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MacBook Pros (15-inch, Mid 2009)

At a Glance

This 15-inch MacBook Pro bests or matches the standard 17-inch configuration in many of our tests. It's a great choice, particularly if you’re a switcher, a new buyer, or have one of Apple’s older notebook models. If you already have a unibody MacBook Pro, though, you will already have most of the great features these new models have to offer.

Price when rated: $2,299

Pros

  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price

Cons

  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option
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At a Glance

If you already have a unibody MacBook Pro, you will already have most of the great features offered in this new model. However, if you’re a switcher, a new buyer, or have one of Apple’s older notebook models, this is a fine choice, though gamers should shy away from this model.

Price when rated: $1,699

Pros

  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Entry-level price tag

Cons

  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • Integrated graphics processor has slower performance
  • No matte screen option
 Compare
Where to buy

At a Glance

With a faster processor speed and more RAM than its predecessor, this MacBook Pro model is an excellent choice if you’re a switcher, a new buyer, or have one of Apple’s older notebook models. Its graphics performance also makes this a good choice for gamers, unlike the 2.53GHz configuration.

Price when rated: $1,999
Lowest price: $2,100.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price

Cons

  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option
 Compare

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