Is MacWorld statement about the MacBook accurate or a stretch?

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  1. mac000 macrumors 6502a

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    ..."Despite some minor flaws, this MacBook is a great choice for someone who wants a laptop..."

    Cons: ..Rough case edge; weak speakers..


    Does the notebook really have rough case edges? Is it really something that stands out?

    Are the speakers worse than the iBook G4?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Some people have reported having their wrists cut by the edge. *shrug*
     
  3. liketom macrumors 601

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    yes and yes

    sharpe on the edge on the sides and the speakers are not up to much - but then again why should they be ? it's a laptop not a iPod

    still pleased as punch with my BlackBook

    :)
     
  4. wilk0076 macrumors member

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    I've not had any problem with "rough edges" on my Macbook, but I also don't rest my wrists on the machine.

    The speakers are plenty loud enough in a quiet room. In a coffee shop, they are not loud. I figure if you need it to be loud, plug it into headphones or a stereo -- it's not meant to be a "boombox", after all!
     
  5. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    It is quite a rarity for any product to escape criticism over at least one or more features. It goes with the territory of what goes into reviewing items.
     
  6. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    My MB does not have rough edges, and the speakers aren't bad at all. Way better than my last rev. iBooks speakers:) The iBook only has 2 speakers, the MB has three
     
  7. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    are the MacBooks in stores today having the same problem?
     
  8. wako macrumors 65816

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    I would definitely not say cut because it cant actually cut into you. The edges are "sharp" enough to create a discomfort if you rest your wrists on the edges of the laptop.


    But MacWorld is definitely right about weak speakers though. Thankfully with the ear buds got with free iPod, I dont really mind too much :)
     
  9. Bern macrumors 68000

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    Well the iBook speakers were never that great and the MacBook is definitely a far better computer. The speakers are fine in that respect and I think they sound better than the iBook ones. But I have an iPod and external speakers anyway.

    Sharp edges? I never noticed.
     
  10. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    3 speakers?? Wheres the last one go? Wait im confused next you'll tell me theres a secret usb slot
     
  11. commonpeople macrumors regular

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    I got used to the sharp edges. Not too bad.

    I could do with better speakers. I don't notice that they're any better than in the iBook, though I could be wrong. They're fine for most purposes, but you're not going to be able to get boombox loud music out of your MacBook. It's easy enough though to buy some external speakers for less than $200 that will satisfy your needs to rock out.

    As others have said- there's never going to be a perfect machine (at least at this price) and the MacBook is no exception. Still, it's a great quality laptop and I have no regrets.

    BTW, no 'mooing' here, except for an occasional whirring that doesn't bother me in the least. My MacBook is quieter than my iBook and isn't noticeably hotter.
     
  12. Mord macrumors G4

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    the third is a sub under the keyboard, and their are internal usb ports for the isight and bluetooth.
     
  13. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    The speakers are a bit quiet compared to my old Vaio laptop. But they do sound good. Not nearly as tinny as your average laptop speakers sound.

    Rough edges? I've had my Macbook for a couple of weeks now, and I've never noticed that one.

    All in all, this Macbook is perfect for me. I've had no problems whatsoever.
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    From a plastics manufacturing standpoint, the sharp edges sound like something that could easily happen as a manufacturing defect / flaw... it's quite likely that they did exist at some point (assuming that MW reviewed a production model at all, and not a pre-pro) and the dies were modified to resolve the issue as a running change....
     
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    Huh? An iPod doesn't even have speakers...
     
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    Ah, right. But that's probably worse than the MacBook speakers. A better comparison, liketom, would've been: "It's a laptop, not a hi-fi stereo system."
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Yes it has sharp edges, and no, it won't affect safety or comfort whatsoever.

    It's like me telling you that my MacBook is white --- simply a description, not a "con" at all. Oooh, it's white. "Uh oh!"
     
  19. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    It's not a laptop, its a notebook:p
     
  20. Obsidian6 macrumors 6502a

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    its not a notebook. its a macbook :)

    any id rather use my sennheisers over speakers any day of the week and twice on sundays
     

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