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Apple MacBook Review: Part 1

MacBook Technical Specifications

Late 2008 MacBook Specifications (as tested)

  • 13.3-inch 1280x800 LED-backlit TN display (AU Optronics B133EW02 V0 or LG Philips LP133WX2)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 (45nm Penyrn core,  2.0 GHz, 3MB L2, 1066MHz Bus)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M chipset (MCP79 + integrated GeForce 9400G with 256MB shared RAM)
  • 2 GB DDR3-1066, CL7 (Samsung or Hynix)
  • 160GB 2.5” SATA HDD (Toshiba MK1653GSX or Fujitsu MHZ2160BH)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n (Broadcom Intensi-fi BCM4322)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (Broadcom Blutonium BCM2045)
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet (Realtek RTL8251CA GigE)
  • 24-bit/192-khz audio support (Realtek ALC885, 24/192 support for analog I/O, 24/192 digital out, 24/96 digital in)
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+/-R DL, DVD+/-RW, CD-RW) (Matsushita UJ-868 SATA or Hitachi-LG GS21N or OptiArc AD-5960S)
  • 45-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (Simplo Technology)
  • 60W MagSafe Power Adapter

Ports: MagSafe Power Port, Gigabit Ethernet, Two USB 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, Audio Line-in (with integrated optical input), Audio Line-out (with integrated optical output)

Weight: 4.5 lbs

Dimensions: 12.78 x 8.94 x 0.95 inches

Boot ROM Version: MB51.0073.B06

SMC Version: 1.32f8

Apple Accessories Tested:

  • Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
  • Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
  • Apple In-Ear Headphones
  • Apple 24” LED Cinema Display

Aftermarket Upgrades Tested:

  • OCZ SATA-II 64GB Solid State Drive (Samsung SLC design, 2000000 hours MTBF)

MacBook #1: LG Philips screen, Hynix memory modules, Fujitsu HDD, Hitachi-LG DVD Burner

MacBook #2: AU Optronics screen, Samsung memory modules, Toshiba HDD, Matsushita DVD Burner

Before Apple announced their new notebooks, I had planned to get the 15-inch MacBook Pro.When “one more thing…” meant a MacBook with the same aluminum unibody design as the Pro, the plan changed.The difference between a MacBook and MacBook Pro has decreased significantly.The key differences are a considerably higher-quality screen on the MacBook Pro, the addition of FireWire 800, an ExpressCard 34 slot, and a standard backlit keyboard.