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★★★★★

“After more than 30 years with IBM during which time...”

Written on: 19/06/2010

After more than 30 years with IBM during which time I've used almost every derivative of PC since its inception, I can honestly say the most accomplished home computing product on the market is the MACbook.

If you're buying for business, you might choose to compromise and buy a Microsoft based machine, but for predominantly home or college/university use, I don't believe you can beat a MAC.

My decision to buy a MACbook wasn't so much driven by the hardware, but by the software. Such a blessed relief to leave behind the ominous blue screens of death, the never ending stream of security updates and the rip-off costs of Operating System upgrades from Microsoft, effectively to address shortcomings in the previous versions. MAC OS, in this case Snow Leopard, is way ahead of MS in terms of capability, stability and innovation. MS will always be at least one step behind.

My only criticisms of the Intel based hardware of my MACbook are aimed at the tendency for the keyboard surround edge to break away like eggshell and the exorbitant cost of external power supplies and rechargeable batteries. But it may well be just as expensive to buy such items for another manufacturers laptop computer. The only other problem I encountered was when I inadvertently inserted a blank DVD along with a clear disk from the bottom of a 100 disc spindle. No problem for a tray loading drive but not to be recommended when using a letterbox drive such as that on a MAC.

On the plus side and this is a big plus, better that ninety percent of the software I use has typically been open source and consequently, free of charge, including fully featured Office Suites such as Symphony from IBM and NeoOffice. So many individuals overlook the additional cost of their software when deciding what computer to buy.

What better endorsement can I give this product than to suggest the only thing better would be the MACbook PRO model or if you don't need portability, the stunning MAC desktop? Both of which are as eminently practical as they are aesthetically pleasing on the eye.