My Full Review of the 2.0 MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by arthursiew, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. arthursiew macrumors 6502

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    Pros: New manufacturing process, sturdy aluminum, 2GB DDR3, NVIDIA Graphics, Keyboard, Glossy Display, Design, Performance

    Cons: Lack of Firewire, Some may not like the Glossy Display, Illuminated Keyboard only for high-end, expensive for Aluminum Models

    Bottom Line: If you are looking for a computer with high performance, I would recommend you to go for the new MacBook. The new design is a killer, while some people may not like it. The New MacBook has became more lovable.

    I will be testing the computer for battery life, some light gaming and big programs such as Logic Studio.

    Review

    The New MacBook just arrived and I got my hands on it today. I called many stores around the San Francisco Bay Area and all of the stores in the South Bay were out. Luckily, I called the brand new Hillsdale Store in San Mateo and rushed to get it. The purchase process was a little slow, while they were trying to get the printer for me. After a few hours of use, it blown me away.

    The new design is gorgeous and it looks great and even better in person. Of course this is opinion based, since some people think the new models look hideous. If you think the new design isn't right for you, you can check out the $999 MacBook, which is also a great one, especially for first time Mac Users. The Black Bezel around the screen is nice, but it's prone to fingerprints. You will need to use the screen wipe often if you don't like looking at the fingerprints.

    The new LED backlit display is awesome. The screen is brighter compared to my friend's early 2008 MacBook and of course it saves more battery. Unfortunately it doesn't have an ambient light sensor for the display which would be nice. You don't really see any reflections if you are in the dark, but if you are in a very bright location, get ready for some frustration. The reflections don't really bother me really much, but for the people who get bothered with it, you probably need to think twice about this.

    The keyboard looks just like the MacBook Air's and it still feels great. I just don't get why Apple would make such a stupid move to have the illuminated keyboard on the high end model. The keyboard feels great and you can get used to the keyboard fairly quick.

    The Glass Trackpad is a killer, but it doesn't look like glass. I like the idea of having the whole trackpad being the button, but it may take some time getting used to. The new Multi-Touch gestures are very useful and I use them all the time. This would be one of the reasons why you should get the new MacBook.

    If you are a gamer, this wouldn't be the best computer for you, but it does have an integrated graphics card that is a lot better than the Intel one.

    If you have a Firewire Accessory, you might want to go with the base model or live without it, because the lack of Firewire can be sad to some people. I don't get why the base model would get one while the more expensive ones don't.

    Overall, I think this computer is great and the battery life is awesome. I used the computer for a little over an hour an a half and I still have a lot of juice in this baby. If you can live without the firewire and illuminated keyboard (to those purchasing the 2.0), this would be an awesome one to purchase.
     
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  3. arthursiew thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I will keep that in mind during some more testing.
     
  4. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    Thanks…hopefully the backlit thing will be an option at check-out instead of an exclusive thing.

    They should've just had 1 MacBook and a list of upgrades.
     
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  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    My current MacBook gets ~2900-2950.

    At least we know it's a P8xxx series now. Thanks!

    Did you make sure it was the only application running? Besides Finder of course.
     
  7. arun21 macrumors member

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    I had firefox, transmission, ichat, itunes running... here are my new results with nothing except Geekbench and finder running:

    http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/81689
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Thanks! Seriously don't run anything but the benchmark when running the benchmark. :p
     
  9. arun21 macrumors member

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    What are your thoughts on the results of the 2.4ghz macbook?
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It falls in line with the results on previous 2.33/2.4 GHz Macs.

    The GPU is the biggest improvement this generation. If a user just wants raw CPU power they can save a lot by purchasing the previous white/black 2.4 GHz MacBook.
     
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    You must understand that the improved bus and the cache would affect these results 2.4 is 2.4 and this really doesn't play well for the GPU or RAM.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Memory bandwidth is up a little bit but the I hope that new users aren't expecting massive gains over previous processors.
     
  14. radionickhead macrumors regular

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    I'd like to see some benchmark results of the 2.0 vs 2.4 ...
    I'm afraid I wasn't willing to pay the extra cash for a .4 speed bump and a backlit keyboard, so I also purchased the 2.0 - it'd be interesting to see the results...

    P.S: Maybe some frame rates in popular games would be nice too?
    -I realise the 2.4 isn't going to differ greatly from the 2.0 in gaming but I'd still like to know , thanks
     
  15. surfdog_2005 macrumors member

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    Me too. I'm anxious to see if there is really a big difference between these two.
     
  16. pik. macrumors 6502

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    hello!!!!!

    can we have any feedback about the temperatures?
     
  17. saMac macrumors newbie

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    i'm not sure i understand this statement. are you saying that the "new" MB has FW but the "new" MBP does not? or do you mean that the "old" (white) MB has it, but the "new" (aluminum) MB does not?

    i think i have it straight in my mind, but someone reading this review might be confused.
     
  18. Keeval macrumors member

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    The old (white) macbook has firewire, the new aluminium unibody ones don't. But the MacBook Pro (new 15") do have firewire.
     
  19. ec51 macrumors 6502

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    Easy; Apple wanted people to opt for the 2.4 if the backlit keyboard was something you "needed."

    The base model is the "old" MB which had FW and they didnt change the design of the old MB's - and with the new MBs they feel FW is unncessary for the MB - since a "pro" who needs FW will opt for the Pro....its quite simple actually.....business.
     
  20. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    It's available. The Macbook 2.0 outscores the MBA at an average of 2690. While the Macbook 2.4 is getting into 3140.
     
  21. MacsBestFriend macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the review! I want to get the 2.0 and IDK if I can make it with out the illuminated kayboard. is it possible to replace the kayboard with a backlit?
     
  22. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    for anyone wondering the 2 GHz MacBook model DOES have an ambient light sensor to lighten/darken the display in dark/light conditions.
     
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