Remember the white unibody Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by puma1552, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. puma1552 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2008
    I *completely* forgot this even existed, and I actually almost bought one back in the day. Anyone still rocking one of these? It's actually kind of refreshing to see after all the aluminum year in, year out.



  2. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Our local primary school runs a stack of these still, buys them ex-lease reconditioned dirt cheap. They're great.
  3. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    We have several hundred of these at school. Ive grown to hate them with a passion.
  4. squirrrl, Mar 23, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2015

    squirrrl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    I'm still rocking one of those right now. Early 2008 version if i'm not mistaken. Will only run snow leopard. Also, I've gone through two batteries. The one I'm currently on has warped so bad that I can't use it since it presses against the bottom side of the keypad and trackpad, and I can't accurately use either. I have to have my laptop plugged in and hope that I don't accidentally knock off the magsafe connector and lose what I'm working on.

    Also, it gets dirty very quickly for some reason and the plastic has become very brittle around the edges.

    Clearly, a rMB will be a big step up for me.

    EDIT: NM.... I don't have the unibody one... it probably would have been a step up from my 2007 white macbook since I wouldn't have the plastic chipping off where the keyboard plastic meets the bottom case. In any case, I think I got my money's worth since i've had it for 7 years now.
  5. gooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    i'm sure that i would have one or two of these if only they had firewire. as it is i bought two of the 2.13ghz models instead. one is running 10.6 and the other runs 10.9. they are just perfect for what i use them for.
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009

    There was a 5 year limit on the fix but people have been in luck having it done after ;)
  7. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I'll get dinged by the mods f I just ask you "why?" so I'll draw that one word question out into a 20-word sentence instead of just asking: why?
  8. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY

    They are very, very, very slow. Boot time is horrible. They take forever to do simple tasks and the screens are horrible. Non IPS screens. Plus, it's a high school, sometimes keys are missing or the computers don't turn on.
  9. robo456 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2008
    New Jersey
    I have a (early?) 2009 that I upgraded with 4gb of ram and a 240gb SSD. I run Yosemite as well as dual boot Windows 7. I do run Garageband and a little bit of Logic, and it does pretty well. I use Windows to run my telescope (camera and controls) and that works perfectly as well.

  10. Borja1055 macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    I have one of these with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive and it works like new. Thinking of putting an SSD in it.
  11. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
  12. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I liked them...although all the slim aluminum make them look dated.
  13. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    Yeah, I have one. I see the beach ball a lot!
  14. matt550 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2008
    I have a late 2007 early 2008 MacBook. It's time to upgrade for sure.
  15. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    I have the first Macbook (1.83GHz Core Duo) 2 gig ram (max) 250 gig harddrive (upgraded) that's running Snow Leopard 10.6.8....Sure it can't run latest chrome browser ect (as 32 bit) but it run's everything I need like a champ. (no beach ball's here) What what most people use a computer for, it working just fine thank you!
  16. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    I have a complete collection of white unibody MacBooks, ie I've got the 2.26GHz Late 2009* and the 2.4GHz Mid 2010. Both are OS X 10.9, 8GB RAM and 250GB SSD, and both of them are incredibly responsive and capable machines given their advanced years.

    My only minor gripe would be that the relatively low screen resolution can make Photoshop a little cramped when you've got a few floating palettes going.

    I'd have loved it if the new MacBook was an unapologetically plastic homage to the old product line, rather than the 'Airier than Air' offering. Polycarbonate is so much more 'abusable' than aluminium. I suspect that its longevity might well be one of the reasons Apple no longer use it, ie people keep hold of them for too long.

    * I got the 2009 on eBay for £180, which in the UK is a bargain. I thought it was even more of a bargain as it was advertised as the 2010 model, but I bought it anyway given the price; that I'd driven half an hour to collect it; that it was mid December and intended as a 'family Christmas present' and I'd already ordered the RAM/SSD/case; and lastly that it was in extremely good condition.
  17. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Whenever I work on these, I can't help but notice how much cheaper they feel than the aluminum MacBook (+Pro). Look okay. Perform like molasses, as mentioned before.
  18. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
  19. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    It was the first Mac I owned. Used to be a great machine back in the day, but compared to what we have now, its absolutely awful. That bad quality plastics and extremely heavy body...
  20. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    my girlfirend still has that, it's the 2010 model I believe. It still goes strong with SSD, but it looks like crap. The plastic scratches like crazy and the display is stsrting to delaminate, but otherwise it works just fine. Fortunately she never had the rubber bottom come loose, I've seen that happen in several occasions.

    My girlfriend is the 'use until it's dead' kind of person, so given the reliability of this machine it's probably gonna be with us for many years.
  21. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    That looks really cool! I know someone who still uses it as his main machine.

    I'm not sure if he uses it for much though, as I usually seem just playing solitaire on it.
  22. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    A friend inherited a 2010 white MB from another friend who passed away......first thing he did was to head to MicroCenter to see about replacing the slow HD with a SSD one and upping the RAM. He was pleasantly surprised to find what a difference these two hardware changes made, and then he upgraded the OS to Mavericks. We were both really surprised when Yosemite came out to learn that he could even jump into it. He's been very happy with his machine, which has been a perfect introduction to computers/Macs for him. At some point no doubt he'll be looking around for something more up to date but this little white MacBook has done yeoman's service for him.
  23. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    I have been using mine since it was new in late-2009. I am typing on it right now. It is the only laptop and computer I have. About two months ago I tired of the spinning beach ball of death and shoved a new SSD and RAM in it. It is working great right now. I'm trying to tell myself its days are numbered so I can buy a rMBP 2015 13-inch :)
  24. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Unfortunately, the school I work at still has about 40 of these in use every day.

    I hate them, to say the least. They are extremely slow and the kids pick the keys off for fun!!

    Luckily, the will be rotated next year.
  25. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Slow? Mac? NEVER! ;)

    I can't stand it when morons destroy public-use property. What do they gain from ripping off the keys? :confused: It might be harder to do that with the new MacBook, but I'm sure they'll find a way.


    On topic. I always liked the white MacBook in pictures, but hated it in real life. I disliked how you could see the darkness under the edge of the keys.

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