Apple MB402B/A MacBook / Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz / 1GB / 120GB / 13.3" / Combo Drive / White / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Laptop / Notebook £587.82 @ Comet Collect @ store available - HotUKDeals
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Now With OS X 10.5 Leopard!

Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor at speeds up to 2.4GHz, the new MacBook is the fastest ever.

Sleek, 1.08-inch-thin design
MacBook makes it easy to hit the road thanks to its tough polycarbonate case, built-in wireless technologies, and innovative MagSafe Power Adapter that releases automatically if someone accidentally trips on the cord.

Built-in iSight camera
Right out of the box, you can have a video chat with friends or family, record a video at your desk, or take fun pictures with Photo Booth.

Specifications



* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.1GHz - 3MB level 2 cache
* Memory: 1GB DDR2
* HD Capacity: 120GB SATA 5400 RPM
* Display: 13.3" widescreen display
* Graphics Card: Intel GMA X3100
* Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
* Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD-ROM Combo drive
* Networking: AirPort Extreme (802.11 a/b/g/n), Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0
* Features: iSight Intergrated Web camera, Front Row and Apple Remote, iLife, Mini-DVI video out with support for DVI, VGA, S-video, and composite video output via adapters
* Battery Life:Up to 6 hours
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#1
£100 cheaper than Play.com, must be hot!
#2
I want one! :)
#3
good price voted hot
#4
I've been wanting to get this model for ages the only thing that puts me off is the GFX card, I don't play many games but I like to run photoshop and illustrator would I need something with a bit of a higher spec
#5
My Macbook chugs with CS2 so bad. Damn emulation!
#6
no will be fin i have ran illustrator and PS on mine for ages

They are quite fragile tho. Save up for an Alu one :D they're awesome D:
#7
bowdeni
My Macbook chugs with CS2 so bad. Damn emulation!


what u mean emulation?! mine is great with cs3!
#8
Anyone want to give me £600 for my Compaq Laptop...? :p
#9
nacider
I've been wanting to get this model for ages the only thing that puts me off is the GFX card, I don't play many games but I like to run photoshop and illustrator would I need something with a bit of a higher spec


Graphics card won't make any difference in Photoshop unless you use the latest CS4 edition that has GPU acceleration.

bowdeni
My Macbook chugs with CS2 so bad. Damn emulation!


CS2 is not Universal so has to run emulated through Rosetta on Intel Macs. CS3 and CS4 are both Universal and will run natively on MacBooks.
#10
DannyBres
what u mean emulation?! mine is great with cs3!


I'm a bit of a mac nerd, (sorry).
CS2 wasn't built to run native on intel macs (at the time they they coded it, they used a different chip) so has to run in rosetta emulation (you wouldn't realise its all done in the background). CS3 was built for the updated chips & runs a damn site better than running CS2 on the newer machines.
#11
there is a newer model out. that is why stores are selling these off cheep.
#12
joebuckton
there is a newer model out. that is why stores are selling these off cheep.


why did you cheep at the end of your sentence? are you a budgie?
#13
Latest one is .... £719

2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512MB
120GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

Not cheep, cheep.
#14
Still expensive for the specs. I got a HP laptop with bigger screen , larger hard disk and better graphics card for 450. I think ill just install OS X on that. Damn Apple :(
#15
I swear apple stuff is such a rip off! I know it's erganomically nice but surely something like a dell xps would be better overall?
#16
Macbooks. The emperor's new clothes of the 21st century. Stick a glowing fruit on top and double the price.
#17
i'm guessing perhaps you don't own one?

in my view (and it is merely that), anything with Windows on will never match a Mac. Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.

Once you go mac.... you never go back!
#18
My daughter's had one since they first came out. We had no end of trouble with it,the old random shut down issue then the dodgy battrey issue,for the first nine months but eventually it was sorted under warranty (actually it was well out of warranty but they fixed because there was a long history).

I would never buy another one they're way too expensive however there is good software on it and the operating system is better than windows,IMO,

The i-sight is excellent though particularly if you use it with another mac,with windows based machines however it's not so good,not the mac-set up the windows set-up ,bit hit and miss actually.

I intend to buy a Sony FW21E in the next few days for roughly the same money as the new macbooks but the Sony has a blueray drive and 4gig of ram and two yrs warranty from John Lewis.

And the white is not so good,IMO, much better with the aluminium ones as someone said previously.
#19
gpm13
i'm guessing perhaps you don't own one?

in my view (and it is merely that), anything with Windows on will never match a Mac. Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.

Once you go mac.... you never go back!


I concur - macs rule!

This is a good deal - only drawback with this model is that you can't write DVD's on it.
#20
The Mac books dont seem very reliable at all.
Everyone I know who has had a Macbook has had it break on them at some point.

The thing is now Apple have switched to intel processors they are exactlly the same as any laptop from dell. You may as well buy a better laptop for cheaper than install os x on it yourself.
#21
gpm13
i'm guessing perhaps you don't own one?

in my view (and it is merely that), anything with Windows on will never match a Mac. Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.

Once you go mac.... you never go back!


Its quotes like that, that make people who don't use Macs call people like me who do use Macs things like T**t, A******e, and Smug C****
#22
I've had the core duo version since 2006 - it's a great laptop if you travel a lot (it's perfect for flights).

But you pay a premium for the small size - and it's very handy being able to run both O/Ss :)
#23
Comet are obviously wanting to get rid of there stock of Macbooks and start to stock the new metallic Macbooks. The new absolutely ridiculously priced Macbooks. I own a Macbook like this one on offer and an iMac and even I have to admit Apple are taking the ****. I have to admit though that the current iMac trounces anything by Dell.
#24
tony cosgrove
My daughter's had one since they first came out. We had no end of trouble with it,the old random shut down issue then the dodgy battrey issue,for the first nine months but eventually it was sorted under warranty (actually it was well out of warranty but they fixed because there was a long history).

I would never buy another one they're way too expensive however there is good software on it and the operating system is better than windows,IMO,

The i-sight is excellent though particularly if you use it with another mac,with windows based machines however it's not so good,not the mac-set up the windows set-up ,bit hit and miss actually.

I intend to buy a Sony FW21E in the next few days for roughly the same money as the new macbooks but the Sony has a blueray drive and 4gig of ram and two yrs warranty from John Lewis.


My friend has that same laptop. He reckons watching a movie on bluray is impossible unless you use the mains. Woeful battery performance. Buy a new Macbook pro or new Macbook and use Vista or XP through Bootcamp software on Leopard.
And the white is not so good,IMO, much better with the aluminium ones as someone said previously.
#25
gpm13
Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.


I'm a long-time Mac user (although bi-lingual for work) and when I read stuff like this, I feel ashamed :(
#26
I have this MacBook with a memory upgrade.
I love it, but I wish I hadn't bought a white one. It's filthy, and really hard to clean!
#27
gpm13
i'm guessing perhaps you don't own one?

in my view (and it is merely that), anything with Windows on will never match a Mac. Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.

Once you go mac.... you never go back!


Fairy accurate - mMy Mac has never caught a virus in the 2 years I have had it (hubby's PC has, three times, and my dad's PC once!) but to say they rarely crash...well mine crashes at least twice a week (OK fair enough my work PC crashes like five times a day....). Generally though it's just a beach ball which I can get out of with a force quit, I've had maybe 1 system shutdown. I find a Mac crash is never as bad as a PC crash as you can still use the mouse, and rarely have to switch the Mac off to sort it out.

Mine looks lovely especially the glowing Apple on the back, built in webcam etc, but there are some nice looking PC laptops too, depends what you are into. My hubby has a web book now which is stupidly cute.

For me the fact it doesn't lag when using a graphics tablet on photoshop is the biggest pull, and the battery life - I can get up to 5 hours, so I can easily watch a movie on the go, give presentations etc without worrying about wires.

I still don't think Macs are for everyone, I think you need a specific reason to buy one (creatives etc) because you can do regular browsing etc and save a few hundred quid on a 'regular' PC.
#28
The boyfriend had the black version of this and over 2 years virtually all of its bits had to be replaced. Thank goodness for the extended applecare. After that experience I'm never going to buy a mac myself. I tend to pick functionality and reliability over looks, and on both these points the macbook falls far short of what my cranky old Packard Bell is able to achieve. The mac software is shiny, but the novelty soon wears off. Although the OS itself seems to be pretty sound, the hardware durability is a deal breaker. Sure applecare is great if you happen to live near an applestore, but if you're paying double the price of a windows laptop with the same specs the aftercare damn well should be! Unless you want to parade around showing off your apple logo like the materialistic brat you are, save your pennies and buy a windows laptop and use a Mac OSX skin to give you that air of luxury!
#29
gpm13
i'm guessing perhaps you don't own one?

in my view (and it is merely that), anything with Windows on will never match a Mac. Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.

Once you go mac.... you never go back!


Haha that was quite smug and you couldn't be more wrong. I personally really dislike the mac interface (I have owned 2, my first computer was apple) but now they really are jokers with their pricing. Also you definitely can get far superior windows based machines. I wouldn't put apple and reliable in the same sentence in a hurry either, I've had problems with all my apple hardware except my iphone which is great. I guess what made me annoyed recently was university friends getting apples just because they are doing graphic related courses and then paying a ridiculous amount on a tiny 13" screen with very average specs because it's the only one they can afford! I'll stick to my PC which cost less than the cheapest apple machine and has specs higher than the most expensive!

This video sums up apple for me right now

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0ERgZ9dztk
#30
bwahahahaha, £600 for a compaq :-)
#31
£120 cheaper than the apple store ... got to be voted hot for that ...
http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook?mco=MTE3MjA

I'm saving for a shiny new macbook, but this is tempting me!
#32
thePhantom
£120 cheaper than the apple store ... got to be voted hot for that ...
http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook?mco=MTE3MjA

I'm saving for a shiny new macbook, but this is tempting me!


The base model you linked to has a superdrive (not that its worth £100 more)
#33
Neiliboy
why did you cheep at the end of your sentence? are you a budgie?


lol
#34
Apple really need to stop charging so much for their computers.
I used to only get Apple computers but have given up and buy/make my own computers because its so much cheaper and I get better specs.
#35
another ex-apple owner here. moved out when I could no longer justify paying £3000 for another machine. this was back in the 90's. all PC now and NONE, repeat none of my laptops (and i have 3 at the moment) or my HTPC has ever got a virus, coz I use firefox to surf and don't go to porn sites or to sites that offer me a free laptop for a download, etc!

apple did cost me a lot of money to buy and maintain!

Its funny ppl see a glossy over priced machine, nice glossy shops and think wow this machine must be posh and never crash.

and as far as being ergonomically sound is concerned, google their keyboard and you'll see lots of complaints.
#36
While the newer aluminium models have none of the case cracking problems of this generation, the displays are generally considered to be inferior...swings and roundabouts.

I've been a Mac user since OS 9 and while the build quality has undoubtedly gone downhill since the Intel switch (those Irish/Welsh/Czech-built models just don't want to die), I still prefer OS X and am prepared to pay a premium in order to avoid a Hackintosh but all my machines are either 2nd hand or on the never-never so I take the hit more slowly. All my Intels either dual or triple boot OS X/XP/Ubuntu and while XP is a perfectly decent stable system I'll take a *nix in preference any day but my kids need something to run games on.

Sadly (for some of us anyway) the success of the iPod/iPhone has led Jobs to begin to abandon the consumers that kept Apple afloat for so long...no matte screens, no firewire etc, and just focus on trendy shiny lovers and tools that think an expensive logo is important, hence the inevitable smug r'soles that crop up in any Mac/PC thread.

That said, this is a goodish deal and Apple have been fairly good about replacing the cracked cases if you want a better display than the current gen for a lot less shekels.
#37
gpm13;3467243
i'm guessing perhaps you don't own one?

in my view (and it is merely that), anything with Windows on will never match a Mac. Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.

Once you go mac.... you never go back!


Happily use both. Mac for work, PC for home :thumbsup: If I was forced to ditch one it would be the Mac.
#38
gpm13;3467243
i'm guessing perhaps you don't own one?

in my view (and it is merely that), anything with Windows on will never match a Mac. Mac's dont catch viruses, they rarely crash, they're incredibly stable and reliable. That they look great is a bonus.

Once you go mac.... you never go back!


Happily use both. Mac for work, PC for home :thumbsup: If I was forced to ditch one it would be the Mac.

I also swear that every OSX update is designed to reduce performance by 5% to encourage you to upgrade your machine. How Firefox can run so slowly on a 2ghz machine with 2gb of RAM I simply do not understand.
#39
Thanks for the advice but battery life doesn't bother me since I won't be travelling much and neither does the bluray drive bother me much too but John Lewis are doing that version with two years warranty for £800. The model I would prefer is the FW11E but that is about £620 with only one year warranty (online )and with less specs than the FW2E.

I would never ever buy a Mac,way too much trouble and Mac customer service is appalling.

Only reason I'm buying from JL is that you can go back to the shop with the thing under your arm and it will be sorted,no way would I consider buying a Laptop from anywhere else.

Thought about buying the Samsung Q10 which John Lewis were selling with a p8600 chip for about the same money as the Sony however that version was pulled because the chip was overheating so Samsung have released a 'new version' with a p8400 which JL are now selling for £699 but this Laptop was only released in the summer.

Laptop buying is a pure lottery:?
#40
If you've set your heart on a Mac laptop, this is the least expensive option:thumbsup:

It's still expensive for the hardware and Apple's decision to make a laptop with an optical drive that can't wite DVDs shows too much contempt for their customers for my liking.

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