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MacBook Pro/1.83GHZ and 2.0 GHz

At a Glance

The first Mac laptop to feature an Intel processor -- two processors, actually, thanks to the chip's dual-core architecture -- the MacBook Pro features some significant departures from the PowerBook line. The MacBook Pro features a 4X DVD-burning SuperDrive (as opposed to the 8X SuperDrive in the PowerBook); it lacks an S-Video port and a built-in modem. However, the MacBook Pro's screen is brighter, it boasts a faster bus speed and faster memory, and a new MagSafe Connector for hooking up the laptop to its power supply. Originally announced at 1.67GHz, this laptop's processor was bumped to 1.83GHz when it shipped in February 2006.

Price when rated: 1,999

Pros

  • Classic design
  • Runs Universal applications quickly
  • Integrated iSight camera
  • Bright screen
  • Improved wireless range
  • Comes with Front Row application and remote
  • Innovative MagSafe power connector

Cons

  • Screen slightly shorter than the PowerBook’s
  • Non-native apps can run slowly
  • Intermittent processor noise on some systems
  • Optical drive inferior to that of the PowerBook G4
  • No FireWire 800 port
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At a Glance

When Apple introduced the MacBook in May, it bumped the processor speeds on its 15-inch MacBook Pro models. This model sees its processor jump to a 2GHz Intel Core Duo chip from 1.83GHz. Other than that change -- plus a glossy screen option -- it's the same model we examined in our May 2006 review.

Price when rated: $1999

Pros

  • Classic design
  • Runs Universal applications quickly
  • Integrated iSight camera
  • Bright screen
  • Improved wireless range
  • Comes with Front Row application and remote
  • Innovative MagSafe power connector

Cons

  • Optical drive inferior to PowerBook G4
  • Non-native apps can run slowly
  • Intermittent processor noise on some systems
  • No FireWire 800 port
  • Screen slightly shorter than PowerBook
 Compare

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