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Apple MacBook (Core Duo, 2006)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 509 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and value for money. The usability and design also get good comments. Comments are divided on the sound. The touchpad and connectivity get negative reviews.

performance, design, usability, value for money, screen

connectivity, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook (Core Duo, 2006) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Apple MacBook 1.83GHz Core Duo Laptop Review (pics, specs)

 

The MacBook was arguably one of the most anticipated products of 2006 from Apple. The day the Intel transition was announced, fans of the company wondered what the future held for its most popular portable - the iBook. Despite being the most popular,...

(view large image) A great package. PROS + New Screen + Core Duo smokes. + Styling + Battery Life + Upgrades are a breeze + Pricing CONS - No dedicated GPU means little gaming - Runs a little warm - New Screen (The gloss can be an issue in the wrong...

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Apple MacBook (13-inch, 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo)

 

It's available in three models and, in a new twist, a color other than white. Borrowing a line from the iPod Nano, the MacBook now offers a black version in addition to the traditional glossy white. It'll cost you, though; the black MacBook is $200...

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Apple MacBook - Notebook Reviews by Mobile Tech Review

 

A truly well-written book is one that captivates your attention and empowers your imagination. When you find a real page-turner, it's almost impossible to put down. Although it may not be what you're thinking of, Apple has expertly authored their new...

Amazing performance ; excellent screen ; light, compact design ; well-designed MagSafe power adaptor ; handy migration assistant ; convenient combination of remote and FrontRow ; built-in iSight ; Boot Camp works well except for lack of trackpad...

Default configurations need more RAM ; a more powerful graphics card would have earned the MacBookk 5 stars

One difference between the MacBook and previous models is that instead of a physical latch, the MacBook is kept sealed when closed by a magnetic system. In my testing, the system worked well and actually seemed more reliable than the previous latches,...

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"Macbook still has a lot of compatibility issues."

 

Macbook may be ideal for advanced countries, ... 

I love the simple yet unique design of macbook. It doesn't take too long to boot the unit and start working. The graphics are superb. The best of it all - it is reasonably priced

I encountered a lot of compatibility issues. I cannot even used a government site because it requires a plug-in that, when downloaded from the net, is incompatible with the unit. The local retail outlets doesn't offer compatible softwares and games

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Apple MacBook (13-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo)

 

Great except for the cheap top case. Pay extra and get the alumninum one... otherwise a very good warrantee plan.

It's not a PC

One MAJOR flaw

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Apple MacBook (13-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo)

 

Macbook may be ideal for advanced countries, it is, however, not recommended for users from third-world countries. The local retailers do not give much choices to users in purchasing softwares and games. If you purchase softwares and games online, they...

I love the simple yet unique design of macbook. It doesn't take too long to boot the unit and start working. The graphics are superb. The best of it all - it is reasonably priced

I encountered a lot of compatibility issues. I cannot even used a government site because it requires a plug-in that, when downloaded from the net, is incompatible with the unit. The local retail outlets doesn't offer compatible softwares and games

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Apple MacBook (13-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo)

 

I was really looking forward to a good laptop, but am disappointed with this one.

The design is nice and simple. The Operating system takes a bit of getting use to but its alright. Fairly quick and nice features (bluetooth, webcam, remote). Easy to upgrade (ram, HHD)

OVERPRICED. You can find a laptop with similar specs for less than half the price. Faulty hardware

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Apple MacBook (13-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo)

 

I have recommended a Macbook to a bunch of people - it is so easy and handy, and after 3 years it is still running with no problems. My husband's PC has long gone - slow, with viruses, but mine never has any maintenance, which is really important since...

This computer is reliable, user friendly, no viruses, lightweight, durable, and cute! The applecare was totally worth it -I got free tech and replacement parts for 3 years. Apple has my vote

Documents will sometimes not be compatible with PCs - you have to make it a PDF, which can't be edited. Also, the corners on the top (where the keyboard is) cracked, but Apple replaced them for free because I had applecare

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Apple MacBook (13-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo)

 

I go to a school with 300 students, all of them having Macbooks. I've noticed very few component failures other than optical drives. Bootcamp is extremely useful when running Microsoft Office on Windows XP. Mac does offer a compatible version of Office...

It's light and highly portable. While it runs hot under high stress, I've had it 2 years with no related component failures and a fairly large amount of stress. With Bootcamp, I can run Windows XP with few problems

The plastic build is a little too flexible. I cringe when I pick up the computer from near the edge. Like many laptops, the optical drive is prone to failure, but is covered by warranty. The 2 USB ports are on the left side, with none on the right

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Apple MacBook (13-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo, Black)

 

Great computer but has a few design faults but is fast, looks great and is intel.

Fast, Great looking, Built in cammera, wireless, easy to use, intel prossesor and much more

Easy to break, has a few design faults, shows finger prints really easy

Product Specifications

Powered by the Intel Core Duo, built from ultratough polycarbonate, just 1.08 inches thin - MacBook combines performance and portability like never before. Built upon the revolutionary Intel Core Duo - with two processor cores on a single chip - MacBook leaves other consumer notebooks in the dust. It performs up to five times faster than the previous generation iBook without compromising on size or style. At 1280 by 800, the 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display delivers 30% more viewing area than the iBook or 12-inch PowerBook - perfect for movies and more. And the ultra bright LCD makes photos and graphics come alive with color. You can also connect your MacBook via the mini-DVI port to an external display and create twice the workspace. With the built-in iSight camera, it's easier than ever to video chat with friends and family. Just fire up iChat AV and start chatting. Pick up the included Apple Remote, find a comfortable chair and treat yourself - or a crowd - to a show. The Front Row interface lets you summon forth your music, movies and photos from across the room. Your MacBook includes Mac OS X Tiger and the iLife '06 suite of applications, making it perfectly tuned to serve as the center of your digital life. Create photo albums, watch or make a movie, manage your email, and much more - right out of the box. Measuring just 1.08 inches thin, your MacBook still offers a full complement of ports and connections, including mini-DVI video, fast Gigabit Ethernet, and optical digital/analog audio. Plus you get the innovative MagSafe Power Adapter, a power cord that's held in place magnetically, so if someone should trip over it, the cable disconnects harmlessly and your MacBook stays put.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Technology:Lithium polymer

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.9in
Height:1.1in
Weight:5.3lbs
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

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:France/Germany/Italy/United Kingdom
Localization:English/French/German/Italian
Manufacturer:Apple
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple MacBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Trackpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:667MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/White

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 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/16x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 4x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.4

Processor

Clock Speed:1.83GHz/2GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core Duo

RAM

Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950