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13-inch MacBook/2GHz (white)

At a Glance
  • Apple 13-inch MacBook/2GHz (white)

    Macworld Rating

    As with the Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro lines, the consumer MacBooks get a new processor in the form of the Intel Core 2 Duo chip, which promises better performance without any decrease in battery...

This is a sturdy, versatile, and fast computer, recording the best score of all three Core 2 Duo MacBooks in our benchmark testing. It boasts a dramatic improvement in speed over the fastest iBook. And it's $200 cheaper than the black 2GHz MacBook.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    As with the Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro lines, the consumer MacBooks get a new processor in the form of the Intel Core 2 Duo chip, which promises better performance without any decrease in battery life. This 2GHz model features more significant changes than the 1.83GHz MacBook -- L2 cache has doubled to 4MB. Compared to the older Core Duo 2GHz MacBook, there's also 1GB of installed memory now, as well as a faster DVD-burning SuperDrive and a higher-capacity hard-drive.

    Pros

    • Very good overall performance
    • Integrated iSight camera
    • Sturdy but elegant design
    • Ample RAM
    • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth
    • Double-layer SuperDrive
    • Great glossy screen
    • Bigger hard drive

    Cons

    • No expansion card slot
    • Mediocre graphics performance
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