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Apple MacBook (Core 2 Duo, 2009)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and performance. The design and portability also get good views, but the touchpad and sound get less positive opinions.

screen, portability, design, performance, usability

battery, value for money, sound, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook (Core 2 Duo, 2009) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Apple MacBook 2009

 

All hail the unibody. After the well-received launch of its new MacBook Pros last year, which substituted many interlocking pieces for a single, one-piece chassis, Apple has carried over the unibody approach to the cheaper, $999 MacBook. The aluminum...

Attractive and sturdy unibody design ; Enormous multi-touch trackpad ; Respectable five-hour real-life runtime ; Comfortable keyboard ; Bright, attractive LED-backlit screen ; Superb desktop performance

No swappable battery ; Bare minimum of ports ; Significantly heavier than competitors ; Glare from glossy screen

Apple's revamped unibody MacBook which we review, gets the same 13-inch LED-backlit screen, multi-touch trackpad and unibody chassis as its...

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Apple MacBook Fall 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

 

Editors' note: The white MacBook reviewed here was upgraded on May 18, 2010, to include a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a 250GB hard drive, and improved Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics, mirroring some of the improvements seen in the 13-inch...

Sleek unibody design; LED display; big multitouch trackpad; long battery life.

Loses FireWire; no SD card slot; nonremovable battery.

Apple's latest version of the popular $999 white MacBook gets an upscale makeover, while keeping the price the same. It's a strong alternative to the more expensive Pro line, if you can live without extras such as an SD card slot.

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Apple MacBook (2009)

 

Apple's elegantly redesigned MacBook offers strong performance, excellent ergononics, and good battery life for a reasonable price.

During our testing, we measured the temperature of the MacBook in several places: the touchpad got as hot as 82 degrees Fahrenheit, the space between the G and H key reached 92 degrees, and the underside of the notebook nearest the hinge got as warm as...

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Apple MacBook Summer 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

 

Editors' Note: As of October 20, 2009, Apple has released an updated MacBook that adds an LED backlight and unibody design. That model replaces the one reviewed here.

Good price for the specs, for a Mac; sturdy construction; no graphics compromise.

Older battery doesn't last as long as the new Pros; still no SD card slot or ExpressCard; white MacBook design is getting a little old.

For $999, it's hard to beat this MacBook's nearly MacBook-Pro-level specs if you're in the market for a budget Apple laptop.

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Review Of Apple MacBook Fall 2009

 

The new MacBook now comes with an LED backlit screen, but sadly comes with a 1,280x800 resolution screen. This saves energy, while making the picture better. You obviously do not get the edge-to-edge glass display as in the Pro series, so you'll have...

The MacBook looks great owing to the polycarbonate uniblock design. The large multi-touch trackpad was an absolute joy to operate. The MacBook also has an amazing battery life. MacBook offers you great graphics and Response times for a slim-and-light...

The new design has now concealed the battery within the uniblock and that prevents the user from taking the battery out. The new MacBook has done away with the FireWire. The SD card slot is not existent on this MacBook

The first thing to hit you is that the MacBook is a beautiful laptop. It is beautifully crafter and sculpted to give it the smooth curves, eliminating all the sharp edges. After you start working on it, you realize that this isn't some powder coated...

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Review: 13-inch MacBook/2.13GHz (white)

 

If price plays a greater role in a shopper's buying decisions during tough economic times, Apple's recent updates to its entry-level laptop, the $999 white MacBook, should help push some cost-conscious consumers over the laptop-buying fence.

Faster processor ; larger capacity hard drive ; only MacBook with FireWire ; comparatively long battery life

No video adapters or Apple Remote in the box

As the least expensive laptop in Apple's MacBook family, the white MacBook is popular in the education market and with consumers looking for a lower cost Mac experience. While keeping the same sub-As the least expensive laptop in Apple's MacBook...

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Apple MacBook (2009) review

 

Apple's entry-level laptop gets an incremental upgrade

FireWire port retained ; Useful component upgrades ; Affordable MacBook ; iLife '09 preloaded ; Classy as ever

Not a massive step up

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Apple MacBook - 2009 Edition (MC207B/A)

 

It's Apple's most affordable MacBook, but is the refreshed entry-level 13in model the best value option?

That's a nice upgrade, but predictably it's there to compensate for the features you miss. Most notably this includes the backlit keyboard, but also FireWire and, worst of all, the SD card reader. We'll quite happily live without a backlit keyboard and...

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Apple MacBook (June 2009)

 

For AU$1599, it's hard to beat this MacBook's nearly Pro-level specs if you're in the market for a budget Apple laptop.

Good price for the specs on a Mac ; Sturdy construction ; No graphics compromise

Older battery doesn't last as long as the new Pros ; Still no SD card slot or ExpressCard ; White MacBook design is getting a little old

Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 13.3-inch, 2.26GHz OS X 10.5.7 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M; 160GB Hitachi 5400rpm

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Apple MacBook (June 2009)

 

For AU$1599, it's hard to beat this MacBook's nearly Pro-level specs if you're in the market for a budget Apple laptop.

Good price for the specs on a Mac, Sturdy construction, No graphics compromise

Older battery doesn't last as long as the new Pros, Still no SD card slot or ExpressCard, White MacBook design is getting a little old

For AU$1599, it's hard to beat this MacBook's nearly Pro-level specs if you're in the market for a budget Apple laptop.

Product Specifications

The MacBook uses a graphics processor that economizes space in a whole new way. A traditional computer logic board contains multiple components: the CPU, two chips that control communication throughout the computer, and the graphics processor. The logic board in the MacBook contains only two components: the CPU and a graphics processor with all of the core logic built into a single chip. Open your MacBook and you're instantly greeted by glorious full screen brightness. Anything you view, including the glossy widescreen display itself, is a spectacular experience. The LED-backlit display is more power efficient. And it's mercury- and arsenic-free, so it's greener than ever.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium polymer

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.9in
Height:1.1in
Weight:5.1lbs
Width:12.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:13.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):33.8cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Manufacturer:Apple
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple MacBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Trackpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1066MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:White

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.5

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.13GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo

RAM

Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 9400M