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The 2.1GHz MacBook is a capable system, and the only Mac laptop you can buy for less than $1,000. (And unlike the unibody systems, it retains a FireWire port.) If you're on a budget, aren't tempted by the improved graphics in the newer MacBooks, or have a lot of FireWire peripherals, this laptop is a perfectly fine option.

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At a Glance
  • Essentially, this is the same 2.1GHz MacBook Apple introduced in February 2008 right down to its white plastic enclosure and FireWire ports--something Apple abandoned with the rest of its MacBook offerings. The main difference between this model and the one Apple introduced in February is the optical drive -- this MacBook now features a DVD-burning SuperDrive -- and the price tag. This model breaks the $1,000 barrier for the Intel-based MacBooks.


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


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