15-inch MacBook Pro/2.66GHz

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Pros
  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price
  • Improved processing speed
  • Increased battery life
  • Improved processing speed
  • Increased battery life
  • Unibody design makes a lighter, more comfortable MacBook
  • Impressive battery life
  • Glass Multi-touch trackpad
  • Support for up to 8GB of 1066MHz RAM
  • Performs as well or better than 2.26GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro
Cons
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option
  • Slower graphics performance compared to previous model
  • Battery not user serviceable
  • Slower graphics performance compared to previous model
  • Battery not user serviceable
  • No IR port
  • No SD card slot
  • No video adapters included
  • No FireWire port
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.

The MacBook benefits nicely from its unibody face-lift: it's lighter and more attractive, and it performs better than the model that came before it. Think of it as a MacBook Pro minus the FireWire port and SD card slot, for $200 less.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MB985LL/A MC724LL/A MC700LL/A MC207LL/A

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i7 Intel Core i5  
Processor speed 2660.0  MHz 2700.0  MHz 2300.0  MHz 2260.0  MHz
Cache size 3.0  KB 4.0  KB 3.0  KB 3.0  KB
Bus speed 1066.0  MHz     1066.0  MHz
Processor count   2 2  

Display

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

Graphics

Graphics Type Discrete      
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT     NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

Storage

Drives included 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Drive size 320.0  GB 500.0  GB 320.0  GB 250.0  GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM
Drive Controllers Serial ATA      
Other storage SD Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|SDXC Card SDXC Card  
Drive type   Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive  

General Information

UPC Code 885909295715 885909437023 885909436705 885909345915

Battery

Battery Type Lithium ion      
Vendor Rated Battery life 7.0  hours 7.0  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|Mini DisplayPort
Bluetooth Yes     Yes
Slots SD Card 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 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed 1066.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz 1066.0  MHz
Memory max 8.0  GB 8.0  GB 8.0  GB 4.0  GB

Dimensions

Width 14.35  inches 12.78  inches 12.78  inches 13.0  inches
Depth 0.95  inches 8.94  inches 8.94  inches 9.12  inches
Height 0.95  inches 0.95  inches 0.95  inches 1.08  inches
Weight 5.5  pounds 4.5  pounds 4.5  pounds 4.7  pounds

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo

Storage Media

SD card Yes      

Included Software

Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) 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) iLife

Other Features

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

Warranty

Warranty information   1 Year 1 Year  

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     111
iTunes 7.7

0:57      
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 4GB of RAM     Mac OS X 10.6.1 with 2GB of RAM
Compressor

1:37      

Power Usage

Idle power usage

Watts

  17.6    
Sleep power usage

Watt hours

  1.4    
Off power usage

Watt hours

  0.0