I’m in the car on the way home from a business meeting in Philadelphia. One of my friends (Mark) let me borrow his 12″ 867mhz Powerbook and I’m officially sold on it. Iíve only had it for 2 days so far, but I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it. The size is perfect. I’ve used it twice to watch movies with my wife in bed–the screen is great and the battery lasts through a full DVD with plenty left for browsing sites about the movie afterwards. In the morning I used it to do some studying (again from bedónotice that theme) before work. It has built in wireless which connected effortlessly to my LAN.
The keyboard is great. It has very good tactile feedback, itís also very quiet. I’m not a huge fan of the tiny arrow keys, but since Iím not much of a gamer, it doesnít bother me too much. The trackpad is alright I’m absolutely not a fan of the one button conceptóespecially on a laptop, where you canít just unplug it nad replace it with a two button mouse, but itís something I can deal with.
Probably the best thing about it though is the feel. It feels solid, well built and stable. With the screen up I can hold it at pretty much any angle (no, Mark, I didnít try this ) without it moving or jiggling at all. The metal case is nice.. it looks aharp (and has gotten quite a few comments). It does NOT have color coded ports all over the sides and back, instead there are a few ports on the left hand side that hardly are noticable. The fan is quiet, the slot loading DVD drive has worked perfectly. Thereís even a little button on the battery on the bottom that has five lights that indicate the charge level before you even open the cover of the laptop. Once you do open it, thereís no waiting for it to boot up. To put it to sleep you close the screen, to wake it up you open it. Itís almost like having a PDA that comes on instantly. I just chedked the uptime Ė 10 days. A laptop which has been carried around extensively with an uptime of 10 days.
One of the nicest things about the size is that itís actually conducive to carrying around. I rarely ever took my previous laptop off the desk because it was such a production. By the time Iíd unplugged everything and packed it up it took too long, was too big and heavy with too short a battery life to make it worth it. Not the case with this laptop.
Just as an example. In the time itís taken me to write this entry Iíve been watching the Truman Show on DVD, had the laptop asleep for about 3 hours before I started using it, worked on a spreadsheet for about 15 minutes before starting to write this and the battery is still at 80%. Nice.