Pros

  • Classic design
  • FireWire 800 added
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Ample RAM and hard drive capacity
  • Fast performance
  • Faster SuperDrive supports double-layer burning

Cons

  • No internal modem option
  • Pricey
  • Few cards available for ExpressCard/34 slot
  • No PC Card slot

At A Glance

Apple swapped out the processors on its MacBook Pro line, exchanging the original Core Duo chip for a next-generation Core 2 Duo processor. In addition to boosting performance while mantaining battery life, the Core 2 Duo also doubles the amount of L2 cache to 4MB. What's more, Apple bumped the processor speeds on the MacBook Pros; this 15-inch model features the fastest 2.33GHz chip that's also available in the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Also, Apple added a FireWire 800 port to all MacBook Pro models; previously, only the 17-inch offering had the FW 800 port. This model ships with more memory (2GB) than its fellow 15-inch offering.

Manufacturer’s Description

The 15" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer from Apple gives you all the power of a Macintosh computer in an easily portable and attractive form. The laptop is housed in an aluminum alloy enclosure, which is designed to resist stains and scratches. It is designed to meet the needs of video editors, graphics designers, educators and businesspeople.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MA610LLA
Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
Processor speed 2330.0 MHz
Cache size 4.0 KB
Bus speed 667.0 MHz
Display
Display size 15.4 inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1600
Storage
Drive size 120.0 GB
Other storage Express Card 34
General Information
UPC Code 885909119448
Battery
Vendor Rated Battery life 5.0 hours
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Slots Express Card 34
Memory
Memory type DDR2 SDRAM
Memory max 3.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 14.1 inches
Depth 9.6 inches
Height 1.0 inches
Weight 5.6 pounds
Warranty
Warranty information 1 Year Limited Warranty
Optical Drive
Included Drives
  • DVD+RW Dual Layer Combination Drive
  • Hard Drive
Included Software
Operating System Mac OS X
Other Features
Devices Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad

Warranty Information

1 Year Limited Warranty

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 6.0.4 0:58
Speedmark 4.5 Score 226
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.8 with 2GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2 1:10
iMovie 6.0.2 0:51
Compressor 2:07
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 0:57
Unreal Tournament 2004 72.9fps