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Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 715 reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and keyboard. The performance and design are also appreciated. The size and battery get negative reviews, and there are some mixed opinions about the screen.

usability, design, performance, keyboard, durability

price, battery, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook white (Intel 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, GeForce 9400M)Apple MacBook white (Intel 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, GeForce 9400M)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 324 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the energy efficiency and connectivity. The screen and design are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, design, screen, connectivity, energy

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MC240LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook MC240LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early/Mid/Late 2009 (MB881, MC240, MC207) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca.

67% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MC207LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)Apple MacBook MC207LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook 2010-05 Notebook

 

Updated graphics. After its latest refresh the white MacBook has

Very quiet running noise; Very good input devices; Excellent battery life; Fast 320M onboard graphics card

Limited number of ports; Sharp front edge; Windows drivers aren't perfect; Still no Core-i processor

Apple users should certainly consider the 13" MacBook Pro, with its additional features and better screen. On the Windows side, notebooks such as the Asus U30JC or the Acer Aspire 3820TG TimelineX would be contenders.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook 10-2009 Notebook

 

Plastics Unibody After the latest revision of the cheapest Apple

Glass trackpad; Very quiet system noise; Design / workmanship; Bright display; Long battery life

Poor connectivity; Sharp front edge; Glossy display; Battery not replaceable

Compared to the more expensive aluminium MacBook Pro 13 the keyboard light, a FireWire port, and the LED charge indicators are missing. In addition the display of the MacBook Pro features a bigger color space (wide gammut) and reflects more because of...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Update Apple MacBook Aluminium (Unibody, 13", 9400M)

 

Small Block in Windows In our detailed test update we give the ne

Design; Workmanship; Stability; Best touchpad so far; Very bright display

Reflecting display; Only minimum of required labels on the keyboard; Price; Meagre Connectivity; Immature touchpad drivers for Windows; Clearly shorter battery life under Windows

Summarizing the above, the new MacBook is a very interesting alternative to the 15" MacBook Pro. Due to the smaller size it is clearly more mobile, reasonabler, and except of the optional graphics performance of the 9600M GT (switchable in the Pro)...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Fall 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz review:

 

While it's neither the less-expensive entry-level MacBook some had hoped for, nor the long-rumored touch-screen device , the new 13-inch MacBook can now escape its designation as the lone holdover system from Apple's previous generation, thanks to an...

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.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Michael A. Prospero (laptopmag.com)

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...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Summer 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz review

 

While Apple still hasn't put a Netbook on the market, don't fault it for not trying to make its products more affordable. This year's WWDC 2009 keynote was all about lower price points and more features across the MacBook line, and leading off as the...

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.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

Apple MacBook Review – Late 2008 Model

 

Of all the things Apple should be blessing Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field for, it's the perennial success of the MacBook despite not having undergone a serious update in more than two years. As Jobs himself declared at the notebook's launch , the...

Oct, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook (2008)

 

A sleek and durable design, strong everyday performance, and good battery life complement Apple's easy-to-use operating system and first-class software bundle.

Overall, the MacBook is a gorgeous and sturdy thin-and-light notebook that is well worth the premium. It matches serious graphics punch with good endurance, and its buttonless touchpad is surprisingly easy to use. The only major flaws are the dearth...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Apple MacBook reviewed

 

Alright, after a week of everyone going crazy-go-nuts (or not) over those new MacBooks from Apple, we've got our first review from the boy at Ars Technica. T...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Ricky (etechreviews.net)

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...

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):4.5 / 7

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes

Design

Color of product:White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 4:3
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Gloss
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60
Battery performance:60

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
On-board graphics adapter: No
On-board graphics adapter model: No

Keyboard

Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:79
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4
Memory clock speed:1066 / 667 / 800
Memory layout:2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:10/100/1000Base-T / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking Type:10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
DVD read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:8
DVD-RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:4
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD+RW write speed:4
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):12.8 x 8.94 x 1.08 / 13 x 9.12 x 1.08 / 13 x 9.12 x 10.8
Display:LCD / LED
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240V 50 - 60Hz / 100 - 240V AC
Power supply type:AC
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:Mac / PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11 n / 802.11a/b/g / 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11 n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11n draft

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control: No

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort / 1 x Mini-DVI
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60
Battery performance:60

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):7.5 / 8.5
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:P7450 / P7550 / P8400
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2 / 2.13 / 2.26
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:P7450 / P7550 / P8400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / M0 / R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):2 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35569 / 36734 / 42014
Processor code:SL3BU / SLGF8
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:Apple QuickTime, Apple Mac OS X Mail, Apple iChat, Apple iCal, Apple DVD Player, Apple Address Book, Apple Safari, Apple iLife '09, Apple Dashboard, Apple Spotlight, Apple XCode Developer Tools, Front Row, Photo Booth, Apple Spaces, Apple Quick Look, Apple Time Machine / iLife / iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, iDVD) / iLife ’09 (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iLife’09 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Pre-installed software:iLife

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 160 / 250 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.8 / 8.94 / 9.12 / 9.13
Height:0.949 / 1.08 / 10.8
Height (front):1.08
Weight:4.5 / 4.7 / 5
Width:12.8 / 13 / 8.94