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15-inch MacBook Pro/2.0GHz

At a Glance

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    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 1.83GHz, this laptop's processor was bumped to 2.0GHz when it shipped in February 2006. A build-to-order option lets you bump the processor to 2.16GHz for $300 more.

Price when rated: 2,499

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

  • Optical drive inferior to PowerBook G4
  • Non-native apps can run slowly
  • Intermittent processor noise on some systems
  • No FireWire 800 port
  • Screen slightly shorter than PowerBook
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