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15-inch MacBook Pro/1.83GHz

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

    Macworld Rating

    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....

A worthy successor to the PowerBook G4, the MacBook Pro is particularly attractive if most of the applications you use are available in Universal versions, or are relatively low-power programs running in Rosetta. However, if you rely on programs that won't run in Rosetta or you rely on resource-intensive software, you should delay your purchase until Universal versions of those programs become available.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    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.

    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
    • Optical drive inferior to that of the PowerBook G4
    • Intermittent processor noise on some systems
    • No FireWire 800 port
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