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  • Apple 13-inch MacBook/1.83GHz

With no increase in RAM or hard drive capacity and a slower Core 2 Duo chip, this MacBook lags behind the more expensive 2GHz offerings. Still, it outperforms an iBook G4 in all of tests and a PowerBook G4 in many of our tests -- like the other MacBook Core 2 Duo models, the 1.83GHz version is fast, sturdy, and versatile.

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At a Glance
  • 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.


    • Integrated iSight camera
    • Sturdy but elegant design
    • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth
    • Improved performance
    • Great glossy screen


    • No additional Level 2 cache, system memory, or hard drive capacity added since previous version
    • No expansion card slot
    • Mediocre graphics performance
    • No SuperDrive
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