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13-inch MacBook/2GHz (white)

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. This 2GHz model features more significant changes than the 1.83GHz MacBook -- L2 cache has doubled to 4MB. Compared to the older Core Duo 2GHz MacBook, there's also 1GB of installed memory now, as well as a faster DVD-burning SuperDrive and a higher-capacity hard-drive.

13-inch MacBook/1.83GHz

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. Little else has changed about this laptop, including the integrated graphics that share memory with the system's RAM.

15-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz and 2.33GHz

Intel Core 2 Duo processors, twice the RAM, higher hard drive capacities, and the addition of a FireWire 800 port and double-layer DVD burning add up to a surprisingly substantial update to Apple's already compelling 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz

Apple swapped out the processors on its MacBook Pro line, exchanging the original Core Duo chip for a next-generation Core 2 Duo processor. In addition to boosting performance while mantaining battery life, the Core 2 Duo also doubles the amount of L2 cache to 4MB. What's more, Apple bumped the processor speeds on the MacBook Pros; this 15-inch model features the fastest 2.33GHz chip that's also available in the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Also, Apple added a FireWire 800 port to all MacBook Pro models; previously, only the 17-inch offering had the FW 800 port. This model ships with more memory (2GB) than its fellow 15-inch offering.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz

Apple swapped out the processors on its MacBook Pro line, exchanging the original Core Duo chip for a next-generation Core 2 Duo processor. In addition to boosting performance while mantaining battery life, the Core 2 Duo also doubles the amount of L2 cache to 4MB. What's more, Apple bumped the processor speeds on the MacBook Pros; this low-end model now runs at 2.16GHz, up from 2GHz. Also, Apple added a FireWire 800 port to all MacBook Pro models; previously, only the 17-inch offering had the FW 800 port.

MacBook 1.83GHz and 2GHz

The MacBook is very impressive, not only compared to the iBooks and PowerBook it replaces, but also compared to its new Pro brethren. It offers almost everything that people would need in a laptop. If you use non-native apps often, and prefer a SuperDrive to a Combo Drive, consider one of the faster models. But if you're a hard core 3-D gamer, the MacBook is not the Mac for you.

13-inch MacBook/2.0 GHz (black)

Replacing both the 12-inch PowerBook G4 and the entire iBook G4 line, Apple's MacBooks deliver many of the same features as the higher-end MacBook Pro line -- including an Intel Core Duo processor and a built-in iSight camera -- in a 13-inch case with a glossy widescreen display. Like the Intel-based Mac mini, the MacBook line features an integrated Intel graphics processor that shares its memory with main RAM. This model sports an 80GB hard drive and a DVD-burning SuperDrive, as well as an eye-catching matte black finish.

13-inch MacBook/1.83GHz

Replacing both the 12-inch PowerBook G4 and the entire iBook G4 line, Apple's MacBooks deliver many of the same features as the higher-end MacBook Pro line -- including an Intel Core Duo processor and a built-in iSight camera -- in a 13-inch case with a glossy widescreen display. Like the Intel-based Mac mini, the MacBook line features an integrated Intel graphics processor that shares its memory with main RAM. The 1.83GHz model features a Combo drive and a 60GB hard drive -- it's only available in the white case.

17-inch MacBook Pro

The 17-inch MacBook Pro is a fabulous machine for anyone who concludes that its high performance, huge screen, and impressive versatility more than justify its size and weight. The remaining question for those Mac users: Buy the 17-inch model now or wait for more Intel-native apps to arrive?

17-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz

The widest MacBook Pro retains a few PowerBook options missing from the 15-inch MacBook configurations -- namely, a FireWire 800 port and an 8X dual-layer SuperDrive. The 17-inch MacBook Pro runs on a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo chip -- the same processor available as a $300 build-to-order option on the 15-inch MacBook. While slightly wider and deeper than the 15-inch model, the 17-inch configuration retains the 1-inch height of Apple's pro laptop line.

15-inch MacBook Pro/1.83GHz

The first Mac laptop to feature an Intel processor -- two processors, actually, thanks to the chip's dual-core architecture -- the MacBook Pro features some significant departures from the PowerBook line. The MacBook Pro features a 4X DVD-burning SuperDrive (as opposed to the 8X SuperDrive in the PowerBook); it lacks an S-Video port and a built-in modem. However, the MacBook Pro's screen is brighter, it boasts a faster bus speed and faster memory, and a new MagSafe Connector for hooking up the laptop to its power supply. Originally announced at 1.67GHz, this laptop's processor was bumped to 1.83GHz when it shipped in February 2006.

MacBook Pro/1.83GHZ and 2.0 GHz

The 2GHz MacBook Pro is a fitting successor to the PowerBook G4. While its new internal architecture makes it noticeably faster than its predecessor—and blazingly faster in certain high-end tasks—it’s still comfortably a Mac laptop.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.0GHz

When Apple introduced the MacBook in May, it bumped the processor speeds on its 15-inch MacBook Pro models. This model sees its processor jump to a 2GHz Intel Core Duo chip from 1.83GHz. Other than that change -- plus a glossy screen option -- it's the same model we examined in our May 2006 review.