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

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

At A Glance

When Apple introduced the MacBook in May, it bumped the processor speeds on its 15-inch MacBook Pro models. The top-end MacBook Pro now features a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 2GHz from the original configuration. Other than that -- and an optional glossy widescreen display -- the specifications remain unchanged from the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro we reviewed in the May 2006 issue of Macworld.

Manufacturer’s Description

The MacBook Pro notebook is powered by a 2.16 GHz dual-core Intel engine. Up to five times the speed of the PowerBook G4. Eight times the graphics bandwidth. With built-in iSight for instant video conferencing on the move. Front Row with Apple Remote to dazzle everyone in the room.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MA601LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Maximum Battery Run Time 4.50 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
DVI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
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 ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon X1600
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 256 MB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR3 SDRAM
Storage
Storage Size 100 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Apple, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number MA601LL/A
UPC Code 885909118373
Brand Name Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

The MacBook Pro notebook is powered by a 2.16 GHz dual-core Intel engine. Up to five times the speed of the PowerBook G4. Eight times the graphics bandwidth. With built-in iSight for instant video conferencing on the move. Front Row with Apple Remote to dazzle everyone in the room.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com
Product Line MacBook Pro
Memory
Standard Memory 1 GB
Maximum Memory 2 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR2-667/PC2-5300
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • MacBook Pro Notebook
  • Apple Remote
  • AC Wall Plug
  • Power Cord
  • Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • Power Adaptor with MagSafe Connector
  • DVI to VGA Adaptor
  • Install/Restore DVDs
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • Additional Information

    Built-in Devices:

  • iSight Camera
  • Microphone
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.0
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.0"
    Width 14.1"
    Depth 9.6"
    Weight (Approximate) 89.6 oz
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core Duo
    Processor Speed 2.16 GHz
    Cache 2 MB
    Bus Speed 667 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type Track Pad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Macworld Labs
    iTunes 6.0.4 1:29
    Speedmark 4.5 Score 167
    iMovie 6.0.1 1:06
    Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.6, 1GB of RAM
    Photoshop CS2 2:32
    Compressor 4:07
    Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 1:06
    Unreal Tournament 2004 58.1fps