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2010 Apple MacBook

With the white polycarbonate unibody design carried over from the previous model, the 2010 Apple MacBook stands out from the competition. This Intel-based Mac supports up to MacOS High Sierra, making it a perfect backup choice for someone who does not need the latest hardware but does need support for current software.


The 2010 MacBook uses a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which was Intel's first dual-core 64-bit consumer processor. It comes with 2 GB of DDR 3 1066MHz RAM on board, and that can swap out for up to 8 GB of RAM. This laptop also offers a 250 GB Hard Drive, and both 320 GB and 500 GB options were available at launch. A Nvidia GeForce 320M drives the 1280 by 800 pixel widescreen display.

Comparison to Previous Model

When compared to the previous model, the 2010 MacBook offers a number of incremental advantages. The CPU is slightly faster at 2.4 GHz to 2.26 GHz, and the battery offers longer battery life, launching with 10 hours rather than 7 hours. The Mini DisplayPort adds audio output capabilities, which were lacking on the earlier version. This model is also safer, thanks to the introduction of the MagSafe power connector.

Comparison to Other MacBooks

When compared to its contemporary MacBook Pro and MacBook Air it comes across as a very middle of the road option. It offers better performance and battery life than the MacBook Air at the cost of larger size and higher weight. You do not quite get all the performance of the MacBook Pro, but you get almost all the functionality. You lose the SD-Card, but keep the graphics processor, enhanced Mini DisplayPort, SuperDrive, and MagSafe adapter.

MacBook Benefits

The biggest benefit of this generation of older MacBook is that it's still fully supported on a software level. Where Core Duo based Macs can no longer run either modern operating systems or most of the current software, this model is still capable of handling all your regular computing needs.

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