Monday, July 02, 2007

My 1st MacBook report

(Get it? Mac Book report?) [snort]

Forgive me if I get all excited over stuff previous Mac owners are now used to, but I am a 'new' Mac user, so I digress. Oh - did I mention I bought the MacBook? Yeah, I guess I should throw that tidbit of information in there, eh?

So, I open my MacBook box and everything is very well layed out in this high tech Styrofoam liner. There is nothing to install. The only thing missing is power and a fully charged battery, so the first thing I set out to do is charge this beauty up.

The power adaptor is as pretty as the laptop itself. It has a fold-away AC plug. But then I'm looking at this AC cord and wondering what that's for. Then I see. The AC cord is basically an extension cable for the power adaptor. You remove the fold-away AC plug module and replace it with the AC cord. Very cool. So if space for packing the MacBook is an issue, you could leave the extension cord behind. You just best be sure that the laptop is close to an AC outlet.

Being a big fan of good design, I had already heard about the clever method that the power adaptor cord connects to the MacBook. It's not a friction connection, it's magnetic. Also, they put a power led right on the connector, so you can tell whether the battery is charging (red) or fully charged (green). Since I was just exploring the outside of the laptop chassis, I decided to turn it upside down. Unlike most laptops, the MacBook is clean. There were no dozens of decals and notices and slots and covers and air vents. Just a simple, small safety decal, a lock / unlock switch for the battery cover and the cover itself. Then I saw something that just blew me away in its simplicity and logic. The battery cover has a freaking battery meter - 5 tiny LEDs that indicate how much juice your MacBook has stored.

Damn. I'm impressed with this baby and I haven't even turned it on yet.


Anonymous said...

Anxious to hear how this goes, I am teetering on the edge-do I want one or not? Heidi

Anonymous said...

Keep the posts coming. I work with a number of OS's (windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, RH Enterprise, Fedora) but I 've had a fully loaded G4 at home that was ok.

Key thing I've found. If you go Mac, go all the way. I've bought printers, webcams, etc that were thought to work with Mac but ended up being buggy.

Looking forward to hearing about your journey into Apple.

Karl Plesz said...

Yep, I hear you loud and clear, but I have to be honest up front - I have no intentions of buying much more (if anything) in the way of additional Mac hardware. I just don't have that kind of money.