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Apple Macbook A1181 reviews – the cheapest portable Mac with Firewire

By on March 9, 2009

applemacbooka1181Apple has reengineered all its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops to include an all-aluminum unibody design in them. But the $999 white MacBook 2GHz is a laptop that has been left out of this race. It is an all-around system that offers an excellent performance and oozes of style. It weighs a mere 5 pounds. This new 2GHz model is identical to its predecessor with the same number of peripheral connections like a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a single FireWire 400 port. It also houses the same mini-DVI port as the earlier version did. It boasts of a glossy screen that offers a native resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels. As far as storage is concerned, it carries a 120GB Serial ATA hard drive.

This machine boasts of the nVidia GeForce 9400M graphics subsystem. This feature is a pretty good upgrade over the Intel GMA X3100 used by the previous model. Similar to the X3100, the 9400M is an integrated graphics chip that shares its memory with main memory. The 9400M uses 256MB of memory. The entry-level MacBook ships with 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 RAM with a 1066MHz front-side bus. The new processor of the system runs at 2GHz. This new Macbook A1181 is pretty competitive on the performance front. It offers an excellent overall performance as compared to its earlier version and its competitors. It shows overwhelming performances in the 3D games experiences. It offers a tremendous Quake frame rate at the same time.

As far as the battery life is concerned, the battery life of A1181 is an impressive 4.5 hours on a single round of charge. This means that you can enjoy working on this machine without even the need for worry of the charging cable. But in case you watch a movie on this machine at full screen size, the battery will last for a mere 3 hours. This sub $1000 Apple Macbook A1181 is certainly worth the money. If you desire a Mac portable with FireWire, this device will prove to be the most affordable choice for you.

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Apple Macbook A1181 reviews – the cheapest portable Mac with Firewire, 3.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings