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Apple MacBook (Unibody, 2008)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 384 reviews of Apple MacBook (Unibody, 2008). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and portability are on the whole positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Many are critical about the connectivity and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook (Unibody, 2008) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Apple MacBook (Unibody, 2008) from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the usability and portability. The reliability and keyboard are also appreciated, but there are some critical reviews about the price.

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69% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MacBook White 2.0GHz/2GB/120GB/GeForce 9400M/SDMacBook White 2.0GHz/2GB/120GB/GeForce 9400M/SD

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (

Review Apple MacBook White 5.2 Mid 2009


Is plastic still good? After the introduction of the aluminium Ma

Very good workmanship; Good input devices; Simple, appealing design

Trackpad Windows drivers

Quite clearly the 13.3" aluminium Macbook Pro. Otherwise there's only Windows laptops, but these are really no alternative for a Mac user ;).

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (

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)...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (

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


PowerBook 12" Successor. Apple actually introduces a 13.3" MacBoo ...

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

Reflecting display ; Key labelling of the keyboard only meets minimum requirements ; Price ; Only few interfaces

Summarizing the above, the new MacBook is a very interesting alternative to the 15" MacBook Pro. Due to its smaller size it is clearly mobiler, furthermore, it is cheaper and except of the optional graphical performance of the 9600M GT (switchable in...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: David Murphy (

Apple MacBook


Apple's little white wonder of a MacBook excels against its PC counterparts, but it's no Gandalf. As expected, gaming is this laptop's weakest link. And even complex multimedia tasks can cause the MacBook's magic to wither. Still, in most...

Speedy processor ; spacious keyboard, large touchpad ; great battery life

Only 1GB RAM ; glossy screen unreadable in sunlight ; lousy for gaming and multimedia editing

Since Apple products are often touted for their multimedia capabilities, the MacBook’s limited connection options are a disappointment. Two USB ports and a single FireWire port butt up against a mini-DVI output for external monitor connectivity—adapter...

Jun, 2008

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Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz review:


Editors' note: As of June 2009, the product reviewed here has been replaced by these updated models .

New aluminum construction looks good, feels solid; giant touch pad; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; improved integrated graphics; backlit keyboard on some models; thinner than previous version.

Still no ExpressCard or SD-card slot; loses FireWire port; all-clicking touch pad is a bit awkward, at least initially; $1,299 now gets you a slower CPU than it did before; no matte-screen option.

Apple's redesigned 13-inch MacBook is essentially a shrunken version of the more expensive 15-inch Pro line. With its new aluminum body, new trackpad, and Nvidia graphics, it's an even more attractive choice for mainstream laptop buyers than was the...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: soulreaver99 (

Apple MacBook Review for 2.0GHz Core Duo Black Color Version (pics, specs)


This is a review of the high end configuration MacBook 13.3" widescreen notebook that features the 2.0GHz Core Duo processor and black case coloring.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Paul Miller (

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. They're rather glowing in their praise, but that might just be due to the high amounts of heat...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Jason Saundalkar (

Apple MacBook White


The MacBook White is the least expensive notebook in Apple's portable range and this fits with its positioning as an enticing proposition for students

Although the White is the least expensive MacBook in Apple's arsenal you shouldn't underestimate it.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Jason Saundalkar (

Apple MacBook


Apple first introduced the MacBook in May 2006 as the successor to the older iBook G4 and 12-inch PowerBook series. A little over two years on, Apple has released a new line of MacBooks though the company hasn't actually changed the brand name

If you are willing to overlook its high price, Apple’s new MacBook is an awesome notebook purchase. It's stylish, quick and very easy to work with.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Jacob Spindel (

Apple MacBook


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,...

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

Instead of assembling a notebook from many minor parts, the MacBook was reinvented from just one: the solid-aluminum unibody enclosure. It gets full credit for making MacBook thinner, lighter, and even more stunning. But it's not all beauty. Because of the unibody, this MacBook is also durable. It was designed to take on your world. So slip it into your backpack or briefcase and pull it out wherever you go - it's impressive in any setting. 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. The beautifully seamless, remarkably thin design isn't the only gleaming quality of the LED-backlit display. Open your MacBook and you're instantly greeted by glorious full screen brightness. The aluminum enclosure is perfectly integrated with a glass overlay that stretches to the edge of the notebook, providing a completely unobstructed picture. 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


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Dimensions & Weight



Display Surface:Gloss

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


Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.144


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple MacBook

Input Device

Type:Backlit keyboard / Trackpad/Keyboard / Trackpad


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Type: None


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
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.5


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.4GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor cache type:L2
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 9400M