I am not a Mac evangelist, but I do own one and love it MUCH more than my PC machines. I have used this model, the Macbook 13.3 inch and strongly recommend it for any Mac newbie curious about making the switch.
This model, originally a $1300 model on Amazon.com, is currently selling for approx. $1205 at press time. Pricey for a laptop? You can own a $700 Gateway, but for my money, the Macbook is far more reliable and stable. Why spend the extra money? I’ll tell you why I did:
When I was managing editor for the media-intensive web daily Gearwire.com, I went to about five trade shows a year, interviewing musicians and doing video demos of new musical gear such as compressors, mic preamps, recording software, and other great musician toys.
My video crew used Macs non-stop for days. Two Macbooks were used round the clock for three solid days for editing, rendering and exporting video clips. Imagine your PC actively working for 72 hours virutally non-stop. It just wouldn’t happen without at least one freeze, glitch, crash or general PC-related weirdness. With the Mac, those 72 hours were flawless.
You don’t need to be a power user to own one of these Macbooks. In fact, I tell power users to go with the MacBook Pro instead. For most writers, this Apple Macbook 13.3 inch, with its 2.4 GhZ dual processor, 2 gigs of RAM and 160 gigabyte hard drive is more than plenty. This is a durable, long-lasting machine that served this writer well for over a year of abuse (before I left the company to go full-time freelance). I’m a Macbook Pro owner now, and I am preparing to sink large dollars into the top-of-the-line model so I can indulge my music and video side with a variety of projects which require the extra juice, but you can’t go wrong with the model pictured above for writing.