Tried & Tested

Laptop: Apple Macbook

28 Aug 2009 by Mark Caswell

Apple Macbook

The continued rise of Apple has meant that in the laptop market in
particular, the company is now making serious inroads into the
corporate sector. This is the firm’s more “consumer” offering, with a
white polycarbonate shell.

It’s an iconic design, but one that
hides what is in fact a great all-round machine for corporate users, if
you can get past the looks – and if you can’t, there’s the slightly
more expensive, but more conservative, Macbook Pro (see page 51). The
casing can withstand a surprising amount of abuse, although it shows
scratches a little more than you’d expect, so invest in a case or

The trackpad is an older design and is very basic,
although it does work well. The keyboard feels very light and isn’t
great for touch typists. Apple’s software, the key to the Mac’s
success, is fast and easy to understand, although – like the look of
the Macbook – it’s a love or hate thing, so you might want to try it
out before you buy it.

On the whole, for those working in a
highly corporate environment, the Macbook Pro might be a better option.
But if you want to embrace the cult of Apple and make a statement, then
the Macbook is a great everyday machine.

PROS The cheapest way to get on the Mac laptop ladder

CONS Marmite-like appearance and software – you’ll either love it or hate it

From £749

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