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MacBook Pro Tech Review

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Posted December 23, 2011 - By Moye Ishimoto

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.

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Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

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.

Price

  • The 15" MacBook Pro starts at $1,799.
  • The version we reviewed costs $2,300.


Rating

  • 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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