Apple MacBook White 2009-05
Average of 7 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the Apple MacBook White 2009-05
Is plastic still good? After the introduction of the aluminium MacBook (Pro) laptops, the white MacBook made from polycarbonate hasn't got much attention. The low-price entry-level model from Apple is in no way a discontinued product, as it has already been updated twice this year. Thanks to the 9400M chipset graphics and the 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo CPU it actually doesn't have to hide from the smallest MacBook Pro.How it performed in our extensive tests, you can find out in this review.
Source: PC Authority
Keep your eye firmly fixed on the picture to the right and it's difficult not to fall for the MacBook Pro 13. Stripped of the glossy, attention-seeking clothes of the average laptop, its body is hewn from a single chunk of aluminium, with just the black of the keyboard and display bezel to contrast against it. If you want a sturdy, attractive, powerful and versatile laptop with the stamina to travel, Apple's latest is a superb choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/23/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 80%
It’s tempting to dismiss the new White MacBook as the runt of the Apple litter. Its white plastic casing certainly looks rather cheap and cheerful compared to the gleaming aluminium of the more expensive MacBook Pro range – in fact, Apple didn’t even dignify the arrival of this latest model with a press release. That’s partly because this new model is what’s known in the computer industry as a speed-bump, which means it doesn’t boast any major new features, but updates a few components to provide slightly better performance. Apart from the underpowered Mac Mini, It remains the cheapest way to get hold of a new Mac. Good value for Mac fans who can’t afford the more expensive MacBook Pro
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Go back a page to see how the new 13-and 15-inch MacBook Pros shape up, and how they compare to this model in our benchmarking tests. Despite the 13-inch unibody model joining the MacBook Pro range, Apple has no intention of abandoning this polycarbonate MacBook. Apple assures us it's popular as an entrylevel machine, and will remain part of its product range for a long time.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Trusted Reviews
With Apple's unibody MacBook Pro stealing the limelight it's sometimes easy to forget that the white MacBook, which first went on sale way back in 2006, is still around. Aside from a rather stingy hard drive, this is a decent laptop. However, it's hamstrung by its need to not be 'too cheap' and a chassis that's known to be less than sturdy. If it was retailing around the £650 to £700 mark it would be a very serious contender, but as things stand there are lots of avenues we'd investigate before opting for the MacBook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 60%
Depending on your specific needs, for around £750, you're getting a real bargain with the last Apple MacBook. You can either approach the purchase as 'for £150 more I can get a MacBook Pro' or 'I can get something nearly as good as a MacBook Pro and save £150'. The latter perspective, however, requires you to be willing to skip some of the Pro-level features.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
If price plays a greater role in a shopper's buying decisions during tough economic times, Apple's recent updates to its entry-level laptop, the white, £749 MacBook, should help push some cost-conscious consumers over the laptop-buying fence. If you're in the market for an affordable Mac laptop, the white MacBook is a better bargain than ever. With its impressive performance, battery life, the inclusion of FireWire, and more common mini-DVI connector, the only reason to pay more for the low-end aluminum is the updated unibody design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: c't - 24/09
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: price: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: WCM - 8/09
Single Review, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 30% emissions: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 76% display: 65% mobility: 82% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
Source: c't - 11/09
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: price: 80% features: 80%
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.
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.
P7450: 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.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
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 %
82.86%: 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.