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13-inch MacBook/2.16GHz (black)

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Apple MacBook Notebook

    Macworld Rating

    The black MacBook gets a processor boost to 2.16GHz and a bigger 160GB hard drive in the May 2007 round of laptop updates. The SuperDrive has also been upgraded to an 8X model, and the MacBook now has...

The black MacBook posted the highest Speedmark score in our test of the new MacBook models, a fact we attribute to its larger hard drive. Apple continues to charge a $200 premium for the bigger-capacity drive and black finish; whether that extra expense makes this a better buy than the equally fast 2.16GHz white MacBook is a matter of personal taste.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    The black MacBook gets a processor boost to 2.16GHz and a bigger 160GB hard drive in the May 2007 round of laptop updates. The SuperDrive has also been upgraded to an 8X model, and the MacBook now has built-in support for 802.11n wireless networking. Otherwise, the specs are unchanged from the previous Core 2 Duo-based offerings.

    Pros

    • 802.11n wireless enabled
    • Integrated iSight camera
    • Sturdy but elegant design
    • Slightly faster CPU
    • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth
    • Larger hard drive
    • Great glossy screen
    • 8x SuperDrive
    • Good battery life

    Cons

    • Enclosure easily marred by fingerprints
    • No expansion card slot
    • Mediocre graphics performance limits appeal for gaming
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