Current Offerings from Apple

What is the difference between the Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air?

When looking at Macbooks, there is quite a difference between their 3 notebook offerings between the capabilities on what you can upgrade to the selection of CPUs offered.

For portability the MacBookAir wins hands down, with it’s light and thin body it’s designed for those who like to transport the laptop a lot. For sheer compute power and storage space, the MacBookPro will win out. But if you are just a general user, and don’t need video processing or run programs with high computing requirements, and you don’t need to have an ultra mobile laptop, then the MacBook which comprises of the same high Apple standard of attention to detail from the design time.

Apple products have always had their associated extra costs, and the cheapest Macbook which comes in at under €1,000 is a little expensive for what you get hardware wise. But for the design, the easy of use their operating system and over all user experience sometimes paying for a “nicer” laptop is the right way to go. The aesthetics of apple laptops is far ahead of the competition. Apple have seamlessly integrated webcams, flatter keyboards and multi-touch touchpads.


Apple Mac Comparison Chart

MB MBA MBP
CPU 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz or 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz / 2.66GHz / 2.8GHz  3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM (net) 1904MB 1904MB 2048MB
Maximum RAM 4GB 2GB 4GB
Hard drive (net) 250GB – 320GB 250GB 250GB – 500GB
Optical drive 8x DVD/CD±R(W) - 8x DVD/CD±R(W)
Battery 55Wh / 6 hours 37Wh / 5 hours 60Wh / 6 hours
Screen 1280 x 800 1280 x 800 1440 x 900
Max external 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1200 2560 x 1600
Audio Analog/digital in+out Analog out Analog/digital in+out
Height 2.74 cm 0.4-1.94 cm 2.41 cm
Width 33.03 cm 32.5 cm 36.4 cm
Depth 23.17 cm 22.7 cm 24.9 cm
Weight 2.13 kg 1.36 kg 2.49 kg
Ports GE, 2xUSB, FW400, IR 1xUSB GE, 2xUSB, FW400+800, ExpressCard, IR
Price €929 €1149 €1149

Apple Offers

View our list of current apple offers to find deals and special offers. The links should help you when you are buying your MacBook.

Green Notebooks

For those of you with a conscience for the environment, Apple does take these things seriously. In the past few revisions of their notebooks they have moved to reduce packaging, eliminated mercury and PVC from the production process and displays are now Arsenic-free.

Tips for Selecting a Good Notebook without Wasting Cash

How do you know what is the right notebook for you ?

Every month new versions and revisions as well as new technology is released in the world of computers. It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends unless you are an avid reader of some technology websites like Gizmodo or you subscribe to magazines like PC Pro. The average person just wants to pick something that will be within their price range, can perform some simple tasks and move on from there and start using it for the purpose they intended. You don’t need to be “into IT” to be able to pick a suitable notebook, but you do need to know what you need, before you start your search.

Before you start shopping for your notebook, you should have it in your mind as to the purpose for your purchase. Do you know what tasks you will be performing with this computer ? Is this something you will be using for entire days, once a day for a few hours, or once in a while ? Does your notebook need to be particularly mobile ? Generally I would recommend that you go for a simpler model, rather than trying to “future proof” your purchase.

Will your notebook be exposed to extreme conditions, and out doors or will it be in the safety of your home ?

Home Notebook or Business Notebook ?

Are you someone who is purchasing a notebook to perform critical business functions ? Will you likely to need extended battery life so you can prepare that sales pitch while you are on the plane ? Or are you someone who wants to introduce the kids at home to using computers but essentially don’t have the extra room for a dedicated computer room. Depending on the user you may be able to decide on certain trade offs when it comes to purchasing. A home user might not be as interested in battery life, but will require a DVD reader / burner, where for a business user it would be vice-versa.

For business users, service agreements, on-site support would be more critical. And for home users, an extra keyboard or larger display should hold preference. Business notebooks should be more durable and dependable, we wouldn’t recommend going for a “no-name brand” when you are buying. Spending some extra money on a well trusted brand will spare some headaches in the long run.

CPU, RAM, Hard Disk Space ?

At the end of the day you will probably realise that most notebooks have generally the same CPU speeds, that they will have more or less a similar amount of RAM (or you can easily upgrade your RAM and save the cost of the manufacturer charging you for an expensive extra feature) and that Hard Disk space will be comparable.

Notebooks tend to vary when you start to talk about the extras, the numbers of USB ports, the screen resolution (or graphics card), DVI-X  output or HDMI or analog, etc.

Screen Size

Laptops come in a an array of sizes, if you need to stare at a computer all day, screens smaller than 14″ will be tough on your eyes. So those netbooks, like the Asus Clamshell 1008Ha or the DELL Mini 10, with there 10″ displays simply won’t do. There is a broad spectrum of screen sizes, from 10″ to 13″, 14″ , 15″ and 17″. Some of DELLs notebooks come with massive 17.3″ displays (Inspiron 17 and Alienware M17x models).

Larger screen size doesn’t mean that they are specifically better, in fact larger screen size will probably insure that your PC will run on batteries for shorter. One of the most energy intensive parts of your notebooks is its screen.

One final thought when it comes to your laptop, do remember that these devices won’t physically last as long as other house hold appliances. You can expect to get 7-8 years from a washing machine or dryer, but you will be doing well to get 1/2 of that out of your notebook. There are multiple reasons for the short life span : technologies are continuously develop and the minimum specification of today simply won’t be enough in the coming years, to run important programs or operating systems, items like fans and other electrical devices degrade over time, and cause your computer to overheat and ultimately to malfunction.

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Welcome to Notebooks.ie, we are a few passionate PC lovers who will bringing you news, review and special offers on all levels of notebooks. In this day and age there are laptops, notebooks, netbooks, tablet-PCs, but they are all created with one aim in mind, namely portability. Over the past 5-8 years the price of these mobile computers have drastically decreased. Previously notebooks were very much limited in the functionality and also came at a premium. Now laptops can be often bought for less than a desktop PC. Once you consider the fact of not needing a monitor and an external keyboard, and the fact that mobile CPUs are capable of holding their own, notebooks are a really attractive choice for choosing a new PC.

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