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 sleeve.

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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