Friday, November 14, 2008

MacBook Aluminum

"Switch, are you still on Windows?"

The long awaited new MacBook Aluminum demo unit finally arrived!! And what a transformation the MacBook has gone through.

From the white plastic shell MacBook....... the new aluminum, glossy screen MacBook!

First thing i noticed is the brighter display, the colors are simply brilliant, a far cry from the previous generation. Besides having a shorter warm-up time, the display now comes with a hard shell. Unlike traditional LCD displays which can change color when you press on them, the MacBook now has a CRT-like solid screen surface.

The whole laptop is milled from a single piece of aluminum, and fitted with an auto-adjustable display and a back-lit keyboard. In dark areas, the display's brightness will dim and the back-lit keyboard will glow in white. A very nice feature that adds a touch of class.

The second significant difference is the TrackPad. They're now larger and has no visible buttons. This is because the whole TrackPad IS the button!! Made of glass with the right coefficient of friction, using the TrackPad is now ridiculously comfortable, you'll never want to use a mouse again... And after trying out the multiple-touch feature, which enables different functions with multiple finger touch, navigating through your applications is a breeze, you'll never want to switch back to a Windows PC again (eg. 1-finger for normal mouse movement, 2 fingers for scrolling.... etc.). This feature can be set for up to 4 fingers.

Because it is made from a one-piece aluminum sheet, the MacBook is now lighter and stronger. It is also 'greener'. Most parts of the laptop are made from recycled material, and each components are carefully selected to make sure they don't contain polluting elements (eg. mercury). Even the box comes in a smaller size to save paper.

Performance wise, it outruns all previous models. With the built-in 256MB nVidia 9400M graphics processor, it now performs like a graphics powerhouse. Gaming is not a problem, capable of running graphics demanding games such as Call of Duty 4 and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion smoothly. Deemed as currently the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market, the nVidia 9400M delivers up to 5 times the processing power of Intel graphics chips used in previous models.

Imagine all those amazing features, together with a 120GB HDD, a Core2Duo 2.0 GHz cpu, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and a battery pack capable of operating up to 5 hours on a full charge, all being fitted inside a less than 1.5cm thick aluminum and weighs only 2kg.... simply an engineering marvel.

Time to change your mind on what your next computer will be, the conventional Windows system? or the feature packed yet user friendly Mac...

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