Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MC223Z/A
- Bottom Line:
- Intel Mac users will like Snow Leopard's smartly designed interface enhancements, and its Exchange support is a must-have (especially with Outlook for Mac on the way). With a ton of technological improvements, Snow Leopard is worth the $29 upgrade fee.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $29.97
- Reviewed by: Jason Parker
- Reviewed on: 08/26/2009
- Released on: 08/28/2009
The good: Interface enhancements like Expose in the Dock and better file and folder viewing in Stacks make finding apps and files much easier. A completely overhauled QuickTime X now sports a cleaner interface and recording tools. The much-anticipated Exchange support across Mail, the Address Book, and iCal is huge for those who take their Macs to work.
The bad: Snow Leopard works with Intel Macs only; PowerPC users are out of luck; requires $29 upgrade fee.
The bottom line: Intel Mac users will like Snow Leopard's smartly designed interface enhancements, and its Exchange support is a must-have (especially with Outlook for Mac on the way). With a ton of technological improvements, Snow Leopard is worth the $29 upgrade fee.
Leaned out Leopard OS
by jscott418-21618367473133020464 on October 18, 2009
Pros: This is a leaned out version of Leopard, more responsive 64 bit OS.
Cons: Both newer Mac's I updated to Snow Leopard have had issues with Networking.
Slow web page loading, networking connection issues.
Summary: This is a faster OS then leopard because of the 64 Bit OS of Snow leopard. But its not without issues. I have two Mac's a MacBook and a ...
Summary: This is a faster OS then leopard because of the 64 Bit OS of Snow leopard. But its not without issues. I have two Mac's a MacBook and a Mac Mini. Both I clean istalled Snow Leopard on. Both having similar network issues. Such as very slow page loading in Safari and other browser's. Both have trouble nogotiating network connection at times. Both did not have any of these problems when using Leopard 10.5.8. So I have to conclude that Snow Leopard somehow is causing these issues. Also the Windows computer's on the same network not having any of these problems. Hopefully Apple will address these problems in future updates.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not worth the money
by Rockbarton on October 30, 2009
Pros: A few interface changes make it feel more modern
Cons: Claimed performance enhancements are not noticable on my iMAC. Safari still chews CPU when started (despite many cleaning attempts)
Summary: As an Apple fan for decades using MAC since early 90's and NeXT too, Apple seems to have missed the target with Snow Leopard. OS X is still excellent ...
Summary: As an Apple fan for decades using MAC since early 90's and NeXT too, Apple seems to have missed the target with Snow Leopard. OS X is still excellent as is the iMAC hardware. The Macbook Air is unbeleivably excellent. But Snow Leopard, well.... My Dad has an iMAC and I know he just wouldn't know the difference after installing Snow Leapard. After a month, All i can tell you is that the dock has different context menus. I'd expect a change like this to have well publicised kernel or framework whanges to position for the future. If that's not what it's about then it seems to be a more cynical attempt to pump up revenues.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Snow Leopard was a disaster for me.
by meacnet on November 5, 2009
Pros: None compelling enough to stay with Snow Leopard
Cons: MS Office for Mac apps crashed regularly under Snow Leopard
Address Book crashed
Parallels Desktop ran much slower
The scanner on my HP All-in-One does not function under Snow Leopard
Summary: It baffles me that all the reviewers gave Snow Leopard high marks, but user forums report widespread dissatisfaction. Nothing worked better and almost everything worked much worse under Snow Leopard....
Summary: It baffles me that all the reviewers gave Snow Leopard high marks, but user forums report widespread dissatisfaction. Nothing worked better and almost everything worked much worse under Snow Leopard.
Also, why have none of the reviewers written a retrospective on Snow Leopard?
I reverted back to Leopard.
5 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Snow Leopard is the new Windows XP! Great job Apple.
by tigwa on September 28, 2009
Cons: Crashes more! Slows your computer (identical to what cnet reports) Drivers and support not yet available for many programs (as of sept 28th 2009).
Summary: When i purchased my unibody macbook pro in april 2009, i bought the absolute best that apple had to offer. My unibody macbook pro is definitely slower with the "upgrade" ...
Summary: When i purchased my unibody macbook pro in april 2009, i bought the absolute best that apple had to offer. My unibody macbook pro is definitely slower with the "upgrade" to snow leopard despite apple's claims. Not only is it slower but apple's own programs crash much more then i have ever experienced (mac user for well over 10 years). My wife and i upgraded at the same time and we both noticed a dramatic drop in performance in our notebooks. Overall, i'm really disappointed in Apple for releasing this product and upset that i spent the $29. Don't get too greedy Apple!
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Why would you pay for a Service Pack?
by Azraelsrl on August 28, 2009
Pros: 1. It's a little more faster and lighter.
2. Finally an antivirus - a pretty useless one, but anything is better than nothing.
3. Hoorah !! Exchange is here!
Cons: 1. The installer is a POS: an 1,5 hour for a clean install - more than Vista an a joke compared to the (free) PCLOS - 20 min including partitioning and formatting of the hd plus the setup of the GRUB.
2. Everything else is the same -no new features.
Summary: Why spend money for something everybody else is providing it for free?
Summary: Why spend money for something everybody else is providing it for free?
10 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
Offers major/minor speedups and some nice refinements.
by tmt345 on August 26, 2009
Pros: Only $29 (FU cnet for listing this as a con)
Faster shutdown and startup
Nice refinements to stacks and finder
Quicktime X is much better than the non pro Quicktime 7 and is more seamless
Cons: Still some bugs and glitches, but will probably be fixed soon enough. Marble isn't what its hyped up to be. Nothing major overall.
Summary: I this is a great upgrade from Leopard and Apple isn't afraid to admit what it is; major/minor speedups and some nice refinements. It is a great deal ...
Summary: I this is a great upgrade from Leopard and Apple isn't afraid to admit what it is; major/minor speedups and some nice refinements. It is a great deal at $29, and worth $50. Everything about it seems at least a little faster and the the dock refinements are very nice to have. This is essentially what Windows 7 is except Apple is selling it for much much cheaper and not advertising it as a full makeover, as they shouldn't be
6 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
What's the point of User Reviews before Friday?
by jpgrigni on August 27, 2009
Pros: Mac users will buy (if they have Intel macs)
Cons: Windows users won't - they got their own christmas coming shortly
Summary: These reviews seem to be a tug of war between highly enthusiastic people who will be in line Friday morning and Windows users who wouldn't consider the purchase anyway ...
Summary: These reviews seem to be a tug of war between highly enthusiastic people who will be in line Friday morning and Windows users who wouldn't consider the purchase anyway and feel like raining on a parade. Seriously, what sort of user review happens BEFORE the product is available?
6 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
CRASHES AND FREEZES
by eliteproxy on September 29, 2009
Pros: NO CLUE! whatever it is I dont' see it
Cons: Crashes apps, freezes,
Summary: my mac was running like gold when I was on 10.5 on Snow leopard not only I start to see a freeze when I am browsing the web but ...
Summary: my mac was running like gold when I was on 10.5 on Snow leopard not only I start to see a freeze when I am browsing the web but All my adobe proucts are dying! & YES it is justified to blame apple. Apple put out a statement saying it is SAFE to upgrade to snow leopard and your adobe products are fully tested etc. Well thats BS since there is a huge community out there who has been having huge problems. This is the same thing that windows did with Vista. developers had to scramble to make sure their old apps worked for the new OS. OH BTW you can't really downgrade your OS NOOOOO you need to format your entire drive.. GOOD ONE!
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Solid OS Update, Worth the Money
by o2bpitching on August 28, 2009
Pros: Faster operation
New UI features are really helpful
Cons: A few programs don't work, but they should be updated in the next few days/weeks
Summary: I've been looking forward to the new version of Snow Leopard for a long time now. I installed it on 2 computers, a 2007 iMac and a new MacBook ...
Summary: I've been looking forward to the new version of Snow Leopard for a long time now. I installed it on 2 computers, a 2007 iMac and a new MacBook Pro. The install time was about 40 minutes for both machines. After the restart, I was able to log into my account. The first login was a bit slower than on Leopard. But after a second restart, the restart time and login was amazingly fast. I really enjoy the changes to Expose. I can't really explain what is so great about it. I guess it just makes more sense this way. Finder is speedy, and all the apps just open faster. Its a joy to use
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
A definite buy, Speeds up the already amazing O.S.
by bigjon94 on August 26, 2009
Pros: 64 bit reformatting for programs, frees up HD space, faster response times.
Cons: unless you know a little about computing, you will not notice too much of a difference.
Summary: This new OS looks like a very good ADDITION to OS 10.5 Leopard. The difference between Snow Leopard and Windows 7 is the fact that Windows 7 has to ...
Summary: This new OS looks like a very good ADDITION to OS 10.5 Leopard. The difference between Snow Leopard and Windows 7 is the fact that Windows 7 has to FIX Vista. Snow Leopard is only adding to the already good OS Leopard. Its just enhancing so SNOW LEOPARD (the actual upgrade) should not be compared to Windows 7. I still believe that Apple could have released Snow Leopard as a downloadable upgrade and work on a new OS. Snow Leopard is not as much as 10.6 as it is 10.5 1/2. Most consumers who buy macs will not notice any major differences because it LOOKS like Leopard. The changes are small but very major performance wise. Cant wait to run After Effects and Premiere on a Mac Pro running Snow Leopard.
7 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MC223Z/A
- Description: Mac OS X is the world's most advanced operating system. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation and designed to be simple and intuitive, it's what makes the Mac innovative, highly secure, compatible, and easy to use. Quite simply there is nothing else like it. Mac OS X is both easy to use and incredibly powerful. Everything - from the desktop you see when you start up your Mac to the applications you use every day - is designed with simplicity and elegance in mind. So whether you're browsing the web, checking your email, or video chatting with a friend on another continent, getting things done is at once easy to learn, simple to perform, and fun to do. Of course, making amazing things simple takes seriously advanced technology. Which is why Mac OS X is built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability as well as industry-leading support for Internet standards. The most striking feature of a Mac is its elegant user interface, made possible by a graphics engine that's built to leverage the advanced graphics processor in every Mac. This engine provides the power for things like high-definition video, stunning graphic effects, and high-quality animations. Fonts on the screen look beautiful and extremely readable. A soft drop shadow makes it clear at a glance which window is active and which ones are in the background. Document previews using Quick Look are high resolution so you can actually read the text. And built-in support for the PDF format means you can view and create PDFs from almost any application in the system. Since the software on every Mac is created by the same company that makes the Mac itself, you get a completely integrated system. When you have a Mac notebook, for example, it automatically detects and connects to available Wi-Fi networks. It wakes from sleep as soon as you open the display and automatically reconnects to networks so you can get back to work fast. And it gets the most out of your battery by spinning down the hard drive when it's inactive, by intelligently deciding whether the CPU or GPU is best suited to perform a task, and by dimming the screen in low-light conditions. With virtually no effort on your part, Mac OS X protects itself - and you - from viruses, malicious applications, and other threats. It was built for the Internet in the Internet age, offering a variety of defenses from online threats. Because every Mac ships with a secure configuration, you don't have to worry about understanding complex settings. Even better, it won't slow you down with constant security alerts and sweeps. And Apple responds quickly to online threats and automatically delivers security updates directly to your Mac. The versatility and power of Mac OS X make it compatible in almost any environment, including Windows networks. It works with virtually all of today's digital cameras, printers, and other peripherals without the need to download separate drivers. It opens popular file types such as JPG, MP3, and Microsoft Office documents. In addition, Mac OS X includes built-in support for the industry-standard PDF format, so you can read and create PDFs from almost any application in the system - perfect for sharing work with colleagues whether they use a Mac or a PC. And if you want to run Windows on your Mac, you can do that, too. The industrial-strength foundation of Mac OS X ensures that your computing experience remains free from system crashes and compromised performance. Occasionally an application might quit, but it won't affect the rest of your system. And Apple keeps everything running smoothly by releasing software updates that download automatically to your Mac. Many of these updates provide important security enhancements for the operating system. But they also update other Apple software installed on your Mac, including iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. So with just a click, you can make sure that all your applications continue to run smoothly and safely.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Operating System Apple MacOS X 10.6
- Version 10.6
- License pricing Standard
- License Type Complete package
- License Qty 1 user
- License Pricing Standard
- Upgrade from Apple MacOS X v. 10.5
- Media DVD-ROM
- Package Type Retail
- Min Processor Type Intel x86
- Min RAM Size 1 GB
- Min Hard Drive Space 5 GB
- Peripheral / Interface Devices DVD-ROM