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Review: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz and 2.5GHz

At a Glance

Like the MacBooks, the MacBook Pro line gets the latest generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. That boosts the amount of L2 cache to 6MB on the 2.5GHz models; this model also sports more video RAM for its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor. The MacBook Pro adds the MultiTouch trackpad first introduced in the MacBook Air.

Price when rated: $2,499

Pros

  • Double the video RAM of previous models
  • Supports trackpad hand gestures
  • Better battery life

Cons

  • Hardware remote no longer free
  • Trackpad a bit narrow for hand gestures
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Where to buy

At a Glance

Like the MacBooks, the MacBook Pro line gets the latest generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. That boosts the amount of L2 cache to 6MB on the 2.5GHz models; this model also sports more video RAM for its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor, as well as a third USB 2.0 port. he MacBook Pro adds the MultiTouch trackpad first introduced in the MacBook Air.

Price when rated: $2,799
Lowest price: $375.00 via Amazon Marketplace

Pros

  • Double the video RAM of previous models
  • Supports trackpad hand gestures
  • Better battery life

Cons

  • Hardware remote no longer free
  • Trackpad a bit narrow for hand gestures
 Compare
Where to buy

At a Glance

Like the MacBooks, the MacBook Pro line gets the latest generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. That boosts the amount of L2 cache to 6MB on the 2.5GHz models (though the cache drops to 3MB on this system). The MacBook Pro also adds the MultiTouch trackpad first introduced in the MacBook Air.

Price when rated: $1,999
Lowest price: $5,000.00 via Amazon Marketplace

Pros

  • Supports trackpad hand gestures
  • Better battery life

Cons

  • Apple remote no longer free
  • Trackpad a bit narrow for multi-touch hand gestures
 Compare

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