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The MacBook is Apple's entry level portable computer.

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Pros

slight CPU bump, improved Nvidia graphics

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great value next to the Macbook Pro 13" for the vast majority of consumers - features the same internal components

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improved battery life from 7 to 10 hours - very impressive, the same as the Macbook Pro 13" model

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Mini DisplayPort now also includes digital audio output (HDMI compliant)

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slightly more robust than the aluminum Macbook Pro which gets dented and scratches easily

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available immediately

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large glass multitouch trackpad

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Cons

same old 1280 x 800px display resolution

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still features the previous generation Core 2 CPU architecture

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Mini DisplayPort is far from an industry standard - requires shelling out money for annoying adapters to use with the vast majority of displays

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not differentiated enough from the Macbook Pro - very close in featureset and price (plastic enclosure, no illuminated keyboard, 2GB of RAM and Firewire 400 only for only $200 less) - would have been better if it saw a price drop

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unimpressive upgrade depreciates the value of the model - very little difference for the same price as last year's machine

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not worth it if you want 4GB of memory - only around $50 difference from the aluminum-clad 13" Macbook Pro once configured

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The MacBook is Apple's entry level portable computer. The May 2010 refresh brings several upgrades including a higher capacity hard drive and a faster Nvidia GeForce 320M in place of the GeForce 9400M graphics card. Physically and visually it remains unchanged, retaining the same white polycarbonate unibody design. One small change is the processor speed upgrade from a 2.26GHz to a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. Even though the MacBook Pro line have been upgraded with Intel's Core i series processors, the MacBooks retains the older Core 2 Duo processors. The battery itself has gained an extra 3.5Whr capacity (now up to 63.5Whr); whilst Apple reports a raise in battery life from the previous 7hrs to 10hrs. It offers the same 13.3'' LED backlit display and the same range of memory and hard drive options. This revision of the MacBook brings a couple of expected updates, but the reason to stay with Core 2 Duo processors instead of the more efficient Core i3 or i5 processors remains unseen. All in all it remains as Apple's entry level notebook running their OS X Operating system boasting excellent battery life. 

Features / Specifications
  • 13.3'' LED backlit display (1280x800)
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • Up to 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Up to 500GB hard drive
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Nvidia Geforce 320M with 256MB share memory
  • 2x USB2.0, Mini Display port, Audio in/out
  • AirPort Extreme a/b/g/n wifi card, Gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1
  • 63.5WHr battery (Up to 10hrs)
  • MagSafe power port
Post Review
Robb Lincoln
05/20/2010 12:43

10 hours battery time is a huge boost--wonder how they did it.

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