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15-inch MacBook Pro/2.66GHz

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

Except for a minor boost in processor speed, the new 15-inch 2.66GHz MacBook Pro is identical to the 15-inch 2.53GHz MacBook Pro it replaces. The minor speed boost, without a similar boost in price, can only be good news

At a Glance
  • 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.


    • Thin, rounded design
    • Ecologically conscious
    • Retains FireWire port
    • Great new keyboard
    • Easy to service and upgrade
    • Large trackpad with numerous multi-touch gesture choices
    • Faster top-of-the-line 15-inch model
    • Gorgeous bright glossy screen


    • Disappointing battery life compared to the last model
    • No choice of screen finishes
    • Trackpad button can be hard to press
    • Some multi-touch gestures more difficult to maneuver than others
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