Apple MacBook Fall 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 9400M)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MC207LL/A
- Bottom Line:
- 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.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $460.00
- Reviewed by: Dan Ackerman
- Reviewed on: 10/22/2009
- Released on: 10/20/2009
The good: Sleek unibody design; LED display; big multitouch trackpad; long battery life.
The bad: Loses FireWire; no SD card slot; nonremovable battery.
The bottom line: 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.
the trackpad is awesome!
by mvnmarcus on November 21, 2012
Pros: trackpad, LED screen and keyboard
Cons: Just two USB ports and no SSD
It's a great computer for low and high end users.
by shanebo on February 24, 2011
Pros: Its fast from the start and has a lot of pre installed software for everything most common and a little over the top users.
Cons: Some things just have to be done with a PC.
Summary: Always ready to go when you hit the power button and doesn't have hardly any viruses written, and the overall feel is nice and very sleek. Like many thing ...
Summary: Always ready to go when you hit the power button and doesn't have hardly any viruses written, and the overall feel is nice and very sleek. Like many thing Mac and PC programs don't always cross the border so many good programs aren't out there for mac and vise versa.
First Apple notebook in years for me.
by mnbytes on January 16, 2011
Pros: Love the magsafe charger. This has saved my Macbook several times when a pet or child trips on the cord. It is thin, light and has great battery life. Love the keyboard and the large trackpad. Mac OS comes with a nice bundle of useful software.
Cons: The optical drive makes noise if you move it when reading a disc. My bootcamp (Windows 7) crashes coming out of hibernation fairly often. The white case scratches very easily. My screen cracked near the hinge. Apple replaced it under 1yr warranty
Summary: THE GOOD:
The magsafe charger is great. My kids would have destroyed a netbook if they tripped on the cord while charging. The netbook would have been pulled to the ...
Summary: THE GOOD:
The magsafe charger is great. My kids would have destroyed a netbook if they tripped on the cord while charging. The netbook would have been pulled to the ground and the charging connecter would have taken a beating. (a common place for notebooks and netbooks to fail is this connecter) Our dog and my kids have tripped on the cord several times and the magsafe did its job and simply came unplugged. (kid tested)
I like the fact that an additional Apple brand charger is around $79. Additional or replacement chargers will be easy to find for years to come.
The trackpad is great. Once I got used to the buttons on this it became difficult surf the web on my old Dell. I bought the multitouch Apple mouse which is also a joy to use. (and nice to look at as well)
The battery in the latest MacBook line is LiPo (Lithium Polymer) which is better than the Lithium Ion used in all other notebooks. (longer battery life in Mac OS than in Windows though) The battery is not removable and must be replaced by Apple. (for approx $129) The battery is supposed to last longer than others so it shouldn't need to be replaced any time soon. I have owned many notebooks and this has better battery life than any of them.
The price is higher than a budget netbook but the resale value of a Macbook vs a netbook is a plus. Two year old netbooks are worth almost nothing. I would save the box, manual and disks as these will help the resale value.
I wanted long battery life in a very portable machine. This is more powerful and has a better graphics card than any of the netbooks I looked at. To be fair this is a full fledge notebook that is almost as portable as a netbook.
My screen cracked near the hinge on the back. The screen doesn't fold back all the way back. I am not sure why mine cracked or if this is commons but I am leary of opening it all the way since the screen replacement. (thinking of buying AppleCare before my warranty runs out) I am lucky that this happened to mine when it was still under the one year warranty. Apple's customer service was excellent and my repair was done quickly.
The white finish looks great when it is new but if you plan to use it with dirty fingers or you want something more durable go with something else. (or the Macbook pro which is aluminum)
No firewire ports or SD card slots. My video camera only has a FireWire interface so I have to use a PC and transfer the video to the Macbook to use the nice software built into Mac OSX for video editing. Inexpensive USB to SD card converters are available so the fact that there isn't one built in is not a big deal to me.
Running Windows 7 in bootcamp works great but mine doesn't always restore from hibernation properly. (not sure if this is a Microsoft issue or a firmware issue with the Macbook)
The optical drive is fine if you have the machine on a flat surface but if you want to walk around with it while reading a disk you have to support it with one hand like a waiter holding a tray or it will sound like the drive is scratching the disk.
The processor used in the low end Macbooks and Macbook Pros is the Core2 Duo. These are faster than any netbook processor but you can find full size Windows notebooks with faster processors for less money. That being said, nothing on the market with this much processing power has as good of battery life and is as portable. (besides the 13.3" Macbook Pro that is) It is just over one inch thick and weighs around 5 pounds.
I bought mine for $799 from MicroCenter instead of $999. They now have the 13.3" MacBook Pro for $999 instead of $1199. (I would have bought that one if I would have known the sale on the Macbook Pro was coming) This sale made the decision of netbook or Macbook much easier for me. (I spent an extra $200 for a much better machine)
I upgraded the RAM in mine from 2GB to 4GB for about $90. (from www.newegg.com) I would recommend this upgrade. You need a small jewelry style screwdriver to remove the bottom cover but it was pretty easy and does not void your warranty. (though Apple will point out that the RAM in not covered under their warranty) Only buy Apple compatible RAM if you want to avoid problems. (DDR3 SODIMM 2X2GB) Also don't overtighten the screws or tighten them unevenly when you put it back together.
When the SSD or solid state disks come down in price I may upgrade the 5400 RPM drive in this machine for better performance and even better battery life.
Less than two months old and worthless
by aroydee on December 26, 2010
Pros: The first three weeks were great!
Cons: My first switch from Windows to MAC is a disaster.
Summary: My MacBook is less than two months old and I was so excited about finally making the transition away from the PC universe to Mac. At first, all was good. ...
Summary: My MacBook is less than two months old and I was so excited about finally making the transition away from the PC universe to Mac. At first, all was good. But on Christmas Day, after carefully shutting down the computer the evening before (it is expensive so I treat it kindly), the darn thing just simply does not work. After close to an hour on the phone with Apple Customer Care, I am still stuck with an expensive paperweight. And it could not have come at a worse time - I am 3000 miles away from home and unable to access critical research I am doing on my thesis.
Sorry, guys, but if I am going to have these problems after less than two months, you have a real problem with the quality of your merchandise.
The MacBook 2.4 is Flawless
by chimja on December 17, 2010
Pros: Sleek design, lovely combination of goodies! My comment? NO COMMENT! What can I say? Its a MAC!!! Im Speechless!
Cons: only comes in white, while the black cost $200.00 more and its the same machine.
Summary: Its a MAC!
Summary: Its a MAC!
Stylish, quick, portable
by Nico1937 on July 18, 2010
Pros: Very stylish
big, glass trackpad
Cons: Fragile, polyester case
No SD card, no firewire
Great machine but cracked after 6 months at hinge!
by Haka-786 on June 28, 2010
Pros: Fast machine, looks great, does not heat up, great battery life, LED screen is amazing, keypads feel nice, trackpad is smooth.
Cons: The hinge of the macbook has a small crack and the cd drive on the macbook is playing up and does not 'eat up' the CDs and eject CDs properly.
Summary: Got the Macbook for my 18th Birthday and was really happy when it finally it arrived. 6 months went by and i had no complaints at all until the CD ...
Summary: Got the Macbook for my 18th Birthday and was really happy when it finally it arrived. 6 months went by and i had no complaints at all until the CD slot on my Macbook began playing up and the hinge has a crack. I was really disappointed to notice these problems. Some people may say i did not take care of it but its my 'baby' lol i kept it in its case and cleaned it regularly i thought apple would of fixed the cracking problem from previous Macbooks but they clearly they have not. Addition to this the CD slot would not take the CDs in properly or eject them. The macbook was given to me as a present by my brother who spent over £1,000 on the Macbook. Iwas annoyed to discover these two faults. Lucky i have Apple care protection plan and will be ringing apple to see if they could help. Apart from those two problems it is a great machine.
nice but battery life should be a class action suit
by kkleck on April 28, 2010
Pros: starts quick, easy to use, great screen and keyboard. mac interface is easy to use.
Cons: battery life is total nonsense. how they can advertise a 7 hour battery life. Really its 3-4 hours with light internet usage ( no flash, bluetooth turned off and half brightness on the screen) took it to mac store and he said 4 is expected?!!
Summary: Fine laptop but totally false advertising. how does up to 7 hours really mean 4? should have said up to million hours of battery life would have been just as ...
Summary: Fine laptop but totally false advertising. how does up to 7 hours really mean 4? should have said up to million hours of battery life would have been just as ridiculous
Pricey but worth it
by Bach1953 on April 7, 2010
Pros: unlike the windows laptop it replaced, don't have to reboot because of freezes
Cons: SD slot would be nice
My First Mac and I'm Impressed
by ree1170 on March 31, 2010
Pros: Pros: the size, the performance, the graphics, the camera, iWorks, iLife, iTunes; I could go on and on and on
Cons: Cons: No SD card slot. I can't find an inexpensive application to replace Microsoft Publisher that I use frequently on my Sony Vaio
Summary: Friends have told me for years to try a Mac. I was skeptical because I've used PCs for so long. However, I broke down and purchased one Sunday afternoon (...
Summary: Friends have told me for years to try a Mac. I was skeptical because I've used PCs for so long. However, I broke down and purchased one Sunday afternoon (2 GB memory and 250 GB hard drive). I got to the car, opened the box, and in less than 3 minutes, I was using the computer (for a homework assignment)! I absolutely LOVE this computer. It definitely took me some time to get used to the various finger placements on the trackpad and some other functionality that I'm used to in a Windows environment, but I'm learning; and I'm having a fun time learning! As I mentioned in the Cons section, the only downfall I see about the computer is the lack of SD card slot and nothing to open Microsoft Publisher. One other thing - don't let the size of the screen (13 inches) dissuade you from buying it. The graphics are so crystal clear on this thing, that it makes up for the size. I wear glasses and usually lean in to my Sony Vaio and still squint! LOL. I'm able to sit back from my Mac (without squinting) and I can see everything just fine!
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MC207LL/A
- Description: The sleek MacBook cuts a slim profile on any desk (or in any backpack or briefcase). It features a seamless, durable unibody enclosure with rounded contours that make it easy to pick up and slide into and out of your bag. It's made of rugged polycarbonate that withstands the rough and tumble of everyday life at school, at work, or while traveling. And since the bottom of the MacBook is covered in a nonslip material, it always stays right where you put it - whether it's on a desk, table, or airplane tray.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- System Type Notebook
- Operating System Apple MacOS X 10.6
- Notebook type Budget ,
- Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g,
Processor / Chipset
- CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Cache L2 cache - 3 MB
- 64-bit Computing Yes
- Front Side Bus 1066 MHz
- RAM 2048 MB,
( 2 x 1 GB )
- Max RAM Supported 4 GB
- Technology DDR3 SDRAM
- Speed 1066 MHz
- Form Factor SO DIMM 200-pin
- Slots Qty 2
- Empty Slots 0
- Floppy Drive None
- Hard Drive 250 GB,
HDD / 5400 rpm
- Interface Serial ATA-300
- Storage Removable None
- Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) - Fixed
- Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
- Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)
- Rewrite Speed 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)
- Optical Drive (2nd) None
- Hard drive type Portable
- Environmental standards EPA Energy Star
- Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 0 - 90%
- Type 13.3 in
- Max Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
- Widescreen Yes
- Features Glossy
Audio & Video
- Graphics Processor 256 MB,
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
- Memory Allocation Technology Shared video memory (UMA)
- Max Allocated RAM Size 256 MB
- Camera Yes
- Sound Stereo speakers , Microphone
- Type Keyboard,
- Wireless Bluetooth 2.1 EDR,
- Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
- Technology Lithium polymer
- Installed Qty 1
- Capacity 60 Wh
- Run Time 7 hour(s)
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Connections & Expansion
- Slots Memory
- Interfaces Mini DisplayPort,
2 x USB 2.0,
Headphone/microphone/SPDIF combo jack,
- Interfaces 2 x USB 2.0 - USB 2.0,
1 x Ethernet - RJ-45,
1 x Display / video - VGA,
1 x Display / video,
1 x Headphones,
1 x Microphone
- Software Included Apple iCal,
Apple XCode Developer Tools,
Apple Address Book,
Apple DVD Player,
Apple Time Machine,
Apple Quick Look,
Apple Mac OS X Mail,
Apple iLife '09
- Color White
- Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
- Cables Included Power cable ( 1 pcs.)
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 13 in
- Depth 9.1 in
- Height 1.1 in
- Weight 4.6 lbs
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
Technical support - Phone consulting - 90 days
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Gold
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 4.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 4.5