My first bite of Apple

Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: Computer, Technology | Tags: , |

And so, I did it. After 9 years of fighting with Windows, i finally took a leap of faith and got myself my first mac –  a shiny new macbook. With a 2.4ghz Core2Duo, 2gb ram, 160gb hard disk and a slot loading super drive, its got *almost* everything i wanted. Not to mention the amazing battery life! I am really astounded how apple got this top end beast to put in more than 4 hours with wireless on, and running multiple apps. Things have really changed in the battery department since I got the first gen ipod nano a month after it was initially released. The magsafe power adapter is really innovative, and will prevent someone from dragging the notebook while tripping on the power chord. Also, the new battery life indicator under the shell is pretty cool.  Trust apple to come up with ingenious ideas.

I said it has almost everything i wanted for a reason. Firstly, it has only 2 USB ports. I know its not very bad, and i can probably live with it, but having 3 would have been a big bonus. Secondly, no media card reader. That comes as a default on almost all notebooks in this price point. And for such a premium product, the screen could have been much better. It has uneven lighting, and the backlight bleeding is very annoying and obvious (especially around the corners). Unfortunately, i guess we just have to live with it.

Overall, the past one day has been pretty exciting playing with the macbook. What used to be a very costly proposition in India is now affordable, especially considering that other 13.3″ notebooks with a similar configuration are costlier than the macbook (the Dell XPS M1330 for instance). A worthy apple to eat indeed!

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