MacBooks immediately distinguish themselves from others in that the body is not constructed from separate pieces. They call the chassis of their laptops “the unibody” and it is carved out of a single piece of aluminum. This is carried out by computer numerical control (CNC) machines, the same machines that build pieces for spacecraft.
The MacBook is lit by light emitting diodes (LED), as opposed to the traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs), which take up more room. The MacBook takes a minimalist approach — no metal frame around the screen, no button on the trackpad. The trackpad is specially crafted to be appropriately receptive to touch, quiet and ergonomically correct.
The latest MacBook offers a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card and is built to be energy efficient. The glass and aluminum used to create the MacBooks are even recyclable. The laptop comes with 2 GB of RAM, with the option of holding up t 4 GB. The 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor runs at 1066 MHz and the screen is 13.3 inches. The MacBook includes a 120 GB hard drive for an 802.11 wireless network.
MacBook praises itself on the aluminum model for being compact, sleek, green and powerful. Its graphics card is supposed to provide up to 5X more graphical support than its predecessor, which adds a whole new experience to playing realistic 3-D games. The touch pad, albeit buttonless and kind of weird at first, is designed to give the fingers more room and was established with functionality in mind as well as comfort.
Perhaps one of the most impressive features of the MacBooks is its size — it weighs only 5 pounds and is 1.08 inches thick.
Benefits of the MacBook include its compact size, backlit keyboarding (on some), better graphics, sleek design, including monitor, strong construction, and a large touchpad. Drawbacks include a slow CPU, the awkwardness (initially) of the touch pad and the absence of Express and SD card slots, as well as no matte monitor option. This model is very similar to it’s larger, plastic 15-inch screen cousin, and is a mainstream win, especially in the education and consumer markets. In fact, the MacBook has set historical records in number of units sold.
In simpler terms, some have referred to the MacBook as an elevated version of the Mini or a scaled down version of the Pro. In either case, it’s a good middle ground for those who do not fall into either category. Because of the absence of memory card slots, graphics artists and photographers are probably better served by moving up to a Pro. There is a one year parts and labor warranty, a 90 day window for tech support and an extended warranty purchase of 3 years is highly recommended among experts.
Some applications of the MacBook include: