capsule review

13-inch MacBook/1.83GHz

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Apple MacBook Notebook

    Macworld Rating

    Replacing both the 12-inch PowerBook G4 and the entire iBook G4 line, Apple's MacBooks deliver many of the same features as the higher-end MacBook Pro line -- including an Intel Core Duo processor and a...

Even though Apple no longer offers a laptop for less than $1,000, the improvements built into the new MacBooks are well worth the added cost. Despite some minor flaws, this MacBook is a great choice for someone who wants a laptop, but doesn't need the fastest model available and won't play 3-D games that require speedy frame rates.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Replacing both the 12-inch PowerBook G4 and the entire iBook G4 line, Apple's MacBooks deliver many of the same features as the higher-end MacBook Pro line -- including an Intel Core Duo processor and a built-in iSight camera -- in a 13-inch case with a glossy widescreen display. Like the Intel-based Mac mini, the MacBook line features an integrated Intel graphics processor that shares its memory with main RAM. The 1.83GHz model features a Combo drive and a 60GB hard drive -- it's only available in the white case.

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Built-in iSight camera
    • Fast Core Duo processor yields great performance
    • Attractive case design

    Cons

    • Rough case edge
    • Poor 3-D game performance
    • Weak speakers
    • No video cables included
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