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Mix: Free cases, Bono/Bush, MacBooks, XtremeMac

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2006
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Contour Design is giving away 200 free iSee nano cases on its website. The company is also offering 15% off all of its hardshell cases until next Monday.

According to financial reports released by the White House, Bono, lead singer of U2, gave president George W. Bush an iPod last year.

Apple today introduced its new MacBook line of consumer laptops. The MacBooks feature Intel processors, built-in iSight cameras, and come in iPod-like white and black finishes.

In an LA Times article entitled “Entrepreneurs can profit by riding on the coattails of stars,” XtremeMac CEO Gary Bart tells of the interesting beginnings of the iPod accessory maker.

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1

holyyyyy, shipping a nano case to canada is $40+!

Posted by blahhh on May 16, 2006 at 12:38 PM (PDT)

2

Why on earth does the black version of the macbook cost $200 more than the white? The only dif I can see is a 20gb larger hd that apple sells as a $40 upgrade. Weak.

Posted by uphillslide on May 16, 2006 at 12:57 PM (PDT)

3

Hey. I just ordered the black model for 1,499.99 with an ungrade in ram to 2gb and a uprade to 120gb hard drive, got a mini dvi to vga adapter plus iwork 06. Only 2,297 So exicted!

Posted by Eric Lewis on May 16, 2006 at 1:19 PM (PDT)

4

hey Eric, at that price why didn’t you just go for the Powerbook, better screen, nicer looking, no built in video card crap.

The Macbook looks good, and the extra cost of black is brilliant on Apples part, since a lot of people will buy it like that. But seriously, I’ve seen pics of the black Macbook, and it looks no different then every other laptop on the market. I would still go for the classic white.

Posted by Echid on May 16, 2006 at 7:51 PM (PDT)

5

I think that Apple’s Store on their site is quite funny, because the Core Duo 2.0 White Macbook has a 60 gig hard drive while the Black Macbook Core Duo 2.0 has an 80 gig hard drive, and it’s 200 more. If you “select” a White Macbook you can customize it and it only costs $50 more for an 80 gig hard drive, meaning it would have the exact same specs as the Black Macbook which is 200 more.

Posted by Mike B on May 16, 2006 at 8:28 PM (PDT)

6

hey mike


if the math is correct then it would work out to be 150 more for a 80 gig hd white.

Posted by BIGP in Texas on May 16, 2006 at 8:54 PM (PDT)

7

The graphics card sux, can it run Aperture?
If not, I’ll be buying a second hand 17” Powerbook

Posted by hoho on May 17, 2006 at 12:49 AM (PDT)

8

hoho,
that’s exactly what I’m worried about.  That, and I WAS worried about the “glossy” screen.

I was able to check one out that they just pulled outta the box yesterday at my local apple store.

Lemme say… The Black looks AWESOME!!!!  The biggest issue though, fingerprints are HIGHLY noticeable on the rubbery material they use.

The Glossy Screen is actually quite drool worthy.  Directly on, you don’t see any glare what-so-ever.  The colors are definitely more vibrant and clear.  It’s quite amazing.

I asked her if their going to set the demo machines up w/ Aperature and she said yes, so I have to run back today or tomorrow to check it out.

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on May 17, 2006 at 6:06 AM (PDT)

9

Can anyone explain to me if the built in video card is gonna have serious performance issues.  I read that you’re gonna need some extra RAM if you’re gonna use the macbook with virtualization software to run windows since the video card shares it’s memory with RAM.  And how is that gonna affect other apps like iMovie rendering or other visual intensive applications?  also, is it gonna have the same troubles the the mac mini has like not being able to play stubbs the zombie game on it cause of video card conflicts?

Posted by Baracuda on May 17, 2006 at 11:07 AM (PDT)

10

LilAlienD:
What about the scratch factor?  Does the black macbook look like its gonna scratch easily like the black ipods?  or does it have a different material or does it look more scratch more resistant?

Posted by Baracuda on May 17, 2006 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

11

Baracuda,
It’s a completely different material then the iPods.  They’re not glossy at all, more like a matte rubbery material.  The oil in your fingertips is what leaves behind very noticeable finger prints.

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on May 17, 2006 at 11:28 AM (PDT)

12

Hmmm, if this is a new finish that Apple is using then perhaps the finish will make an appearance on Apple’s next round of iPods. That would be a very good thing indeed.

Posted by uphillslide on May 17, 2006 at 2:42 PM (PDT)

13

Well,
the white is still the same as the old iBooks, the glossy acrylic painted white on the inside.  I was actually hoping the white would be the matter rubbery material too though.  They had em out for the public today when I stopped by.  yesterday I had to ask for someone to bring one out.

all in all… MY NEW MACBOOK IS ON ITS WAY!!!!

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on May 17, 2006 at 8:13 PM (PDT)

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