Don't-Miss MacBook Stories

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 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 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/2.26GHz

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.

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.

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/2.66GHz

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.

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).

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.