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Apple's first unibody construction laptop, at a reasonable price

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Best computer I've ever owned!

  • Jan 7, 2009
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I bought this Macbook about 2 months ago after having traded in my black 2.14ghz Macbook. The differences between the two models are pretty drastic, the most obvious being the new aluminum casing, versus plastic on the previous iteration. This makes for a generally lighter laptop, 4.5 lbs versus 5.2 lbs, to be exact. This also makes for a more "solid" feeling machine, without the little creaks and give that the plastic casing exhibited.

Performance-wise, the laptop does a great job of keeping up with my needs. I use Photoshop a lot, and the included 2gb of RAM is a terrific touch. Also, and this is something that usually gets glossed over, the computer doesn't nearly get as hot to the touch as the plastic Macbook. I'm assuming this is due to a new processor that sips less energy (greener!) and outputs less heat.

The screen on this model is also an upgrade. The plastic macbook (as well as almost all previous laptops) uses a CFL backlight. This one uses LED. Don't worry if you don't quite know what this translates to, but just know that it is pretty rad. And uses less electricity (greener!).

Other amenities found on this wonderful computer include a built in webcam, dvd-r drive, usb, ethernet and display ports, bluetooth, wifi, and the legendary Apple ease of use thanks to the bundled software. The software is another review altogether, but, put briefly, it is awesome.

If you're looking to upgrade, switch, or get another nerdy toy, buy this computer (or 'pooter, as I affectionately call 'em).

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April 30, 2009
Strictly speaking, I still prefer my Sony Vaio. It takes a lot of getting used to the Mac platform and I'm basically wasting away my Macbook Air! *sigh...*
March 18, 2009
Yes this is a wonderful machine!
February 05, 2009
I cannot wait to get one of these!! Just need to get into grad school soon! I'm sooo over PC's!
January 09, 2009
The new no-button trackpad is actually the best of both worlds. The multitouch capabilities carry over from the iphone quite well. And the whole pad itself is a button, so all the button presses that I'm used to performing on my old laptop translate seamlessly here. If you didn't look down at it, you'd swear there was a button at the bottom of the trackpad!
January 08, 2009
How do you feel about the new multi-touch trackpad/no button? Seems like it has huge potential for some great customizations.
January 07, 2009
Rache, you can probably sell your 12er for between $300 and $600, depending on the "market." Check ebay or craigslist. Raina, I personally think you should get the Macbook. The Air is literally less 'pooter for more money. Jam econo and buy the normal Macbook. And I'd say that the battery lasts about the same as the older battery. Thanks for the comments!
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