Monday, November 29, 1999

An Apple for the common man!

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We were all born equal! But it was the 'Apple' that created the divide and we were branded as either 'FanBoys' or 'Apple haters'. Not anymore, with the induction of 'Intel Core 2 Duo' processors (CPU) in its machines, Apple has in a way invited everybody to come on board the 'Apple cart' log-stock and 'Windows'!And for those who find the price tag of the 'Macs' on the steeper side of the affordability curve, the Mac has introduced an Apple MacBook White for the common man!Priced at Rs 56,900, the MacBook features a new seamless, polycarbonate unibody enclosure with rounded contours. It looks superbly elegant yet rugged and durable enough to withstand the rough and tumble of everyday life. The milky white top lid with rounded corners, tapering sides and the transparent Apple logo, which glows bright white once the Macbook is powered on, is reminiscent of the posh glamour of the Apple's pre aluminum era.The entire seamless bottom panel is covered with non-skid material to keep it from skidding on a plane surface. Unlike the older versions, the Li-polymer battery (seven hours run time) in the new MacBook has been strategically integrated inside the enclosure.All the connector slots (power-in, Ethernet LAN, mini display, port for video output, 2 USB2, one audio line in/out port and a Kensington lock slot) are logically placed on the left side panel. The right side panel houses a slot loading optical drive (8X SuperDrive with double-layer support). The lightweight (2.13kg) and sleek (measuring just 2.74cmx33.03cm x23.17cm) MacBook is built to perfection not only on the outside, but has fluidity of design on to the interior also.Once you open the top lid, the stunningly bright LED-backlit 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display (1280x800 pixel resolution) zaps you out of you breath.The well laid-out tray-type full size keyboard with a rather spacious multi touch glass track-pad (supports multi touch gestures) on the lower chassis further adds to your astonishment.The track pad features a silky smooth glass surface that feels great and there's plenty of room to move your fingers around to perform multiple functions such as right-click or two-finger scroll, including multi-touch gestures like pinch to zoom, rotate your fingers to reorient pictures.The LED backlit display panel has even brightness all across the viewing area and reproduces pin sharp, rich, vibrant colours. Though it supports wide viewing angle, the glossy mirror-like finish attracts reflections and is prone to smudges and finger stains. The keyboard has a nice feel and is highly responsive to touch, almost a pleasure to indulge in key-stroking. There is plenty of room to rest your palms on either sides of the track pad for long hours of typing.The other thing that I like is the 'MagSafe' power adapter! The power cord for charging the battery is held in place magnetically and gets disconnected without toppling the laptop, in case you trip over it. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (2.26 GHz) and 2GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 4GB) the new MacBook White has powerful integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics and 250GB of hard disk space to run the Mac 64bit 'OS X (Ten) Snow Leopard' flawlessly. Mac 'OS X Snow Leopard' comes preinstalled with iLife, Apple's innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.But in case, if you feel overawed by the Snow Leopard, you can always open the Windows! You can install a 'Windows' operating system on this Mac machine by using ' Boot Camp', a dual boot utility.

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