"Solid, fast, reliable computer"4.5 starson by NCTARHEELS
Pros: Durable, unibody design with great features; 1066MHz memory and powerful NVIDIA graphics, killer software bundle includes OS X, iLife, and Boot Camp
Cons: Apple decided to stray away from Centrino 2 technology, no firewire, ho-hum display
Summary: I recently got this computer for the sake of change. I've heard many great things about Macs and I figured it was time for a step up from my Fujitsu laptop. Boy, was it a step up.
This is the most beautiful, sturdy laptop I've ever used. The machine feels so solid, yet it's so thin and light (.95", 4.5 lbs). The chicklet keyboard feels a bit odd at first, but I've decided I like it. The keyboard's backlight is appreciated, as well. The integrated iSight camera is a lot of fun to use. In combination with iChat and Photobooth (included in OS X), one can have an infinite amount of fun with all the included effects.
Apple included new faster 1066MHz memory (versus 667MHz on the previous models) in their new Macbooks; this means even faster sharing of data throughout the machine's parts. The processor is very powerful as well, packing a robust 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. This makes the computer even faster, especially paired with the faster RAM. I do have a little gripe with the processor, though, but I'll get into that later. The new integrated graphics set is well-appreciated. Effects in iPhoto apply quickly, and making movies in iMovie is a smooth experience. Casual games (and even some heavy ones like Call of Duty 4) run well, too.
The software bundled with this machine is spectacular. Mac OS X is the best thing created since sliced cheese, and iLife is a very feature-rich package. The ability to run Windows is a dream come true, considering there are still applications that need Windows to work.
There are some downsides, though. Apple skipped over Intel Centrino 2 technology and are therefore not keeping up with the latest and greatest tech out there. The lack of firewire is a very minor annoyance, as there are tons of work-arounds. The display an annoyance, too, but not for the typical reasons. The glossiness of the display doesn't bother me one bit; I find it very attractive, actually. The size is just perfect, and LED-backlighting is a welcome, eco-friendly upgrade. It's the quality of the display, though, that is disappointing. Blacks are uneven and generally on the light-gray side, and the colors seem a little off. I hope these problems aren't caused by the LEDs; I'd hate to think this new technology is harming the quality of color reproduction.
Regardless of the few annoyances, this is an excellent machine. It's feature rich inside and out, and and a very capable computer overall.