"For the Designer in You"4.5 starson by Woot and Huzzah
Pros: Lightweight, sturdy, well-sized keyboard
Cons: Price, short battery life
Summary: This is an excellent computer for the graphic designer, digital media creator, etc. Its 15" widescreen provides a perfect blend of size and portability (unlike the 17" model which, while it has a great workspace, is not very portable due to the larger screen size). If you want the portability with the larger viewing area, you'll want to spend several hundred more dollars for an Apple display to hook your notebook up to.
The keyboard is nicely sized, with larger keys than some PC notebooks and a very sleek and comfortable feel. The backlight feature is also infinitely useful in low-light situations (night, airplanes, etc.) The optional 100 GB hard drive will provide plenty of in-system storage space, and the DVD-writing SuperDrive is perfect for transferring large image or video files off of the machine. The bundled software is also good overall, with iChat to replace the ever-buggy AIM client for those who are chat-inclined. The AirPort Extreme Wireless card also works very well, though it is an actual card and not a processor, like the Centrino (so don't expect the extended battery life provided by Centrino-powered PC notebooks).
Those who are a bit rough on their notebooks will appreciate the Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS) technology of this notebook. The SMS technology helps to protect the computer's hard disk in the event that the system is dropped or exposed to vibration, decreasing the chance of data corruption and disk failure.
Those who are less than computer-literate will appreciate the well-organised, informative and cleanly designed User's Guide (which blessedly uses actual continuous page numbers instead of sections).
The system is unfortunately power-hungry (and made all the more so by its large screen), so if you have access to a power outlet where you will be using the machine, bring the AC adaptor (and extention) with you.
If you plan to use the system for heavy graphics/multimedia work, you'll probably want to increase the amount of RAM; the PBG4 has a 2 GB capacity, with 512 being standard. Fortunately, the RAM is very easy to install at home if you decide that you need more later, easily accessible from the back rather than buried within the system and only accessible by dismantling the computer (as it is in some PCs).
One all-important factor to consider is the price tag, which is high, especially if you upgrade the hard drive, RAM, etc., or have additional software installed. If your work requires the features of the system, it is a worthwhile buy. Otherwise, go for the smaller PBG4 12", which is even more portable and less expensive.
Time will tell whether or not this notebook will fall prey to Mac Syndrome (the fate of many Macs, self-repairing without informing the user, lulling them into a sense of security, and then becoming so badly corrupted that they just die without warning). Just to be safe, be prepared to shell out a couple hundred bucks for the 3-year Apple Care Plan.
If you happen to be a student, make sure to purchase and customise your system through the Apple website. Though still expensive, the student discounts for qualified buyers will save several hundred dollars (though my system when upgraded to my specifications as a graphics student still cost approximately $3000 with student discounts applied).
Overall, this sleek and sexy silver notebook is a very worthwhile investment for those who actually need it. For those who don't, however, there are much cheaper and more practical options.