A look at the new Mac Book

November 28, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Looks like Steve Jobs and his team down at Apple Corp have done it again.  At first glance, the new Mac Book released this October of 2008 is exquisite. The design is meticulous in detail as one would expect from an Apple. The new Mac Book still adheres to the simple-yet-beautiful philosophy. The sculpted lines are still minimalist in character with the glossy display, the sunken keyboard design, and the non-mechanical magnetic latch still intact which are all inherited from its ancestor–the iBook G4.

Enough with drooling over the aesthetics. The main question is: “Does the Mac Book pack the goodies?” Apple had announced that it was bringing some exciting but still costly technology to the new Mac book. I thought Apple would have integrated Blue ray or some large capacity standard solid-state drives, but, unfortunately, there were none.

However we did get a 13.3-inch LED backlit glossy widescreen; 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and a glass multi touch sensitive trackpad. The keyboard of the high-end model is backlit, like that of the Mac Book Pro and Mac Book Air. These improvements did little to raise my pulse rate.

Apple added a new NVIDIA chipset. The chipset brought a 1066 MHz system bus, use of DDR3 system memory, and integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics. Now these improvements filled me with glee. Mac Book has now a respectable graphics card for gaming. Despite the lack of gaming titles running in the OSX platform, Windows running in the Mac Book is more than sufficient to fill in every gamer’s fantasies with tons of third-party games available.

I observed that some subtle changes were also made: there is a new Mini DisplayPort (replacing the polycarbonate Mac Book’s mini-DVI port) and Apple removed the FireWire 400 port. (Seriously, who uses FireWire on a daily basis?)

At 5.0 pounds or 2.27 kg, the new Mac Book is the lightest in the family. It is also thinner than the previous Mac Books.  You may wonder how Apple accomplished this. Well, the new Mac Book is made from an aluminum unibody structure. Yes folks; the Mac Book has the same body casing as the sports cars of today. Maybe Apple envisions its users of having uncontrollable fits of hysteria throwing their Mac Books at 200 km/h.

In sum, Mac Books does pack the goods. No surprises there. Since its migration to Intel a few years back, Mac Book is the only machine that can do Windows, OSX and Linux. Of course, it does not hurt that the Mac Book Aluminum is a stunningly sculpted steel. However while Windows notebook prices have dropped 20% in the last 2 years, Mac Book prices have stayed stubbornly steady. Apple has truly made modern works of art in their machines but the focus on too much design esthetics makes the pricing of Mac Books quite steep. The bottom line is it costs a bit more but it’s a sweet machine.

Mac Book Pro Specs

Pricing: from $1,999

Display: 13.3-inch (viewable) glossy widescreen; 1280 x 800 pixel resolution

Front side bus: 800MHz

Processor: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (T8100)

Memory: 1GB (two 512MB) Expandable to 4GB

Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor using 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared by main memory

Hard drive: 120GB, 5400-rpm Optional 160GB or 250GB

AirPort Extreme: Integrated 802.11a/b/g and draft-n (n enabled)

SuperDrive: 4x DVD+R DL writes, 8x DVD±R read, 4x DVD±RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording4x DVD+R DL writes, 6x DVD±R read, 4x DVD±RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording 4x DVD+R DL writes, 8x DVD±R read, 4x DVD±RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording

Minimum operating system required: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.5

Weight: 5.0 pounds / 2.27 kg

Dimensions: 1.08 x 12.78 x 8.92 inches / 27.5 x 325 x 227 mm


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