Pros

  • Thin, rounded design
  • Ecologically conscious
  • Retains FireWire port
  • Great new keyboard
  • Easy to service and upgrade
  • Large trackpad with numerous multi-touch gesture choices
  • Faster top-of-the-line 15-inch model
  • Gorgeous bright glossy screen

Cons

  • Disappointing battery life compared to the last model
  • No choice of screen finishes
  • Trackpad button can be hard to press
  • Some multi-touch gestures more difficult to maneuver than others

At A Glance

Essentially a replacement for the 2.53GHz unibody 15-inch model released in the fall of 2008, this MacBook Pro features the same processor speed as the 17-inch laptop. Otherwise, this 15-inch model is no different than what came before, with two graphics chips-one integrated in the motherboard (GeForce 9400M) and the other discrete (GeForce 9600M GT)--and a glossy screen.

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 MB985LL/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
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM, GDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared
Storage
Storage Size 320 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 885909295715
Manufacturer Part Number MB985LL/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 2.66 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 3 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad

    Performance

    Macworld Labs
    Quake 4 65.8fps   fps
    Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:47   min
    Photoshop CS3 0:56   min
    iTunes 7.7 0:57
    Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 4GB of RAM
    Speedmark 5 Score 235
    iMovie HD6 0:44
    Compressor 1:36