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,
Conclusion: With improved battery life and more graphics power, the Apple MacBook (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz) is a nice value proposition for those who don't need the extras—like SD card slot, backlit keyboard, or aluminum design—offered by the MacBook Pro.
Pros: Bigger battery delivers longer life. Twice the graphics power of the previous MacBook. Unrivaled touchpad experience. Superior software bundle. Sturdy. Great design.
Cons: No SD slot. Skimped with 2GB starting memory configuration. Using last year's processor technology.
Ars Reviews the 2008 MacBook: weighing the Pros and cons
16 December 2008
Conclusion: Miscellaneous Tests We ran a few other tests to cover the gamut of tasks that users are likely to do on a MacBook. Converting a DVD to a QuickTime file, unzipping large archives, and compiling MySQL for some nerd cred should fill in some of the random blanks. These tests were performed on both the MacBook and MacBook Pro. The Handbrake test involved converting a feature-length DVD film with the recently-released Handbrake 0.93 .
Excerpt: So here it is, the mid-2012 refresh of Apple's trend setting MacBook Air line. It's been four long years since Apple first introduced the MacBook Air to the world, which at the time was almost considered a luxury item, with a comparatively steep price tag versus other ultralight machines.
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: Verdict: If you are willing to overlook its high price, Apple’s new MacBook is an awesome notebook purchase. It’s stylish, quick and very easy to work with.
Pros: Excellent finish, screen is a huge improvement over the older MacBook, fast as an application’s machine, ultra-responsive trackpad, finger gestures work well, stable, keyboard is great to work with.