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Keyboard covers help keep your laptop's keyboard clean and problem-free. We've rounded up a bunch of them to help you find the best one for your notebook.
The Patrol backpack is a solid alternative to a rolling carry-on for short trips.
As far as upgrades go, the top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro’s makeover is far from extreme. But we’re not going to complain if Apple chooses to gently goose the processor speed a little bit without expecting a dime more for the effort.
Essentially a replacement for the 2.53GHz unibody 15-inch model released in the fall of 2008, this MacBook Pro features the same processor speed as the 17-inch laptop. Otherwise, this 15-inch model is no different than what came before, with two graphics chips-one integrated in the motherboard (GeForce 9400M) and the other discrete (GeForce 9600M GT)--and a glossy screen.
The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has a lot going for it, from the faster processor, front side bus and memory speeds, to its thinner and lighter, unibody design. Add in a new battery that lasts longer per charge, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Apple filled in the last piece of the unibody puzzle, introducing this new MacBook Pro at the January 2009 Macworld Expo. It sports the same enclosure as the 15-inch laptops introduced in the fall of 2008. The chief feature in this new 17-inch system is a new battery that uses custom-shaped cells. That should give the machine a battery of eight hours using integrated graphics, according to Apple. The downside? The battery is not removable. Other changes include a faster processor (2.66GHz) and the removal of the FireWire 400 port (though FireWire 800 remains).
With a slightly faster processor than its predecessor, the new 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro outperformed the previous 17-inch MacBook Pro—but by a small percentage. Macworld's lab director James Galbraith analyzes the performance benchmarks from Apple's new mega-sized laptop.
Speck's SeeThru Satin is an updated, and improved, version of the company's always-on hardshell for Mac laptops.
The changes to new white 2GHz MacBook are subtle but welcomed. The new faster graphics will make casual gamers happy, and who doesn’t like additional RAM? Macworld Lab director James Galbraith found that even with a processor that's slightly slower than its predecessor, the new white 2GHz MacBook is a solid entry-level laptop.
Jason Snell reviews a light, thin backpack for his MacBook Air
In January 2009, Apple updated its entry-level MacBook to improve the graphics while maintain the same sub-$1,000 price tag. While the Nvidia GeForce 9400M still shares its memory with the system RAM, there's a lot more memory to share (256MB instead of the 144MB the old integrated Intel graphics had at its disposal). The machine also ships with 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB. The processor has been bumped down to 2GHz from 2.1GHz, but the system bus is faster.
Can a film overlay reduce the glare on a new unibody MacBook Pro to the point where it’s acceptable to someone who dislikes glossy screens? Rob Griffiths attempts to find out with Power Support’s anti-glare offering for laptops.
Just Mobile's Xtand Pro is among the more expensive laptop stands we've reviewed, but its solid aluminum construction also makes among the sturdiest and most attractive.