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After owning a Powerbook G4 previously, I needed a replacement - I looked around and considered buying a Sony Vaio - but ended up back with Apple and purchased the MacBook Core 2 Duo with Intel processor. I went for the smallest one of the 3 - only because it was purely for home use. I only use it for surfing the internet, downloading pictures and music so I did not need to much memory. Plus I have an external hardrive should I need to free up space. The software you get with a Mac is excellent -everything is much more 'friendly' compared to Microsoft - OK, Vista has arrived - but when you look at it Apple was doing all that years ago! Plus Apple have a new software edition called Tiger which comes out October 2007 which will knock socks off Vista. I Photo - the new version is brilliant - much better than the previous ones - it just gets better. You can store you photos in mini projects and flick through them when you move your cursor across the 'front window' of the project. Double click and open all the pictures - genius. You can even hide the not so good pictures instead of having them cluttering up your machine desktop. Safari - better than I.E. - just more user friendly - plus no need to type in www.?????.com just type in Ciao in the window box and click return - it goes to the site you want - if you did this on Microsoft you get a web page up offering you different sites and none that you never want. If you want Microsoft Windows then you can still buy it for a Mac - they do do one and its the same only tweaked a bit better in my opinion. I use Microsoft at work but found on my old Powerbook that I liked Macs version better. This time around I purchased Mac Works - it has the powerpoint/excel/word version of Apple. Its better, its easier to use and it can be transferred over into Microsoft applications. Apple make it easy for you - you can't transfer microsoft stuff over into Apple as they don't like it. The machine itself - nice feel to it- i purchased the white version - there is black also but that looked 'dull' compared to the white version with the glowing apple on the front when its in use. It has a built in eye camera so can be used on photobooth/internet however you use it. Its fast for me - like i say i didn't need to do much editing of movies/photos/music etc - for that I would have chosen the next one or top version of this. It looks Clean, dare I say it sexy!!! All in all I think its all round value for money - I got mine direct from an apple shop as they have 'Genius' on board - guys who know an apple inside out and can help you set up your apple and give you a quick overview - plus they discuss what your needs are and then say look this is too powerful for you or you really need to be looking at the next one up. I purchased a cover for mine (clear plastic cover). I have a parrott who likes to bite things and loved my last one to bits - doesn't sound to strong does it if a bird can break things - he is an African Grey and has a really strong beak so in my opinion nothing in his way is safe not even my laptop. I also purchased the extra 3 year apple cover with the machine. Apples hardly break down - my previous one broke down once and I had to use the service under this service. Even though its expensive its well worth the money plus you always have the apple genius on board in the apple shops - they help solve problems and can check out your laptop FOC. I love Apple - I hate Microsoft - simple. Microsoft to me means viruses. Apple just don't get them - this is one huge factor in my opinion of purchasing a laptop. Apple does everything Microsoft do. Ok they might be more expensive to buy but when you look at the problems you encounter with Microsoft - huge amounts of software you have to buy to stop people attacking your computer - it works out the same. My son has a Compaq laptop which has been a pain. I am sick of trying to get all the nasty software/viruses and everything else that still can get through firewalls off his laptop. Its a headache. An apple is a breeze. In my opinion, if you have an apple ipod/iphone and you love them then buy an apple computer - they are excellent and well worth the money. It might be weird at first using one - go to an apple shop and go to a genius bar and ask for a demo and for a play on one - after a few hours its like riding a bike! One thing that I must congratulate Apple on - the packaging. They have used their senses. Small box, no hefty thick manuals, just a small thin box with CDs, paperwork, leads and the laptop (oh and few stickers!) They are even environmentally friendly! No loads of polystyrene to throw away. They have thought of everything. Oh, you can upgrade your Apple also - fancy more memory/power - you can just pop in more of it in the base of the laptop or if you don't fancy doing it then pop into a store. Also, one good thing is the powercord. Unlike other laptops - even old Apples they now have a quick release powercord which if you knock the wire just quickly releases the cord from the laptop without pulling the laptop onto the floor. Another excellent addition in my opinion. Perhaps I am biased I do have shares in Apple and they have soared up everytime Steve Jobs brings out a new invention/upgrade - next one this month for Tiger Software!! Buy an Apple - take a bite - leave Microsoft alone. Apple is sexy, fun and easier to use than Microsoft. No more headaches - its a dream!
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features that make a great notebook even greater.New processors and graphics. Pull out all the stops.Top-of-the-line processors.The 15-inch MacBook Pro features the new 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors with 6MB of shared L3 cache and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz. And you can configure it to be even faster. Choose the 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with 8MB of cache and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz. And go for the new 512GB third-generation SATA solid-state drive, which is up to 4x faster than a traditional hard drive. To increase storage, upgrade to a 1TB hard drive.The 13-inch model also speeds things up with either the 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 or the 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 ? the fastest mobile dual-core processor available. With Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz, these processors bring more power to everything you do.The very latest graphics.The new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor boosts performance by up to 60 percent.1 That extra power gives you a smoother, more fluid experience than before. Its still highly efficient, too, so you get long battery life when youre out and about.For graphics-intensive applications, the 15-inch MacBook Pro automatically switches to the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete processor with up to 1GB of video memory. Its also up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation,2 so you see more frames per second in 3D games and get greater speed and responsiveness for your HD video projects.The fastest, most versatile I/O in a notebook.Imagine accessing multiple streams of uncompressed HD video ? from your MacBook Pro ? at speeds that let you edit an HD feature film in real time. Thunderbolt technology allows you to connect the high-performance peripherals that make it possible. Ultrafast and ultraflexible, the Thunderbolt pipeline is up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and offers unprecedented expansion capabilities.FaceTime HD camera. Sa
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Air now lasts up to 9 hours between charges and the 13-inch model lasts up to an incredible 12 hours. So from your morning coffee till your evening commute, you can work unplugged. When its time to kick back and relax, you can get up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback on the 13-inch model and up to 8 hours on the 11-inch model. And with up to 30 days of standby time, you can go away for weeks and pick up right where you left off.The newest Intel processors. Performance, meet endurance.Whatever the task, fourth-generation Intel Core processors with Intel HD Graphics 5000 are up to it. From editing photos to perfecting a presentation to just browsing the web, everything moves ultrafast. These new processors also help give MacBook Air its extended battery life, thanks to a new architecture thats designed to use less power.New 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. The next generation of wireless.With the latest 802.11ac technology, MacBook Air takesWi-Fi speeds over the top. Connect to an 802.11ac base station ? including the new AirPort Extreme or AirPort Time Capsule ? and experience wireless performance up to 3x faster than the previous generation. 802.11ac also delivers expanded range, so you can work more freely than ever.Faster all-flash storage. Ready. Set. Done.Part of what makes MacBook Air so responsive is that its designed entirely around flash storage. Not only does this make MacBook Air much lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks, it also provides faster access to data. Available in capacities up to 512GB, this next-generation flash storage is up to 9x faster than a traditional 5400-rpm notebook hard drive.4 And its up to 45 percent faster than the flash storage in the previous-generation MacBook Air.5 So when you flip open MacBook Air, its ready to go right away. Even after a month in standby mode, the screen springs to life. As if this big bump in performance wasnt enough,
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battery. Working together with the new power-efficient Intel Core architecture, this battery can post some impressive numbers. Now the 13-inch model gets up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge and the 11-inch model gets up to 9 hours. That gives you all-day power for word processing, presentations, email and more. And if youre watching iTunes films, you get up to 10 hours of playback time on the 13-inch model and up to 8 hours on the 11-inch. Put MacBook Air to sleep for more than 3 hours, and it enters standby mode to conserve battery life for up to 30 days. And if you enable Power Nap, youll continue to receive new email and calendar invitations while your computer is asleep.Fourth-generation Intel Core processors.MacBook Air is powered by the all-new fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. This ultra-efficient architecture was designed to use less power and still deliver high performance. Which means not only can you do whatever you want ? you can keep doing it for longer than before. In addition, the new Intel HD Graphics 5000 offers up to 40 per cent faster graphics ? performance youll especially notice with games and other graphics-intensive tasks.Up to 3x faster Wi-Fi.MacBook Air now supports ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi. When connected to an 802.11ac base station ? including the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule ? wireless performance is up to 3x faster than with the previous generation of MacBook Air. And your Wi-Fi range improves as well. With Bluetooth technology, you can connect MacBook Air to Bluetooth-enabled devices like speakers and headphones. Even without all the wires, youre totally connected.Faster all-flash storage.Part of what makes MacBook Air so responsive is that its designed entirely around flash storage. Not only does this make MacBook Air much lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks, it also provides faster access to da