MacBook Doesn't Disappoint: Mossberg

But $300 price bump may be too much for some
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2008 1:07 PM CDT
In this Oct. 16, 2008 file photo, a customer tries out a new MacBook at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – The redesigned MacBook adds several nice features to an already top-selling laptop line, writes Walt Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal. The most striking difference from the old models is the trackpad: rather than tacky plastic, the controller is slick glass like the screen of an iPhone, and users depress the screen to click, rather than a button below the trackpad. "The whole thing is a big button," Mossberg writes.

Performance-wise, the new MacBook gets slightly more battery life and faster graphics, and can run Windows XP and Vista—a feature of newer Macs—beautifully as well. The only downside is cost: the cheapest new Macbook costs $1299, whereas the cheapest old model was $999. And though "you get more for your money, the swooning economy may make that price tag tougher for some families to swallow," Mossberg writes.