Apple MacBook 13-inch (White)By Cisco Cheng | Print
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The Apple MacBook 13-inch is sleek and powerful and gives you a lot of laptop for your money.
Whether you're starting high school or college in the fall, or have children who are, the Apple MacBook 13-inch is a great choice for those going back to school or for anyone who wants simple computing in a sleek design. Bound to make a strong fashion statement, this base-model MacBook costs just $1,099 (direct), yet has plenty of speed for average course work.
Apple's signature color for its iBook notebooks has always been solid white. And though the high-end version of the
For most students, buying a separate software bundle can get costly. Not so with the MacBook 13-inch. The included iLife '06 suite has everything you need, including the iPhoto photo editor, the iMovieHD video editor and DVD player, and the audio podcast-capable GarageBand.
How powerful is a MacBook 13-inch? The low-cost system uses the same Intel Core Duo technology as the pricier MacBook Pros, just clocked slightly lower, at 1.83 GHz (T2400). This step down is pretty insignificant when it comes to user performance. If you decide you do need to make an upgrade, I suggest investing an extra $100 to bump the system's RAM up from 512MB to 1GB. Unfortunately, the MacBook uses integrated graphics from Intel, so if 3D graphics is a requirement for you, the MacBook Pro or the Dell Inspiron E1505 would be a better candidate. As for battery life, the MacBook will net you only around 2 to 3 hours, depending on usage, which means you'll need to bring your power adapter wherever you go.
The $1,099 Apple MacBook 13-inch is probably the best bang-for-the-buck laptop configuration you're going to get from Apple. Better yet, you can conquer all your classroom projects by starting with the bare essentials.
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