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Apple MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13" Black Specs

Identifiers: MacBook - MB404LL/A - MacBook4,1 - A1181

About This Mac

The Apple MacBook 13 inch Core 2 Duo went on sale February 26, 2008. This marked the end of the PowerBook device line and began a new era in Apple’s product line-up. The original MacBook was and still is an icon of technology and how far forward Apple has progressed since its beginnings. With a Core 2 duo processor (T8300), the MacBook revolutionized the personal computer industry and thus, is still seen as a leader today!  The MacBook was the first Apple notebook to feature non-mirrored external display capabilities. The device specifications and capabilities were brilliant for its day and even though the device is very limited in today’s regards, we still look favorably on the great machine it once was.


The device comes with an impressive(in its time) 250.0 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm) hard drive with “Sudden Motion Sensor” that was incorporated in the previous PowerBook and iBook lines to ensure that safety of your data in event of any accidents. This was a crucial feature in allowing MacBooks to be portable yet reliable.

Screen Size and Resolution

The MacBook has a 13.3” widescreen that incorporates a TFT active-matrix “glossy display”. It featured a backlight that was 79% brighter than the iBook that preceded it. It also supports a 1280×800 Native Resolution along with other resolution options like 1024×768, 1152×720 etc.

Inclusive Features

The MacBook Pro includes the following features and ports:

  • 8X slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” drive which allows you to both burn items to your CD-RW and CD-R’s and read items off your DVD. The drive was considered very reliable and thus could handle various high capacity data sessions.
  • AirPort Extreme (802.11g) which allows connection to the best Wi-Fi bands available.
  • Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR allowing for quick PAN (Personal Area Network) connections and transfers.
  • Gigabit Ethernet is provided for your Local Area Network (LAN) connections.
  • One FireWire “400” port is provided allowing data transfer to and fro external hard drives, video cameras and sound cards at speeds of up to 400 megabits per second.
  • Two USB 2.0 ports are supplied for the connection of external keyboards, printers, external hard disks etc.
  • Optical digital audio in/out for connecting some external audio equipment like headphones and microphones.
  • Video out (mini-DVI) this allows for maximum resolution of 1920×1200 for 2nd display support either dual or mirroring your built-in 13.3” display.
  • Scrolling TrackPad allowing for clicking, double-clicking and dragging without the need of an external mouse.

Also included are:

  • Inbuilt iSight video camera
  • Apple Remote for Apple Front Row software
  • MagSafe power connector

Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

The Apple MacBook 13 inch Core 2 Duo comes with a pre-installed MacOS X 10.5.2, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (T8300) and the Intel GMA X3100 integrated “graphics processor with 144 MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with the main memory”.

Memory & Architecture

Applications of its time were guaranteed to run well with a 3 MB Level 2 cache plus a 667 MHz frontside bus with 2 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) for its RAM, all this is centered around a 64-Bit architecture.

Battery Life

The MacBook comes with a 55-watt-hour lithium polymer battery.For previous MacBook models, Apple provided estimated battery life for usage without wireless, with wireless, and for DVD playback, but for the “Early 2008” models, Apple decided to report one number – “4.5 hours of wireless productivity”.

2.4 GHZ Core 2 Duo

2 GB

250GB Hard Drive

4.5 Hours


This MacBook can be upgraded from 2 GB RAM to up to 4 GB RAM however, will utilize just 3 GB of the RAM due to memory overlap possibilities as a result of its 64-Bit architecture. With this technicality considered, the official recommended maximum RAM upgrade size is fixed at 2 GB of RAM. The operating system of the MacBook can also be upgraded from its pre-installed MacOS X 10.5.2 to up to MacOS X 10.7.5. It can also run Windows OS XP SP 2 (32-Bit)  and accommodates operating systems as recent as the Windows 7 (32-Bit). With dimensions of 1.08in×12.78in×8.92in and weight of 5.0 lbs (2.27 kg) the MacBook 13 Inch Core 2 Duo (2.4 GHz) 2008 was and still is a very portable device that came with enough power to drive forward your workday.

Introduced:  February 26, 2008

Discontinued:  October 14, 2008

Screen Size and Resolution


Screen Size

13.3 inches

Level 1 Cache




Level 2/Level 3 Cache

3MB on chip


RAM Type

PC2-5300 DDR2


1 (2 Cores)

Min. RAM Speed

667 MHz



Standard RAM

2 GB


2.4 GHz

Maximum RAM

6 GB


Core 2 Duo (T8300)

RAM Slots


Processor Upgrade


Motherboard RAM





System Bus Speed

800 MHz

Video Card

Intel GMA X3100

Cache Bus Speed

2.4 GHz (Built-in)





Standard VRAM

144 MB

EFI Architecture


Maximum VRAM

144 MB


Inclusive Features and Ports

Standard Storage

250 GB HDD

Standard Optical Drive

8X DL “SuperDrive”

Storage Speed

5400 RPM

Standard Ethernet


Storage Dimensions

2.5” (9.5 mm)

Standard Modem


Storage Interface

Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)

Standard AirPort



Standard Bluetooth



55 W h Li-Poly

USB Port 2.0


Battery Life

4.5 Hours

FireWire 400





Case Type


Inclusive Input


Form Factor


S-Video Output


Apple Order No




Apple Subfamily




Apple Model Number

A1181 (EMC 2242)

Sound Out


Model ID

MacBook 4.1

Power Adapter


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