One of the things that impresses people when they buy the Apple Macbook is that the packaging for it which is like a breath of fresh air. Nowadays it seems as if every technology item ships with excessive packaging, some of which may be almost impossible to get into. Certainly, unpacking can be hard work, but people always comment on the fact that this laptop is shipped in 'frustration-free' packaging. That makes it easier to unpack and you can recycle the packaging.
You are going to find that the Mac OS itself is different from other operating systems that you may be more familiar with currently. It will obviously take you a little time to get used to.
However, once you have been using it for a short time you are going to find that the software itself is relatively intuitive and easy to use.
It all gets off to a good start with the Apple Macbook MC516LL because once you plug it in and turn it on the system boots very quickly.
The included 250GB hard drive is smaller compared to many laptops that are available today, but is still sufficient. With the easy and cheap availability of external storage, this isn't a problem. The 2GB of memory may seem a little low, however with the Mac OS this is more than ample.
The processor is excellent-at 2.4GHz and with a dual core it is fast and responsive and handles multiple tasks well. The screen too is surprisingly good with a clear and bright display that is surprisingly readable for small a screen. The NVIDIA graphics chip gives far better performance when playing games and watching video than would be expected.
One of the biggest bonuses with this laptop is the battery life. At up to 10 hours, depending upon the processes that you are running, it is simply outstanding. Enough for almost a full day's work on a single charge if you are out and about, or for several movies although watching video does reduce the amount of time that the computer will run for.
Nothing is ever perfect is it so it is always good to be aware of the full story. Some people have commented on connectivity being a little disappointing. Although the WiFi and BlueTooth work well, there are only 2 USB ports built into the laptop.
If you are keen on using a laptop cooler, which is a wise precaution with any laptop then that is going to leave you with only one USB port available for anything else, personally I don't think that is enough. However you can easily overcome it by using a USB hub,
The overall look and feel of this laptop is one of quality. Whilst the Apple Macbook MC516LL is more expensive than other laptops with similar hardware specifications, users generally report that the extra money is worth the investment. For me even with the lack of USB ports, this laptop feels like it could be worth the money!