Summary: Apple's redesigned 13-inch MacBook is essentially a shrunken version of the more expensive 15-inch Pro line. With its new aluminum body, new trackpad, and Nvidia graphics, it's an even more attractive choice for mainstream laptop buyers than was the plastic model it replaces.
Pros: New aluminum construction looks good, feels solid; giant touch pad; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; improved integrated graphics; backlit keyboard on some models; thinner than previous version.
Cons: Still no ExpressCard or SD-card slot; loses FireWire port; all-clicking touch pad is a bit awkward, at least initially; $1,299 now gets you a slower CPU than it did before; no matte-screen option.
Summary: Apple's latest version of the popular $999 white MacBook gets an upscale makeover, while keeping the price the same. It's a strong alternative to the more expensive Pro line, if you can live without extras such as an SD card slot.
Pros: Sleek unibody design; LED display; big multitouch trackpad; long battery life.
Cons: Loses FireWire; no SD card slot; nonremovable battery.
Conclusion: It seems as though everything Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture touches turns to gold, and Apple's refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air is no exception. Running Mac OS X 10.8.2 (latest version of Mountain Lion at the time of this writing), the MacBook Air kicked all kinds of tail compared to previous generation Mac systems. Its Geekbench score was nearly twice as fast as a MacBook Pro running a Core 2 Duo foundation, which is just as much a testament to Intel as it is Apple.
Pros: Hello Ivy Bridge!, Gorgeous design, Extremely thin, light, and sturdy, Excellent off-angle viewing, especially for a TN panel, Fast SSD, Boot Camp allows you to boot Windows on a separate partition, Long battery life
Cons: Missing an IO port or two, Where's the Retina Display resolution?
Summary: If you're in the market for an affordable Mac laptop, the white MacBook is a better bargain than ever. With its impressive performance, battery life, the inclusion of FireWire, and more common mini-DVI connector, the only reason to pay more for the low-end aluminum is the updated unibody design.
Summary: If you were hesitant to pull the trigger on the original MacBook Air because of the short battery life and limited port selection, Apple hasn't done much to win you over with the latest version. Road warriors who require good endurance should pass, but the addition of Nvidia's GeForce 9400M GPU and a larger, faster SSD may prove enticing for those looking for extra performance in a sexy, thin package.
Pros: Sturdy aluminum build, Fast SSD, Good graphics performance, Multitouch trackpad, Illuminated keyboard
Cons: Short battery life, Limited port selection, Very expensive
Review Apple MacBook Aluminum 2.0 GHz (Unibody, 13", 9400M, P7350)
4 January 2009
Conclusion: After we've had the 2.4 GHz Unibody Apple MacBook in review, the small 2.0 GHz starter version introduced itself. The buyer receives a 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo T7350, a smaller hard disk, and unfortunately an unlit keyboard for 300.00 Euros less. The superb Unibody case , which sets standards on design, workmanship and stability, stays the same. The outstanding input devices please the small MacBook's user.
Pros: Design, Workmanship, Stability, Touchpad (under Mac OS X)