"The Aluminum MacBook cuts into my hand."2.0 starson by RobertTom
Pros: Real quiet. Keeps cool all the time. Not overpriced (see explanation below.)
Cons: Very serious design/ergonomic mistakes. Lower edge of the laptop cuts into the hand. The screen will not open past 120 degrees, which makes one stoop to see the screen if viewing on the couch, easy chair, floor, etc.
Summary: For most people who use a laptop with a trackpad, the fingertips rest on the pad (while scrolling down an article, for example) while the edge of the hand under the pinky rests on the lower edge of the laptop. As you read articles on CNET, see where your trackpad hand is. If it's resting on the lower edge of your laptop, then you can't get this computer. If it's clear off the computer or raised way up like you're playing the piano, then this is not an issue for you. The problem with this new Aluminum Mac is that the very edge that your hand rests on is a very precise, very metal, very sharp 90 degrees. It is unnoticeable in the Mac store because the laptops are on tables and you use it standing up. That way, your hand wouldn't drop below the edge of the computer.
Another built-in, unalterable problem is that the screen will not open more than about 120 degrees. The booklet even goes out of its way to tell you this, so you won't force it. When using a laptop from a couch, with the computer on my lap, I always need to open the screen more than that. Very, very bad design mistake. And pointless.
So I want to return this MacBook.
A note about cost: to the end of getting a different laptop for my needs (which is a portable computer for running Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and other such design-y programs, along with some music recording programs) I went to the HP website to see what they had.
An HP with the SAME CPU, the SAME GPU, SAME hard disc, same ram, same resolution, same disc drive, etc, etc, costs about $300 less than this Mac. I'm comparing two reduced prices with each other, since I got this MacBook at a good after-Thanksgiving promo price from MacConnection.
That said, the HP comes with Vista, and it DOESN'T' come with very specific pre-installed Mac programs that I will use, like the video, music, and website designing suite "iLife."
The HP would have been the same size, probably just as cool and clean, etc, but to get similar programs on it would have cost probably about the $300 difference. So actually this computer is not terribly overpriced.
A lot of complaints surround what this machine is for, and target the silliness of paying more for brand only, but actually it is a fair priced machine for those who want a portable design-ready computer. (Note that I have the 2.4 GHz line.) Should I return this one, it'll be for the hand-slicing thing, not for price. Looking at software costs and the TIME costs, it's a savings to just get this Mac and use it for some design applications right out of the box. Time is money and I don't want to spend two weeks getting an HP, for example, up to usefulness. Also some system crashes when running Dreamweaver from a similar PC cost me a lot of time. Crashes are less frequent with Macs, which again, saves money and productivity.
Note how this review is well written. It's a shame how most people who submit reviews don't take the trouble to write well.
It matters. I noticed.