I’m talking about my computer, which is a MacBook, not a MacBook Pro, and a lovely flat black colour. It’s by a long shot the best Mac I’ve ever had. I gather the Pro line is due for a refresh soon; it better be good, because at this point anyone who buys a silver Mac is making a big mistake.
Battery! · Whenever I was working with my silver macs, I was either plugged into AC, or I was worriedly watching the battery meter. No longer. Unless I’m going to be working for a major block of time, I just don’t bother plugging it in. It goes hours and hours, haven’t really measured how much, but enough that with one spare battery, I really don’t care whether the airplane has laptop power.
It’s a big deal. The weather’s nice and I’m typing this on my back porch; we’re having lasagna for dinner and it’s too hot for the oven, so the lasagna’s on the barbecue and I’m on the back porch keeping an eye on it in case it gets too hot.
Eventually, I’m going to sit down at my desk or on the comfy work chair at home and sock in for a few hours; then I plug in, and it doesn’t take that long to charge up.
WiFi! · Did I say I was on the back porch? With the old silver Macs, that worked if I was careful to sit right outside the open door. With the Black Beauty, I can go downstairs off the porch and sit on the grass in the shade of the pear tree. And see eleven other neighborhood WiFi networks too.
Tiny! · It’s smaller. I can actually get work done on airplanes, even when I can’t upgrade. This is a big deal.
Tough! · So far, the black plastic body is holding up better than my one Titanium and two Aluminium PowerBooks. It’s easier to clean, too, I get good results with plain old Windex.
It’s Not Perfect · The screen is only 800 pixels high, and that hurts on the photo-editing front. But hey, it drives the 24" widescreen just fine, so that’s usually not a problem.
It lacks a video card and a FireWire800 and the video jack is nonstandard so I have to carry one more dongle. I’m stuck at 2 gig of RAM, can’t go to 3. Except for, none of these things bother me.
And, um, it looks cool.