In a nice touch, the MacBook uses magnets instead of a physical latch to hold the lid closed. A small notch on the front edge affords just enough room for your finger, and the lid and case separate very nicely. Lifting the lid reveals a gray keyboard deck, which should hide dirt better than the iBook's pure white interior. The keys themselves are flat on top with rounded edges, and they are spaced farther apart than the MacBook Pro's and PowerBook's.
Apple MacBook Technical Specifications
* Processor 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
* Memory 1GB DDR2
* Harddrive 120GB
* OS Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
* Weight 5.0 lbs
* Screen 13.3"
* Screen resolution 1280 x 800
* Graphic Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
* Battery Life 4,5 hours
The good: Thin and light; robust software package, including Mac OS X Tiger; magnetic lid latch and scrollable touch pad; DVD burner; built-in Webcam; remote control; can run Windows XP using Apple's free Boot Camp utility.
The bad: Nonnative software runs slowly on Mac OS; lacks media card reader and some other ports; higher-end configurations are much more expensive than similarly configured Windows laptops; only 90 days of toll-free tech support.
The bottom line: With the MacBook, Apple has corrected a handful of the iBook's shortcomings, hit a reasonable price point, and delivered a laptop that makes a great compromise between size and portability.