A hot new graphics chip, improved display technology, and support for more memory top the list of enhancements in Apple’s latest MacBook Pro laptops.
Apple’s MacBook line, already a hit with consumers and students, is even more appealing with faster CPUs, bigger hard drives, and more memory in the base model.
We can think of a few new features we'd like to see in Apple's flagship laptop. Even without those improvements, however, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is a marvelous machine. If you can afford the price and don't mind the size and weight, you won't be disappointed.
With Core 2 Duo processors across the line, and more memory and storage space in the $1,299 and $1,499 configurations, the hot-selling MacBook looks better than ever.
Intel Core 2 Duo processors, twice the RAM, higher hard drive capacities, and the addition of a FireWire 800 port and double-layer DVD burning add up to a surprisingly substantial update to Apple's already compelling 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops.
Enhanced 64-bit support led off Apple's preview of OS X 10.5. But it's a feature that will likely matter only to developers who create data-intensive applications.
The 17-inch MacBook Pro is a fabulous machine for anyone who concludes that its high performance, huge screen, and impressive versatility more than justify its size and weight. The remaining question for those Mac users: Buy the 17-inch model now or wait for more Intel-native apps to arrive?
What’s an Intel chip doing in an iMac? Almost exactly the same things PowerPC chips do in older models—just faster on some tasks and, for now, slower on others. Anyone with a recently revved iMac won’t have much reason to rush out and buy an iMac Core Duo—you won’t find the computing experience all that different from newer models. But for other users getting by with older machines, there’s no reason to hesitate: these Intel-based iMacs are already great computers, and they’ll only get better.
The value of this quad-core 2.5GHz desktop depends on what you do with it. With many apps, it’s the fastest Mac yet—but not by much. But users of high-end media-processing and scientific programs will discover that this machine excels at processor-intensive tasks.
Compared with their predecessors, the Power Mac G5 Dual models offer an array of new workstation-class capabilities, including impressive improvements in graphics, advanced networking, enormous memory capacity, and state-of-the-art expansion slots.
The latest improvements to the PowerBook line are hardly revolutionary, but they’re all welcome. If you can afford it and don’t mind its size, the 17-inch model remains the best portable computer money can buy.
Altogether, no one would call the eMacs speedsters by today’s standards. Still, the update produces a surprisingly large boost in the eMacs’ scores on our benchmark tests. Henry Norr takes a look at the latest G4/1.42GHz eMacs, still going strong with CRTs.
Altogether, the changes to the Power Mac G5s are hardly startling, and they probably don’t justify a trade-up for most users who bought one of last year’s models. But for new buyers, the minor alterations add real value. See how the newest Power Mac G5s perform.
The processors powering the latest round of iMac G5 updates are faster, but not to a degree you’re likely to notice without a stopwatch. Instead, the real value of this update lies in a series of welcome improvements to other system components—more memory and the transformation of AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth cards from mere options into standard features. Henry Norr evaluates the three latest iMac models in this review.
There are welcome advances in Apple’s latest round of Power Mac updates—faster processors, bigger hard drives, and more memory. But Henry Norr finds little to get excited about in his first look at the new desktops. Read about what’s changed and how the addition of double-layer support to the Power Mac’s SuperDrive will affect you.
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