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Old Apr 18th, 2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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MacBook - Aluminum Unibody vs. White Polycarbonate

Any opinions on why Apple has kept the white polycarbonate version of the MacBook despite releasing the "updated" aluminum unibody version?

Are they trying to keep an entry level laptop that is "affordable" () compared to other Mac products? Looks like they're under the $1000 mark in the US. And is the cheapest laptop Apple produces in Canada. Is that one of the purposes they are serving?

Any why in the heck would they not include FW in the Unibody model? My view is that they are trying to separate the consumer and prosumer/pro user. Pushing anyone who handles video to go up to a MacBook Pro.

The unibodies look cooler, but are they really that much better? Keeping the polycarbonate version makes me think that Apple is second guessing their design decisions.

Lets hear what you think.
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Old Apr 18th, 2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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jobs said that the white one is an entry level, sub 1000$ laptop.
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Old Apr 18th, 2009, 12:06 PM   #3
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The white one is a much better value than the aluminum one, IMO.

The aluminum Macbook seems like a product line of little value. My policy with buying electronics is usually to either get the best one or get the cheapest one, the middle ground is usually a fools game of too many compromises. That's what the aluminum Macbook feels like to me, too many compromises. But, if you dress it up to LOOK like the Macbook Pros, you can trick people into paying hundreds of dollars more for the privilege of getting less.
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The white one is a much better value than the aluminum one, IMO.

The aluminum Macbook seems like a product line of little value. My policy with buying electronics is usually to either get the best one or get the cheapest one, the middle ground is usually a fools game of too many compromises. That's what the aluminum Macbook feels like to me, too many compromises. But, if you dress it up to LOOK like the Macbook Pros, you can trick people into paying hundreds of dollars more for the privilege of getting less.
I've owned both a 2.2ghz plastic, and current Unibody, and in construction quality alone the Aluminum one is head and shoulders better, plus, runs way cooler and has a better graphics chip.

I couldn't disagree with the "little value" comment more.
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Old Apr 18th, 2009, 01:21 PM   #5
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Wrong on the graphics and no firewire on the Alum and poorer A/Port
It is lighter and cooler -
a 2..0 White with 4 gigs and 500 internal runs about $1445 - damn fine value.

2.0GHz

* Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB DDR2 Memory
* 120GB hard drive1
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* Standard keyboard
* White polycarbonate shell



2.0GHz

* Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB DDR3 Memory
* 160GB hard drive1
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* Standard keyboard
* Aluminum unibody



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Macdoc, there is no firewire on the Alum Macbooks!
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Wrong on the graphics and no firewire on the Alum and poorer A/Port
It is lighter and cooler -
a 2..0 White with 4 gigs and 500 internal runs about $1445 - damn fine value.

2.0GHz

* Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB DDR2 Memory
* 120GB hard drive1
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* Standard keyboard
* White polycarbonate shell



2.0GHz

* Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB DDR3 Memory
* 160GB hard drive1
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* Standard keyboard
* Aluminum unibody
Sorry, i was referring to the 2.2ghz that i had.
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Between my girlfriend and I, we've had most of these in our house at one point. I used to have the 2.16 white MB, then moved to the older 2.2 MBP. She just moved from a G4 iBook to the newer 2.0 aluminum MB. When she was buying her MB a few months ago, we were playing with the idea of getting the older poly version instead of the newer one, but it ended up being the weight (it's noticeably lighter) and just the overall 'feel' of it that sold her on the newer version. The poly ones, like her older iBook and most MBs that we've seen tend to start creaking and showing their wear after a year or so, hence her decision to go with a metal case. She's not doing any video editing, so it's hard to talk about the lack of firewire, but I'm sure you've noticed that Apple has completely ditched FW400 from their product line. It's pretty hard to find FW400 devices lately as well. It seems like most people have either embraced USB2.0, went to FW800 or eSATA.

It would have been nice to see something faster for peripherals on the new MB, but so it goes. It really forces one to move in to the MBP if you want to do anything serious. That was the main reason that I changed over to the MBP was to get the express card slot, the FW800, better video card and larger screen for video editing. I've since moved in to a tower, but kept the MBP for on-set aquisition. That another reason why the old Powerbooks are still demanding a good chunk of coin. Everyone who's shooting with an HVX or other P2 cameras wants for for this.

I guess this issue of missing FW400 is really only an issue for anyone who's shooting DV and HDV. Anything shooting on solid state should have another option to transfer. You could always keep an older unit around for ingesting then just move your footage around afterwards.

That was a bit of a rant, but you did ask what people thought of it.
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The same design over and over again gets old no matter how good it originally was or still is.
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Form over function....sure I'd take an original Apple ADB Pro keyboard over the current junk any day....and lets not talk about the Mighty Mess.....

A silver scooped Keyboard ala the 12" Powerbook would be a huge improvement over the black with no back lite and no contouring.



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