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13-inch MacBook/2.1GHz

The 2.1GHz MacBook is a capable system, but for $200 more you can get a faster processor, bigger hard drive, SuperDrive, and--perhaps most important--an extra 1GB of RAM. That money is well worth it considering all the upgrades.

At a Glance
  • The next-generation of the Core 2 Duo processor -- code-named Penryn -- highlights this round of MacBook updates. The processor upgrade delivers faster speeds than the previous generation, but less shared L2 cache (3MB, compared to 4MB in the previous generation). Hard-drive capacities have also jumped -- this entry-level model now offers 120GB of storage, up from 80GB. However, this model only ships with 1GB of RAM installed; the other MacBooks now offer 2GB. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Larger hard drive than previous model
    • Performance comparable to previous high-end model

    Cons

    • Only 1GB of RAM
    • No video adapters or Apple Remote in the box
    • No SuperDrive
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