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.
CNET editors' review
- 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.
I FEEL IN LOVE WITH MACS ALL OVER
by happygolucky101lol-22784636943 on March 16, 2010
It?s a Mac
It?s shiny white
Cons: It gets too many fingerprints all over.
Summary: Been using it since January, and it was my first. I honestly thought there would be a little more of a learning curve, but actually, it was ?pop the lid ...
Summary: Been using it since January, and it was my first. I honestly thought there would be a little more of a learning curve, but actually, it was ?pop the lid open and everything automically works.? It did have a screen fading-white problem at one point, except it lasted only a week. It fixed itself already.
Pretty good design but easily soiled
by tonyrequired on March 3, 2010
Pros: Perfect apple design and usability. I use it with real comfort.
Cons: Easily soiled on arms place and hard to clean.
Plastic easy cracked, bottom scratched.
I don't get whats so great about these things!!!
by leeannmitsubishi on March 4, 2010
Pros: Size, easily portable, light weight
Cons: almost everything else!
Summary: I don't get what is so great about these things!! I can't seem to do anything with this stupid thing! Safari sucks royally and constantly cuts out on ...
Summary: I don't get what is so great about these things!! I can't seem to do anything with this stupid thing! Safari sucks royally and constantly cuts out on me or says it cannot load. It is not my server because I am able to surf on my toshiba right next to it just fine. The battery life is medocre. I cannot watch videos or my missed desperate housewives episodes online because it cannot seem to download the videos without them constantly breaking up... I NEVER
0 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
nice looking, not such good performer
by francachas on October 28, 2009
Pros: nice look, quality materials, wide and clear screen
Cons: performance is not amazing (mac os consumes too many resources, it fails like a windows), noisy fan when too many apps running
0 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
what r u paying $1000 for?
by Brisdaddy09 on October 27, 2009
Pros: Not sure, this is more of a commentary than a review.
Cons: non-removable battery, no SD card slot, no Firewire
Summary: Hmmm... If I were to pay around $1000 for a laptop, I would expect it to have the things that this laptop seems to lack. No Firewire means things like ...
Summary: Hmmm... If I were to pay around $1000 for a laptop, I would expect it to have the things that this laptop seems to lack. No Firewire means things like streaming video from video cameras has been compromised. No SD card slot means if you have a digital camera that uses the SD format flash memory, you'll have to pull out the USB cord to plug your camera in. No removable battery means eventually your rechargeable battery not going to be able to hold as long of a charge over time and if you want a new battery, you'll have to crack open the shell or buy another $1000 laptop. Why would anyone want to spend that kind of money on something that is missing some things that many graphic/video editors rely on? If I read right, it only has 2 USB ports too? HAHA! Macs, IMO are typically for people that don't like working on computers and dread having to think things out. Namely, thinking about how much they're spending on a laptop that does less than what a 600 - 700 dollar non-apple machine is capable of doing. But hey, throw your money away if you like, it's your dime not mine.
0 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
A giant leap in the wrong direction
by bullywug on October 24, 2009
Pros: Better build quality than some of the budget PC manufacturers, Excellent technical support
Cons: No Firewire, no SD Card Reader, No user servicable battery, plastic case still cracks and discolours, only available in glossy screen, no accidental damage insurance, no spill guard on keyboard
Summary: This is not Apple's year. Almost every product they've released has been a step in the wrong direction, driving away prosumers and quality minded customers and cashing in ...
Summary: This is not Apple's year. Almost every product they've released has been a step in the wrong direction, driving away prosumers and quality minded customers and cashing in on Apple's repulation all the while offering lower quality products than in the past with no new innovation whatsoever. The entire current Mac lineup lacks basic features that users have come to expect and prosumers demand. The fact that Apple, even after the return of Steve Jobs continues to miss the point with this latest laptop doesn't bode well for the company's future.
I was hopping with this latest round of revisions Apple would start to get their act together, however this is unfortunatley not the case. They continue to treat their customers as if they're are idiots who will scramble out to pay outlandish amounts for products that are years behind their competition. A faster processor and more memory doesn't make it a better computer necessarily, especially in laptops and this is a lesson that Apple will eventually learn. I hope they learn it before their market share shrinks back to nothing again.
If you are considering buying this Macbook, consider this instead:
If your a PC user considering switching to Mac and your reasons for changing are that you've heard Macs are more stable and better built, consider a high quality PC instead (such as a Lenovo ThinkPad or similar product that can be serviced locally, like a Mac and has a good reputation, like a Mac). The reason I suggest this is that the current generation of Macs are slightly lower quality than many similarly priced PCs and Leopard is siginficantly less stable than Windows 7. If you are intrested in using a Mac for business, don't. Mac's have horrible physical security and Apple tends to take significantly longer than Microsoft or the Linux community to patch problems with it's OS. A Mac computer running the latest OS can be hacked into within minutes with physical access so this is not the right system for a user who has security concerns. What's more, Apple's denail of viruses has actually placed it's users at a highly increased risk for being exposed to viruses.
If you are an existing Mac user and are considering buying this laptop, don't. The new Macbook is still siginficantly inferior to the 13" Macbook Pro. I wouldn't buy this product and if it was given to me I'd immediately sell it before it began to fall apart. I know this is a very negitive review and I appologize if it offends those Apple loyalists, however, this is the truth and users who are considering swtiching because they've heard Mac users (who can be quite passionate) bragging about their pleasure with their systems need to be aware that a computer is a highly personal experience and switching platforms can be horribly expensive. Be sure you decide on your own either way (Mac to PC or PC to Mac) before you waist your time or money on the endevour.
2 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
RETURNED AFTER I REALIZED BATTERY CAN't Be REPLACED
by jakemochas on October 25, 2009
Pros: Its graphics, screen, and OSX
Cons: The price, the "unibody" is another way of saying really flimsy plastic, and no firewire
Summary: This thing cost me two days in the apple store... which for fanboys is fun, for me its just annoying... it took me 2 hours to find someone "genius" enough ...
Summary: This thing cost me two days in the apple store... which for fanboys is fun, for me its just annoying... it took me 2 hours to find someone "genius" enough to do a return.... i honestly don't get it.... i was going to try my first mac but to pay for such a flimsy machine for 1000 is a pass for me
0 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
- 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 13-inch,
- 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)
- 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 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