theorycast.11 :: Three minutes with the MacBook


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As quietly as Apple released the new MacBooks, I quietly show you a video walkthrough of it. Frankly speaking, I thought I’d be the first to show a video of it, but CNet beat me to the punch. At least I get to show you the evil black one, so if you prefer to see a skinny Asian geek over a sleepy CNet chick, then watch mine instead. This is really meant for folks who don’t have an Apple Store close by but can’t wait to see more of it. I feel your pain!

In this theorycast special, I’ll answer the following:
1. How heavy is this darn thing?
2. Where do the sleep light and IR go?
3. Does it have the dreaded battery coin-latch?
4. Where are the magnetic latch?
5. How does the new keyboard feel?
6. How does the glossy screen look?
7. How’s the built-in iSight camera?
8. How does Xbench rate this MacBook?
9. How fast does iMovie HD go?
10. How fast does iPhoto 6 go?

Update: On a somewhat related note, watch these workers literally peel open the new Apple Cube Store along 5th Ave in Manhattan, New York.

16 Comments

  1. Posted May 18, 2006 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Great Video! well done… I went to the Apple store the day of release and played with the black MB and found everything you said to be true, especially the Sony Vaio part ;-)

    Thanks!

  2. Joel
    Posted May 18, 2006 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    sweet review man! great job

    btw.. which song is that? i love it

  3. Posted May 18, 2006 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Awe guys, you’re too nice. The track is “Noite de Carnaval” by Code. You can download it from CCmixter.org.

  4. Dennis
    Posted May 18, 2006 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Just picked up a white 2.0 for the wifey last nite – needless to say the machine is spectacular and wifey loves it.

  5. Posted May 18, 2006 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Dennis: What happens to your iBook then? :P

  6. Posted May 18, 2006 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Great video Kevin! I’ve started liking the Black version more and more. And you definitely need more than 512MB of RAM to see any decent performance. =D

  7. Posted May 18, 2006 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Paul Stamatiou: Thanks! You can sell your modded Mac mini and get the MacBook now… :P

  8. Posted May 18, 2006 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    oh wow, thanks kev, somehow, i just ended up laughing throughout the video instead.. :P

    at least i know i have to modify that lappy now ^_^ thank you :D

  9. Dennis
    Posted May 18, 2006 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    as in the past, wifey hands me down her 12inch powerbook, and who knows what will happen with the ibook that she handed me prior.

    we are experiencing some very strange power shut off issues – as soon as we can replicate it, I’ll post more on it – I think we may have a lemon on our hands…

  10. Posted May 19, 2006 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Great vid!

  11. Preetam Rai
    Posted May 20, 2006 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Nice video. thinking of buying one as soon as it is available here in sg.

  12. Posted May 20, 2006 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Preetam: What are you currently using then? :)

  13. clive
    Posted May 20, 2006 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    amazing vid really informative
    great song too but what abt the heat ppl have been complaning abt???

  14. Posted May 20, 2006 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Clive: The MacBook seem to have less of the heat issue now. In fact, after applying Apple’s SMC firmware update, even the MacBook Pros have dropped in temperature also.

  15. Dennis
    Posted May 20, 2006 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    FYI – the Apple Store in Stonestown Galleria (San Francisco) was kind enough to replace my wife’s MB – the genius bar decided it was indeed DOA due to power issues. No problems yet with the replacement unit.

  16. Posted May 21, 2006 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Dennis: That’s great! :)