You can see why Apple might be fond of its latest machine. The
one-inch-thick MacBook is only 0.1 inch thinner than the
PowerBook, but somehow feels worlds sleeker and more futuristic.
Fit, finish and quality are spectacular.
The wireless antenna has been moved, so Wi-Fi reception is much
improved. The guts, from the bus (circuitry) to the graphics
card, have been substantially accelerated. Battery life is pretty
much the same as on the PowerBooks: 3 to 3.5 hours.
The MacBook trumps its predecessor in five substantial areas.
First, the gorgeous, 1,440-by-900-pixel screen is much whiter and
brighter. It’s very, very bright. At half brightness, it matches
the brightest setting of other laptops; at full brightness, it
could illuminate a runway. It’s really bright.