Is the Polycarbonate MacBook still good in 2020?



In 2009 and 2010 the polycarbonate white Unibody MacBook was Apple’s budget MacBook, and it was hugely popular. But how does the 2010 white MacBook hold up 10 years later? In this video we’ll see how well the MacBook performs and see if you can use it in 2020!

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35 thoughts on “Is the Polycarbonate MacBook still good in 2020?

  1. I still have a 2009 polycarbonate unibody MacBook that I bought a few years back off eBay really cheap for under $100; it lacked a charger cable and an internal hard drive, so I put a 256 GB solid state drive into it and upgraded the RAM from 2 to 8 GB to use as my "on the go" computer (like at my college campus or at conventions or whatnot.) I really like the modular unibody design inside and how it's so easy to upgrade and modify on the inside. It still runs pretty well, but I do soon plan to get a more modern Mac laptop (maybe the Retina MacBook Air, which currently fills the position that polycarbonate MacBook used to) so I can use the current Mac OS, since my 2009 MacBook only supports up to Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra. Plus I'll want Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 capabilities (with the Retina MacBook Air I can just get one of those nifty USB-C hubs to plug into one of the Thunderbolt 3 port.s) But I'll still keep my 2009 MacBook around for running older 32-bit applications on if need be (until then I might actually attempt that Catalina upgrade patch, and I can always roll back once I get a newer Air or something.) Otherwise my main computer is my 2012 quad-core i7 Mac Mini with 16 GB of RAM, which is definitely more speedy and responsive than my upgraded 2009 MacBook, which already runs pretty well for an older model.
    That polycarbonate unibody MacBook also lacks an SD card reader and a FireWire port compared to the 13" MacBook Pro; but if I want to import images from an SD card I use an external USB card reader, and I only use older FireWire devices in my home with my quad-core Mac Mini (if it were a much more modern Mac desktop I'd use a FireWire-to-Thunderbolt adapter.)

  2. A friend of mine told me he might give me his aunt's old black polycarbonate MacBook for my vintage device collection and I honestly can't wait

  3. I'm actually watching this video on a mid-2010 MacBook.
    I also upgraded the HDD to an SSD and installed 8gb of RAM a couple of years ago and I do agree that it's still a great laptop (I should buy a new one, tho, that gpu and cpu limitation it's rough).

    I had no idea about the Catalina patcher so thank you for that!

  4. I have this MacBook and am using as a backup right now….do you have to update the RAM and the hard drive? Or will the RAM, for instance, make a difference on its own? I don’t know too much about this but I’m trying to get it running faster. I just updated it to El Capitan and it is already struggling 😅

  5. After watching this video I purchased some ram ($20 ea) and will try to download the mojave workaround.

    Thanks!

  6. Mmmm I'm not sure if this update is good or not… I updated to Catalina right now, but the ignition times went from 30 seconds to 2 minutes! Also I lost the blur of the log screen background that I loved, only for the dark mode and the slightly more updated apps !? PS: Ok the system once started works well… But ….

  7. Does updating with the catalina patcher erase all user data? Also for future updates of catalina can they simply be made from the app store or do they need a new installer via the patcher?

  8. Oh my gosh. This guy is acting like he is on how its made with this MacBook lol. Can u run Adobe Premiere pro on this MacBook since u where able to update to the latest?

  9. Hey luke!!!!!

    Can you get your hands on a 2008 aluminum MacBook and do a video on it and weather this can be used in 2020 thanks man.

  10. in october 2008 was my 18th birthday, for a long time i wanted the black macbook and my family was going to get it through a family friend, that deal fell through and the uni body was released. So i got the brand new unibody in november… and that was the first and last time i ever had a brand new computer lol

  11. I’m in Highschool and I want an older Mac book so that I don’t have to spend so much on it does anyone have any websites that are reputable?

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