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

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

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 1.67GHz, this laptop's processor was bumped to 1.83GHz when it shipped in February 2006.

Manufacturer’s Description

Powered by a dual-core Intel engine. Up to four times the speed of the PowerBook G4. Eight times the graphics bandwidth. With built-in iSight for instant video conferencing on the move. And Front Row with Apple Remote to dazzle everyone in the room. Wait no more.