With a few minor upgrades to processing speed, memory allotment, hard-drive size, and wireless bandwidth, the Apple MacBook remains a well-designed, fully featured, thin-and-light laptop.
Apple made the most minor of updates to its MacBook line of laptops on May 15, 2007, adding slightly faster Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives, and 802.11n networking, aka Draft N, while making 1GB the minimum amount of memory available. The design of the 13.3-inch MacBook remains unchanged, as do the three price points for the trio of default models.
The $1,099 entry-level model now features a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory, an 80GB hard drive, and Apple's CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive. The midrange MacBook starts at $1,299 for a 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB of memory, a 120GB hard drive, and a DVD-burning SuperDrive. The $1,499 model is nearly identical to the midrange model, adding a slightly larger hard drive, at 160GB, and a black chassis. Each model allows you to upgrade the standard 1GB of memory to 2GB and to select up to a 200GB hard drive.
Standard features across the line include a 13.3-inch wide-screen display with a 1,280x800 native resolution, an integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics chipset, a built-in iSight camera, and Apple's magnetic-release MagSafe power adapter. The MacBooks run Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and include the iLife software suite and the Front Row multimedia application along with Apple's tiny remote control.
For more information, read our full review of the previous-generation MacBook, which won our Editors' Choice award in November 2006.