REVIEW: MacBook 13.3-Inch

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 10:01
Category: MacBook

macbook-keyboard-250.jpgMy Apple notebook history is as follows: PowerBook 190, 2400c, Pismo, G4 Titanium, 12-inch iBook and now shipped all the way from Shanghai (in four days) to the UK, an Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz lovely whiter-than-white MacBook (80GB/1GB).
First up that Apple design look and feel. The MacBook is very solid and chic, and with the thinner look everything is tighter more slim and solid (though I think that many reviewers will swoon over any fresh-out-of-the-box Mac.)
Everything except the screen width has been shrunken – even the dinky manual (you’ve all seen the svelte boxes by now). I really dig the much more manageable MagSafe power adapter, it really feels like the MacBook is that a rethink of the whole consumer notebook philosophy, sorry Pro users.
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MacBook 13-Inch 3D Game Performance Benchmarked

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 17:11
Category: MacBook

BareFeats just ran Doom 3, Quake 4 and UT2004 tests on a 2GHz MacBook 13″ and compared those results to the MacBook Pro, PowerBook and iBook. As expected the MacBook 13″ was a real “slouch,” even being beat by the iBook.

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Plastic Strip Blocking Exhaust Vent on MacBook

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 13:10
Category: MacBook

macbook-film.jpgIt’s not clear how widespread this issue is, but at least one user has dicovered that a thin plastic film was covering the exhaust vent of his new MacBook and prevented it from cooling properly: 

Just as many other MacBooks, mine got really hot and that got me a bit concerned. This is my first Apple laptop and I take a lot of pleasure in discovering new things about it. After playing around with it I found that the vent under the screen is covered with a piece of laminate. I briefly checked the manual and it doesn’t mention anything about it. It’s very hard to get to it as the gap between the screen and the base is very tight. However, I was able to remove it and surprise… my fans went quiet. The laminate covers the whole vent so no air gets out at all.

G-Stahl.com: MacBook’s vent blocked

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MacBook Checkerboard Keyboard

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:09
Category: MacBook

macbook-checkerboard-keyboard.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D, a.k.a KODAWARISAN has posted a picture of a special MacBook he calls “MacBook Ichimatsu.” He combined the keytops from the keyboards of black and white MacBooks and created a cool checkerboard effect. Reminds me of my Vans sneakers from the 80s (which I recently re-purchased, btw 🙂

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MacBook Fixit Guide Available

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Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2006, 08:40
Category: MacBook

41.jpgiFixit, publisher of the do-it-yourself Fixit Guide series, has released free MacBook disassembly instructions and photos. The MacBook disassembly guide contains hi-res photos of the MacBook’s internals, including the Intel Core Duo processor.
Free Fixit Guides are available for these computers:
* MacBook
* MacBook Pro
* Mac Mini
* PowerBook G4 Aluminum (867 MHz – 1.67 GHz)
* PowerBook G4 Titanium (400 MHz – 1 GHz)
* PowerBook G3 (233 – 500 MHz)
* iBook G4 (800 MHz – 1.42 GHz)
* iBook G3 (300 – 900 MHz)

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Apple: Final Cut Studio not Supported on MacBook

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Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2006, 22:49
Category: MacBook

fcs_box_125.jpgApple posted a knowledge base article (Article ID: 303782) explaining how Final Cut Studio is not supported on the MacBook:

If you have a MacBook, the Final Cut Studio (Universal) crossgrade Installer does not prohibit you from installing the pro applications, but this configuration does not meet the minimum system requirements for Final Cut Studio.

See the Final Cut Studio system requirements for complete requirements.

Note: The integrated graphics processor in the MacBook does not permit float processing in Motion and will result in degraded performance and other issues in Motion and other Final Cut Studio applications.

Final Cut Studio is not supported on MacBook

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More on the MacBook (Pictures)

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2006, 08:52
Category: MacBook

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After yesterday’s piece on the MacBook’s HDD access door I have a little more feedback on the MacBook.
The glossy screen is nice, but more difficult to read from the side. I prefer the satin screen of the MacBook Pro. The shell of the machine is a very similar texture to the older Pismo models, but a more deeper black color.
The MacBook now opens and closes without a button latch and no longer has a metal hook to keep it closed, it’s all magnetic. There’s an indentation in the front where you put your finger allowing you to pry the screen up.
The sleep light is in the front right corner and is nearly invisible when not on.
The weird thing is the new style keyboard: rather than a one-piece keyboard which attaches to the top of the laptop, the MacBook now has a top case that completely covers the top of the laptop and the keys.
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MacBook HDD Acess Door (Pictures)

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2006, 11:07
Category: MacBook

I got the opportunity today to pick up three new Black MacBooks. Here’s some photos, specifically of the bottom battery access panel where the RAM and HD access are located.
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The metal “L” shaped cover has TINY safety screws that don’t come loose so they can’t be lost. The hardest part is getting a very small screwsdriver at the correct angle to open the access panel.
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MacBook, Disassembled

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 09:03
Category: MacBook

macbook-disassembled.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D, a.k.a. Kodawarisan, has disassembled the new MacBook.

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The Apple Core: MacBook PROS: new features over the MBP

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 08:37
Category: MacBook

macbook-black-keyboard.jpgYesterday Apple announced the long-awaited iBook successor, the MacBook and there are a couple of things worth noting between it and the MacBook Pro.
Video: The MacBook uses Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 with 64MB of shared video memory versus the MacBook Pro’s dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 (running on the PCI Express bus.) The MacBook isn’t going to be a screaming game machine, nor will it be chosen by high-end graphic or video professionals. These users will chose the MacBook Pro just for the video processor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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