15-inch MacBook Pro/2.66GHz

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13-inch MacBook Pro/2.7GHz Core i7 (Early 2011)

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13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5 (Early 2011)

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Pros
  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price
  • Classic design
  • FireWire 800 added
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Ample RAM and hard drive capacity
  • Fast performance
  • Faster SuperDrive supports double-layer burning
  • Improved processing speed
  • Increased battery life
  • Improved processing speed
  • Increased battery life
Cons
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option
  • No internal modem option
  • Pricey
  • Few cards available for ExpressCard/34 slot
  • No PC Card slot
  • Slower graphics performance compared to previous model
  • Battery not user serviceable
  • Slower graphics performance compared to previous model
  • Battery not user serviceable
At A Glance

With a faster processor speed and more RAM than its predecessor, this MacBook Pro model is an excellent choice if you’re a switcher, a new buyer, or have one of Apple’s older notebook models. Its graphics performance also makes this a good choice for gamers, unlike the 2.53GHz configuration.

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.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MB985LL/A MA610LLA MC724LL/A MC700LL/A

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Intel Core i7 Intel Core i5
Processor speed 2660.0  MHz 2330.0  MHz 2700.0  MHz 2300.0  MHz
Cache size 3.0  KB 4.0  KB 4.0  KB 3.0  KB
Bus speed 1066.0  MHz 667.0  MHz    
Processor count     2 2

Display

Display size 15.4  inches 15.4  inches 13.3  inches 13.3  inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10    
Resolution 1440 x 900  pixels 1440 x 900  pixels 1280 x 800  pixels 1280 x 800  pixels

Graphics

Graphics Type Discrete      
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1600    

Storage

Drives included 1.0   1.0 1.0
Drive size 320.0  GB 120.0  GB 500.0  GB 320.0  GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0  RPM   5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM
Drive Controllers Serial ATA      
Other storage SD Card Express Card 34 SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|SDXC Card SDXC Card
Drive type     Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive

General Information

UPC Code 885909295715 885909119448 885909437023 885909436705

Battery

Battery Type Lithium ion      
Vendor Rated Battery life 7.0  hours 5.0  hours 7.0  hours 7.0  hours
Standard Number of Batteries 1.0      
Number of Included Batteries 1.0      

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
Bluetooth Yes      
Slots SD Card Express Card 34 SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|SDXC Card SDXC Card
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC)     Yes  
SDXC Card or Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)     1.0 1.0
Firewire     1 1
Ethernet Type     10/100/1000 Mbps 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)     1.0  
SD/MMC Card     1.0  
Wireless connection     802.11 n/a/b/g 802.11 n/a/b/g
Video Interfaces     Mini DisplayPort Mini DisplayPort
Audio Interfaces     Digital Optical Digital Optical

Memory

Memory type DDR3 DDR2 SDRAM DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed 1066.0  MHz   1333.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz
Memory max 8.0  GB 3.0  GB 8.0  GB 8.0  GB

Dimensions

Width 14.35  inches 14.1  inches 12.78  inches 12.78  inches
Depth 0.95  inches 9.6  inches 8.94  inches 8.94  inches
Height 0.95  inches 1.0  inches 0.95  inches 0.95  inches
Weight 5.5  pounds 5.6  pounds 4.5  pounds 4.5  pounds

Sound

Speakers Stereo   Stereo Stereo

Storage Media

SD card Yes      

Included Software

Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Mac OS X Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Included Software iLife   Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools), iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools), iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

Other Features

Docking Station Port No   No No
Devices Built-In Microphone Built-In Webcam Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone
Input devices Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard|Touchpad Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch)

Warranty

Warranty information   1 Year Limited Warranty 1 Year 1 Year

Optical Drive

Included Drives   DVD+RW Dual Layer Combination Drive|Hard Drive    

Performance

Macworld Labs

Quake 4

fps

69.9fps      
Photoshop CS3

min

0:52      
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

min

0:47      
iMovie HD6

0:43      
Speedmark 6 Score

127      
iTunes 7.7

0:57      
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 4GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.8 with 2GB of RAM    
Compressor

1:37 2:07    
iMovie 6.0.2

  0:51    
Photoshop CS2

  1:10    
iTunes 6.0.4

  0:58    
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

  0:57    
Speedmark 4.5 Score

  226    
Unreal Tournament 2004

  72.9fps    

Power Usage

Idle power usage

Watts

    17.6  
Sleep power usage

Watt hours

    1.4  
Off power usage

Watt hours

    0.0