Rounding up reviews of the new MacBooks

Rounding up reviews of the new MacBooks

Summary: There are plenty of hands-on "previews" of the new MacBooks, but so far it appears only PCMag.com has posted full reviews with ratings and it isn't too impressed.

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There are plenty of hands-on "previews" of the new MacBooks, but so far it appears only PCMag.com has posted full reviews with ratings and it isn't too impressed. The new aluminum MacBook's "features are still a little weak and the price, well, it's not the $800 MacBook that we were all hoping for." But it may not matter much since the improved design is "ultimately what sells Macs." The performance results with the new Intel processor and Nvidia's just-announced GeForce 9400M chipset were mixed, but PCMag.com ran its tests only under Windows Vista. The story is similar with the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which PCMag.com states is a "design marvel like no other" but its "features aren't the strongest" and it is, of course, pricey. The least expensive MacBook Pro still starts at $2,000. Here's a roundup of the reviews and previews coverage to date:

Full reviews

Previews

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • That's just odd

    [i]The performance results with the new Intel processor and Nvidia?s just-announced GeForce 9400M chipset were mixed, but PCMag.com ran its tests only under Windows Vista.[/i]

    [i][b]It could be that the system is not optimized for Windows Vista, as this was the operating system that I ran all my tests with. PC Magazine's benchmarks, unfortunately, are Windows-based applications.[/b][/i]

    Wouldn't ya think PC Magazine would have more than just Windows based testing software?
    Badgered
    • You would think...

      ...but since you can't compare OSX benchmarks on other hardware you have to find some point of commonality.

      It'll run faster on OSX but then so would the hardware it's being compared to.
      Sleeper Service
    • Just exactly how do you ....

      ... optimize a system for Vista or OSX? When comparing hardware it is best to use the same software if you are measuring the hardware only. If you are testing the OS then it is best to use the same hardware. PC Magazines tests were appropriate for the task at hand.
      ShadeTree
      • Except that

        the Macbooks have hardware that Vista can't use properly.
        frgough
        • Name one piece of hardware in a ....

          ... Macbook that Vista can't handle properly.
          ShadeTree
          • Well since it is Vista and I'm feeling impish today...

            how about all?

            Pagan jim
            James Quinn
          • Nah, that's not it Jim. I suspect you feel that way....

            due to benzene inhalation from your Mac. ;) <br><br>
            Be careful Rev...seriously
            xuniL_z
      • I see your point

        [i]Just exactly how do you .... ... optimize a system for Vista or OSX? When comparing hardware it is best to use the same software if you are measuring the hardware only.[/i]

        But needing to load a different OS to run benchmarking software seems odd to me. You'd think they would have an OS X compatible version of the same testing software.
        Badgered
  • No surprises.

    Good but not great.
    Sleeper Service
  • RE: Rounding up reviews of the new MacBooks

    A notebook for the person that wants to say he has a notebook. It's not for the person that really needs one.
    OldMarine
    • Need vs Want. First of all who says you have

      to choose!?! I'd say a person could very well need a laptop
      and still choose a MacBook because it meets there needs and
      also answers their wants.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • And who says that a person

        who can have their needs and wants satisfied with a windows laptop, even consider a macbook? <br><br>
        The new pricing still does not come close for anyone that's paying attention to more than just screen size, well even then, you have to go to a 13" screen with lower end specs to match the price of a 15" laptop with high end specs. Since both Leopard and Vista need higher end specs, it's really a no brainer. <br><br>
        On top of all of that, Macs are just having too many problems, some of them very serious, too pay a premium. There is just no bang for the extra buck. Commodity hardware and a less secure OS that is starting to get hit with malware...no thanks.
        <br>
        :)
        xuniL_z