Apple's new 13-inch MacBook impresses

The redesigned MacBook is a solid improvement on an already well-loved system.

The new MacBook's bigger touchpad.

In case you missed it after checking out our rumor mill posts , live coverage of the Apple press conference , and even our collection of "unboxing" pictures of the actual hardware, you can now read CNET's full review of Apple's new 13-inch MacBook.

The redesigned MacBook is a solid improvement on an already well-loved system. The new aluminum frame essentially makes it a smaller version of the MacBook Pro, and even the new Nvidia chipset and integrated graphics are impressive, offering playable frame rates in games such as Quake IV and Call of Duty 4 (as long as you keep your expectations modest).

It's a shame the entry $1,099 price is gone (replaced by a $999 version of the previous plastic MacBook model), and that the FireWire port went out to get some milk and never came home. Otherwise, we're calling this one an overall winner.

Read the full review of the new Apple MacBook.

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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