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Plastic White MacBook Catches Up with Aluminum Unibody Brethren

You thought that the arrival of the unibody aluminum Apple MacBooks signaled the death of their plastic predecessors, but this does not appear to be the case. If you were to go over to the Apple Store today, you’ll discover that the white plastic MacBook is still there and now it’s managed to catch up to its newer cousins too.

I know that the white MacBook is available as a refurbished unit, but I guess they’re trying to clear out the “new” stock as well. What may have prevented you from getting the plastic version over the aluminum version was the huge differences in their respective spec sheets. Apple has addressed this.

There is now a $999.00 version of the plastic Apple MacBook that has a series of specs that are in line with its more expensive unibody counterpart. You get a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, 120GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics. You lose the multitouch glass trackpad and the aluminum unibody, of course, but the RAM is DDR2 on the plastic one, compared to DDR3 on the unibody.

Is the $300 savings enough to convince you to consider the last-generation offering? Would you rather spend that $300 on an Xbox, an iPod touch, or some other gadget or would you rather have the latest hotness in the form of the aluminum unibody? Personally, I think going with the white version is a better deal but that’s just me.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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