The New Macbooks are Here!

30 10 2008

MacBook

The new MacBook Pros are cool but not really the highlight of Apple’s new releases. No, this time its theMacBook!

The New MacBooks look wonderful and run flawlessly.  A huge Improvement over the last models!

For the same $1,299 price of the “middle” MacBook, you get:

That Cheap Plastic Case has vanished! Instead you get the cool aluminum. And yes, the aluminum is in one solid piece = “unibody” as Apple calls it.  This does two things:  Provides for a more solid construction and less room for manufacturing error.

Size:

  • A less than one inch laptop (0.95 inches)
  • Height: 0.95 inch
  • Width:12.78 inches
  • Depth:8.94 inches
  • Screen size = 13.3 – nothing too impressive

Expansion and Connections:

  • MagSafe power port

  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Audio line in
  • Audio line out
  • Kensington lock slot
Weight:  A full half-pound lighter – 4.5 lbs
Battery and Power:
  • A full half-hour more battery life – 5 hours
  • 45-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 60W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
  • MagSafe power port
Graphics:
  • Graphic Card =   Nvidia Geforce 9400M.  Apple claims 5x performance , and with the relative “lightweight” performance of the Intel graphics in previous models, this seems likely.
  • Aside from video, the system bus bumps from 800 to 1066MHz.
  • LED screens with “instant on” .
Processor:
  • 2.0GHz or 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
  • 1066MHz frontside bus
  • 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB (Which you don’t really need, but its still a nice available feature for those planning on further upgrading this already amazing machine)
The New Track Pad… isn’t it missing something:
  • Full track pad touch gestures (including new ones added today). Previously the full set of gestures was only available on the Pro and Air models.
  • The same glass track pad as the Pro models.
  • And no “click” button, the actual pad can be pressed down to “click”
Hard-drive Extensions And Back lit Keyboard:

This is clearly an amazing upgrade. For the high end MacBook you spend $100 more than yesterday, but compared to the old laptop at that price you get all the above plus a back lit keyboard.  Also, both models now have Hard-drive Extension options for a 320GB drive ).

Yes, there is no Fire-Wire but then again…. not that many people really use it.  Still, I wished they would have put that in there just for those who do utilize it (Something to separate the MB from the MBP).

Other Cool things:

  • Built-in iSight camera
  • Built-in omnidirectional microphone
  • Blue-tooth
  • Wireless:The latest 802.11n wireless technology

Also…. its Green:

  • Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure
  • Mercury-free LED-back lit display
  • Arsenic-free glass
  • BFR-free internal components
  • PVC-free internal cables
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • EPEAT Gold rating

Overall: Another great Apple release.  Let’s see, much more solid and professional looking. More durable. Better screens. Pretty much all the Pro features except Fire-Wire. Faster performance (especially in graphics). Thinner. Lighter. Same price.

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