07-12-2008, 07:34 PM
Just wanted to ask a couple of really basic questions about the MacBook if that is alright.
I'm looking to get a new laptop, the MacBook 13in 2.4GHz with 4GB RAM and 250GB HD - the questions I have are:
1) If I upgrade to 4Gb RAM, can the Mac OS utilize the entire 4GB? I know from previous experience of Windows that unless you upgrade to a 64-bit OS, you can't access much over 3GB RAM (if that), so can the standard Mac OS take it from the off, or do you need to modify/upgrade?
2) What is the battery life expectations of the Mac? Obviously it will vary depending on what you are using it for, but rough numbers please?
3) The graphics card in the MacBook is the Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM - never having heard of this card before, how does it compare with the NVIDIA GeForce graphic cards found in Sony, Toshiba, etc.? In terms of gaming and general use. The MacBook Pro have the GeForce cards, but are obviously more expensive... is it worth spending the extra?
and last but not least...
4) Never having used the iWork software before, I noticed you can buy MS Office 08 specifically for the Mac - is it worth purchasing this rather than iWork (in terms of both ease of use, and compatability with other Microsoft users) to use on my Mac?