Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

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Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

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Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

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Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

Apple, Inc MA091C/A
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Intermittent processor noise on some systems
  • Optical drive inferior to that of the PowerBook G4
  • No FireWire 800 port
  • 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
  • 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

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.

When Apple introduced the MacBook in May, it bumped the processor speeds on its 15-inch MacBook Pro models. This model sees its processor jump to a 2GHz Intel Core Duo chip from 1.83GHz. Other than that change -- plus a glossy screen option -- it's the same model we examined in our May 2006 review.

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 1.83GHz, this laptop's processor was bumped to 2.0GHz when it shipped in February 2006. A build-to-order option lets you bump the processor to 2.16GHz for $300 more.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MA463LL/A MA600LL/A MA091LL/A MA091C/A

Battery Information

Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer) Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer) Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer) Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Maximum Battery Run Time   4.50 Hour    

Interfaces/Ports

FireWire/i.LINK Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 2 2 2 2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2 2 2 2

Display & Graphics

Screen Size 15.40  " 15.40  " 15.40  " 15.40  "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10 16:10 16:10 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA+ WXGA+ WXGA+ WXGA+
Screen Resolution 1440 x 900 1440 x 900 1440 x 900 1440 x 900
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI ATI ATI ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon X1600 Mobility Radeon X1600 Mobility Radeon X1600 Mobility Radeon X1600
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 128 MB Up to 128 MB Up to 256 MB Up to 256 MB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR3 SDRAM GDDR3 SDRAM GDDR3 SDRAM GDDR3 SDRAM

Storage

Storage Size 80 GB 80 GB 100 GB 100 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA Serial ATA Serial ATA Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400 5400 5400 5400
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer DVD-Writer DVD-Writer DVD-Writer

General Information

Manufacturer Apple, Inc Apple, Inc Apple, Inc Apple, Inc
UPC Code 885909107117 885909118366 885909100194 0718908414040
Manufacturer Part Number MA463LL/A MA600LL/A MA091LL/A MA091C/A
Brand Name Apple Apple Apple Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook MacBook Pro Notebook MacBook Pro Notebook MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

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.

The MacBook Pro notebook is powered by a 2.0 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.

You've dreamed about it long enough. Now it has a name: MacBook Pro. 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.

You've dreamed about it long enough. Now it has a name: MacBook Pro. 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.

Product Type Notebook Notebook Notebook Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com
Product Line MacBook Pro MacBook Pro MacBook Pro MacBook Pro

Memory

Standard Memory 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB 1 GB
Maximum Memory 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR2-667/PC2-5300 DDR2-667/PC2-5300 DDR2-667/PC2-5300 DDR2-667/PC2-5300
Number of Total Memory Slots 2 2 2 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Built-in Devices:

  • iSight Camera
  • Microphone
  • Built-in Devices:

  • iSight Camera
  • Microphone
  • Built-in Devices:

  • iSight Camera
  • Microphone
  • Network & Communication

    Wireless LAN Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple Apple Apple Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme AirPort Extreme AirPort Extreme AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g IEEE 802.11b/g IEEE 802.11b/g IEEE 802.11b/g
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0

    Physical Characteristics

    Height 1.0" 1.0" 1.0" 1.0"
    Width 14.1" 14.1" 14.1" 14.1"
    Depth 9.6" 9.6" 9.6" 9.6"
    Weight (Approximate) 89.6  oz 89.6  oz 89.6  oz 89.6  oz

    Built-in Devices

    Webcam Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Processor & Chipset

    Processor Manufacturer Intel Intel Intel Intel
    Processor Type Core Duo Core Duo Core Duo Core Duo
    Processor Speed 1.83 GHz 2 GHz 1.83 GHz 1.83 GHz
    Cache 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB
    Bus Speed 667 MHz 667 MHz 667 MHz 667 MHz

    Software

    Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

    Input Devices

    Pointing Device Type Track Pad Track Pad Track Pad Track Pad

    I/O Expansions

    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34 ExpressCard/34 ExpressCard/34 ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Macworld Labs

    Photoshop CS2

    2:49 2:46 2:42  
    iMovie 6.0.1

    1:23 1:11 1:09  
    iTunes 6.0.3

    1:31   1:33  
    Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

    1:19 1:12 1:11  
    Speedmark 4.5 Score

    152 167 161  
    Tested Configuration

    Mac OS X 10.4.5, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.6, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.5, 1GB of RAM  
    Unreal Tournament 2004

    48.4fps 51.9fps 51.6fps  
    iTunes 6.0.4

      1:30    
    Compressor

      4:40