Apple MacBook White 2009-03


Apple MacBook White 2009-03Notebook: Apple MacBook White 2009-03 (MacBook Aluminium Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7350
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.3kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 83% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 80%, features: 89%, display: 60% mobility: 80%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook White 2009-03

80% Apple Macbook White notebook computer
Source: English
A few months ago, Apple redesigned its popular Macbook laptops, switching from their traditional white plastic casing to a gleaming new aluminium design, in which the body top is made of a single sheet of metal. One advantage of the new design is that it’s thinner and more lightweight than previous models. Unfortunately, the fancy metallic design is quite costly to manufacture so the new Macbook models are more expensive than their predecessors. Improved graphics give the ageing White Macbook a real boost, both in performance and value for money.
80, Preis 70, Leistung 80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
80% Apple MacBook 2GHz with nVidia GeForce 9400M review
Source: PC Advisor English
As far as system updates go, the changes to new white Apple MacBook are welcome, if subtle. The new faster graphics will make casual gamers happy, and who doesn’t like additional RAM? Although the slightly slower processor didn’t help performance any, this new white MacBook is a solid entry-level product. And if you need a Mac portable with FireWire, it’s your most affordable choice, with the cheapest MacBook Pro costing twice as much as the white MacBook.
80, Leistung 70
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70%
Apple MacBook (Early 2009) Review
Source: English
With this iteration of the plastic MacBook design, I think Apple has finally got this design right. Most of the kinks are ironed out. Heat is not a major factor anymore. Construction, although not perfect, is better than the first generation MacBooks. Performance is good, but there are speedier notebooks on the market from brands like HP, Acer and Dell at about the same price. None of them have what are the MacBook's best features; OS X and iLife. In my mind that is worth about a $250 premium over Windows based PCs. Design is tougher to quantify, but let's be really generous and value that at $100. Even with the premium, the hardware specifications are a little weak (by $650 notebook standards) and that is something I wish Apple would address.
Preis 80, Leistung 80, Mobilität 80, Emissionen 80
Single Review, , Long, Date: 02/13/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 80% emissions: 80%
80% Apple White MacBook Early 2009
Source: Reg Hardware English
It may not have the striking metallic design of the other MacBook models, but the performance of the new white MacBook is more than adequate for most day-to-day computing tasks. We’re not surprised that Apple made so little fuss about this upgrade – you even have to hunt around to find the product page on its website – as it probably wants to avoid undercutting the more expensive (and presumably higher-margin) 2.0GHz aluminium model. In fact, in terms of all-round value for money the new white MacBook might actually be the best buy in the entire Mac range at the moment. So if you’re thinking about upgrading an old Mac, or switching from a PC for the first time, the new white MacBook is almost certainly the best place to start.
80, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80%
Ars Reviews the 2008 MacBook
Source: Ars Technica English

The late 2008 MacBook is a fairly significant leap forward in terms of both functionality and industrial design. Shedding the white, plastic design like the iMac before it, the MacBook's new aluminum unibody, upgraded graphics, and slightly raised price point make it clearer than ever that Apple has no intention of competing with mainstream PC notebooks. And the fact that it shares the MacBook Pro's aesthetic design and other hardware features—like a backlit keyboard and a multi-touch, zero-button trackpad—also gives the new MacBook that "coming of age" feel.

Display mäßig, Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/16/2008
Rating: performance: 60% display: 60%

Foreign Reviews

80% Apple MacBook White 2009-03
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 96% features: 83% ergonomy: 82%
95% Test: Apple Macbook 2,0 GHz weiß
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 97% features: 94% ergonomy: 98%


NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE): Integrated (shared Memory) graphics adapter. Built in in current MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air laptops and also used in the ION (LE) platform for netbooks. Also called GeForce 9400M G. Fastest available motherboard GPU (in 2009). Integrated PureVideo HD (VP3) video processor to decode HD videos with the GPU.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


Entry level Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB Level 2 Cache and due to the 25 Watt TDP also suited for 13" laptops.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.3 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Established in California in 1977, Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of US$ 32.48 billion in its fiscal year 2008. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Apple reviews

83%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Dell Studio XPS X1340
Core 2 Duo P8400
» Axiotron Modbook
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Apple MacBook White 2009/05
Core 2 Duo P7450
» Dell Studio XPS SX13-163B
Core 2 Duo P8600
» Apple Macbook Aluminium
Core 2 Duo P8600

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Apple MacBook Air 2009-06 2.1 GHz MC234*/A
Core 2 Duo SL9600, 1.346 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Fusion Garage joojoo
Atom N270, 12.0", 1.1 kg
» HP Mini 311-1000
Atom N270, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» ASRock G22
Celeron M 330, 12.1", 2.6 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1201N
Atom 330, 12.1", 1.45 kg
» HP Mini 311
Atom N280, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Samsung N510 black
Atom N270, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Asus F50GX
Core 2 Duo T6400, 16.0", 2.9 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S12
Atom N270, 12.0", 1.55 kg
» MSI Megabook VR705
Core 2 Duo T5800, 17.0", 3.5 kg
» MSI X-Slim X320
Atom Z530, 13.4", 1.7 kg

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» Schenker XMG A305
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» HP Pavilion 13-a051sr
HD Graphics 4400, Core i5 4210U
» HP Pavilion 13-a020nr x360 (K1Q28EA)
Radeon R5 (Beema), A-Series A8-6410
» Alienware 13
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-04-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)