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Pros
  • Unibody design makes a lighter, more comfortable MacBook
  • Impressive battery life
  • Glass Multi-touch trackpad
  • Support for up to 8GB of 1066MHz RAM
  • Performs as well or better than 2.26GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • High quality display
  • Improved battery life
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Has FireWire 800 port
  • Entry-level price tag
  • Improved processing speed
  • Increased battery life
  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price
Cons
  • No IR port
  • No SD card slot
  • No video adapters included
  • No FireWire port
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No CPU or 7,200 rpm upgrade options available
  • No matte screen option
  • Slower graphics performance compared to previous model
  • Battery not user serviceable
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option
At A Glance

The MacBook benefits nicely from its unibody face-lift: it's lighter and more attractive, and it performs better than the model that came before it. Think of it as a MacBook Pro minus the FireWire port and SD card slot, for $200 less.

With its lower price, the return of FireWire, longer battery life, better looking display and a new built-in SD Card slot that you can boot from, the newest member of the MacBook Pro family makes an impressive debut.

With a faster processor speed and more RAM than its predecessor, this MacBook Pro model is an excellent choice if you’re a switcher, a new buyer, or have one of Apple’s older notebook models. Its graphics performance also makes this a good choice for gamers, unlike the 2.53GHz configuration.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MC207LL/A MB990LL/A MC700LL/A MB985LL/A

Processor

Processor speed 2260.0  MHz 2260.0  MHz 2300.0  MHz 2660.0  MHz
Cache size 3.0  KB 3.0  KB 3.0  KB 3.0  KB
Bus speed 1066.0  MHz 1066.0  MHz   1066.0  MHz
Processor type   Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i5 Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor count     2  

Display

Display size 13.3  inches 13.3  inches 13.3  inches 15.4  inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight   Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1280 x 800  pixels 1280 x 800  pixels 1280 x 800  pixels 1440 x 900  pixels
Aspect ratio   16:10   16:10

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 9400M nVidia GeForce 9400m   Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT
Graphics Type   Integrated   Discrete

Storage

Drives included 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Drive size 250.0  GB 160.0  GB 320.0  GB 320.0  GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM
Other storage   SD Card SDXC Card SD Card
Drive type     Hard Disk Drive  
Drive Controllers       Serial ATA

General Information

UPC Code 885909345915 885909296552 885909436705 885909295715

Battery

Vendor Rated Battery life 7.0  hours 7.0  hours 7.0  hours 7.0  hours
Battery Type   Lithium ion   Lithium ion
Standard Number of Batteries   1.0   1.0
Number of Included Batteries   1.0   1.0

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort
Bluetooth Yes Yes   Yes
Slots   SD Card SDXC Card SD Card
SDXC Card or Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)     1.0  
Firewire     1  
Ethernet Type     10/100/1000 Mbps  
Wireless connection     802.11 n/a/b/g  
Video Interfaces     Mini DisplayPort  
Audio Interfaces     Digital Optical  

Memory

Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed 1066.0  MHz 1066.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz 1066.0  MHz
Memory max 4.0  GB 8.0  GB 8.0  GB 8.0  GB

Dimensions

Width 13.0  inches 12.78  inches 12.78  inches 14.35  inches
Depth 9.12  inches 8.94  inches 8.94  inches 0.95  inches
Height 1.08  inches 0.95  inches 0.95  inches 0.95  inches
Weight 4.7  pounds 4.5  pounds 4.5  pounds 5.5  pounds

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo

Included Software

Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Included Software iLife iLife Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools), iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) iLife

Other Features

Docking Station Port No No No No
Devices Built-In Microphone Built-In Microphone Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone Built-In Microphone
Input devices Keyboard|Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch)

Storage Media

SD card   Yes   Yes

Warranty

Warranty information     1 Year  

Performance

Macworld Labs

Speedmark 6 Score

111 104   127
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.6.1 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 2GB of RAM   Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 4GB of RAM
Quake 4

fps

  39.1fps   69.9fps
Photoshop CS3

min

  1:07   0:52
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

min

  0:56   0:47
iMovie HD6

  0:49   0:43
iTunes 7.7

  1:05   0:57
Compressor

  1:52   1:37