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13-inch MacBook/2GHz (black)

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

    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...

Like the other MacBook Core 2 Duo models, this version is a fast, sturdy, and versatile laptop. It comes with a hefty premium compared to the white 2GHz MacBook -- the extra $200 gets you a black case and an extra 40GB of hard-drive capacity.

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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. Like the white 2GHz model, this MacBook features 4MB of L2 cache -- twice the amount of earlier MacBooks. 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
    • Huge hard drive

    Cons

    • No expansion card slot
    • Mediocre graphics performance
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