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.