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The best Apple notebook ever, even in 2014!
There were the days when PowerPC (such as the G3 & G4) was the Mac architecture, and that meant leaving x86, and either running software like Windows 2000 inside an emulat...Read more
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I love my Macbook because it's a tough and dependable machine.
I love my Macbook. I've had mine for approximately six years. It's not too small or not too bulky. It's an excellent machine for surfing the internet, traveling, watching v...Read more

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ManufacturerApple
Product FamilyMacBook
Model IDMacBook4,1
Model NumberA1181

Motherboard
Bus Speed800 MHz

Display
Display Size13.3"

Technical Features
Security FeaturesKensington Lock Slot
Expansion Ports2 x USB 2.0, DVI (Digital Video Interface), FireWire 400, Mini-DVI, RJ-45 (NIC), S-Video out, VGA out
Special FeaturesIntegrated Video Camera, MagSafe Power Adapter Port

Memory
RAM TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Max Supported RAM4 GB

Audio
Audio Output TypeHeadphones, Line Out, Optical Digital, Speaker(s)
Audio Input TypeIntegrated Microphone, Line In (3.5mm), Optical Digital In

Networking
Networking TypeBluetooth, Integrated Wireless LAN, Network Adapter
Data Link ProtocolAirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Battery
Battery Run TimeUp to 4.5 Hours
Battery TechnologyLithium polymer

Dimensions
Depth8.92 in.
Height0.95 in., 1.08 in.
Width12.78 in.
Weight5 lb.

Miscellaneous
Release DateFebruary, 2008
Input MethodKeyboard, TouchPad, Trackpad

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The best Apple notebook ever, even in 2014!

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 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 27/03/14
There were the days when PowerPC (such as the G3 & G4) was the Mac architecture, and that meant leaving x86, and either running software like Windows 2000 inside an emulator or otherwise not running it. Then... Apple switched to Intel.

The 32-bit "Core Duo" computers were wonderful, because Mac notebooks and desktops became compatible with software written for Intel processors, meaning they could even dual-boot with Windows, for the first time since the PowerMac 6100.

But THIS model Apple notebook is 64-bit and is my favorite for several reasons, and this is why I'd recommend one even in 2014:

1) These Macs have the Core 2 Duo--that is, they are x86_64 Macs. Unless you're a collector, the older 32-bit Macs have a lot of disadvantages for modern use, and software is advancing (or really, has advanced) beyond 32-bit. Chrome, Firefox, Parallels, VirtualBox, and more run brilliantly on it.

2) They are easy to take apart and clean. With just a few screws on the sides (and a few hard-to-reach screws in the battery bay), these computers are not like your older iBook and PowerBook models, and are easy to repair and upgrade. While it's NOT unibody, the top shell pops off and it has an island-style keyboard. It supports up to 4 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SATA HD storage. And with a careful dab of Mr. Clean or rubbing alcohol on a cleaning cloth, these are really simple to keep clean.

3) They still run. MLPostFactor can take these up to 10.8 "Mountain Lion" released in 2012, and since they are 64-bit, it's possible that one day 10.9 might actually make it onto one with a bit of effort. But for a 6-year old Mac at this point, it's impressive! (And these run Debian 7.4 and Fedora Linux really well, without the nVidia GPU incompatibilities that bother other models.)

4) They're durable. There is a reason that Apple designed these machines out of polycarbonate--and it is because they do not easily deeply scratch, dent in, or otherwise break. While aluminum looks really gorgeous on the newer Mac models (and on the non-Titanium PowerBook G4), aluminum Macs can scratch similar to certain iPods, and dings (even if small) are common. These will develop little scratches everywhere, but if these are kept clean, it's hard to tell where unless light is directly shining on it. And these can take jolts and dents a lot better!

And, of course, there are disadvantages...

1) While the palmrests don't turn pink or yellow like in the earlier Core Duo models, they will chip, and I'd recommend putting down one gentle strip of tape to stop this.

2) The screen is CCFL. It wasn't until late 2008 that LED LCDs started to become standard.

3) There's no backlit keyboard. Personally, this isn't an issue, because the keys are white and I have great night vision... but otherwise, you may just want to clip a mini book reading LED to the lid at night toward the keys (similar to how the ThinkLight works.)

4) Don't expect power out of it. To better explain, games, and really intensive tasks, like editing gigapixel photos can't be done on here. Don't expect it. For this, I'd strongly consider getting a new MacBook Pro instead!

In summary, it's the best MacBook (or really, the best Apple notebook yet) and at the really affordable price, it's a bargain for the student or for a mobile user who can travel with the iBook's Intel successor. And considering these can run OS X 10.8 with MLPostFactor, like with the XP situation, it's going to be hard to retire these for several years.
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I love my Macbook because it's a tough and dependable machine.

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Created: 26/06/12
I love my Macbook. I've had mine for approximately six years. It's not too small or not too bulky. It's an excellent machine for surfing the internet, traveling, watching videos, cataloguing music and above all, I've never had a virus issue with it. It's tough as nails because I took it with me many, many times around the world. It has been dropped and banged around quite a bit and keeps on humming. The processor is very fast and the RAM is easily upgradable. I really love the looks of the machine, it has an art deco look to it. The only problems I've had with my Mac is the top case was poorly designed and occasional bouts of the battery not charging. The top case normally breaks off at the bottom just to the left and right of the track pad. Sometimes the battery won't charge. I found an easy fix for that on one of the many Mac chat rooms online. Most of the Macbooks suffer from the crack issue. Oh, another part of the machine that is poorly designed is the space bar below the track pad. On most older Macs the space bar ceases to "click" when pressed. The space bar still works perfectly, however, it just doesn't click like it's supposed to. I suppose the switches under the space bar gets worn out from repeated clicking. I minimized the problem by enabling Trackpad Clicking and Two Finger Scrolling in the System Preferences menu. The battery is more than adequate, no complaints here. I've owned other Windows PC laptops, to include Toshiba and HP. I got rid of them because they became very unstable or prone to virus attacks.
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Excellent value for the money.

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 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 07/03/13
I've had my mac for several years now and wouldn't trade it for any pc out there. I love the mac. It is so reliable, easy to use, and intuitive. I bought this mac for a family member because he wanted an upgrade from his g4 mac. It's a great buy at the price, runs fast and is a very good size. The 13" screen is bright and colorful but more than that it is excellent for documents, watching videos or surfing the web. The mac is also less than 5 pounds so it is easy to take along with you. Slip it into a carry all and go. The battery will get up to 6 hours use.
The only thing I do not really like is the case can get beat up and scratched easily so I recommend a case protector.
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The Bad Apple That Fell Hard From The Tree

 | No, I would not recommend this product.
Created: 30/12/11
Giving this MacBook model even two stars is being kind, Being a long time Mac user and having owned numerous models this one is an Apple disaster.

It's absolutely the worst designed MacBook I've ever seen, The first time I removed the uppercase/keyboard to take out the non-functioning CD/DVD drive I could not believe the number of screws that were involved to get to it.

Even after upgrading the memory to 6GB (apple specs aren't always so accurate) and installing a solid state drive it just didn't seem to make much of a performance difference.

At the time I purchased it I really had no idea how it looked, It has a very flimsy feel in the overall way it's put together.

Supposedly it's the predecessor to the Unibody or the MacBook pro, Apple should have just skipped this one and went right to the NeXT step (pun strongly intended)

I actually renamed it Ugly Betty and only after owning it for a little over a month sold it, The new owner is very happy with.
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Great entry level Mac

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 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 14/07/13
Bought for my wife , who had never owned a Mac , and she loves it. This MacBook (4,1) is an excellent entry level Mac for the first time user. Make sure you beef up the RAM to 4GB ( easy to get and install yourself ) Put a faster HDD (7200 or low cost SSD) in side (again easy to get and install) and you will not be disappointed . For less than $300 this 5 year old Mac outperforms any low cost newer Windows PC.
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