Apple MacBook A1181 13.3" Laptop (February, 2008) - Customized
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- laszl.us2015Sep 6, 2015by
Very loyal machines , so far the best budget priced laptop...
since its a Mac , it speaks for itself , though the white casing attracts dirt , and those annoying topcase cracks even more visible , yet ,the price is worth it , not new ,but used ...
- dongdo2Nov 22, 2015USEDby
Good, cheap mac for basic computing.
- joegen2042Aug 12, 2015by
Exactly as described. Works great for the price
I was very pleasantly surprised by the computers performance. Its in excellent shape despite being previously owned and works quickly. I would defitnely by another computer from this company
- tjtrolly65Jul 12, 2015by
I'm very happy with this computer. I've had a job change, and I've moved since purchasing it, so honestly, tonight is the first night I really have had to play with it! Love it!
- a.greimannMar 27, 2014by
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 emulator or otherwise not running it. Then... Apple switched to Intel.<br><br>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.<br><br>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:<br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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.)<br><br>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!<br><br>And, of course, there are disadvantages...<br><br>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.<br><br>2) The screen is CCFL. It wasn't until late 2008 that LED LCDs started to become standard.<br><br>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.)<br><br>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!<br><br>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.Read full review