11.6-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz (64 GB)

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15-inch MacBook Pro/2.66GHz

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Price Best Price: $999.00
Best Price: $1,500.00
Best Price: $2,100.00
Pros
  • Smallest Mac laptop ever
  • Speedy solid-state drive
  • Bright, high-resolution screen
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Smallest Mac laptop ever
  • Speedy solid-state drive
  • Bright, high-resolution screen
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Integrated iSight camera
  • Sturdy but elegant design
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth
  • Improved performance
  • Great glossy screen
  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price
Cons
  • Slow processor clock speed
  • Small drive space
  • No keyboard backlighting
  • Slow processor clock speed
  • No keyboard backlighting
  • No additional Level 2 cache, system memory, or hard drive capacity added since previous version
  • No expansion card slot
  • Mediocre graphics performance
  • No SuperDrive
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option
At A Glance

As with the Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro lines, the consumer MacBooks get a new processor in the form of the Intel Core 2 Duo chip, which promises better performance without any decrease in battery life. Little else has changed about this laptop, including the integrated graphics that share memory with the system's RAM.

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.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MC505LL/A MC506LL/A MA699LLA MB985LL/A

General Information

UPC Code 885909422586 885909422593 683728221461 885909295715

Processor

Processor type   Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed   1400.0  MHz 1830.0  MHz 2660.0  MHz
Cache size   3.0  KB 2.0  KB 3.0  KB
Processor count   2    
Bus speed     667.0  MHz 1066.0  MHz

Display

Display size   11.6  inches 13.3  inches 15.4  inches
Display type   Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution   1366 x 768  pixels 1920 x 1200  pixels 1440 x 900  pixels
Aspect ratio     16:10 16:10

Storage

Drives included   1.0 1.0 1.0
Drive size   128.0  GB 60.0  GB 320.0  GB
Drive type   Solid-State Drive    
Drive Controllers     Serial ATA Serial ATA
Hard Drive Speed       5400.0  RPM
Other storage       SD Card

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces   Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort
Wireless connection   802.11 n    
Video Interfaces   Mini DisplayPort    
Bluetooth       Yes
Slots       SD Card

Other Features

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

Graphics

Graphics Type     Integrated Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset     Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT
Video Bus     PCI Express x16  

Memory

Memory type     DDR2 SDRAM DDR3
Memory max     2.0  GB 8.0  GB
Memory speed       1066.0  MHz

Dimensions

Width     12.78  inches 14.35  inches
Depth     8.92  inches 0.95  inches
Height     1.08  inches 0.95  inches
Weight     5.2  pounds 5.5  pounds

Warranty

Warranty information     1 Year Limited Warranty  

Optical Drive

CD-ROM Read Speed     24.0  
DVD-ROM Pressed Disc Read Speed     8.0  
Included Drives     DVD/CD-RW Combo  

Included Software

Operating System     Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Included Software       iLife

Battery

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

Sound

Speakers       Stereo

Storage Media

SD card       Yes

Performance

Macworld Labs

iTunes 6.0.4

    1:17  
Speedmark 4.5 Score

    168  
Tested Configuration

    Mac OS X 10.4.8 with 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 4GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2

    1:30  
iMovie 6.0.2

    1:04  
Compressor

    2:43 1:37
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

    1:16  
Unreal Tournament 2004

    17.4fps  
Quake 4

fps

      69.9fps
Photoshop CS3

min

      0:52
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

min

      0:47
Speedmark 6 Score

      127
iMovie HD6

      0:43
iTunes 7.7

      0:57