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17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz

The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinement in this update is a new graphics system powered by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT. Unlike the 15-inch models, the 17-inch MacBook Pro does not sport a new LED-backlit display for better battery life; however, a build-to-order option lets you select a higher-resolution display with 1,920-by-1,200 native resolution.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz

The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinements in this update are improvements to the display -- this 15-inch model's LCD is backlit by light-emitting diodes for improved battery life and less environmental impact -- and a new graphics system powered by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz

The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinements in this update are improvements to the display -- this 15-inch model's LCD is backlit by light-emitting diodes for improved battery life and less environmental impact -- and a new graphics system powered by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT.

MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz and 2.16GHz

Apple’s MacBook line, already a hit with consumers and students, is even more appealing with faster CPUs, bigger hard drives, and more memory in the base model.

13-inch MacBook/2.16GHz (black)

The black MacBook gets a processor boost to 2.16GHz and a bigger 160GB hard drive in the May 2007 round of laptop updates. The SuperDrive has also been upgraded to an 8X model, and the MacBook now has built-in support for 802.11n wireless networking. Otherwise, the specs are unchanged from the previous Core 2 Duo-based offerings.

13-inch MacBook/2.16GHz (white)

The May 2007 update to the MacBook line bumped this model's processor from 2GHz to 2.16GHz and its hard drive from 80GB to 120GB. The SuperDrive has been upgraded to an 8X model. Otherwise, specs remain unchanged from the previous Core 2 Duo MacBook offerings, including the integrated graphics that share memory with the system RAM. Like the other two MacBook models, this configuration comes with built-in support for 802.11n wireless networking.

13-inch MacBook/2GHz (May 2007)

The May 2007 update to the MacBook line introduced the most substantial changes to the low-end model. Beside the faster processor (2GHz, instead of 1.83GHz), this model now has the same amount of shared L2 cache (4MB) as the other MacBook configurations. It also now ships with 1GB of memory, up from 512GB, and sports a bigger hard drive than its predecessor. Other configurations remain unchanged, though this round of updates features built-in 802.11n wireless networking support out of the box.

A laptop stand and more

Although not a true docking station, APC's laptop stand offers more than just a raised platform.

17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33 GHz

We can think of a few new features we'd like to see in Apple's flagship laptop. Even without those improvements, however, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is a marvelous machine. If you can afford the price and don't mind the size and weight, you won't be disappointed.

17-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz

Like its 15-inch counterparts, the 17-inch MacBook Pro gets a processor bump (up to 2.33GHz from 2.16GHz) as well as a new processor entirely. The Intel Core Duo makes way for the Intel Core 2 Duo, a next-generation chip promising better performance with the same battery life. The amount of shared L2 cache has doubled, as has the installed memory -- the 17-inch MacBook Pro ships with 2GB of RAM. (You can install up to 3GB.) Hard drive capacity has increased to 160GB from 120GB.

MacBook Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz and 2.0GHz

With Core 2 Duo processors across the line, and more memory and storage space in the $1,299 and $1,499 configurations, the hot-selling MacBook looks better than ever.

13-inch MacBook/2GHz (black)

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. Like the white 2GHz model, this MacBook features 4MB of L2 cache -- twice the amount of earlier MacBooks. There's also 1GB of installed memory now, as well as a faster DVD-burning SuperDrive and a higher-capacity hard-drive.

13-inch MacBook/2GHz (white)

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. This 2GHz model features more significant changes than the 1.83GHz MacBook -- L2 cache has doubled to 4MB. Compared to the older Core Duo 2GHz MacBook, there's also 1GB of installed memory now, as well as a faster DVD-burning SuperDrive and a higher-capacity hard-drive.

13-inch MacBook/1.83GHz

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.

15-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz and 2.33GHz

Intel Core 2 Duo processors, twice the RAM, higher hard drive capacities, and the addition of a FireWire 800 port and double-layer DVD burning add up to a surprisingly substantial update to Apple's already compelling 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops.