Review: Aluminum MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz and 2.4GHz

At a Glance

In October 2008, Apple introduced a new MacBook design that housed the company's consumer-friendly laptop into a MacBook Pro-like aluminum enclosure with a large glass trackpad. Graphics have improved with the addition of an Nvidia GeForce 9400m chip. While the integrated graphics continue to share memory with the system RAM, there's more shared (256MB as opposed to 144MB) and it's the faster DDR3 SDRAM. Like the MacBook Air, the MacBook no longer ships with FireWire ports -- just two USB 2.0 ports. This 2.4GHz model does feature a backlit keyboard, which is not available in the other MacBook configurations.

Price when rated: $1,599

Pros

  • Greatly improved graphics power
  • Sleek new design
  • Bright LED display
  • Multi-Touch glass trackpad
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Price for top model higher than before
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote in the box
  • No FireWire port
  • Battery life shorter than previous MacBook model
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At a Glance

In October 2008, Apple introduced a new MacBook design that housed the company's consumer-friendly laptop into a MacBook Pro-like aluminum enclosure with a large glass trackpad. Graphics have improved with the addition of an Nvidia GeForce 9400m chip. While the integrated graphics continue to share memory with the system RAM, there's more shared (256MB as opposed to 144MB) and it's the faster DDR3 SDRAM. Like the MacBook Air, the MacBook no longer ships with FireWire ports -- just two USB 2.0 ports.

Price when rated: $1,299

Pros

  • Greatly improved graphics power
  • Sleek new design
  • Bright LED display
  • Multi-Touch glass trackpad

Cons

  • No video adapters or Apple Remote in the box
  • No FireWire port
  • Battery life shorter than previous MacBook model
  • Entry price higher than before
 Compare

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