- Built-in iSight camera
- Fast Core Duo processor yields great performance
- Attractive case design
- Rough case edge
- Poor 3-D game performance
- Weak speakers
- No video cables included
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.
Even though Apple no longer offers a laptop for less than $1,000, the improvements built into the new MacBooks are well worth the added cost. Despite some minor flaws, this MacBook is a great choice for someone who wants a laptop, but doesn’t need the fastest model available and won’t play 3-D games that require speedy frame rates.