"Excellent as Mac (9.5) and PC Laptop (8)."4.5 starson by john B Keating
Pros: Ability to run Mac and Windows software made transition from my Dell Laptop easy. Speed to download 8GB of photo was amazing. Opens RAW images in seconds vs PC minutes.
Cons: Cost, some dual software has fewer functions on the Mac, difficulty using bluetooth with PC Windows.
Summary: I'm back to Mac after 15 years on PCs and am I happy. I started in the 80s with Macs at home and Work, but my employer, the US Govt., forced me to PCs. Now after 10 Window's PCs, I decided to give Mac a chance, even with the $3,000 price tag for MacBook Pro with 4 GB RAM and the faster 200GB drive. What a machine! I'm not an expert, but an advanced user and the transition was easy. I loaded Parallels, XP SP3 and about 15 Windows programs and upgraded 4 PC programs to Mac, two were free. Programs running under Parallels do lose some printer functionality with my Kodak 5300, but they all have worked. Wireless worked fine with both Mac and PC, but I'm still having problems with my PDA Sync with MS PC Outlook using Mac Bluetooth, but it syncs with the USB cable . I find great pleasure downloading my 4 and 8GB CF cards using USB 2.0 and my I-rocks flash card reader with USB ports and the faster ExpressCard 34 CF drive. Downloads are amazingly fast and viewing the files in the Mac Finder is almost instantaneous, and very fast in Windows. Most of my recent PC peripherals work better than on my old Dell 8200 laptop. Only my PCMCIA cards didn't fit the MacBook. I've only had this Mac for a month and the negatives are few, and mostly from my stubbornness in reading instructions with the Windows Virtual Machine functions. I would have given this a 10, but nothing is perfect.