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Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1929 reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the connectivity and price. Views are divided on the screen.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook White 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/1GB/120/Combo/AP/BTApple MacBook White 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/1GB/120/Combo/AP/BT

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1187 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MB467LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook MB467LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early/Late 2008) from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MB402LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive) WhiteApple MacBook MB402LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive) White

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (

Apple MacBook 13in - Aluminium 2008 Edition


Beautiful. Expensive. Brilliant. Flawed. Apple's new MacBook is all these things, but what does Andy think of it?

No one can deny the end result is visually impressive. Apple has always been known for minimalist design, but the new MacBook takes this to new heights. It's just so effortlessly sleek. Its tapered edges aid the low profile appearance and the unibody...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (

New MacBook 2015 review: is this the way all laptops should be?


Apple's new MacBook is lighter than Air

Superb battery life ; So portable ; The future of laptop design

We want more power ; More USB-C extras needed ; Can't be your main machine

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Apple MacBook (white) notebook


The Apple MacBook white is currently the only plastic model in Apple's line-up of laptop computers, with the rest of the MacBook Pro line coming in aluminium. Stacked up against the most basic MacBook Pro model it looks pretty good: the same processor,...

Interesting design, great size and weight, powerful enough to use as an everyday notebook, trackpad

Some flex in deck, scratches easily, you lose a number of connection from the Pro models, battery not changeable and no external battery meter

The MacBook white doesn't have the wow factor of the aluminium unibody MacBook models. As an entry point for Apple's notebook line it is relatively well specced against some PC rivals, but does come in at a price that might draw you back to the Windows...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Apple MacBook notebook


If you're don't deem yourself pro enough to opt for the MacBook Pro, Apple has updated its MacBook range to feature the precision aluminium unibody as well. But what is the real difference, and in these "credit crunch" times can you really save some...

Size, design, ease of use

USB sockets too close together, glossy screen

Like the MacBook Pro, this is Apple turning its design eye to the laptop and making a very shiny toy that is likely to appeal to the Mac set through and through.

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : stuffmagazine (



The (LED) light fantastic

The LED backlight is beautiful and the performance remains admirable

iLife 08 should be included as standard. Two USB ports is a little frugal for most people

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Apple MacBook 2GHz with nVidia GeForce 9400M review


While Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have been re-engineered to include an all-aluminum unibody design, this lone polycarbonate model remains.

As far as system updates go, the changes to new white Apple MacBook are welcome, if subtle. The new faster graphics will make casual gamers happy, and who doesn’t like additional RAM? Although the slightly slower processor didn’t help performance any,...

Feb, 2009

Red dot design award!

Expert review by : reddot ( (UK))



The MacBook is a notebook with a thickness of 2.75 cm, which is available in black or white. It is equipped with a 13.3” widescreen display and is available with either a 1.83 or a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The casing is made of polycarbonate...

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

MacBook review


With a faster processor and improved graphics, the MacBook gains a bit of a boost.

With its faster processor, improved graphics and longer battery life, the MacBook is an attractive option for budget-conscious laptop shoppers. Performance-wise, the MacBook isn’t much different from the 13in 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro – the extra...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : James Galbraith and Mark Hattersley (

MacBook 2.13GHz review


The white MacBook gets an upgrade - is it enough to justify the price rise?

Faster processor, larger capacity hard drive, only MacBook with FireWire 400, comparatively long battery life

No video adapters or Apple Remote in the box

If you’re in the market for an affordable Mac laptop, the white MacBook (now the only MacBook) is still a good bargain. Although its price increase is regrettable, the performance gains make it even faster. While an argument surrounding Apple’s overall...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Kenny Hemphill (

MacBook 2.13GHz


It was something of a surprise when, earlier this month, Apple chose to abandon its relatively new aluminium MacBook range, leaving only this white MacBook alongside the MacBook Pro and Air ranges. When the white model was left in the range alongside...

If you don't need or value the niceties, or environmental friendliness, of the aluminium unibody MacBooks, this model is a much better deal than either of them

Jun, 2009

Product Specifications

The MacBook uses a graphics processor that economizes space in a whole new way. A traditional computer logic board contains multiple components: the CPU, two chips that control communication throughout the computer, and the graphics processor. The logic board in the MacBook contains only two components: the CPU and a graphics processor with all of the core logic built into a single chip. Open your MacBook and you're instantly greeted by glorious full screen brightness. Anything you view, including the glossy widescreen display itself, is a spectacular experience. The LED-backlit display is more power efficient. And it's mercury- and arsenic-free, so it's greener than ever.


Audio system:STEREO
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery capacity (Watt hours):45 / 55
Battery life (max):4.5 / 5 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Run Time (Up To):4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium polymer

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB


Front Camera:Y


Energy Star certified: Yes


Colour of product:White
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Silver / White
Product Type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:33.8
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Gloss
LED Backlight:Y

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:13.3in
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA X3100 / No / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.144 / 0.256
On-board graphics adapter:N / No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.141
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA X3100 / No / Not available

Hard drive

Hard disk drive type:SSD


Country Kits:United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple MacBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Trackpad


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone / Trackpad


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Internal Memory:1 / 2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066 / 667 / 800
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 0.5 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):2




Type: None


3G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking type:10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:16
CD write speed:24
DVD read speed:8
DVD-R read speed:8
Optical Drive Type:CD-RW/DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD-ROM

Optical Storage

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)
Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Type:DVD±RW (±R DL)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.5

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):325 x 227 x 241 / 325 x 227 x 27.5 / 330.3 x 231.7 x 27.4
Display:LCD / LED
Display viewable area (HxV):1280 x 800
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Power requirements:100 - 240V 50 - 60Hz / 100 - 240V AC / 100V - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz / 120/230 V; 50/60 Hz
Power supply type:AC/DC
Relative humidity:0 - 90 / 0 - 95
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11 n / 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11n draft / Wireless LAN, Bluetooth

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort / 1 x Mini-DVI
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in:No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port:N / No / Yes
SmartCard slot:N / No
TV Out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV out port type:S-Video
TV out type:S-Video
TV-Out :Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:2GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 12 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / No
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing Die size:107 / 143
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.0375 - 1.30
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2 / 2.1 / 2.16 / 2.4
Processor front side bus:1066 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor Model:P8600 / T7200 / T8100 / T8300
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T8000 series
Processor Socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2
Stepping:B2 / M0 / R1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 34 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105
Type:Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):N / No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™:N
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
Processor ARK ID:33099 / 33916 / 35568
Processor code:SLGDZ
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:N / No


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:Y

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:500 x 300 / iLife ’08 / iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iLife’09 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Pre-installed software:WinXP, Win2000
Trial software:iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)


Card reader integrated:N / No
Hard Drive Capacity:120 / 250
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 128 / 160 / 250 / 320

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB
Notebook Type:Notebook


Video adapter features:DVI - VGA / DVI-VGA

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.2 / 2.75 / 22 / 22.7 / 23.2 / 32.5
Depth (imperial):22.7
Height :2.41 / 2.74 / 2.75 / 22.7 / 24.1
Height (imperial):2.74
Weight:2.04 / 2.13 / 2.27 / 2.36
Width:22.7 / 32.5 / 325 / 33
Width (imperial):32.5