Apples over oranges!

Written by Raaj Dayal | Updated: Nov 30 2009, 04:56am hrs
Since the days of Genesis, the Apple has this aura of enamour and mystique attached to it. And its rather blooming despite enduring that forbidden bite!

Apple has its own faithful followers, they love it and swear by it, and the others hate it!

Apple also has this uncanny knack of nipping the competition (as if they have any) in one swift move. And they did exactly that again by carving this MacBook Pro from a solid block of aluminum for its avid fanboys. Though you cant compare Apple with oranges, but still one look at the specifications and you will know what I mean!

An Intel Core 2 Duo processor at 2.53GHz (2.8GHz optional) with 3MB shared L2 cache, 4 Gb of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (supports up to 8GB), 250GB (500GB optional) Serial ATA hard drive, 8X-slot loading super drive with double-layer support, 15.4inch (1440 X 900 native resolution) LED backlit glossy widescreen display, dual graphic support NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated (NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphic with 512MB of DDR3 memory,optional), full size backlit keyboard, trackpad with support for multi-touch gestures, built-in wi-fi, bluetooth and ethernet, battery power of seven hours and much more packed in a 2.41 X 36.4 X 24.9cm uniblock chassis weighing mere 2.49 kg.

But first thing first, the uniblock aluminum body design with tapered sides and rounded corners give it a very posh, sleek and sturdy feel. The white chomped Apple logo on the top looks, what to say Very enviable!

On the front it has a nicely carved thumbscoop to lift the lid, a sleep mode indicator light and an IR port. On the right side it has the SuperDrive slot and a notch for the Kensington cable security lock. All the connector ports (a magnetic power Connector slot, an Ethernet port, FireWire port, Mini Display port, two USB2 ports, SD card slot, 3.5mm audio-in and audio-out ports and battery power indicator lights) are logically on the left side of the MacBook. But these ports are cramped together, especially the USB ports! They are too close to one another, not suitable for many pen drives or cables with large heads.

As you open the MacBook, you are mesmerised by the gleaming LED backlit widescreen (16:10) display panel in a glossy finish. The energy efficient display is amazingly bright and sharp. The colours reproduced on this very thin LCD panel are spectacular and unfeigned. The colour gamut is much larger than seen on the earlier MacBooks or any other notebooks.

On the base it has the backlit full-size keyboard flanked by very subtle mesh of the inbuilt stereo speakers. The power-on button is on the top-right corner. The rigid aluminum keyboard webbing has been cut precisely to hold the keys. The keys feel comfortable with perfect tactile feedback to the touch. They are illuminated from the rear automatically in response to the low ambient light.

Under the keyboard sits one of its kind trackpad. The multi-touch trackpad is rather large and made of special glass. It has no click buttons, just click anywhere and its clicked, click with two fingers and it right-clicks. It responds to gestures too, use two fingers to scroll through your text, pinch to zoom in and out. Swipe with three fingers to flip through your photos. Swipe with four fingers to show your desktop, view all open windows, or switch applications.

There is ample space to rest your palms while working. But I did not like the sharp edges where you rest your wrist/palms and around the trackpad. They are not very comfortable and hurt after a while. The edges around the trackpad also strike against fingernails, a real put-off for Eve.

The preinstalled Mac operating system OS-X (Version10.6) Snow Leopard work flawlessly and comes bundled with iLifeApples innovative suite of applications. And in case if you have come through the Windows, you can always install Windows in a dual-boot mode using Boot Camp.

For the faithfuls the prices starts from Rs 1,04,900.