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Unibody White MacBook
October 28, 2009 - Dave Hecei
As part of the product updates last week, Apple released a new version of the MacBook. This updated MacBook is still the entry-level Mac notebook priced at only $999. The MacBook has been Apple’s best selling single model.
While this update brings the unibody design to the white MacBook, it is still made out of polycarbonate plastic. This new MacBook is now all white and has a much smoother rounded off look to it. The bottom is now completely removable and is covered with a soft rubber like coating. This new model is also slightly lighter, coming in at 4.7 pounds. The old MacBook weighed 5 pounds.
The new MacBook takes a couple things from the updated MacBook Pros. Along with the unibody construction, the MacBook has a non-removable seven hour battery and the glass multi-touch trackpad. Apple lists a replacement battery, when the old one dies, for $129.
Along the side there are fewer ports. These are: MagSafe power, gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, two USB 2.0, and audio in/out. Missing in action is the Firewire 400 port. While most will not miss this port, but those who use Firewire for their external drives, scanners, printer, and especially DV camcorder are out of luck.
Still, for the same $999 as the previous MacBook, the new model now has a 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo Intel processor, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive. The new MacBook still uses the same GeForce 9400M graphics chip, which has decent performance for an integrated chip.
All this and the ability to run up to seven hours on a full charge makes this new MacBook a great deal for an entry-level Mac notebook.
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