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Okay lets get a few things straight. I bought this computer as I was told it was the best laptop for editing films. This was very useful for my university degree. It is great for that type of thing. With my video camera plugged in (The cable i had to buy seperately costing £20) You have a very good drag and drop editing system, therefore you can make beautifully edited films.
I was however not aware that Macintosh machines can't play PC games,they can only play Macintosh's own games which meant all my old PC games did not work, maybe this is a good thing because now i can work instead of playing games all day!
There is no windows, as well as many other faults. This causes a lot of problems. No Microsoft office. I can't even open normal .doc files and i don't even have a floppy disk drive (Thats another £50). The only way i can get information from one computer to another is by copying and pasting it onto an email. This i find very frustrating.
I have a problem with certain websites as not all the websites are macintosh compatible such as MSN chat for example. I have had to download a fair amount of prgrams which would come complete with a windows computer. Therefore it takes up a lot of hard drive space.
As far as the specs of the computer go, well, its average speed reasonably reliable and looks fantastic. I guess its just not the computer for me.
One might say its good that Macintosh have not given into the Microsoft conglomerate, but since nearly everything computer based has something to do with Microsoft it makes things very awkward and frustrating. I really would not recommend to anyone who just wants a plain computer. You can get computers which are as capable, if not better for less money.
Whether an impulse buy or not, your review is still helpful. I think this has been a little unfairly rated, perhaps by die hard mac lovers :)
gohunter 16.07.2004 14:59
Sorry, but the way your review reads, it looks as though you made an impulse buy without doing your homework properly first. Surely if you were going to spend so much money, you should have made sure that you knoew what you were buying! Of course it doesn't run Windows, it's a Mac and as such it runs a much more secure and stable operating system than any PC! However, MS Office X is available for the Mac series of machines and will allow you to create and edit Word, Excell etc, documents just as though you had bought a PC.
Look on the bright side, once you get used to the iBook, you'll love it. Also, the chances of you getting a virus, trojan horse, etc. are virtually nil as all the virus writing geeks target PC's and Windows because it is so much more easily cracked since it is full of security holes.....
domcaz 24.04.2002 22:44
1. Best laptop for editing - no way, some one lied to you. (Try the Apple Powerbook Titanium G4 instead).
2. The whole joy of Apples is that they don't run windows, you should have known (or at least been told) that before buying. This does of course mean that all your PC games wont work...
3. MS Office IS DEFINATELY available for the Mac and is one of the Macs best products. The current version (Office VX) is arguably a lot better than the current Windows XP version.
Although a lot of your 'problems' were justified, it was primaryily due to lack of knowledge of the product you were buying - I'd recommend a little more research next time. And whoever told you that the iBook is the best computer for video editing ought to shot. I do agree however that an Apple is the best PLATFORM for video editing, just not the iBook.