From all the sub-notebooks that I have owned and tested, this macbook 3.1 stands out as a reliable mobile performer. Granted that it is Apple proprietaire piece of work, it lives up to the expectation of a fast, quiet, long-life battery performance.
The design is simply "Apple". The cleanliness in form and lines is still carrying Apple Trademark - simple and cool.
For the 1st Intel based Core Duo, Apple surprises many with a solid replacement of the iBook and PowerBook.
The lid is being held close by magnets instead of traditional latches, giving it a surprise and nice touch. The MagSafe power adapter eliminates the worriness of bad connection and ensures long working device.
Start up and shut down are amazingly fast. The macbook 3.1 is quiet and cool in performance, and with 5hrs plus of battery usage, this is truly portable.
The glossy screen offers bright pictures to video watching. Music enjoyment is particular good with the speakers behind the hinges and in the back - crisp and plenty loud for a notebook.
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard - current at 10.5.8
. Intel based
. Intel Core Duo,
. 2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache
Memory: - upgraded
. DDR2 SDRAM @ 667MHz (PC2-5300)
. Max. Supported Memory: 4GB
Drives: - upgraded
. 250GB Sata-150 5400rpm
. DVD +/- RW (+R double layer) / DVD Ram
. DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer)
. Write: DVD-R x8, DVD+R x8, DVD+R x8/DL, CD-R x24, CD-RW x8
. Read: CD x24, DVD x8
. TFT Active Matrix
. 13.3 WXGA
. Intel GMA X3100, 144.0 Allocated memory
. Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
. 1.0 x Audio - SPDIF output/headphones - Mini-phone 3.5 mm / TOSLINK ,
. 1.0 x Network - SPDIF input/line-in - 4 pin USB Type A ,
. 1.0 x Audio - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - Apple
. 2.0 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - Radio-Ethernet - 6 pin FireWire ,
. 1.0 x Display / video - Mini-phone 3.5 mm / TOSLINK ,
. 2.0 x Hi-Speed USB -
. RJ-45 , 1.0 x Network
. Airport Extreme (Broadcom firmware),
. Bluetooth Cambridge Silicon Radio
. Intel High Definition Audio
. Built-in with microphone.
. Offering sharp pic on YahooIM and Skype and iChat.
. Touch Pad
. DE QWERTZ
it is an Apple!
. Apple DVD Player ,
. Apple Mac OS X Mail ,
. Apple Dashboard ,
. iWork '08 (Trial) ,
. Apple iChat ,
. Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive ,
. Apple Address Book ,
. Apple QuickTime ,
. Photo Booth ,
. Front Row ,
. Apple iCal ,
. Apple XCode Developer Tools ,
. Apple Spotlight ,
. Apple Quick Look ,
. Apple Safari ,
. Drivers & Utilities ,
. Apple iLife '08 ,
. Apple Spaces ,
. Apple Time Machine
. MagSafe adapter (60W 16.5V)
. Lithium polymer (5500mAh)
. Power Cord
. in Inches
. 12.8 x 8.9 x 1.1
. Weight with Supplied Battery and Supplied Drive : 5.1lbs
What's in the Box:
. AC Adapter
. Power Cord
. Manual, quick setup
Looks & Design
Apple leaves nothing out when it comes to design and look and feel. This macbook 3.1 proves just that. The minute you have it in your hands, you are bound to want it, if you are so in with Windows, of course.
Small details such as battery leds shown at charging (5 green dots) and magnetic latch add some class to the notebook.
This 13.3 inch LCD (WXGA, 1,280x800 pixels) offers excellent viewing with sharp pictures and bright clarity.
The keyboard is well laid out and offer good typing with its chiklet keys. The simple and pretty layout makes it easy on the eyes and fingers during typing.
It is of a wide footprint, responsive and comfortable.
. None, just an ON/OFF button
Good connectivity, with its ability to quickly find and connect to any available networks.
Bluetooth support is excellent with its automatic devices recognition and pairing of mouse, headphone, speaker and printer.
The slotted double layer supporting DVD drive performs flawlessly and quietly.
Crisp and pretty loud for a sub-notebook.
Heat and Noise
It is quiet and cool, with the ventilation comes from where the hinges of the display.
One cannot say much about macbook gaming performance, especially with this 1st generation model. The integrated Intel X3100 is not what gamers want when choosing a notebook.
This is totally opposite to gaming. CAD, photoshop run superbly on this system. No lag between switching apps. This can be contributed to a good OS X that Apple offers and the integration of every device present within the system.
Input and Output Ports
Plain with a designer notch to open up the screen and the power Led.
. DVD slot drive,
. Apple Mini-DVI,
. Power jack
. 2 x high-speed USB ports
. PC Card,
. Battery lock and battery release, serving as gateway to memory slots.
Decent for all games made for OS X.
I need to find something that can relate to Windows users.
The notebook provides up to 5+hrs on a Lithium polymer battery.
. Look and design
. Nice multimedia and day-to-day notebook
. Good to excellent system performance.
. Solid for business traveling due to its long battery usage.
. Quiet Operation
. None as I see it so far.
Not an Apple fan - though I like the iPhone, the iPodTouch and the macbook - this notebook has (and still) served me right. I use it as a front end to our work HP mainframe, when traveling and for simply multimedia works.
I have thought many times of upgrading it to the latest model of this series, but in the end, this macbook still holds its performance and yet to let me down.
Would I buy another macbook in the future? The answer is a definitive YES.