Apple MacBook Fall 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz review: Apple MacBook Fall 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz

This new MacBook performed generally on par with the models released back in June 2009, and this version was a few seconds faster than the older 2.13GHz MacBook in our Photoshop and iTunes tests. More importantly, these mainstream Core 2 Duo CPUs easily outperformed the low-voltage versions found in thin-and-light systems such as the HP Envy 13 and the Toshiba T135-S1310.

Annual power consumption cost
Apple MacBook Fall 2009 2.26GHz
$3.88 
HP Envy 13
$5.34 

Juice box
Apple MacBook Fall 2009  
Off (watts) 0.52
Sleep (watts) 0.66
Idle (watts) 7.826
Load (watts) 31.452
Raw (annual kWh) 34.23
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $3.88

The Apple MacBook ran for 5 hours and 42 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, which is about 30 minutes longer than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and nearly an hour longer than the previous white MacBook. Toshiba's Satellite T135-S1310, however, showed the advantage of using an Intel ULV processor, going for an additional 30 minutes to pass 6 hours of total running time.

Apple includes a one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, but keep in mind that this only includes 90 days of telephone support. Upgrading to a full three-year plan under AppleCare will cost an extra $249. Support is also accessible through an online knowledge base, video tutorials, and through e-mail with customer service. Driver and software downloads are easily accessible through Apple's Web site.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations:

Apple MacBook Fall 2009 2.26GHz
OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Envy 13
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600; 3072MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330; 250GB Toshiba 5400rpm

Apple MacBook Summer 2009 2.13GHz
OS X 10.5.7 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite T135-S1310
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Pro Summer 2009 2.26GHz
OS X 10.5.7 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Apple MacBook Fall 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

Part Number: MC207LL/A Released: Oct. 20, 2009
MSRP: $999.00 Low Price: $2,899.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Oct. 20, 2009
  • Installed Size 2048 MB
  • Color white
  • Weight 4.6 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) - fixed
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz
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