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Review: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz and 2.53GHz

At a Glance

While it appears to be identical to its predecessor at first glance, this MacBook Pro has been remodeled both inside and out. It sports a new unibody architecture similar to the MacBook and MacBook Air enclosures. The matte screen option is gone, replaced by a glossy 15-inch screen. The latest MacBook Pro also employs Nvidia's Hybrid SLI technology, a pairing of two graphics chips-one integrated in the motherboard (GeForce 9400M) and the other discrete (GeForce 9600M GT). This model features a slightly faster processor--2.53GHz vs. 2.5GHz--than its predecessor at the same price.

Price when rated: $2499

Pros

  • Thin, rounded design
  • Ecologically conscious
  • Retains FireWire port
  • Great new keyboard
  • Easier to service and upgrade
  • Gorgeous, bright, glossy screen
  • Large trackpad with numerous multi-touch gesture choices

Cons

  • Disappointing battery life compared to the last model
  • No choice of screen finishes
  • Trackpad button can be hard to press
  • Some multi-touch gestures more difficult to maneuver than others
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At a Glance

While it appears to be identical to its predecessor at first glance, this MacBook Pro has been remodeled both inside and out. It sports a new unibody architecture similar to the MacBook and MacBook Air enclosures. The matte screen option is gone, replaced by a glossy 15-inch screen. The latest MacBook Pro also employs Nvidia's Hybrid SLI technology, a pairing of two graphics chips-one integrated in the motherboard (GeForce 9400M) and the other discrete (GeForce 9600M GT). The processor speed remains unchanged, as does the price for the 2.4GHz model.

Price when rated: $1,999

Pros

  • Thin, rounded design
  • Ecologically conscious
  • Retains FireWire port
  • Great new keyboard
  • Easier to service and upgrade
  • Gorgeous, bright, glossy screen
  • Large trackpad with numerous multi-touch gesture choices

Cons

  • Disappointing battery life compared to the last model
  • No choice of screen finishes
  • Trackpad button can be hard to press
  • Some multi-touch gestures more difficult to maneuver than others
 Compare

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