors corretly