What was it? It was the late-2009 through mid-2010 white plastic MacBook.
What? That piece of ugly white?
Yes! Here's why:
- They are powerful. It was nearly as powerful as the MacBook Pro of its day, and can still run a modern OS well. It was faster than many more modern MacBooks.
- It was inexpensive. It was under $1000 when new, and today they are under $400.
- It is tough. People could only ruin them with water or with serious abuse.
- Unlike today's Macs, it is standards-based. It uses standard memory, drives, and dvd.
- The memory is replaceable. The memory can be inexpensively expanded to 16 GB (the same limit as today's most expensive MacBook Pro).
- The hard drive is replaceable. A MacBook today can easily use an off-the-shelf 2 TB SSD drive. Try a 2 TB drive in today's MacBook Pro. Haha, see you at the bank.
- The battery is long-lived. I have many heavily used 7+ year old MacBooks, all still running their original battery.
- It's still useful. It can still use the latest Mac OS.
- The white plastic case can show micro-abrasion scratches.
- The machine doesn't have USB3, as seen on modern laptops. Then again, the iPhone and iPad don't support USB3 either (?!)
- With the built-in DVD drive, it is quite bulky compared to modern laptops
- On misused machines
- cosmetic white stress cracks can emerge on the back plastic of the display clam shell
- liquids spilled into the keyboard can ruin the keyboard, preventing typing, or in some cases, starting.
So there you have it! The 2010 MacBook. The best Mac laptop ever.