Don't-Miss MacBook Stories

13-inch MacBook/2.2GHz (white)

This MacBook boasts a few minor changes from the models released in May 2007, led by a modest processor bump. Other changes include a new chipset architecture that increases the amount of RAM capacity to 4GB and boosts the frontside bus speed to 800MHz. More significantly, the integrated graphics system has been upgraded to an Intel GMA X3100 with 144MB of shared memory; that translates to improved performance in graphics-dependent applications over the earlier MacBooks.

13-inch MacBook/2GHz (November 2007)

There's not much to distinguish this low-end MacBook from the 2GHz model released in May 2007. However, a new chipset architecture increases the amount of RAM capacity to 4GB and boosts the frontside bus speed to 800MHz. More significantly, the integrated graphics system has been upgraded to an Intel GMA X3100 with 144MB of shared memory; that translates to improved performance in graphics-dependent applications over the earlier MacBooks.

MCE OptiBay hard drive upgrade

Dan Frakes replaces his MacBook Pro's optical drive with a second hard drive.

MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz and 2.4GHz

A hot new graphics chip, improved display technology, and support for more memory top the list of enhancements in Apple’s latest MacBook Pro laptops.

17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz

The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinement in this update is a new graphics system powered by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT. Unlike the 15-inch models, the 17-inch MacBook Pro does not sport a new LED-backlit display for better battery life; however, a build-to-order option lets you select a higher-resolution display with 1,920-by-1,200 native resolution.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz

The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinements in this update are improvements to the display -- this 15-inch model's LCD is backlit by light-emitting diodes for improved battery life and less environmental impact -- and a new graphics system powered by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz

The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinements in this update are improvements to the display -- this 15-inch model's LCD is backlit by light-emitting diodes for improved battery life and less environmental impact -- and a new graphics system powered by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT.

MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz and 2.16GHz

Apple’s MacBook line, already a hit with consumers and students, is even more appealing with faster CPUs, bigger hard drives, and more memory in the base model.

13-inch MacBook/2.16GHz (black)

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.

13-inch MacBook/2.16GHz (white)

The May 2007 update to the MacBook line bumped this model's processor from 2GHz to 2.16GHz and its hard drive from 80GB to 120GB. The SuperDrive has been upgraded to an 8X model. Otherwise, specs remain unchanged from the previous Core 2 Duo MacBook offerings, including the integrated graphics that share memory with the system RAM. Like the other two MacBook models, this configuration comes with built-in support for 802.11n wireless networking.

13-inch MacBook/2GHz (May 2007)

The May 2007 update to the MacBook line introduced the most substantial changes to the low-end model. Beside the faster processor (2GHz, instead of 1.83GHz), this model now has the same amount of shared L2 cache (4MB) as the other MacBook configurations. It also now ships with 1GB of memory, up from 512GB, and sports a bigger hard drive than its predecessor. Other configurations remain unchanged, though this round of updates features built-in 802.11n wireless networking support out of the box.

A laptop stand and more

Although not a true docking station, APC's laptop stand offers more than just a raised platform.

17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33 GHz

We can think of a few new features we'd like to see in Apple's flagship laptop. Even without those improvements, however, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is a marvelous machine. If you can afford the price and don't mind the size and weight, you won't be disappointed.