8.14.2007

Mock the toilet seat styling if you wish...

...but the old first-generation iBooks had some good stuff goin' on. I love the built-in carry handle, the ports are recessed enough to protect them from dingage without having to resort to flimsy crack-and-fall-off hinged plastic covers, and the unit itself is flat-out the most rugged laptop Apple's ever made. So it's not the most expandable machine in the world. Big deal. Expandability's not something I really look for in laptops, anyway, since I'm not buying a laptop for power gaming.

For what I actually use a laptop for (transporting files, mobile surfing, or writing on the go,) I could be doing a lot worse than that old iBook FireWire/SE.

I wish it had better sound, though. Especially when playing Fallout or watching a movie. All the monkeying around I've done with Wall Streets and Blackbirds lately has me spoiled for the stereo.

3 comments:

TD said...

I maintain that there's still a market niche for a small, light, rugged less-than-full-featured laptop. If the OLPC machines are ever offered commercially, I'm gonna buy one.

Sigivald said...

The handle was the best thing about those, and I wish people would offer handles now - even as a bolt-on accessory, like someone sold for the later iBooks for a short while.

Rassafrassin' no-handles.

bumper sticker philosopher said...

They're great little machines. Just remember to put the lid down before your wife or significant other uses it...