Has it already been six months since the original MacBook was introduced? Then it must be time for an upgrade.
Now that Apple has solved most of the MacBook’s teething problems, they’ve improved it by replacing the Intel Core Duo CPU with the newer, more energy efficient, cooler running Core 2 Duo. Overall, that should provide about 10% more power.
There’s no change to CPU speed, but the more efficient Core 2 design means a faster MacBook at the same price as the model it replaces.
The basic computer remains the same, but the 2.0 GHz models include a twice-as-large 4 MB level 2 cache, 6x dual-layer SuperDrives, larger hard drives, and 1 GB of RAM. The 1.83 GHz model retains a 2 MB cache, Combo drive, 60 GB hard drive, and 512 MB of RAM.
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The MacBook is available only with a glossy display and includes an unusual keyboard, which has received mixed reviews. Try it before you decide you want a MacBook.
The new MacBook is available in three configurations:
- 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Combo drive, 60 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, 512 MB RAM, Intel 950 graphics, built-in iSight, and a 1280 x 800 display for US$1,099 in white.
- 2.0 GHz, dual-layer SuperDrive, 80 GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, otherwise identical specs to above, US$1,299 in white
- 2.0 GHz, 120 GB hard drive, otherwise identical to 2.0 GHz model, US$1,499 in black
Build-to-order options include 1 GB and 2 GB RAM configurations and larger hard drives. Other World Computing offers a 3 GB memory upgrade, which is not officially supported by Apple.
Closed Lid Mode: All Intel ‘Books support “lid closed” (or clamshell) mode, which leaves the built-in display off and dedicates all video RAM to an external display. To used closed lid mode, your ‘Book must be plugged into the AC adapter and connected to an external display and a USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (you might also want to consider external speakers). Power up your ‘Book until the desktop appears on the external display and then close the lid. Your ‘Book will go to sleep, but you can wake it by moving the mouse or using the keyboard. The built-in display will remain off, and the external monitor will become your only display. Since all video RAM is now dedicated to the external monitor, you may have more colors available at higher resolutions. The MacBook is designed to run safely in closed lid mode, but if yours runs hot (perhaps due to overclocking or high ambient temperatures), you may want to open the lid when in closed lid mode: The screen will remain off and the computer will more readily vent heat from the CPU.
To resume use of the internal display, you need to disconnect the external display, put the computer to sleep, and then open the lid. This will wake up your ‘Book and restore use of the built-in display.
Intel-based Macs use a partitioning scheme known as GPT. Only Macintel models can boot from GPT hard drives. Both PowerPC and Intel Macs can boot from APM (Apple’s old partitioning scheme) hard drives, which is the format you must use to create a universal boot drive in Leopard. Power PC Macs running any version of the Mac OS prior to 10.4.2 cannot mount GPT volumes. PowerPC Macs won’t let you install OS X to a USB drive or choose it as your startup volume, although there is a work around for that.
- introduced 2006.11.08 at US$1,099 (1.83 GHz white 512/60), US$1,299 (2.0 GHz white 512/80) and US$1,499 (2.0 GHz black 512/120); replaced by faster version 2007.05.15.
- Part no.: MA699 (1.83 GHz), MA700 (2.0 GHz, white), MA701 (black)
- ID: MacBook2,1
- requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 Tiger to 10.7 Lion, not compatible with 10.8 Mountain Lion
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility
- Grand Central Dispatch is supported.
- 64-bit operation not supported.
- OpenCL is not supported with the Intel GMA 950 GPU.
- CPU: 1.83/2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom), soldered in place, no upgrade options
- Level 2 cache: 2 MB shared cache on 1.83 GHz CPU, 4 MB on 2.0 GHz CPU
- Bus: 667 MHz
- RAM: 512 MB (2 x 256 MB) on 1.83 GHz model, 1 GB (2 x 512 MB) on 2.0 GHz models, expandable to 4 GB using PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM but will only recognize 3.0 GB.
- Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 2534 (2.0 GHz), 2334 (1.83 GHz)
- Speedmark 4.5 (Tiger): 178 (2.0 GHz), 168 (1.83 GHz)
- Xbench 1.3 (1.83 GHz)
- overall: 79.00
- CPU: 95.25
- memory: 115.22
- Quartz graphics: 113.10
- OpenGL graphics: 23.12
- Hard drive: 23.74
- GPU: Intel GMA 950 with resolution to 1920 x 1200 on external display (mini-DVI port), supports extended desktop.
- VRAM: 64 MB DDR2 SDRAM (shared with main memory, and according to Apple actually uses 80 MB of system RAM)
- Video out: DVI standard, VGA and S-video with optional adapter
- display: 13.3″ glossy 1280 x 800 18-bit 113 ppi color active matrix
- supports 1280 x 800, 1152 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 640, 800 x 600, 800 x 500, 720 x 480, and 640 x 480 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 x 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio
- allows mirroring to external display and extended desktop mode
- Hard drive: 60 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA on 1.83 GHz model, 80/120 GB 5400 rpm drive on 2.0 GHz, 100 GB and 120 GB optional
- Combo drive: reads DVDs at 8x, writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 16x, reads CDs at 24x
- SuperDrive: writes DVD±R at up to 6x, DVD±RW and DVD+R DL at 2.4x, reads DVDs at 8x, writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 10x, reads CDs at 24x
- USB: 2 USB 2.0 ports
- FireWire 400: 1 port
- FireWire 800: none
- Ethernet: 10/100/gigabit
- WiFi: 802.11g AirPort Extreme built in; update to 802.11n with $2 enabler
- Bluetooth: BT 2.0 built in
- IR receiver: supports Apple Remote
- Modem: optional v.92 56k external USB modem
- ExpressCard/34 slots: 0
- size: 8.92 x 12.78 x 1.08″ (227 x 325 x 27.5 mm)
- Weight: 5.2 pounds (2.36 kg)
- battery: 55 Watt-hour
- AC adapter: 60W MagSafe
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- The MacBook Core 2 value equation, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2006.11.08. The Core 2 Duo is about 10% more efficient, and the 2.0 GHz MacBooks get even more improvements, which improves their value.
- How to clone Mac OS X to a new hard drive, Simon Royal, Tech Spectrum, 2008.10.07. Whether you want to put a bigger, faster drive in your Mac or clone OS X for use in another Mac, here’s the simple process.
- Mac Notebook Value for the College Student, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.08.20. “…Apple ‘Books represent the best long-term value for money spent, not to mention user experience….”
- Protect your notebook against loss, theft, data loss, and security breaches, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.08.25. 10 percent of laptops are lost or stolen every year. Tips on preventing theft, securing your data, and recovering from a lost, stolen, or broken notebook.
- OS X 10.6 requirements, why Apple owns the high end, when to upgrade your Mac, and more, Mac News Review, 2009.08.14. Also Microsoft Word patent infringement, BackPack shelf for iMac and Cinema Displays, two updated Bible study programs, and more.
- No Final Cut 3 with Intel graphics, MacBook Pro hard drive lag, small USB 2.0 monitor, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2009.08.07. Also 13″ MacBook Pro ‘a cut above the rest’, Windows 7 to boost netbook prices, CPU Speed Menu, Logitech Unifying Receiver, bargain ‘Books from $179 to $1,999, and more.
- OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for $29, run Windows on your Mac for Free, Update Breaks Office 2008, and more, Mac News Review, 2009.08.07. Also getting your Mac ready for Snow Leopard, Time Capsule doubles capacity, Picasa 3 for Mac, Bodega Mac app store, and more.
- Optimized Software Builds Bring Out the Best in Your Mac, Dan Knight, Low End Mac’s Online Tech Journal, 2009.06.30. Applications compiled for your Mac’s CPU can load more quickly and run faster than ones compiled for universal use.
- Intel’s promise fulfilled: More processing power per processor cycle, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2009.06.30. Apple promised improved CPU efficiencies when it announced the move to Intel in 2005. Three years of MacBooks show the progress.
- Low End Mac’s Safe Sleep FAQ, Dan Knight, Online Tech Journal, 2009.06.15. What is Safe Sleep mode? Which Macs support it? How can you enable or disable it? And more.
- The Safe Sleep Mailbag, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2009.06.15. Safe Sleep mode is enabled by default on modern MacBooks. How it works, and how to change how it works.
- MacBook White updated, DIY Mac tablet, danger of ‘Safe Sleep’, $350 80 GB SSD kit, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2009.05.29. Also Apple tablet ‘confirmed’, 3G and lower cost MacBook Air models rumored, 500 GB bus powered hard drive, Mini DisplayPort adapters, bargain ‘Books from $179 to $2,299, and more.
- Mac ‘Book Power Management Adventures, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.05.19. If your ‘Book won’t power up, shuts down while your working, or has other power issues, resetting its internal power manager may clear things up.
- SSD RAID in MacBook Pro, MacBooks sweep Consumer Reports, new SSD drives from Imation, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2009.05.11. Also OS X on the Dell Mini 9, MagSafe unsafe?, netbook vs. notebook performance, 8x SuperDrive for older MacBooks, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,200, and more.
- Making the switch from a G4 PowerBook to a Unibody MacBook, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.03.17. The transition to an Intel-based Mac hasn’t been without its problems – slow dialup performance, incompatibility with Eudora, and no real gain in speed with standby apps.
- 2 compact portable USB 2.0 hubs, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.01.12. Compact hubs from Targus and Proporta make a great complement to your notebook computer. Each accepts a third-party AC adapter to provide bus power.
- MacBook keyboard among best ever, glass trackpad less than intuitive, TiBook desktop mod, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2009.01.09. Also $179 to change battery in 17in MacBook Pro, argument for an Apple netbook, MacBook Air SuperDrive hacked for any Mac, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,299, and more.
- Ubuntu Linux and Boot camp make it easy to create a triple boot Mac, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2008.12.24. Boot Camp makes it easy to install Windows on Intel Macs, and Ubuntu now makes it easy to install Linux to a virtual Windows drive.
- Notebooks and blackouts, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2008.12.23. When the power goes out, a notebook computer with long-lasting batteries lets you keep working for hours and hours.
- The ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ Guide to Installing Mac OS X Updates, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.12.16. Most users encounter no problems using Software Update, but some preflight work and using the Combo updater means far less chance of trouble.
- Why You Should Partition Your Mac’s Hard Drive, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.12.11. “At the very least, it makes sense to have a second partition with a bootable version of the Mac OS, so if you have problems with your work partition, you can boot from the ’emergency’ partition to run Disk Utility and other diagnostics.”
- MacBook slowdown without battery, DisplayPort and DRM, 256 GB SSD, MagSafe solutions, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.11.26. Also Mac netbook prospects, laptop cooling table with 2 fans, solar notebook bag, hard shell cases for unibody ‘Books, bargain ‘Books from $500 to $2,299, and more.
- Software to keep your MacBook cool, Phil Herlihy, The Usefulness Equation, 2008.11.25. Heat is the enemy of long hardware life. Two programs to keep your MacBook running cooler.
- Virtualization shootout: VMWare Fusion 2 vs. Parallels Desktop 4, Kev Kitchens, Kitchens Sync, 2008.11.20. Both programs do the same thing, but one runs Windows XP smoothly alongside Mac apps, while the other bogs down everything but Windows.
- CodeWeavers brings Google’s Chrome browser to Intel Macs, Alan Zisman, Zis Mac, 2008.10.02. Google’s new Chrome browser uses separate processes for each tab and brings other changes to Windows users. Now Mac fans can try it as well.
- Apple Trumps Microsoft in Making the 64-bit Transition Transparent to Users, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz, 2008.09.18. To use more than 4 GB of RAM under Windows, you need a 64-bit PC and the 64-bit version of Windows. On the Mac, OS X 10.4 and later already support it.
- SATA, SATA II, SATA 600, and Product Confusion Fatigue, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz, 2008.09.08. In addition to the original SATA specification and the current 3 Gb/s specification, SATA revision 3.0 is just around the corner.
- Does running OS X system maintenance routines really do any good?, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.08.26. Mac OS X is designed to run certain maintenance routines daily, weekly, and monthly – but can’t if your Mac is off or asleep.
- MagSafe out of warranty replacement, Nvidia Flaw Affecting Macs, MacBook Air revision soon, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.08.22. Also 160 GB microdrive from Intel, MacBooks on grocer’s shelves, Intel future CPU plans, a checkpoint friendly notebook case, bargain ‘Books from $220 to $2,699, and more.
- Tricking out your notebook for superior desktop duty, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2008.07.29. For desktop use, you don’t need to be limited by the built-in trackpad, keyboard, and display or a notebook’s compromised ergonomics.
- Free VirtualBox for Mac now a virtual contender, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2008.07.21. A year ago, the Mac version of VirtualBox lacked some essential features. Over the past year, it’s grown into a very useful tool.
- Macintosh reliability improving since the shift to Intel, Kev Kitchens, Kitchens Sync, 2008.07.07. For a while in the G3 and G4 era, Apple was plagued with logic board failures and analog board problems, but they seem to be a thing of the past.
- SSD prices to dive, MacBook heat, solid state drives for MacBook and MacBook Pro, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.06.09. Also Scorpio 7200 rpm 300 GB notebook drive, USB 2.0/FireWire Blu-ray drive, Acer’s tiny, low-cost Linux laptop, bargain ‘Books from $180 to $2,699, and more.
- Fast drives mean fast Macs, 256 MB SSD, 16:9 ratio notebook screens the new norm, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.05.30. Also Centrino 2 delayed, traveling with a MacBook Air, time for notebooks to drop internal optical drives, how to right click with a trackpad, bargain ‘Books from $279 to $2,699, and more.
- Mac value comes from productivity and MacBook integrated graphics debated, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz, 2008.05.29. There are cheaper PC notebooks, but the Mac gains its value from increased productivity. Also whether onboard Intel graphics on the MacBook is inadequate.
- WiMax likely, Apple not green enough, next MacBook in Q3, Cool Feet for notebooks, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.05.23. Also LED backlighting in all MacBooks in 2009, cooling down hot laptops, OLPC plans second generation laptop, universal Apple notebook battery charger, slim external third-party SuperDrive, bargain ‘Books from $150 to $2,699, and more.
- SheepShaver brings Classic Mac OS to Intel Macs and Leopard, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2008.05.20. Mac OS X 10.5 doesn’t support Classic Mode. Neither does Leopard. But SheepShaver lets you emulate a PowerPC Mac and run the Classic Mac OS.
- Windows on Macs: Three paths for integration, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise, 2008.05.14. Mac users have three routes for running Windows apps: Run Windows using Boot Camp or virtualization, or use a compatibility layer such as WINE.
- Firmware 1.5 screen blanking, air travel notebook stand, battery calibration, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.04.25. Also aluminum MacBook rumored, PowerBook converted to desktop, Apple IIgs converted to notebook, new battery tech may end explosions, bargain ‘Books from $150 to $2,699, and more.
- 18 bits can’t display millions of colors, today’s magic is different from yesterday’s, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.04.16. Also more feedback on Mac browsers, slow dialup Internet, and a SCSI-to-USB 2.0 solution.
- Mac benchmarks, firmware updates for all MacBooks, sleep-and-charge USB ports, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.04.11. Also troubleshooting the MacBook Air, keyboard protectors and sleeve cases for the MacBook Air, bargain ‘Books from $150 to $3,099, and more.
- 18-bit video inadequate, restoring AppleWorks speed, Macintosh display info, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.04.09. Also problems importing AppleWorks drawings and a damaged, unfixable mail database in Outlook Express 5.
- Millions vs. thousands of colors: What’s the difference?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.04.07. Once again Apple is being sued over a Mac that can display ‘only’ 262,144 colors per pixel, not the millions it claims. Does it realy matter?
- Intel preps 4-core notebook CPUs, 5400 rpm 1.8″ hard drive from Toshiba, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.03.21. Also Intel and Samsung comment on Solid State Drive reliability, speeding up sleep mode on MacBooks, Microsoft losing ground with portable users, bargain ‘Books from $150 to $2,699, and more.
- $18 USB WiFi adapter, AirPort flaw in last gen iBook, SuperDrive failure in MacBook, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.02.26. Also DVD-RAM for MacBooks, the quietest MacBook, aluminum PowerBooks and Mac OS 9, and expansion slots in affordable Macs.
- Solid state drive vs. hard drive in MacBook Air, Mac drivers for Atheros WiFi cards, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.02.08. Also MacBook Air reviewed, Intel offers new CPU to all, MacBook Pro update imminent, MBA teardown, 8x SuperDrive for MacBooks, bargain ‘Books from $180 to $2,599, and more.
- Restore stability to a troubled Mac with a clean system install, Keith Winston, Linux to Mac, 2008.01.15. If your Mac is misbehaving, the best fix just might be a fresh reinstallation of Mac OS X – don’t forget to backup first.
- We need more than 2 USB ports in MacBooks, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.01.14. There’s something wrong when you can’t plug a flash drive, mouse, and printer into a notebook computer at the same time.
- MacBook nano rumored, laptop sales strong for holidays, MacBook Software Update 1.1, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.12.21. Ultralight MacBook expected at Macworld Expo, Software Update for MacBook and MacBook Pro, Sonnet’s ExpressCard/34 memory card reader, and bargain ‘Books from $140 to $2,599.
- iPods, notebooks, and other modern electronics more readily replaced than repaired, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2007.12.07. Whether it’s an intermittent failure or a broken display cable, more often than not it’s cheaper to replace a broken electronics device than repair it.
- MacBook replaces PowerBook: The name grows on you, Trevor Wale, One More Thing, 2007.12.04. A PowerBook by any other name would be as sweet, but it took a while to get comfortable with the new MacBook name.
- Pros and cons of vampire video, another way to install Leopard, looking for EasyShare, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.11.29. More details on integrated graphics, going G4 on the cheap, more unsupported Leopard reports, the death of DropStuff, and more.
- Merely adequate: Why you want to avoid integrated graphics, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.11.10. A couple years ago, Apple laughingly pointed at Windows PCs with ‘integrated Intel graphics’ as substandard. Today low-end Macs all suffer from those barely adequate graphics processors.
- Beyond Google, 10 years on the G3, the Cube is not a Road Apple, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.11.13. Also the 64-bit advantage of Core 2, OS 9 on a USB flash drive, sound problems since switching to Leopard, and 7200 rpm in an eMac.
- External $100 Sony DVD burner likes Macs, Brian Gray, Fruitful Editing, 2007.10.10. The box and manual say nothing about Mac compatibility, but this 18x USB 2.0 DVD burner is plug-and-play (at least with Tiger).
- FastMac 8x SuperDrive and BurnAgain DVD: Fast and easy multisession disc burning, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.10.08. FastMac’s 8x SuperDrive upgrade is remarkably fast compared with older PowerBook burners, and BurnAgain DVD makes it easy to append files to a previously burned CD or DVD.
- Premature Momentus failure in MacBook, superfast ExpressCard Compact Flash adapter, the LED future, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.10.05. Also which MacBook to buy, Battery Update 1.3 for 15″ MacBook Pro, new bags, and bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,688.
- No looking back after MacBook switch, 8x SuperDrive upgrade for MacBook and MacBook Pro, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.09.21. Also $100 laptop now $188, iBook logic board repair service, metal jacket for MacBook, MoGo mouse lives inside notebook, bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,688, and more.
- Region free DVD viewing on Macs and Windows PCs, Andrew J Fishkin, Best Tools for the Job, 2007.09.07. There are three ways to get around region restrictions on your computer’s DVD player: software, hardware, and extraction.
- I love the Mac mini, no iPhone in court, no region-free DVDs on MacBooks, and more, Andrew J Fishkin, Best Tools for the Job, 2007.07.31. Also 15 years of ThinkPads, reliability and all-in-one devices, and thoughts on upgrading operating systems.
- 250 GB 5400 rpm notebook drive benchmarked, Apple shrinks pro MagSafe adapter, $150 Linux laptop, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.07.27. Also touchup paint for TiBooks, Dell and Lenovo offer wireless USB, Logitech’s nano mouse and receiver, and bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,199.
- Laptops trump handhelds, 1.3 MP webcam in new MacBook Pro, a foldable mouse, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.07.13. Also Sony takes a lesson from the MacBook, SuperDrive Firmware Update warning, Plantronics’ new USB headset, Belkin’s Mouse Trap, bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,199, and more.
- iPhone launch a religious event, Apple’s 13% market share, noise in OS X 10.4.10, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.06.29. Also Apple’s 500 MB drive shortage, Seagate’s first 1 TB drive, a memory optimizer for OS X, MigliaTV software, and more.
- Is more RAM more important than matched RAM in the MacBook?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.05.25. Other World Computing has benchmarked 15 configurations with six programs and concluded that more memory is better than matched modules. Are they right?
- Apple sued over MacBook display, new MacBook benchmarked, more RAM vs. paired RAM, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.05.25. Also ‘Santa Rosa’ expected in June MacBook Pro, optical drive noise, external display issue in clamshell mode, Battery Drain utility, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,299, and more.
- Apple sued: Can 262,144 colors be considered ‘millions’?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.05.16. A new class action lawsuit claims Apple is deceiving buyers when it claims to display “millions of colors” on its notebook computers. What’s really going on here?
- MacBook improved, Apple’s 9.9% notebook market share, 3 GB MacBook upgrade, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.05.18. Also Apple acknowledges MacBook cracks, flash MacBook confirmed, sleek portable hard drive designed by Pininfarina, CoolBook software, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,299, and more.
- The May 2007 MacBook value equation, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.05.16. Bigger hard drives, 8% more processing power, 802.11n WiFi, and a faster SuperDrive make the updated MacBook better than its predecessor, but is it a better buy than the close-out model?
- 3 GB in a MacBook, CRT danger, need for ‘Tiger’ already a problem, a BeOS for Mac source, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.05.16. Also a display problem in Safari, MS Office for OS X 10.2, G4 upgrades for Pismo, an improved Extended Keyboard clone, the Backspace key, and how the Enter key puts the Finder in rename mode.
- Ready to give the MacBook a second chance?, Andrew J Fishkin, Best Tools for the Job, 2007.05.14. After three bad experiences with the original MacBook and a subsequent switch back to Windows, this lawyer is considering the Core 2 Duo MacBook as his next computer.
- The MacBook is much more than just an iBook with ‘Intel inside’, Trevor Wale, One More Thing, 2007.05.10. With a bright widescreen display and the same dual-core CPU as the MacBook Pro, the MacBook is a nearly perfect notebook computer.
- MacBooks drive Mac sales, LED backlighting this year, flash laptops, battery update, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.05.04. Also cracking MacBooks, RAID in your ‘Book, battery issues, a rugged USB flash drive, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,299, and more.
- VMware Fusion beta 3 adds new features, takes a giant step toward release, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2007.04.11. Looking for a virtualization solution for your Intel Mac? The latest beta of VMWare Fusion makes several improvements and includes some unique features.
- 1 core, 2 cores, 4 cores, 8: How much difference does it make?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.04.10. Geekbench scores make it possible to compare the newest 3 GHz 8-core Mac Pro with the 1.5 GHz Core Solo Mac mini – and all the models in between.
- Cracked MacBook photos, first 64 GB solid state drive, overheating problems, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.03.30. Also 8 laptop coolers reviewed and rated, upgrading a 12″ PowerBook, troubleshooting power adaptors, ThermographX goes universal, bargain ‘Books from $180 to $2,299, and more.
- 11 No Cost Tips for Optimizing Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Performance, Ed Eubanks Jr, The Efficient Mac User, 2007.03.12. If your Mac is getting sluggish, here are 11 tips that can help restore its original performance.
- CrossOver: Run Windows apps on Intel Macs without Windows, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2007.02.28. If you need to run Windows apps on your Intel Mac once in a while, CrossOver may be the least expensive way to do so since it eliminates the need to buy a copy of Windows.
- 15″ MacBook in Q2?, 802.11n in Core Duo MacBook, DST updates for Panther and Tiger, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.02.23. Also Mac means doing things your way, Core 2 shutdown problem, fixing a dead pixel, hot lap prevention, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $2,299, and more.
- Bottom-loading optical drive, more Core 2 ‘Book reviews, Signature Suit protects MacBooks, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.02.02. Also OWC seeking Modbook dealers, Boston Power’s better notebook battery, Smart Scroll X and iBatt 2 software, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $2,299, and more.
- Which Intel Macs take CPU upgrades?, $2 802.11n enabler, USB drive adapter, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.02.02. Also a DST fix for Panther, Logos coming to Macs, Intel’s chip breakthrough, iConnect iPod integration for GM vehicles, a waterproof iPod, and more.
- Simple ergonomics for the road warrior, Ed Eubanks Jr, The Efficient Mac User, 2007.01.16. The benefits of external keyboards and mice, laptop stands, typing gloves, and anti-RSI software for notebook users.
- Core 2 ‘Books more reliable, top 10 apps for ‘Book users, notebook security, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.12.22. Also using iSight to photograph failed logins, rent a MacBook in France, safer laptop batteries, Core 2 MacBook “best budget laptop”, MacBook handle, keyboard lockout, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $1,999, and more.
- 12″ MacBook Pro rumored, useful MacBook freeware, Core 2 provides ‘brisk improvements’, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.12.08. Also MacBook Pro production halted, Sony “should have been quicker” with battery investigation, Quicky WiFi transciever now supports iBook, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $2,199, and more.
- Getting notebook design ‘just right’, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.12.05. Some notebooks have just the right mix of design, quality, and features, while others fall short in one or more categories.
- Core 2 ‘Books run cooler and faster, MacBook Core 2 adds value, holiday sales, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.12.01. Also 17″ MacBook Pro Core 2 has faster GPU, Core vs. Core 2 benchmarks, Asus’ leather-clad notebook, bargain ‘Books from $210 to $2,199, and more.
- Extended warranties debated, giving ‘Other Red’ benefit of the doubt, MacBook closed-lid cooling, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.11.13. Also problems using Target Disk Mode to install Tiger, Afterthemac 802.11g USB adapter, iEmulator x86 emulation for PowerPC and Intel Macs, and unsupported operating systems.
- Core 2 means cooler running MacBook, MacBook Core 2 ‘a powerhouse’, MacBook Pro Core 2 really faster, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.22. Also Al Jazeera chooses Apple, Quicky wireless antenna doubles range, battery recycling, high tech repairs, and bargain ‘Books from $200 to $750.
- Parallels revisited: Release version far more polished than beta, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2006.11.21. Parallels lets you run Windows or Linux without rebooting your Intel-based Mac, and it’s made great strides since the beta came out earlier this year.
- To AppleCare or not to AppleCare?, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.11.20. Consumer Reports, which generally recommends against extended warranties, says AppleCare makes sense. But does it?
- Core 2 boosts MacBook by 7%, undervolting ups battery life and drops heat, firmware update for MB and MBP, more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.17. Also 17″ MacBook Pro delays, extended warranties, making EVDO work with Parallels, MacBook Core 2 developer notes,$50 WiFi PC Card, bargain ‘Books from $275 to $2,199, and more.
- Disabling deep sleep on MacBooks, ‘Other Red’ a scam?, mixed RAM can reduce performance, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.11.13. Also other disk utilities Mac owners should know about, Lombard cooling, Netscape 7 on OS 9, Final Vinyl for ripping LPs, and more.
- MacBook goes Core 2, Core vs. Core 2 benchmarks, MacBook Pro hard drive transplant, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.10. Also the MacBook Pro’s 3 GB memory limit explained, Apple’s 200 GB hard drive, Hitachi’s forthcoming 250 GB drive, a notebook stand with an integrated keyboard, bargain ‘Books from $199 to $2199, and more.
- Improving value: Cost cutting done right, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.11.10. Sometimes a lower price means a cheap product, but sometimes it’s the result of sensible cost cutting that increases product value.
- Pre-2006 software: The big reason you shouldn’t buy an Intel Mac today, Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.11.09. If you work with software that predates the Intel transition, you may be better off sticking with PowerPC Macs. And if you use classic apps, you definitely want to avoid Intel.
- MacBook random shutdown cure, 15″ MacBook rumored, Core 2 runs cooler, CoolBook heat control, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.03. Also the MacBook Pro’s 3 GB memory limit explained, Apple’s 200 GB hard drive, Hitachi’s forthcoming 250 GB drive, a notebook stand with an integrated keyboard, bargain ‘Books from $199 to $1,599, and more.
- MacBook Plus: Adding flexibility and easy upgrades to Apple’s notebook line, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2006.10.20. Apple’s current ‘Books have limited expansion options. A MacBook with a device bay that accepted a second battery could be a big success.
- Better laptop performance: What’s the best upgrade?, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.10.09. Memory, CPU, bus speed, and hard drives all impact performance and battery life. Which upgrades will give you the most up time in the field?
- Region free DVD viewing options for Intel and PowerPC Macs, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.09.12. Several hardware and software options that will let your view ‘wrong region’ DVDs on your PowerPC or Intel Mac.
- Apple updates battery recall, MacBook ‘best computer for school’, random MacBook shutdown, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.09.01. Also more on battery safety, high capacity battery for 14″ iBooks, low-cost USB 2.0 PC Cards, turn your ‘Book into a reading light, bargain ‘Books from $380 to $2,399, and more.
- Merom and the MacBook, Apple’s original Duo laptop, Dell battery woes may impact Apple, iBook G3 SuperDrive, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.08.18. Also MacBook a back-to-school recommendation, MagSafe patent may block third-party power adapters, wrist rug and trackpad film for MacBook and Pro, bargain ‘Books from $119 to $1,699, and more.
- MacBook Pro battery exchange, MacBook reliability, strangest MacBook hacks, DIY laptop case, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.08.04. Also Apple admits MacBook issues, more on palmrest issues, powering the $100 laptop, another Dell notebook bursts into flames, repairing your AC adapter, bargain ‘Books from $300 to $2,149, and more.
- Icons, status symbols, and the MacBook, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.08.03. The MacBook combined the best of PowerBook and iBook designs in a fresh new way that’s nearly perfect.
- Is 512 MB enough?, Macs gain share in business, wireless Mighty Mouse, Toast adds Blu-ray support, and more, Mac News Review, 2006.07.28. Also OWC’s FireWire 400 & 800/USB 2.0/eSATA drives, miniXpress 160 GB drive, Jeep flash drives, SteerMouse supports up to 8 buttons plus vertical and horizontal scrolling, and miniStat2 system monitor.
- 7 tools for keeping your laptop (uh, notebook) cool, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.07.24. A quick look at the Podium CoolPad, ChillMat, ChillHubs, Laptop Desk, Xpad, iLap, and iBreeze – seven stands designed to keep you ‘Books running cooler.
- More ways to add OS 9 features to OS X, modem problems with MacBook and USB modem, Opera problem, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.07.17. Also potential problems using Target Disk Mode to install the OS, using Classic on Intel Macs, value of Pismo G4 upgrades, “Tiger” on a G3 iMac, better laptop ergonomics, and more.
- Can Apple’s consumer MacBook really replace two PowerBooks and a ThinkPad?, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.07.06. One user’s experience replacing a 12″ PowerBook G4, 15″ PowerBook G4, and IBM ThinkPad X32 with a black MacBook.
- The amazing auto-muting headphone jack, Dan Moren, MacUser, 2006.07.01. If you have your MacBook’s volume muted and plug in headphones, it turns on the sound – and mutes it when you unplug the headphones.
- MacBook replaces Dell laptop, can outperform Power Mac G5/2.7 GHz dual, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2006.06.30. After two years, the Dell was on its last legs, and Apple’s bundled apps made the MacBook a compelling choice. But what’s really impressive is the performance of universal apps.
- MacBook Apple’s Best Yet, Unexpected Performance Differences, Case Discoloration, and SATA drives, The ‘Book Review, 2006.06.15. Still more reviews raving about the MacBook, and some head scratching at Macworld about performance differences between white and black models.
- Drive matters, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2006.06.14. There’s more to picking the right hard drive than size, spindle speed, buffer size, and price. But how can a 5400 rpm drive ever outperform a 7200 rpm drive?
- Upgraded PowerBook vs. new MacBook: Which makes more sense?, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.06.12. Especially for serious gamers, the older PowerBooks with their graphics processors and dedicated memory run circles around the low-end Intel GMA950 graphics of the MacBook.
- Power strategies for using your ‘Book in the field: Batteries and AC adapters, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.06.05. One or two extra batteries and at least one spare AC adapter can be essential when you’re traveling and need to get hours and hours of use from your ‘Book.
- Matte vs. glossy screens, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.06.05. Also how DiskWarrior can save the day even when it ‘fails’, thoughts on keyboards for those with neuropathy in their hands, Norton SystemWorks for Mac, and more on OS X browsers.
- MacBook a sign of things to come to MacBook Pro line, Jake Goodridge, Fresh Picked Apples, 2006.05.26. The MacBook isn’t just an incredible value compared to the MacBook Pro, it also introduces some features sure to migrate to the pro line.
- Apple nailed it: All you need to know about the MacBook, The ‘Book Review, 2006.05.26. Reviewers find Apple’s new MacBook nearly perfect, the clever upgrade bay, a matte screen petition, and more.
- What’s the best ‘Book for my needs: MacBook, MacBook Pro, iBook, or PowerBook?, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.05.25. You need to balance size, weight, price, power, and processor to find just the right ‘Book for your own needs.
- Picking the right laptop in 2006, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.05.23. You need to balance size, weight, price, power, and battery life to find just the right notebook computer for your own needs.
- Smart design and easy drive replacement will make the MacBook a winner, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2006.05.19. Although the graphics processor is far from state-of-the-art and the screen is very reflective, everything else about MacBook points to it becoming a huge success.
- Glossy MacBook screen, MacBook keyboard, fix for MacBook Pro heat problems, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.05.19. Also inside the MacBook, positive 17″ MacBook Pro reviews, third-party power supplies, Hitachi’s notebook ‘drive of steel’, bargain ‘Books from $1,000 to $2,199, and more.
- 13″ MacBook introduced, 15″ MacBook Pro speed bump, The ‘Book Review, 2006.05.17. The iBook replacement has a 13.3″ widescreen display, 1.83 and 2.0 GHz Core Duo processors, extended desktop, sudden motion sensors, iSight, Front Row with remote, and much more.
- MacBook glossy screen problems, Classic option for Intel Macs, and more on replacing Home Page, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2006.05.17. Reader unconvinced a glossy laptop screen is a good idea, SheepShaver PowerPC emulator puts Classic on Macintel, more thoughts on WYSIWYG HTML editors, and eMac CPU upgrade possibilities.
- And we all shine on, John Siracusa, ars technica, 2006.05.16. “So, what’s the big deal? Consider some synonyms for the word “glossy.” Gleaming. Shiny. Reflective. Now you’re getting it.”
- MacBook Drops, Keyboard Irks, Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny, 2006.05.16. “I want to love the MacBook and it suits my purposes perfectly, but the keyboard just isn’t working for me.”
- The black tax, Derik DeLong, MacUser.com, 2006.05.16. “Surely, I’m missing something that makes the black version worth $200 [more].”
- Computer benchmarks and other baloney: Don’t expect 2-4x performance from Intel Macs, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2006.02.06. The Intel Macs are faster than the models they replace, but only with software written for them. With older software, they’re actually slower than last year’s Macs.
- Booting an Intel iMac from an external drive, Jonathan Rentzsch, TidBITS, 2006.01.30. Intel Macs use a different partitioning scheme (GPT) than older Macs (APM), so you can’t simply update an existing drive – your must repartition it with GPT.
- Comparing Apples to Apples: When is Macintel faster? When does PowerPC make more sense?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2006.01.29. Benchmarks show the Intel Core Duo flies through native code but plods through PowerPC programs. Will PowerPC or Intel give you the more productive workflow?
- Macintel stumbling block: Sometimes you need Classic, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report, 2006.01.25. As nice as the new Intel Macs seem to be, the lack of any Classic environment makes it impossible for some people to upgrade.
- MacBook (13-inch, Late 2006) – Technical Specifications, Apple
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