MacBook Review Roundup
Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:40 PM EST
Posted by: Charles
Well, it's been almost two weeks since the MacBook update. So here's a roundup of the best reviews for the new MacBooks from around the Internet. This includes reviews from CNET, Macworld, Walt Mossberg, PC Magazine and more. Personally, I think the best reviews this time around are from Ars Technica (Go Clint!) and AnandTech, so check those ones out for sure.
Review: Apple MacBook
CNET - "Apple's redesigned 13-inch MacBook is essentially a shrunken version of the more expensive 15-inch Pro line. With its new aluminum body, new trackpad, and Nvidia graphics, it's an even more attractive choice for mainstream laptop buyers than was the plastic model it replaces," writes Dan Ackerman.
Review: Apple MacBook Pro
CNET - "Apple's redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro boasts a redesigned aluminum body that's stunning, thin, and sturdy; a new trackpad with expanded functionality; and a dual graphics setup for either longer battery life or better performance, but there's now less incentive to spend extra for it because its 13-inch mainstream cousin received a greater overhaul," writes Dan Ackerman.
Review: Aluminum MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz and 2.4GHz
Macworld - "In the two and half years since the first MacBook model, Apple has tweaked and improved its consumer-level laptop line three times. But the latest (fourth) version is a giant leap for the MacBook, compared to the baby steps of the earlier updates. With the latest design (both inside and out), the MacBook has become a lot more like a MacBook Pro mini," writes Jonathan Seff.
Review: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz and 2.53GHz
Macworld - "At casual glance it appears nearly identical to its predecessor, but it's not. Inside and out, the new MacBook Pro 15-inch models - with speeds of 2.4GHz and 2.53GHz - have been remodeled, redesigned, and reengineered for a completely new laptop experience," writes Jackie Dove.
Review: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch
PC Magazine - "Rarely does Apple update an entire line of laptops in one fell swoop. While the new aluminum MacBooks didn't come as a surprise, a new MacBook Pro seemed like a long shot. This latest crop of MacBook Pros benefit from a new manufacturing process and host of performance tweaks that keep them among the best notebooks on the market," writes Cisco Cheng.
Apple Polishes Popular MacBook for a Higher Price
The Wall Street Journal - "I've been testing the base model of the new MacBook for the past five days, and I like it a lot, despite a few downsides. I found this new MacBook to be speedy, solid, innovative, and comfortable to use, with very good battery life," writes Walt Mossberg.
Apple's redone MacBook is another winner
USA Today - "Apple has fashioned a winner with the new MacBook. Unless you can't live without FireWire," writes Edward C. Baig.
MacBook and MacBook Pro review
Engadget - "They're smart, tough, handsome laptops that more than get the job done and look pretty stunning while doing it," writes Joshua Topolsky.
Review: MacBook and MacBook Pro Dual Review
Gizmodo - "The new MacBook is our favorite MacBook to date, and the same can be said about the new MacBook Pro. If you respected Apple build quality before, know that the latest unibody construction takes that quality to the next level with systems that are both durable and extremely comfortable to use," writes Mark Wilson.
Apple's Redesigned MacBook and MacBook Pro: Thoroughly
AnandTech - "In terms of aesthetics and build quality, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are absolutely excellent. When Apple introduced the iPhone I called it a phone that looked like it was made in 2007, and the same is true about the new notebooks," writes Anand Lal Shimpi.
Ars reviews the 2008 MacBook Pro, Part I: aluminum & glass
Ars Technica - "A redesign of the MacBook Pro - Apple's professional level notebook - has been a long time coming. The machine's physical design has not changed at all since the MacBook Pro was originally introduced in early 2006 (which, in itself, was barely different than the PowerBook G4 before it), and its internals have only evolved over time. But as of last week's special launch event, Apple has finally answered the call for an updated MacBook Pro, giving its flagship mobile an overhaul on both the outside and the inside," writes Clint Ecker and Jacqui Cheng.
Ars reviews the 2008 MacBook Pro, Part II: performance
Ars Technica - "The 2008 MacBook Pro is a solid update to the already-solid line. The changes modernize Apple's pro notebooks to be more in line with the features already offered by some of Apple's other notebooks, while also giving it a power boost and an internal makeover. The glossy screen may be a downside for some, but we feel that the sum of the other changes - extensive multitouch support, more GPU options in your day-to-day life, and the updated casing/frame/keyboard design - make up for any lost points. And of course, it doesn't hurt that it is a pretty decent gaming machine," writes Clint Ecker and Jacqui Cheng.
Review: Apple's new 'unibody' MacBook Pro has both beauty and brains
Computerworld - "It's not just beautiful. It breaks the mold for thin-and-light notebooks. The new MacBook's unibody aluminum construction, one-of-a-kind touchpad, and edge-to-edge glass display draw you in, but what impresses us most about Apple's overhaul of its most popular portable is that it offers robust productivity and graphics performance without sacrificing enduranceAll in all, Apple's new MacBook Pro represents a definitive leap in design, and a more modest advance in technology. The combination of the two, however, makes this a major update to what has become an increasingly important product for Apple's bottom line," writes Ken Mingis.
Review: Apple MacBook
Laptop - "It's not just beautiful. It breaks the mold for thin-and-light notebooks. The new MacBook's unibody aluminum construction, one-of-a-kind touchpad, and edge-to-edge glass display draw you in, but what impresses us most about Apple's overhaul of its most popular portable is that it offers robust productivity and graphics performance without sacrificing endurance," writes Dana Wollman.
Review: Apple MacBook
Electronista - "The MacBook is definitely worth the price for most existing Mac owners looking to upgrade. The only question is whether you'll get a MacBook because you need one or just because you really want one. In either case, you'll find yourself the proud owner of a lightweight, solidly built laptop that advances the definition of a trackpad beyond what you'll find on most any competing notebook," writes Wallace Wang.
New MacBook, MacBook Pro Reviewed
Wired - "This isn't the sort of redesign that makes your jaw drop, although it might be unreasonable to think that Apple has to reach that standard every time they launch a revision. That's a measure of how inflated our expectations have become. But the Apple notebook line is just miles ahead, and these two machines - especially the MacBook - only put them further out in front," writes Mark McClusky.
If you've seen another good review out there, let us know about it in the forums.
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