Apple MacBook 10 Years Later: Retro Review (Early 2009 Core 2 Duo)



Apple A1181 MacBook MB881LL 13.3″ (2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)
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Introduced in January 2009, The MacBook (Early 2009) was a feature-bump of the existing low-end white MacBook model. Though the processor ran at a slightly slower clock-rate, other specifications were improved: the bus speed was increased to 1066 MHz, and the amount of RAM was doubled to 2 GHz. The graphics chipset also received a significant upgrade to the same chipset used in the more costly MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008, Nvidia GeForce 9400M). The MacBook (Early 2009) shipped in a single $999 configuration.

Processor
CPU: Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo (P7xxx/P8xxx)
CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
CPU Cores: 2
ROM: EFI
RAM Type: PC2-5300 SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 667 MHz
RAM slots: 2
Maximum RAM: 6 GB

Video
Screen: 13.3″ active matrix TFT
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
VRAM: 256 MB shared (see notes)
Max Resolution: 1280×800
Video Out: mini-DVI
Camera: iSight

Storage
Hard Drive: 120 GB 5400 RPM (w/SMS) (250GB, 320GB BTO)
ATA Bus: Serial-ATA
Optical Drive: 24x/24x/10x/8x/8x/4x/4x CD-RW/DVD±RW/DVD±R DL

Input/Output
USB: 2 2.0
Firewire: 1
Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF
Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF
Speaker: stereo
Microphone: mono

Networking
Ethernet: 10/100/1000BaseT
Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR

Miscellaneous
Power: 60 Watts, Magsafe
Dimensions: 1.08″ H x 12.78″ W x 8.92″ D
Weight: 5.0 lbs.
OS: OS X El Capitan

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26 thoughts on “Apple MacBook 10 Years Later: Retro Review (Early 2009 Core 2 Duo)

  1. 8:01 the RAM of this newer 2009 polycarbonate plastic MacBook is even worse than the ram of the older late 2008 Aluminium MacBook

  2. Thank you for hard work, with this video, very useful, but will be more useful if you mention the model you're woking on, for exemplo, is this unit model 1181?? If not, there is any chance of the model A1181 be upgraded to el capitan… Best wishes to you and all work. Thank you for the video. Very useful.

  3. This is an excellent overview of this MacBook. I have one and it is my first Mac. Still not used to the change from Windows. How much Ram and memory can I put it this machine? Thanks!

  4. recently I bought this macbook 2009 with 2gb ram, in your video the macbook using el-capitan with 2gb ram right, now I am using El Capitan and also 2Gb, and why on my macbook are very slow? maybe you have any idea, fyi I didnt want to add more RAM

  5. i purchased 3 of those off ebay $100 and they do everything the silver one do and i was wondering should i buy a silver one , it seems to me it would be a waste of money.

  6. until now I'm using it with stock 160gb hdd and 4gb of ram with OS X Catalina (yay Dosdude1) I just ordered a knock-off battery and a 240GB SSD still runs like a charm

  7. I bought one of these macbooks just for gaargeband for $20 the only problem is that it only turns on if it's plugged in i'm not so sure if the battery is the problem hopefully not i'm sure the battery replacement might be pricier than the laptop itself

  8. I’m going to get one of these but it will be 2008 and it’s refurbished and it’s $70 and since I can get the newer OS which will make it cleaner and nicer I feel like I will like it

  9. Actually polycarbonates are more durable than aluminum considering that aluminum is easily dented, this plastic just chips off but very seldom it would happen so long as you took good care of it.

  10. Good video, but every time you say "ecspecially" it's like nails on a chalkboard for me. It's spelled and pronounced "especially".

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