"This is my first mac, I could not be happier."4.5 starson by zapeterson
Pros: Mac OSX, beautiful display, 4 finger trackpad gestures, backlit keyboard feels great and is much more usable, aluminum body feels durable and sturdy, Most of all the size and weight are fantastic and unmatched in its category!
Cons: Lack of SD slot and firewire, new touchpad has a learning curve
Summary: First, I think its important to know that many of these negative reviews are people that don't actually own the computer. To be able to give it your honest opinion, you must have time to use it for your actual day to day routines.
For carrying around, the computer itself is one of the most thin and light computers I have ever seen in this class. As a student, I have no trouble carrying it to classes, work, study sessions, because it is no bigger than taking a textbook with me. And a nice traveling feature is by closing the notebook, you can take it in a case without the computer overheating, and then when you open the lid, your right where you left it, basically a much easier hibernate!
The trackpad and keyboard take some adjustment time but after some getting used to, going back is extremely difficult! Because of the unibody, the computer is extremely sturdy, especially in the palm rest area where many computers feel weak or bendable.
However, the most important thing to me about this computer is its operating system. OSX truly is the most full featured, robust, and easy to use operating system on the market. I have trouble imagining using anything else now. First the dock, finder, and overall interface is extremely thought out and simple to use. Within the finder, options like quick look make finding your files really easy. And included programs like the entire iLife sweet and iChat, mail and ical, are all simple and fun!
I just wanted to give everyone perspective from someone that has used the notebook and allowed some time to adjust before getting on review sites and giving it a 1 star because it doesn't have a firewire port. I think any consumer needs to look at Apple and the aluminum macbook if in the market for a new PC. After a few weeks, I cannot imagine going back! Windows will have to fix its large shortcomings for me to get rid of my macbook!