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Took a look at a few MacBooks, boot time seemed normal, wasn't any faster than my rig but that's to be expected.
A black MB on display seemed to have a heat related problem, it was sitting flat and was very hot underneath, the machine froze up and required a hard boot.
iTunes visuals seemed fast.
I didn't like the glassy display, it forces you to open the screen to match your line of sight or one gets a reflection. The black case is nicer, the white seemed to get dirty in a hurry.
The keys on the keyboard seemed kind of big, they are not curved so one needs to mind their fingers more than a keyboard with curved keys.
I liked the Mag connector, think that's a big improvement.
I didn't like the heat any of the laptops produced, I need a cool 12" Mac in black or silver with optical audio out ports. Even if it has one processor that's fine, it has to be cool. It's going to be running iTunes for audio work as iPods "soundcheck" is severely lacking, as well as engineering the audio.
All my heavy lifting is done at my desktop machine, all I need is a cross between a PDA and a small laptop.
(yikes, did I just stumble across something?)
I had an iBook for a year, loved it, never had a problem.
Sold it for to help pay for a MacBook Pro, loved it but mine had lots of issues.
First one replaced due to a DOA optical drive. Second one had it's share of issues, sent it into Apple Depot, they replaced Hard Drive, Optical Drive among other things, returned in worse shape. Sent it back in and it returned in not the best condition. By this point just about everything except the keyboard was replaced or repaired. Surprisingly after two months I was issued a refund from the Apple Reseller minus 10% stocking fee. Gladly bought a Black MacBook the next day. My point being is I was in fear that I was becoming a cronic always dissatisfied returner but I love my MB, the worst I could say is it gets a little warm at times but nothing compared to the MBP I had. No whine, no other problems at all. I installed 2GB and it flies. I'm gushing aren't I?
I already posted in this thread but I forgot to mention something: airport reception. I am not sure if it is my router (netgear rangemax) or the airport in my macbook but reception is amazing! I can go downstairs and across the street and still get full reception! And another thing that I love is that I haven't had to sign in or re-connect to my network once, even when I took the MB to work with me and came home. I was sure that after taking my MB away from the network that I would have to do something complicated to get back online when I got home. And what's more, I think my connection is faster/stronger with my macbook that my imac g5 which is connected via ethernet! Go figure.
I have the fortune of using the following extended-family Apple computers for running like performance tests. They all run Mac OS X v10.4.6
Bondie Blue iMac - stock with extra RAM and VRAM
iMac SE DV 400MHz G3 - Graphite with 1gig RAM and 80GB HD
Dual USB iBook 500MHz G3 with 640MB RAM
iBook 700 MHz G3 with 640MB RAM
15" Ti 1GHz PowerBook G4 with 1gig RAM
17" 1.67GHz G4 PowerBook with 2gig RAM
Dual 2.5GHz PowerMac G5 with 1.5gig RAM 20" display
Dual 2.5GHz PowerMac G5 with 4.5gig RAM 30" display, 6800 Ultra graphics
Quad 2.5GHz PowerMac G5 with 6.5gig RAM 23" display, stock graphics card
Black MacBook Core-Duo 2GHz with 1gig RAM
I like to run every day type processes on these machines when I can during family vists etc to give myself some idea what the price/performance numbers are. Here's a process I use for ripping my home DVD movies to disk.
Lawrence of Arabia - Disc 1, 2h-19m-16s long DVD-DL, 6.54GB in size
Ripping Application: HandBrake 0.7.1
Ripped disk version: MPEG-4, 1.1GB in size, QT 704x320, AAC
Results are wall clock times to complete the ripping process
0h-54m - Quad 2.5GHz G5 PowerMac with 6.5gig RAM
1hr-1m - Black MacBook with 1gig RAM
1hr-5m - Dual 2.5GHz G5 PowerMac with 4.5gig RAM
2h-51m - 17" 1.67GHz PowerBook with 2gig RAM
The HandBrake App is very cpu intensive and used most of the MacBook's cpu processing power. It consumed about 100% of the 17" PowerBook's cpu, about 75% of the Dual 2.5GHz PM and some 50% of the Quad's cpus. It appears that on the more powerful cpu computers that not all of the processing power was being used by HandBrake. I don't think this is related to the DVD device read speeds nor the internal HDs write speed as only 6.54gig is being read and only 1.1gig is being written during the process. This amount of data being read and written does not tax the DVD/disk rated i/o transfer speeds at all.
It could be that HandBrake doesn't do as well at multiprocessing on PowerPC processors as it seems to do on the Intel Core-Duo.
No matter, the MacBook performs very well compared to all of its Apple mates. ;-))