The Intel-based MacBook (replacing the iBook model series) was announced and became available for purchase today. Couple of surprises (not all good) regarding features, color, components, and pricing. Nonetheless, my Core Duo model is on order. With luck, it’ll be here in a couple of weeks. Here’s my list of MacBook hits and misses (in no particular order) based on my ordering experience…
- A mini-DVI to DVI or mini-DVI to VGA cable adapter is now an optional and additional cost item (it came standard with the iBook).
- If you want a black MacBook, it is only available for the Core Duo model and costs $200 more than the white Core Duo MacBook. The only difference I can see is the base hard drive is bumped up from 60GB to 80DB for the black version. (I bought a white model with a 60GB drive).
- Upgrading memory from 512MB to 1GB is not painful. But, going from 512MB to 2GB is astronomical (+$100 vs. $500). I opted to top out at 1GB. I’m hoping I can run Parallels virtualization software with just a gig.
- A 13.3 inch widescreen 1280×800 screen that is supposed to be much brighter than the iBook (which I always found perfectly acceptable). Up to 1920 x 1200 on a exnternal display with extended desktop or mirroring.
- Shared video RAM (just like the Intel based mini)
- Built-in iSight (never had/used one before!). Should be fun. Maybe I’ll vcast with it :-)
- Front Row and Apple Remote (nice!)
- Audio input minijack (none on the iBook, so this is a nice addition)
- MagSafe power adapter
- The Core Duo models come standard with a SuperDrive.
- But,where’s the motion sensor for drop detection and hard drive head protection?
- And, the price, a bit of an ouch. $1400 before adding AppleCare (which I did). I was looking at the new Dell Inspiror 1405 14 inch LCD Core Duo model just the other day and a similar config (with 2 year warranty) came in under $1000.
Despite my small criticisms and a bit of a sticker shock, I’m looking forward to receving my MacBook in (I hope) two weeks or so. Fingers crossed that Apple start shipping quicker than expected.