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Apple MacBook (Core Duo, 2006)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 958 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and value for money are generally positive. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the touchpad and connectivity. There are some mixed reviews about the sound.

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 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Apple MacBook (Core Duo, 2006)


alaTest has collected and analysed 46 user reviews of Apple MacBook (Core Duo, 2006) from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on

performance, screen, usability, design, build quality

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MA472, 13" TFT, Black, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 1GB, 80GB HDD, SuperDriveApple MacBook MA255, 13" TFT, White, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 512MB, 60GB HDD, SuperDriveApple MacBook MA254, 13" TFT, White, 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo, 512MB, 60GB HDD, Combo Drive

Consumer review by: review summary for Apple MacBook (Core Duo, 2006)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 620 user reviews of Apple MacBook (Core Duo, 2006) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

performance, design, usability, value for money, screen

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MA700LL/A 13.3" Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive) - WhiteApple MacBook MA254LL/A 13.3" Laptop (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW Drive)- WhiteApple MacBook MA255LL/A 13.3" Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)- White

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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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Apple MacBook notebook review


If you're don't deem yourself pro enough to opt for the MacBook Pro, Apple has updated its MacBook range to feature the precision aluminium unibody as well. But what is the real difference, and in these "credit crunch" times can you really save some...

Size, design, ease of use

USB sockets too close together, glossy screen

You are still paying £949 for the basic model, but for the first time the MacBook Pro and MacBook are very much of a muchness

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Apple MacBook (Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz)


Great design and looks, Good display, Magnetic charger connection, Solid features list

Integrated graphics, no ExpressCard, PC Card, or memory-card slots, nor a dial-up modem

Apple's entry-level laptop is a well-designed winner.

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Apple MacBook 13in White (MC240B/A)


Now Apple has the 13in MacBook Pro, is it still worth thinking about the white MacBook? We take a look to find out.

Other standard features include Draft-N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, as a well as Gigabit Ethernet. You also get Apple's iLife 09 multimedia suite, as has been the case with MacBooks for a long time now, which combined with OS X makes for a thorough and...

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Apple MacBook 13in


Since the case is made in one piece, there's no seam around its edge, but Apple has still provided access to the hard disk, battery and memory via removable panels on the base, rather than keeping everything sealed, as in the super-slim Air. This is...

Glossed over. Stylish and would be great for PC switchers, except for the price and Windows glitches.

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Apple MacBook (13in., 2GHz Core Duo): a first look


We've been playing with the MacBook for a week or so and have come to a preliminary verdict: Apple may have finally nailed it. The company has corrected a handful of the iBook's shortcomings, hit a totally reasonable price point -- at least for the...

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Review: Apple Macbook MB402B B


Macbooks have been heralded as the best-selling Macs in history and this particular model is not only part of the impressive family, but it's affordable. The Macbook MB402B/B features a slew of up-to-date features expected from a new Mac and has a...

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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

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


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium polymer

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


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


Country Kits:France/Germany/Italy/United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple MacBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Trackpad


Data Bus Speed:667MHz




Type: None


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


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


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950