Entry Level for Apple, But Solid None the Less
Apple MacBook (Fall 2009)
Updated in the fall of 2009, Apple’s entry-level MacBook packs a bevy of worth while features that make it a promising computer for those uninterested in PCs and with no need for the more powerful MacBook Pro line. Squeaking in just below the $1,000 price point, the white polycarbonate MacBook now features Apple’s new unibody chassis for an overall sturdier feel. In terms of specs, it sits above the cheaper beefed up netbook offerings of Acer and Alienware in this buyer’s guide thanks to its 2.13 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, up to 4GB of ram, Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics set, and max 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. It is bulkier though than other offerings on this list, with a 13.3-inch 1,280×800 screen, weight of 4.7 pounds, and 1.08 inch thick body. This added size does allow the MacBook to include a DVD burning optical drive and the company’s trademark large glass multi-touch trackpad, which supports convenient hand gestures for moving between web pages, rotating photos, and more. Thus, as a complete package, the MacBook is solid computer for those in need of more performance than a netbook who can also afford to pay the well known Apple Tax, since you’ll cough up more for this machines specs compared to similarly equipped PCs.