"Nice evolution of a great product"5.0 starson by myles taylor
Pros: Slimmer and more sleek looking. Better battery life.
Cons: No firewire! Lack of an SD slot isn't a deal breaker, but is a minor annoyance.
Summary: A nice upgrade to the line without alienating those who recently purchased the previous models. I'm extremely disappointed in the lack of firewire port as I think it's great for data transfers and such. The "unibody" construction is very nice and easy on the eyes. It should eliminate those annoying cracks from the previous models. I like the new enclosed battery. For those who are bothered by non-replaceable batteries, they are the minority. Most people never change their battery and with the new battery comes a longer warranty on it. I don't think batteries will be excluded from Applecare anymore and it's a stance I hope all computer manufacturers soon take. Something not mentioned in the CNet review was the lack of an IR port for a remote. I'm not sure if this means that the remote uses some other kind of technology or if the Macbook just lacks that capability. Either way, it's only slightly disappointing since I think that most people never use their remotes on their Macbook. The harddrive and ram are easy to replace and even some of the other repairs are easier to get to. While Apple will never advertise this fact, the unibody's are more resistant to liquid spill.
It's nice to see the Macbook line evolve along with the rest of Apple's products and I think this refresh was great with a few minor exceptions.