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MacBook Air/2.13GHz

Apple's ultrathin laptop line continues to drop in price. The high-end MacBook Air costs $700 less than its predecessor, and this model features a faster processor. The high-end configuration continues to offer a solid-state drive for storage.

MacBook Air/1.86GHz

The latest changes to Apple's laptop line brings a massive price cut to the MacBook Air. A 1.86GHz model used to cost you $2,499 -- this one costs $1,000 less (and $300 off the old entry-level price), though this configuration features a Serial ATA hard drive and not the solid-state drive of the older model.

MacBook Pros (13-inch, Mid 2009)

With its lower price, the return of FireWire (woo-hoo!), longer battery life, better looking display and a new built-in SD Card slot that you can boot from, the newest member of the MacBook Pro makes an impressive debut.

13-inch MacBook Pro/2.53GHz

In overhauling its laptop lineup in June 2009, Apple created a pair of 13-inch MacBook Pro models that not only sport the unibody enclosure introduced the previous fall but also adapt the 17-inch MacBook Pro's lithium-polymer battery. A FireWire port also returns. This model features twice the RAM and more storage than its 13-inch counterpart.

13-inch MacBook Pro/2.26GHz

In overhauling its laptop lineup in June 2009, Apple created a pair of 13-inch MacBook Pro models that not only sport the unibody enclosure introduced the previous fall but also adapt the 17-inch MacBook Pro's lithium-polymer battery. A FireWire port also returns. This model ships with 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB) and a 160GB hard drive.

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)

The latest 17-inch MacBook Pro is by all measures a minor hardware upgrade over its predecessor, offering only slightly faster processor options and a bump in hard-drive capacity. The more significant change is the value you get for your money.

17-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz

As part of its June 2009 laptop overhaul, Apple cut the price on its 17-inch MacBook Pro by $300 while boosting the processor speed and hard drive capacity. This is the only Apple laptop to feature an ExpressCard/34 expanison slot. A 3.06GHz processor is available as a $300 option.

MacBook Pros (15-inch, Mid 2009)

This update to the 15-inch MacBook Pro delivers better value and even more specification options to the laptop, though the upgrades to this new model are more nuanced than flashy.

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz

Apple's June 2009 overhaul of its laptop line created a trio of 15-inch MacBook Pro models, each with a restored FireWire port and the lithium-polymer battery previously available only in the 17-inch MacBook Pro. This model has the same 2.8GHz processor, 6MB of shared L2 cache, 500GB hard drive, and installed memory as the 17-inch model. It also features two graphics chips-one integrated in the motherboard (GeForce 9400M) and the other discrete (GeForce 9600M GT).

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.66GHz

Apple's June 2009 overhaul of its laptop line created a trio of 15-inch MacBook Pro models, each with a restored FireWire port and the lithium-polymer battery previously available only in the 17-inch MacBook Pro. This 15-inch configuration features a 2.66GHz processor, a 320GB hard drive, and two graphics chips-one integrated in the motherboard (GeForce 9400M) and the other discrete (GeForce 9600M GT).

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.53GHz

Apple's June 2009 overhaul of its laptop line created a trio of 15-inch MacBook Pro models, each with a restored FireWire port and the lithium-polymer battery previously available only in the 17-inch MacBook Pro. This 15-inch configuration features the same processor speed, installed RAM, hard drive and graphics processor as the $1,499 13-inch MacBook Pro. But for $200, you get a larger display.

New MacBook Pro speed tests

Macworld Lab tested all six of the new MacBook Pros, and the result show modest gains over the previous models.

13-inch MacBook/2.13GHz (white)

If price plays a greater role in a shopper's buying decisions during tough economic times, Apple's recent updates to its entry-level laptop, the $999 white MacBook, should help push some cost-conscious consumers over the laptop-buying fence.