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Apple upgrades plastic MacBook with 9400M

updated 07:20 am EST, Wed January 21, 2009

Plastic MacBook 9400M

Apple has without fanfare updated the white plastic MacBook to use NVIDIA's 9400M platform. The upgrade gives the least expensive portable the same graphics performance as the aluminum model and upgrades the processor to the same 2GHz Core 2 Duo and 1,066MHz system bus as the mid-range version. It also doubles the amount of minimum built-in memory to 2GB.

The revision isn't a complete overhaul of the computer and leaves the system to using 667MHz DDR2 memory instead of the faster 1,066MHz DDR3 for aluminum models. Apple similarly preserves the Mini DVI output instead of Mini DisplayPort and limits its upgrade options for displays to the 20-inch Cinema Display as a result.

A stock plastic MacBook is otherwise the same and comes with a 120GB hard drive, an 8X Superdrive and a standard non-lit keyboard. Options exist to upgrade to as much as 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. The system ships within 4 to 6 days from the online Apple Store.



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  1. csimon2

    Junior Member

    Joined: Aug 2000

    +1

    Fantastic

    LOL, this is awesome. FW400!!!!

  1. Peter Bonte

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Firewire

    This model has firewire400 ? Can't find the specs on Apples website, they seem to hide it.

  1. Will C

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2001

    +1

    Re: Peter Bonte

    Yes, they appear to hide it away but start here:-

    http://www.apple.com/macbook/white/

  1. zaghahzag

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2006

    -1

    20 inch monitor

    What c*** is that? do macbooks have a limit on external screen res? they must be able to to 1900x1200 and then what's the problem?

  1. bennco

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007

    +1

    Yup - FireWire 400

    http://www.apple.com/macbook/white/specs.html

  1. njfuzzy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2001

    +1

    Interesting

    This is interesting. I thought the white MacBook might be EOL, but it looks like they are setting up a low-mid-high range across two product names.

    MacBook (white) - low-end
    MacBook - midrange
    MacBook Pro - high

  1. njfuzzy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2001

    -1

    Interesting

    This is interesting. I thought the white MacBook might be EOL, but it looks like they are setting up a low-mid-high range across two product names.

    MacBook (white) - low-end
    MacBook - midrange
    MacBook Pro - high

  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007

    +2

    Odd

    So, for $300 more you get the aluminum machine which does NOT have firewire but other than that is close to the same spec machine. Those cases must be expensive!!

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +5

    Great News

    Now you can have a new MacBook with good graphics performance AND FireWire! Excellent.

    For those who pooh pooh the need for FireWire...

    Just yesterday I was helping a friend's daughter move from an old 900mhz iBook (running Tiger) to a new uni-body MacBook. I thought, cool, I'll just use Ethernet and be done in a snap. The Airport card on the iBook is G and dead, so using wireless wasn't an option.

    The Migration Assistant on the MacBook REQUIRED that the other machine be running the latest version of Leopard! That's real handy for people upgrading from older Macs. So we were sheet-outta-luck and I spent most of the afternoon dicking with it.

    Had the MacBook had FireWire, it would have taken maybe 2 hours.

    Gee, thanks Apple. At least I can now recommend a FULL featured MacBook to friends and clients!

  1. PBG4 User

    Senior User

    Joined: Feb 2001

    +6

    MacBook Alu Sales

    I wonder if MacBook aluminum sales took a big hit and Apple is updating the plastiMacBook in order to keep selling machines to those of us with Firewire interfaces.

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