Tue, 28 Oct 2008 MacBook 2.4GHz review
Sitting between the old MacBook and MacBook Pro is this high-spec aluminium MacBook from Apple.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Pros: Sleek new design; greatly improved graphics power; Multi-Touch glass trackpad; bright LED display, backlit keyboard
- Cons: Entry price higher than before and perilously close to MacBook Pro; no FireWire port; battery life shorter than previous MacBook model; no video adapters or Apple Remote in the box. Glossy display may not appeal to everybody
- Min specs: Height: 2.41cm, width 32.5cm, depth 22.7cm; weight 2.04kg; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with 3MB of L2 cache; NVIDIA GeForce 9400m; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM; 13.3in LED backlit glossy display; MagSafe power port; Gigabit ethernet; two USB 2.0 ports; Mini Display Port; Audio line in; Audio line out; Kensington lock slot; built in iSight camera; Airport Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking (802.11n specification); multi-touch trackpad; backlit keyboard
- Price: £1,149
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
The latest MacBooks are a big improvement over the previous models but the high price of this particular model is an issue. With its FireWire connection, larger screen and higher spec NVIDIA 9600M graphics card, you might want to consider upgrading to a MacBook Pro – we think it's well worth the extra £250. Having said that, the backlit keyboard and smaller form factor make this an attractive prospect for somebody who wants serious power in a portable form. With its powerful 2.4GHz CPU, DDR3 memory and high-power 9400M graphics card this offers real performace gains over older MacBooks; and the stylish unibody casing and glass trackpad demonstrate an incredible commitment to build quality from Apple.