MacBook: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Nothing Blu

As predicted, Apple today introduced two new models of MacBook, featuring all-aluminum cases constructed from a solid block (or “brick”) of aluminum.  The new models much more closely resemble their Pro siblings than did the previous white and black plastic MacBooks. The entry-level ($1099) white MacBook will also continue to be offered, but receives a discount of $100, which, combined with the education discount, makes it a very attractive first laptop for students.

Here’s a breakdown of what the new models offer:

  • Aluminum enclosure
  • LED backlit, corner-to-corner glass display (with the iMac-style black border)
  • Nvidia 9400M Graphics (integrated, but promising up to 6x better performance)
  • Bigger, multi-touch glass trackpad (featuring new four-finger gesture support and trackpad-as-button design)
  • New Mini Display Port (which supports DVI, VGA, and Dual-DVI adapters)
  • Macbook Air-style black keyboards
  • 0.95 inches thick, 0.5 lbs lighter than its predecessor
  • 5 hours of battery life

The two new models are priced at $1,299 and $1,599, with the cheaper model offering a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3MB L2 Cache, 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 memory, 9400M GeForce, 160GB hard drive and SuperDrive. The more expensive option will get you a 2.4GHz processor, 2GB of ram, a 250GB hard drive and a backlit keyboard. A 128 SSD option is also available as a custom configuration.
Speculations of Blu-ray drives and an $800-$900 price point proved false. The new MacBooks are also the most environmentally friendly ever created by the company, owing to more efficient manufacturing processes and the use of less dangerous materials. Both new models are shipping today for online orders (as of this writing the store is down) and should be on brick-and-mortar store shelves tomorrow.
I don’t know about you, but my credit card finger is getting mighty itchy.