Ars checks out the MacBook
Ars Technica has already put up a
review of Apple's newly-released $1,099 consumer laptop, the
MacBook. The site looks at the intermediate $1,299 model, which features
the same 13.3" wide-screen display as the $1,099 version but with a
faster 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Interestingly, the MacBook
design puts memory and hard drive bays within the same compartment as
the battery, enabling easy servicing without the need for extra screws
and holes at the bottom of the machine—Ars has some photos, but a
video of the upgrade process can be seen here.
Despite the departure from the MacBook Pro's design, however, it looks
like Apple's reported thermal
problems could also apply to the new MacBook: Ars measured the
machine's CPU temperature as a scorching 82°C at full load, and
that's after it throttled itself down from 2.0 GHz to 1.67 GHz.
Nonetheless, Ars says the machine is still quiet at load, so potentially
high operating temperatures may not bother users. All in all, the site
gives the MacBook a nice 9/10 score, only complaining about the glossy
display, high temps, and slow Intel GMA 950 graphics.