The 'Book Review

MacBook Best Selling Mac Ever, New MacBook Disassembled and Reviewed, New Notebook Cases, and More

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2009.10.23

General Apple and Mac desktops is covered in The Mac News Review. iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in The iNews Review. All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

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News & Opinion

MacBook: The Best Selling Mac Ever

The Loop's Jim Dalrymple says that if you think the iMac is Apple's best selling computer ever, you are mistaken.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, told Dalrymple that Apple's best selling computer ever is the MacBook, with more then 10 million units of the company's entry-level notebook out the door since it first was unveiled in May 2006.

Apple Updates MacBook with LED-Backlight, Multitouch Trackpad, 7-Hour Battery

PR: Apple on Tuesday updated its entry-level MacBook with a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design featuring a brilliant LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad and Apple's innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life. Inheriting technology and design features from the MacBook Pro line, the new MacBook is an ideal consumer notebook for students and new Mac users, and is available for $999.

Multitouch MacBook"The new MacBook includes many of the great features found on the innovative MacBook Pro, such as an LED-backlit display, glass Multi-Touch trackpad and built-in long-life battery," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With the only lineup of notebooks all featuring unibody enclosures, LED-backlit displays and long-life battery technology, there's never been a better time to switch to a Mac."

The new MacBook features a unibody, polycarbonate enclosure that makes it lighter and more durable. The new design includes a unique nonskid bottom surface and at just 4.7 pounds, the sleek MacBook slides easily into a backpack or briefcase. MacBook comes standard with a bright, LED-backlit display with the same wide-angle viewing technology used in the MacBook Pro line. The new MacBook has a 2.26 GHz Core 2 processor, 2 GB RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and powerful Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics.

The new MacBook includes Apple's innovative built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge, and up to 1,000 recharges.* At nearly three times the life span of conventional notebook batteries, Apple's built-in battery results in fewer depleted batteries and less waste. Depleted batteries can be replaced for $129, which includes installation and environmentally responsible disposal of your old battery.

ports on Multitouch MacBookThe energy-efficient MacBook joins the industry's greenest lineup of notebooks, with every Mac notebook achieving EPEAT Gold** status and meeting Energy Star 5.0 requirements. The entire Mac notebook line now comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, use internal cables and components that are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple's innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $999, includes:

  • 13.3" widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display
  • 2.26 GHz Core 2 with 3 MB shared L2 cache
  • 1066 MHz frontside bus
  • 2 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4 GB
  • Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
  • 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately)
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • built-in iSight video camera
  • two USB 2.0 ports
  • one audio line in/out port, supporting optical digital out and analog in/out
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad
  • built-in, 60 WHr lithium polymer battery
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 4 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, or 320 GB 5400 rpm, 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

*A properly maintained MacBook battery is designed to retain 80 percent or more of its original capacity during a life span of up to 1,000 recharge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit www.apple.com/macbook/features.html.

**EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.

Disassembling the New MacBook

iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens says:

Late 2009 MacBook taken apart"After three and a half years, the venerable plastic MacBook finally received a makeover. Apple has added an LED display, upgraded processor speed, added curves, increased battery life, and made things more fun to disassemble by using a combination of Phillips, tri-wing, and Torx screws. Unfortunately, it's not all positive news. Apple has also quietly removed the FireWire port, IR port, and the useful external battery indicator.

"Points of interest:

  • Apple's certainly giving us quite the screw variety on this machine. We've found tri-wing, Phillips #00, T6, T7, and T8 Torx screws.
  • The Bluetooth antenna has been relocated to the display assembly. This is likely an attempt to improve the MacBook's notoriously dismal Bluetooth range. On previous MacBooks the Bluetooth antenna was located above the optical drive.
  • The battery is 60 watt-hours, the same capacity as the 13" MacBook Pro. The previous plastic MacBooks featured a 55 watt-hour battery and claimed a 5-hour run time. With this machine, Apple has added 5 watt-hours of battery capacity and two hours of claimed run time.
  • The new MacBook's battery boasts a power-to-weight ratio that's 23.5% better than its predecessor.
  • Some disassembly is required to replace the battery, which is readily accessible by ordinary users with the right tools.
  • Apple removed the IR port for a remote control. As far as we know, that makes this MacBook the only currently-shipping Apple laptop that doesn't support a remote.
  • FireWire is gone! If you need FireWire, only a MacBook Pro will do.

The Pictures

Successful removal of the battery
Successful removal of the battery.

The space-age heat sink
The space-age heat sink.

Partially removing the 'Do Not Remove' sticker
Partially removing the "Do Not Remove" sticker.

Comparison of the new MacBook ports with the MacBook Pro 13" and old MacBook:

Late 2009 MacBook vs. 13 inch MacBook Pro and old MacBook

Photos courtesy iFixit.

Apple Bucks Netbook Trend - and Thrives

IT World's Agam Shah reports that netbooks were instrumental in the increase in PC shipments for most manufacturers during the third quarter, but Apple defied the trend despite offering standard laptops at premium prices, according to figures from analyst firm Gartner, with growth driven by dedicated fans purchasing new Macs and the education market where there is a a big installed base of Apple systems in the education market whose buyers tend to stick with Macs through thick and thin.

Bringing an Old Laptop Back from Death

The New York Times' John Biggs has a tale of woe about picking up a strong kid-proof drawer lock magnet in the same hand as his laptop, which caused the hard drive to go haywire (how's that for a technical term?) and his computer was dead.

However, he says that while it seems like it's the end of the line when a laptop dies, wounded laptops can be healed, and he proceeds with a tutorial on how to repair it.

I perceive that John is a Mac user, since he mentions check out sites like ifixit.com and macsales.com (OWC) as parts sources and notes that iFixit offers step-by-step guides for adding memory and hard drives to almost any Macintosh laptop model.

A good overview article for anyone unfamiliar with fixing laptops who thinks they might like to give it a go.

Reviews

'Basically a White MacBook Pro'

Gizmodo's Jason Chen says:

"It was inevitable that Apple would take their unibody manufacturing prowess from their MacBook Pros and focus it on the MacBook line. We just never expected the new MacBook to be as enticing as the 13-inch Pro.

"It's basically a White MacBook Pro...."

Multitouch MacBook Loses as Much as It Gains

CNET UK's Nate Lanxon says:

"Look what we have here. It's the new Apple MacBook, now with a multi-touch trackpad, rounder corners and a battery you can't replace.

"So here's the thing: this is a refresh, despite its entirely new chassis and new trackpad. Fundamentally it's still the same entry-level Mac, just with certain refinements that bring it better in line with its MacBook Pro brothers."

"...the removal of the separate audio sockets is inexcusable, and the inability to manually upgrade the hard drive or RAM easily troubles us enormously. You'll need to weigh up what's important to you - battery life and multi-touch, or upgradability, FireWire and audio flexibility."

Late 2009 MacBook 'a Compelling Buy'

Laptop Magazine's Michael A. Prospero says:

"Apple's elegantly redesigned MacBook offers strong performance, excellent ergonomics, and good battery life for a reasonable price....

"With its new $999 MacBook - a slightly stripped down MacBook Pro in a plastic chassis - Apple has delivered a notebook that not only offers similar performance to its higher-end cousin, but is now price competitive with Windows 7 machines that have similar specs. Considering its long battery life - not to mention Apple's excellent Snow Leopard operating system and first-rate customer support - the new MacBook is a strong buy...."

Editor's note: The review erroneously refers to a "13.3" LED-backlit matte display", but it's the same glossy finish that's now standard on Apple notebooks. dk

Products & Services

Samsung Improves Workspace with Seamless Dual Display for Laptops

PR: Samsung Electronics America Inc. has announced the release of its Lapfit monitors, LD220G & LD190N, for use as a secondary display for notebook computers. Now available through Samsung resellers and retailers at an estimated street price of $249.99 and $149.99 respectively, Lapfit offers notebook users the benefits of having dual displays to view multiple web sites, documents, tool palettes and widgets.

"With the strong growth in the laptop and netbook categories, our Lapfit monitors offer a great synergy for users needing multiple screens," said Doug Albregts, vice president, Information Technology Division, Samsung Electronics America Inc. "Lapfit enables users to be more productive by eliminating the awkward external monitor configuration that comes with pairing standard LCD monitors with a notebook"

Dual Display Harmony

With more consumers migrating to laptops, the Lapfit is a convenient display solution that complements and enhances the laptop. Lapfit enables multiple applications to run simultaneously or display movies and games in 16:9 widescreen high definition format and 1080p (LD220G) picture quality. Settings, such as brightness, backlight and color effects, can be quickly customized with a touch of a key using the MagicColor, MagicBright, Color Effect and Image Size functions. It also maintains 100% image integrity and eliminates distortion using its intelligent image size function to accommodate normal and widescreen content.

Simple and Quick Connections

The Lapfit requires minimal set up and offers the simplicity of being instantly functional. The LD190N installs quickly with a standard VGA cable. The LD220G has the added benefit of USB connectivity with Samsung's UbiSync technology, which allows users to quickly plugin and manage multiple monitors without using additional video cards or changing system settings. The LD220G also serves as a USB hub to attach additional UbiSync monitors or peripherals.

Elegant and Versatile Form

The Lapfit features sleek, clean contours and high-glossy black casings that can be placed almost anywhere. Weighing less than 10 pounds and possessing an integrated kickstand, the Lapfit maintains a thin profile taking up minimal space on the desk or on the go. While the uneven positioning of most external monitors can cause eye or neck strain, the Lapfit's low profile remains level with the notebook, creating a more convenient view in addition to the benefit of multiple monitors. The adjustable stand can tilt from 10 to 40 degrees to match the laptop screen's angle.

For laptop users in the academic environment or mobile power users, the Lapfit is a great tool to boost productivity and the laptop's capabilities," says Young Bae, director, Information Technology Division, Samsung Electronics America Inc. "For netbook users that want to watch video in HD formats, the LD220G is an affordable solution for screens that are too small."

LD190N & LD220G Specs

  • 1360 x 768 (LD190N) and 1920 x 1080 (LD220G) resolution
  • 250 cd/m2 brightness
  • Dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000:1
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 5ms response time
  • UbiSync technology for connectivity via USB (LD220G)
  • Low power consumption

Monitors are available through Samsung resellers and distribution channels, which can be located by calling 1-800-SAMSUNG or by visiting the company website.

iResQ Offers New MacBook Pro Repairs, Lower iPhone 3GS Repair Pricing

PR: New iResQ pricing for iPhone 3GS digitizers drops to $94. 13" matte-finished LCD screens for the MacBook are now $99 (self-installation) or $189 (full-service). Replacement of the display glass panels on the 17" and 15" unibody MacBook Pros is $299. Prices for other repairs have fallen or will fall in the near future.

Apple consumers can find discounted prices on many repair services starting this week, including services for the iPhone 3GS, MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The Midwest's premier Apple Authorized Service Provider is offering substantial price drops on its already industry-leading low-priced repairs.

MacBook matte LCD screen replacement

"The computer and electronics repair industries have been resilient through the last few months of the shaky economy," explained Brian Buffington, iResQ's General Manager. "We're taking this opportunity to try and give back to our loyal customer base by dropping prices on some of our more common repairs, especially the iPhone 3GS."

Among the repair services that iResQ will be offering at new discount prices are the ubiquitous iPhone 3GS digitizers; replacement of a 3GS digitizer now matches the 3G digitizer at $94, which is a full 25% lower than iResQ's nearest competitors.

Matte-finished LCD screens for the 13" MacBook are now $99 for self-installation or $189 for full service. Many repairs across the board have either been dropped or are in the process and will be discounted in the near future. Prices do not include shipping.

iResQ is also now replacing display glass panels on the 17" Unibody MacBook Pro. At $299, replacement of the glass for the 17" and 15" MacBook Pro costs far less than similar services and is guaranteed to be performed by genuine Apple Certified Technicians. In addition, LCD replacement for models with a matte screen is now $329.

As always, due to high freight volume, iResQ shipping prices are a fraction of UPS published rates. Customers can take advantage of its low rates, or ship portable devices on their own if they prefer.

iResQ, a division of ResQ Systems, LLC, is an Apple-Authorized Service Provider that repairs Apple computers and portable devices in addition to the Sony Playstation Portable within a 15,000-square-foot commercial facility. Servicing Apple products since 1994, its team of dedicated, full-time technicians boasts years of experience and multiple Apple Certifications. They joined the Apple Authorized Service Provider network in 2008 and consequently provide Apple Warranty service as well as out-of-warranty repairs. The company has been "Customer Certified" by BizRate for over 8 years. Twenty-four-hour diagnostics and repair service cover the entire line of iPods, iPhones, Portable Macs, and Mac Minis. This includes the entire PowerBook G4 family, the iBook family, plus the MacBook and MacBook Pro systems, as well as all versions of the iPod except the iPod Shuffle. The company provides a standard 90-day warranty on all work performed, and free technical support on all repairs backed by a 30-day return policy with no restocking fees. iResQ cares about the environment and has a flexible recycling program in place.

iResQ is also an ideal solution for schools and computer repair shops. Its repair depot can handle large numbers of repairs quickly and efficiently, and it provides volume discounts.

For more information or to order repair services, call 1-888-447-3728 or visit iresq.com.

Tough Flash Survivor USB Drive Reaches 64 GB

PR: Corsair, a specialist in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, has announced the new 64 GB Flash Survivor!" USB drive, claimed to be the most rugged high-capacity flash drive on the market.

Survivor USB DriveThe new 64 GB Flash Survivor takes the industry's most popular rugged USB drive and takes it to the next level, with a huge amount of storage space, plus best-in-class performance.

The 64 GB Survivor is ideal for storing and transporting your music, videos, pictures and other important files, safe in the knowledge that your data will be safeguarded inside the Survivor's protective shell.

Corsair's ultra-durable Flash Survivor USB drives have proven popular with consumers thanks to their super-strong, CNC-milled, aircraft-grade aluminum casing, which makes them practically indestructible. Each drive is also fitted with a molded, shock-dampening collar and EPDM seal, which provides water-resistance to a depth of 200 meters. In independent reviews, the Flash Survivor has been dropped, baked, boiled, encased in ice, zapped in a microwave and even run over by an SUV, yet it still came back for more.

Survivor USB DriveThe 64 GB Flash Survivor boasts the same ultra-rugged credentials, with the added benefit of high storage capacity and higher performance compared to most other 64 GB flash drives currently available.

"The new 64 GB Flash Survivor takes the industry's most popular rugged USB drive and takes it to the next level, with a huge amount of storage space, plus best-in-class performance," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing for Corsair. "The 64 GB Survivor is ideal for storing and transporting your music, videos, pictures and other important files, safe in the knowledge that your data will be safeguarded inside the Survivor's protective shell."

The 64 GB Survivor's ruggedness and high capacity also makes it ideal for use as a super-secure data backup device, in combination with backup products, such as Corsair's Flash Voyager!" Port. Combining the 64 GB Survivor with the Disaster Recovery feature of the NovaBACKUP software bundled with the Flash Voyager Port creates a near disaster-proof backup solution.

The Corsair 64 GB Flash Survivor is available immediately through Corsair's worldwide authorized dealer channel. Each drive is bundled with a USB extension cable and dog tags, and is backed by a 10-year limited warranty and comprehensive customer support via telephone, email, forum and the Tech Support Express helpdesk.

Purchase Links

Iomega's New Mac Compatible eGo Portable Hard Drives

PR: Iomega has announced the worldwide availability of the new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive for Mac users, featuring multiple interface connections, a stylish new aluminum design, superior ruggedness and a robust combination of software, all backed with a three-year limited warranty. Available in three different colors and up to 500 GB in capacity, the new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive for Mac users provides the dependability and versatility to meet today's on-the-go data storage needs.

Mac Compatible eGo Portable Hard Drive"Featuring both flavors of FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity, the new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive is ideal for Mac fans that want to take their files anywhere with the assurance of compatibility no matter which interface is needed," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "Just like the new USB 2.0 eGo models we announced two weeks ago, the new triple interface eGo Drives deliver dependability and style with a compact, sleek new aluminum enclosure in eye-catching colors, as well as a collection of backup software to protect your data."

Scott Zahl, vice president, vendor management for Ingram Micro US, one of Iomega's largest IT distribution partners, said, "Iomega's next generation of eGo Portable Hard Drives are well positioned to meet the increasing business and consumer demands for greater mobility, capacity and flexibility when it comes to accessing and storing their data. Iomega's eGo Drive has become a channel favorite among our Apple resellers, especially as demand for portable hard drives continues to build within data-intensive vertical markets such as education, finance, and retail. We're pleased to be working side by side with Iomega to bring this next generation of in-demand portable hard drive technology to market." Cool Hardware with Superior Functionality

The new Triple Interface eGo Portable Hard Drive features one FireWire 800 port, one FireWire 400 port, and one USB 2.0 port, and comes in variety of colors and capacities: the Apple-esque Alpine White model is available in 250 GB; the deep Midnight Blue model is available in 320 GB; and the Ruby Red model comes in 500 GB. (Color and capacity combinations vary in international markets.) These drives are also formatted HFS+ for a great out-of-the box Mac experience.

Inside an aluminum shell little more than a half-inch thick (16 mm) and weighing less than 7 ounces (200 grams) is a state-of-the-art 2.5" portable hard drive. Iomega's Drop Guard feature protects data on the new triple interface eGo drive from drops of up to 51 inches, or 40% above the industry average!

All of the new triple interface eGo Portable Hard Drives receive power from a laptop or computer's FireWire or USB 2.0 ports, so there's no power supply to carry around. Each drive includes both FireWire 800 and FireWire 400 cables, as well as a USB 2.0 "Y" cable which gives users the flexibility to use two USB ports to power the drive, if needed. And with up to 500 GB of capacity, the new eGo Drive for Mac users can store up to 2,000,000 photos, over 9,250 hours of music, or 750 hours of video. Plenty of Software Bundled, Too

Bundled free of charge with the new eGo Portable Hard Drives for Mac users are three backup software programs, giving users added protection for their photos, videos, music and other files.

The software bundle with the new triple interface eGo Drives includes: Iomega QuikProtect: backup software for simple scheduled file-level backup of data to hard drives and network-attached storage devices (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks). EMC Retrospect Express or Express HD: backup all of your data plus applications and settings (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks). MozyHome Online Backup: Convenient online backup service with 2 GB of online capacity for free (unlimited online storage for $4.95/month). MozyHome Online service allows you to restore your most important data from any computer with Internet access, at any location in the world.

All of the software elements are accessible via easy download to new eGo Portable Hard Drive owners. Compatibility

The new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive for Mac users is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or above, as well as Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. MozyHome software is available for Mac OS X 10.4 and above, along with Windows XP and Windows Vista. EMC Retrospect software is available for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. New eGo Portable Hard Drive Accessories

Available for purchase at go.iomega.com are two new accessories for the new eGo Portable Hard Drive: a durable black carry case that can be used for both the USB and triple interface models; and the Iomega Power Grip Belt for added durability, available in black and translucent colors (for the USB models only). Pricing, Availability and Warranty

The triple interface Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive for Mac users is available today. The 250 GB Alpine White eGo model is priced at $99.99; the 320 GB Midnight Blue model is $109.99; and the 500 GB Ruby Red model is $149.99. (All pricing is US suggested retail.) All of the new Triple Interface eGo models include a 3-year limited warranty, and are available from online retailers, distributors including Ingram Micro Inc., VARs, resellers and select retailers, as well as iomega.com.

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ColcaSac Introduces New Protective Sleeve for MacBook Pro

PR: ColcaSac, creators of the discreet MacBook sleeve, debuts its newest protective sleeve for the MacBook Pro, the Black ColcaSac. The latest edition to the ColcaSac family like its predecessors, offer MacBook users heavily padded protection from drops, dents and scratches that commonly occur with laptops.

ColcaSacColcaSac vertical-loading sleeves are designed to provide fast and easy access for MacBook users that are constantly on-the-go. In addition, its original look acts as a theft deterrent as no one associates a laptop with natural fabrics.

Each ColcaSac sleeve is unique and a breath of fresh air from the carbon copy neoprene competition. Each design adds an original flavor unseen in MacBook sleeves today including the natural appeal of the original sleeve made from all-natural environmentally friendly fabrics.

ColcaSac strives to create the most functional and appealing cases for Apple notebooks on the market today, said Jared Rasmussen, President and founder of ColcaSac. The company was born out of necessity, filling a void in the small but important market of MacBook protection and provides users with an alternative to generic sleeves.

ColcaSacAll ColcaSac protective sleeves are fashioned from a heavy-duty hemp canvas, lined with cream, 100% polyester sherpa fleece that provides protective padding for MacBooks and secures the user's MacBook with a durable, easily accessible Velcro closure. Heavyweight hemp boasts the longest and strongest natural fiber available today (stronger than cotton).

Each ColcaSac MacBook sleeve features a pocket that conveniently carries a power adapter, DVDs, or CDs, etc. Original, efficient and simple, a ColcaSac MacBook sleeve is designed to be used as solo protection, or combined with your backpack, briefcase, or shoulder bag.

See the ColcaSac Difference:

  • All ColcaSac Sleeves are made by hand with all-natural environmentally friendly fabrics.
  • Theft-Deterrent, no one associated a ColcaSac sleeve with electronics.
  • Heavily padded protection from drops, dents and scratches that commonly occur with laptops.
  • Natural Earthy Feel, a real out of the box experience.
  • A range of designs and colors (Red, Black, Sherpa, Brown etc.) from very basic to fashionable.
  • Vertical loading for easy access and quick departure.
  • Heavyweight hemp boasts the longest and strongest natural fiber available today (stronger than cotton).

This name heritage stems from Colca Canyon, in Peru, which has a prodigious depth more than twice that of the Grand Canyon. Additional ColcaSac styles include Original, Black, ColcaSac, Passion Vine, Red Delicious, Peony Lace, Morning Glory and the Romana.

ColcaSac donates 1% of sales to help purchase land in environmentally sensitive areas.

The Black ColcaSac ($33) and other ColcaSac products are currently available at colcasac.com.

ColcaSac The Messenger Bag by ColcaSac

PR: Ready? Your Messenger Bag by ColcaSac is. Tough enough for your daily adventures, big enough for work or school, and comfortable enough for both.

This Messenger Bag is made from high quality, heavy 18.5 oz canvas combined with a waterproof liner, and features an integrated padded MacBook compartment that fits all Apple notebooks (13",15",17"). It features a velvet lined sunglass pocket, a zippered exterior pocket, 5 interior pockets, pen holders, and a key ring tether.

Features:

  • ColcaSac Heavy 18.5 ounce basket-weave canvas
  • Waterproof nylon liner
  • Integrated soft velvet padded notebook compartment
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Zipper accordion exterior pocket
  • Five internal pockets, two with zippers
  • Sunglasses pocket with protective velvet liner
  • Key ring tether
  • Strong Velcro closure to secure flap

Dimensions

External dimensions

  • length - 18.5 inches
  • height - 10.0 inches
  • depth - 6.5 inches

Notebook compartment dimensions

  • length - 15.4 inches
  • height 9.6 inches
  • depth 1.5 inches

Waterfield Designs' New SleeveCase and Bags for MacBook Unibody

Waterfield SleeveCasePR: Waterfield Designs, maker of custom laptop sleeves and designer bags and cases for consumer electronics, announces a new, custom-fitted, protective SleeveCase for the 13.3" unibody MacBook. Waterfield Designs manufactures in San Francisco enabling lightning fast turnaround on cases for new devices. The new size 13-4 SleeveCase is available now for preorder and will ship November 2, 2009. WaterField's new size 13-4 SleeveCase is compatible with the popular, recently announced Muzetto 13" laptop bag also from Waterfield.

"People spend a lot of cash on their Mac laptops, so it is important to protect them well," explained owner, Gary Waterfield. "Your case should fit snugly for optimal protection - the Waterfield Designs case is an exact fit for the new unibody MacBook dimensions and it is very protective. The Muzetto, a favorite of Mad Men actor Rich Simmons, is a good choice to use with the new SleeveCase."

Waterfield SleeveCaseThe SleeveCase secures and protects the 13.3" unibody MacBook without zippers, allowing quick access to the laptop. It combines a nearly indestructible ballistic nylon outer shell with a high-grade, 6mm neoprene interior that absorbs shock as it cradles the computer. A loop at one end lets users hold the SleeveCase while easily removing the device. Travelers passing through airport security can leave the MacBook Pro protected in the TSA friendly sleeve while it makes its way through the x-ray machine, thereby minimizing loss or damage at security checkpoints.

Inserted into WaterField's Muzetto, Cargo, Cozmo, or VertiGo bag, the SleeveCase protects the MacBook from other bag contents and can remain inside when the computer is removed. Or, one can add a strap to the sleeve and use it as stand-alone case. Waterfield also offers the 13" Racer-X & HardCase laptop bags and the new 13-4 Suede Jacket Sleeve for the unibody MacBook.

  • SleeveCase new size 13-4: $39.
  • Options include: Suspension Shoulder Strap with D-rings ($18)
  • Simple Shoulder Strap with D-rings ($12)
  • Piggyback accessory pouch ($22)
  • Suede Jacket Sleeve new size 13-4: $29. Preorder now from the Waterfield Designs website. Ships November 2, 2009.

The 13-4 SleeveCase is compatible with the 13" Laptop Muzetto ($239), Small Cargo ($179-$209), Small Cozmo ($179), and Medium VertiGo ($85). The HardCase size 13" ($229) and the Racer-X 13" ($169) laptop bags fit the new MacBook. All are available now.

Bargain 'Books

Bargain 'Books are used unless otherwise indicated. New and refurbished units have a one-year Apple warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

PowerBook, iBook, and MacBook profiles linked in our Portable Mac Index.

Apple Store

Factory refurbished units with Apple's full one-year warranty.

  • 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/120 HD, $1,099
  • 1.8 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80 HD, $1,099
  • 1.8 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/64 GB SSD, $1,199
  • 1.86 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/128 GB SSD, $1,249
  • 1.86 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/120 GB HD, $1,349
  • 2.13 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/120 GB HD, $1,549
  • 2.1 GHz MacBook White, 2 GB/120/SD, $749
  • 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/160/SD, $899
  • 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/250/SD, $999
  • 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/128 GB SSD/SD, $1,299
  • 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/128 GB SSD/SD, $1,299
  • 13" 2.26 GHz Unibody MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $999
  • 15" 2.53 GHz Unibody MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $1,449
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  • 17" 2.66 GHz Unibody MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, antiglare, $1,999

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  • 2.13 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/128 SSD, $1,694 after rebate
  • 2.13 GHz Core 2 MacBook White, 2 GB/16/SD, $929 after rebate
  • 13" 2.26 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,114.00 after rebate
  • 15" 2.53 GHz June 09 MacBook Pro, 4 GB/250/SD, $1,594 after rebate
  • 17" 2.8 GHz MacBook Pro, 4 GB/500/SD, $2,294 after rebate

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  • 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/SD, $719.99
  • 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/80/SD, $729.99
  • 15" 1.83 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 1 GB/80/SD, $779.99
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  • 15" 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 1 GB/200/SD, $899.99
  • 17" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 1 GB/120/SD, APX, $1,269
  • 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 1 GB/160/SD, $1,399

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  • 15" 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/80/SD, $849

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