Limitations of the White MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot

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    Sayer

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    Sounds like a perfect laptop for my two older daughters (one of whom is now home schooled).

    They don't need all the sizzle and specs of a full blown MacBook Pro or MacBook unibody.
     
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    Beric

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    Yup. The white Macbook is still a bit overpriced, but it's definitely the best model in Apple's entire computer lineup.

    And BTW, I was homeschooled, and just graduated last year. Good luck with your daughter! :cool:
     
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    ltldrummerboy

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    I'll join the festivities. I was homeschooled for 12 years.

    I've been thinking about selling my whitebook and getting the new one. I'm really liking the Nvidia card. I don't think it's crippled/limited compared to many other Apple products. The faithful whitebook is unfairly being singled out.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Um. Really?

    Overall, I'm a fan of the transition to unibody Macbooks but I think in the case of the non-Pro version the white MacBook is to much of a contender--especially with the upgrade to the 9400M. This reviewer brings up a few interesting points, like the fact that one USB port can't deliver a full 500mA (I've never heard of that before but it could be true). Most of the other differences are mute at this point.

    • DDR2 vs. DDR3 there really isn't that big of a speed difference, the real advantage is power usage and heat.
    • LED vs. CFL: LED is better but only marginally for most people especially considering the quality of the non-Pro MacBooks' screens. The big differences between LED and CFL lit backlights are truer colors (although the cheaper LCD of the non-Pro is going to make a bigger difference than the backlight), less wattage per brightness, and faster on/off time. Because CFLs contain hazardous materials I'm happy to see the switch but I'm not sure how much of an "advantage" this translates to for a MacBook buyer.
    • Slower CPU? What? It is the same CPU found in the base-line UniBody. Perhaps the reviewer mean there are no CPU upgrade options which is true, but then you can always but a last generation or refurb MBP for what the mid-level Unibody MacBook is going to cost. And it will way outperform it and have a much nicer screen.
    The upside of the White MacBook is firewire, a real important feature for amateur and prosumer musicians and videographers. I feel the only true advantage--at this point--to the Unibody MacBook is the build quality. They really seem solid. Is that worth giving up firewire AND paying a $300 premium? That's up to you but Apple has now made the choice harder IMHO.
     
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    iParis

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    Well I'm not homeschooled but a WhiteBook sounds right for me, does it not?
    All I mainly do is browse the internet, play a little games, hook up my 640GB WD and iPod, and probably a keyboard and mouse.
    Although, since it will be my first Mac I'll probably do some music/video editing just for fun since I have had the chance since I'm on a PC.
     
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    nagromme

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    The BIG advantage of LED is the long life. My laptop before this one is still useful, even overkill for some people, but the screen is now dim. Whether I keep it or try to sell it, that hurts. My laptop before THAT is VERY dim, but still a functional computer--connected to an external display.

    But my current Air, with LED backlight, will remain usable for much longer.
     

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