Apple Refreshed the MacBook. Tempted to Buy One But My 4 Year Old Model is Still Fine

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Apple updated their least expensive notebook model, the MacBook (no “Pro”) yesterday. The base model is priced at $999 and consists of a 13-inch LCD display, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB memory, and a 250GB hard drive. The new model includes Apple’s new battery technology that claims up to 10 hours of battery life. It also includes a NVIDI GeForce 320M graphics processor.

I have a first generation MacBook that is over 4 years old now. Here’s the funny thing though. It still runs fine in the sense that I don’t feel like it is particularly slow for the things I use it for. So, while I’m tempted to buy this refreshed MacBook model, I don’t have a burning need to do so.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro might be what I actually buy to replace my MacBook. It has very similar specifications to the refreshed MacBook and costs $200 more. The main obvious differences are that the MacBook Pro base model comes with 4GB RAM (not worth $200, I know), an SD card slot (very handy to have), and a tougher (I’m guessing) metal case.