15-inch MacBook Pro/1.83GHz

At a Glance

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  • Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

    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.

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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