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17-inch MacBook Pro/2.5GHz

At a Glance
  • Like the MacBooks, the MacBook Pro line gets the latest generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. That boosts the amount of L2 cache to 6MB on the 2.5GHz models; this model also sports more video...

If you've been waiting to buy a new Apple laptop, or you've been hesitating about upgrading from your G4 PowerBook, wait no longer. The new MacBook Pros are Apple's speediest laptops eve, and the higher-end models, such as this one, are loaded with both system and video RAM and better L2 cache capacities for improved performance.

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At a Glance
  • Like the MacBooks, the MacBook Pro line gets the latest generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. That boosts the amount of L2 cache to 6MB on the 2.5GHz models; this model also sports more video RAM for its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor, as well as a third USB 2.0 port. he MacBook Pro adds the MultiTouch trackpad first introduced in the MacBook Air. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Double the video RAM of previous models
    • Supports trackpad hand gestures
    • Better battery life

    Cons

    • Hardware remote no longer free
    • Trackpad a bit narrow for hand gestures
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