Apple MacBook MC516LLA 13.3-Inch Laptop Review

Features and Specifications:

•Fast 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor helps you breeze through everyday tasks like e-mail, Web browsing and working with documents, spreadsheets and presentations in iWork or Microsoft Office for Mac.
•NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor (with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory) for outstanding graphics everyday experience. 250 GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
•2 GB RAM (1066 MHz DDR3, supports up to 4GB)
•13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with a widescreen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels to a lot of space for multitasking. And the display is more environmentally friendly than ever before: more power efficient, free of harmful toxins, including mercury, and arsenic-free glass from.
•Up to 10 hours continuous operation at 63.5 watt-hour lithium-polymer Dell studio 1735 Battery .
•8x SuperDrive with double-layer DVD support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
•Built-in iSight camera for video chats
•Wi-Fi wireless networking (802.11n specification based; 802.11a/b/g compatible)
•Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000 BASE-T)
•Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for connecting to peripherals such as keyboards, mice and mobile phones.
•Two USB 2.0 ports
•Mini DisplayPort video output with optional adapter for DVI and VGA output.
•Integrated stereo speakers and omnidirectional microphone
•Combined optical digital output headphone out (even Line-In Microphone jack)
•Dimensions: 13 x 9.12 x 1.08 inches (WxDxH)
•Weight: 4.7 pounds

Macbook MC516LL/A is the latest offering from the Apple for legendary series MacBook pro line. It retains durable polycarbonate unibody design featuring Intel Core 2 duo processor, powerful NVIDIA graphics and upto 10 hrs of battery life. The notebook is suitable for working professional gives seamless access their files, video and music. only 1.08 inch thickness and 2 Kgs weight makes it the best companion for outdoor computing and entertainment needs.

The Apple Macbook MC516LL/A features 13.1 inch LED display and equipped with Intel 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 250 GB hard disk, 2 GB of RAM. The Macbook comes pre-installed with Apple’s latest Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. This macbook has full size keyboard for optimizing space and key size for comfortable typing. Macbook MC516LL/A has Multi-Touch trackpad with no dedicated button, the trackpad works as a button giving larger space for trackpad navigation.

The white Macbook was updated on May 18 2010. There are minor differences between the 2010 Macbook and 2009′s model, detailed below.

The UPGRADES are

1) Geforce Nvidia 320M integrated graphics processor with 48 processing cores. This is better than the Geforce 9400M in last years model. Useful for content creation.

2)Mini display port now supports video AND audio with a compatible Mini-DP to HDMI adapter. (Last years model only supported video)

Thats it.

STANDARD FEATURES – from last years model (minor changes noted in brackets)
Polycarbonate unibody
Core 2 Duo processor (2.4ghz – up from 2.26 ghz)
1280 x 800 resolution Glossy LED backlit screen,
iSight camera,
250gb hard drive
8x slot-loading SuperDrive dvd burner
Large multi-touch trackpad ( Intertial scrolling is now enabled ),
2 USB 2.0 ports ,
Wi-Fi – 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible, Bluetooth 2.1 and Gigabit Ethernet -10/100/1000.

Inbuilt battery – (which Apple advertises as capable of lasting between 9 to 10 hours.) Not true. Real world battery life is between 3 to 6 hours depending on what tasks you use your computer for.
Software included is OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and the iLife 09 suite of content creation tools. A 1 year warranty on parts and 90 day telephone technical support is standard.

The Macbook as it is – is good for basic computing activities – such as browsing the web, typing articles or watching movies. However, if you’re planning to buy a Macbook for multimedia work, such as editing high resolution photos or WIFI MINI PCI-E Network Card HD videos and plan to use multiple applications at the same time, please ensure that you upgrade the ram from 2gb to 4gb.

Why?

Because using a macbook with 2 gb of ram (such as this one) to multitask is a GREAT way to drive yourself crazy as the computer struggles to keep up. Try editing 10 megapixel RAW images while playing music in iTunes with Safari open. 2gb of ram is not at all adequate for multitasking / using processor intensive applications on a Macbook. I understand that Apple has to differentiate between the Macbook and MBPro to justify the price differences but skimping on the ram and putting 2gb inside a $999 product and thus, affecting the user experience is not the way to do it.

Upgrading the ram yourself from 2gb to 4gb is a great idea – EXCEPT – the price of DDR3 1066 mhz ram (compatible with Macbook and MB Pro) is still high. Currently, Crucial CT2KIT25664BC1067 4GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 SODIMM DDR3 Memory KIT (2GBx2) costs $111. So that brings your total to $1080 ($969 MB + $111 Ram) if you upgrade your Macbook’s ram

So for only $80 more than your Macbook, (if you take into account the cost of the ram upgrade) a viable alternative is the standard Apple MacBook Pro MC374LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop which costs $1160 on Amazon. The MBP 13 comes with the added benefits of a more durable aluminum unibody, a backlit keyboard, an SD card slot, a firewire 800 port and most importantly, 4gb of ram. Which allows you to multitask effortlessly.

If you’re going to use the Macbook for any computationally demanding activities such as content creation, editing large RAW images or HD videos you should upgrade the ram to 4gb or just buy the standard MBPro 13 inch. The processor and hard drive are the same in both the MB and MBPro 13 ( 2.4 ghz Core 2 duo and 250gb hard drives ) But the 4gb ram will make a big difference in the daily usage experience.

However, if you only want to use the Macbook for general tasks like writing articles, browsing websites or watching movies, it will handle those duties adequately.

As a student, I was pretty hesitant to get the MacBook, but after MONTHS of exhaustive research looking for the right laptop (I’m a networking student, and also I am working on my A+ PC Repair certification, so I know a thing or two about PC’s and Windows), I decided that I needed a change in my life. I’ve had an IBM ThinkPad T60 last me four years through school, but after 4 re-install’s of XP, I’ve had enough of the constant attacks of viruses, spyware, etc…and I decided to go with the MacBook.

PROS:

Perfect for web browsing, e-mail, and document creation.

Comes with great features right out of the box: iLife simply rocks; it comes with PhotoBooth, Garageband (where you can create your own music or learn to how play an instrument), Preview, and iMovie (it’s basically an easier version of Windows Movie Maker)

Time Machine for backing up documents and pictures, which is FAR SUPERIOR than using the Backup Feature in Windows.

Wi-Fi is SO EASY to set-up using what Apple calls “Airport”, just go to the wi-fi antenna at the top of the right-hand corner and set-up right there.

Printing: Coming from a Windows world, and living in a household with a wireless network, setting up a printer was a pain in the butt with Windows, with Mac, it’s SO EASY to set-up and begin printing.

BlueTooth: BlueTooth is common in all laptops nowadays, and again, like setting up a printer, it basically connects with the BlueTooth device automatically.

MagSafe Adapter: Apple introduced this idea called MagSafe. If someone got caught on your power cord, it would take the cord and not the computer. I can’t tell you how many times my dogs got caught on my IBM power cord and basically almost took the computer with it.

Battery Life: Wow, what a difference. I was coming from a half-hour IBM thinkpad t43 battery life on my IBM, although Apple says that the battery can last on a 10 hours on a single charge, in the real world, it’s falls under 6 hours, but still this is pretty incredible.

CONS:

2GB of RAM. Now coming from a Windows world, Windows is a memory hogger, so the more RAM you have in a Windows system, you are good to go, but with a Mac, it’s different. Now if you are compressing 1080p video on a MacBook, the system starts to hick-up trying to catch-up. My advice? Upgrade to 4GB or get the MacBook Pro.

EXPENSIVE: Like all Apple products, it’s pretty expensive. I was pretty hesitant to buy a MacBook because it was pretty pricey and being a student i.e. poor, I needed to save up a good chunk of money to buy one of these machines.

So if you are in the market for a new laptop, only need to do some document creating, and web-browsing this Mac is for you. If you want to do some high-end video compression, go with the MacBook Pro since the Pro lines are more aimed at high-end video production. This is definitely a perfect system if all you want is just web-browsing and document creation.

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