REVIEW: MacBook 13.3-Inch

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 10:01
Category: MacBook

macbook-keyboard-250.jpgMy Apple notebook history is as follows: PowerBook 190, 2400c, Pismo, G4 Titanium, 12-inch iBook and now shipped all the way from Shanghai (in four days) to the UK, an Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz lovely whiter-than-white MacBook (80GB/1GB).
First up that Apple design look and feel. The MacBook is very solid and chic, and with the thinner look everything is tighter more slim and solid (though I think that many reviewers will swoon over any fresh-out-of-the-box Mac.)
Everything except the screen width has been shrunken – even the dinky manual (you’ve all seen the svelte boxes by now). I really dig the much more manageable MagSafe power adapter, it really feels like the MacBook is that a rethink of the whole consumer notebook philosophy, sorry Pro users.
Read More…


The Apple Core: Apple’s European culture clash

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 09:34
Category: The Apple Core

There’s a shift in Europe to a more homogeneous, centrally-managed Apple – much like it is in the U.S., but I’m not sure that it will work. Europe is a loosely associated collection of neighboring countries with starkly different cultures. The United States, on the other hand, are closely knit units with similar cultures. If Apple is planning to market its products to Europe as a single unit rather than a group of discrete societies they’re bound to have problems.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Specktone Retro iPod Speaker System

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

specktone-retro.jpgSpeck Products has released their first hardware product for the iPod – the Specktone Retro. The Retro is a three speaker tabletop docking system for any iPod that is designed in the style of a retro table radio from the 50s. It’s constructed of real wood (most of the iPod speakers out there are made of plastic) and features a brushed aluminum backlit green volume control knob that gives it a sleek elegance.
The Specktone Retro features a 4-inch subwoofer and 28 watts of power – more than enough to fill a good sized room with sound. It also includes a 1/8-inch mini plug auxiliary input on the back for jacking in other audio sources. I have been jamming out to my Specktone (in black, thank you) over the weekend in preparation for the Pearl Jam tour and have been more than impressed with the sound quality.
The Specktone costs considerably less than other iPod speaker systems at only US$149 and has a lot more style. My only gripe is that I wish it came with a remote control so that I can pump up the rockin’ songs (“Big Wave”) and skip the slow, sucky ones (“Come Back”). I guess that there’s always room for improvement.
The Specktone Retro is available now in black, green and white for US$149 and comes with two free iPod skins for the video and nano.