Well, it didn’t come out last Tuesday as the rumour had led us to believe, but it’s another Tuesday and another launch day for Apple. This time it’s the MacBook and in my opinion, one of the more attractive products they’ve launched in a while in terms of price/performance. With the student pricing (may as well take advantage of being a poor student right?) you can get a 13.3″ widescreen, 1.83GHz Core Duo, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD, CD-RW/DVD for $1200. That’s actually a pretty decent price, taking into account Apple’s typical pricing scheme. For some reason or another though, the laptop looks a little chunky. Like, they definitely should have been able to save a couple centimeters around the screen, which would have made it look a little less ‘fat’. I wonder if it scratches like the iPod Nano/Video as well. Still, with those gripes in mind, it’s a pretty nice looking piece of hardware. I guess I’ll admit that I’m pleasantly suprised by the fact that they didn’t totally rape us (the consumer) with prices. I’d bet most people were assuming they’d come with lower end CPUs for example (a la Mac Mini).
Anyways, it’s the end of the line for the PowerBooks. Apple’s got a pretty solid lineup going for them in the mobile space. I keep telling myself to hold out for Merom, which has been pushed forward. (excellent)