Apple's new MacBook Pro offers state of the art Intel processors, Thunderbolt technology and a longer lasting battery. Chris Hardwick joins Candace Bailey to break down these new features and whether it lives up to Apple standards.
What You Need To Know
- The MacBook Pro measures less than an inch thick when closed and weighs a little over 5.5 lbs.
- The laptop features a unibody construction, meaning the body is cut from one solid piece of aluminum.
- As a result, the machine is very sturdy.
- The MacBook comes with a standard SD card slot, 2 USB ports, a Thunderbolt and Firewire 800 port.
- This is the 15.6" with a high-res anti-glare display that's LED backlit and has a maximum resolution of 1680x1050.
- The details really emerge when you are working with graphics or photo editing.
- It's not something the average user is going to need to spend the money for.
- You can upgrade to a high res screen for $100 more or $50 for the anti-glair display.
- Apple is charging you %50 to not include glass.
- The backlight keyboard has changed slightly with Lion OS specific function keys.
- Instead of a dashboard key on F3, you now have Mission Control.
- F5 is LaunchPad, which essentially is a shortcut to Apps.
- The multi-touch trackpad is actually glass and as a result, is very responsive.
- Apple has upped the processor and graphics power, now with a quad core i7 processor.
- The processors on here are all single chip architecture which makes it more efficient.
- The model here comes with the AMD Radeon 6770M with 1 GB of RAM.
- This machine will run Skyrim on the best of them (in Bootcamp) but when you do, be prepared
- to burn your lap off.
- The graphics processor is situated at the top center of the body so that portion of the machine tends to get hot.
- In fact, if you play close attention, you will notice that Apple doesn't even call them "laptops" anymore and are instead called "portable computers."
- The question of whether the MacBook Pro or Air is best for the average user has gotten harder and harder to answer.
- The MacBook Air is not as powerful.
- The Pro's dedicated graphics processor makes it better suited for design and editing software, as well as gaming.
- The 15" MacBook Pro starts at $1,799.
- The version we reviewed costs $2,300.
- 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- The Pro has a lot of power and the unibody construction makes this one of the sturdier laptops on the market.
- We would rate this 5 out of 5 but we feel like it's a little too expensive.
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