Pros

  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price

Cons

  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option

At A Glance

This 15-inch MacBook Pro bests or matches the standard 17-inch configuration in many of our tests. It's a great choice, particularly if you’re a switcher, a new buyer, or have one of Apple’s older notebook models. If you already have a unibody MacBook Pro, though, you will already have most of the great features these new models have to offer.

Manufacturer’s Description

To build something truly different, you need to work in a truly different way. Apple designers and engineers work together through every stage of product development. It's a partnership that makes innovation possible. And it's exactly how the new MacBook Pro was created. With its breakthrough unibody enclosure, industry-first features and environmentally sound design, it's a revolution in the way notebooks are made.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MB986LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Maximum Battery Run Time 7 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
DisplayPort Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 15.40 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA+
Screen Resolution 1440 x 900
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 256 MB, Up to 512 MB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM, GDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared
Storage
Storage Size 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Solid State Drive Capacity No
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Apple, Inc
UPC Code 885909295722
Manufacturer Part Number MB986LL/A
Brand Name Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

To build something truly different, you need to work in a truly different way. Apple designers and engineers work together through every stage of product development. It's a partnership that makes innovation possible. And it's exactly how the new MacBook Pro was created. With its breakthrough unibody enclosure, industry-first features and environmentally sound design, it's a revolution in the way notebooks are made.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com
Product Line MacBook Pro
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • MacBook Pro Notebook
  • Power Cord
  • AC Wall Plug
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Display Cleaning Cloth
  • Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adapter
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.1
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.0"
    Width 14.4"
    Depth 9.8"
    Color Aluminum
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed 2.80 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad

    Performance

    Macworld Labs
    iTunes AAC - MP3 Encode 54.0   min
    iMovie Export to iTunes for iPhone 39.0   min
    Quake 4 77.1fps   fps
    Photoshop CS3 0:48   min
    Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:45   min
    Compressor-encode Short Babies.mov to h.264 for video podcast 92.0   min
    iMovie HD6 0:39
    Speedmark 6 Score 139
    iTunes 7.7 0:54
    Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.7
    Compressor 1:32