At a Glance
- 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
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.
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.