|Screen Size||15.4 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 900|
|Processor||1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo|
|RAM||0.5 GB DDR2 SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||80 GB|
|Card Description||ATI Mobility Radeon X1600|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Wireless Type||Bluetooth, 802.11G, Infrared|
Apple MacBook Pro MA463LL/A 15.4" Laptop (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
- 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2 MB shared L2 Cache
- 512 MB (single SODIMM) 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300); 80 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA hard drive; slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- One FireWire 400, two USB 2.0 ports, and ExpressCard/34 slot; no FireWire 800 slots
- Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit); built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme (802.11g); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
- 15.4-inch TFT widescreen display with 1440 x 900 resolution
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When Steve Jobs announced the new Macs, with Intel Core Duo processors I was almost certain I wanted to buy one. Why? Macs are well known for ease of use and capabilities, but they have managed all that for years, with processors that are not always top-notch. That all changed in January 2006.
Processor in the new MacBook Pro
The Intel Core Duo processor in the new MacBook Pro is an amazing chip. What have I noticed about the speed of the machine featuring this chip? It is incredibly fast. You'd be surprised by how much faster even web browsing is, when you have a processor as powerful as the Core Duo. However, what I've really been impressed by is doing things such as video encoding. I've encoded videos in H264 as much as eight times faster than my Powerbook G4. Furthermore, the iLife applications that are included on the MacBook Pro fly, with the speed. iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and Garageband perform like never before. I've really been impressed by the speed.
The Core Duo is a great processor. It offers exceptional desktop PC performance, in a design that can fit in small computers and notebooks. It features two cores on a single die, which effectively gives you the performance of two processors. Don't let the 1.83 GHZ clock speed fool you. This Core Duo Chip will outperform 3+ GHZ Pentium 4 processors. It really is an amazing breakthrough, from Intel.
The new MacBook Pro 2 GHZ model features an ATI Radeon X1600 graphics processor using PCI Express 128 MB of GDDR3 video memory.Read more ›
Keep in mind that you MUST add RAM to it, the 512 MB that it comes with are nothing. With that much memory, working with Rosetta apps (binaries that were build for PPC) will really slow down your system. I upgraded to 1.5 GB and this thing FLIES. For example, when using handbrake to create an mp4 file from a movie DVD, it took my old Powerbook around 4 hours. The MBP can do it in 45 minutes which totally blows me away.
Keep in mind that at the time of this writing, there are many apps out there (Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver) that will not run at full native speed. This does not mean they are unbearable to work with, they are just not running as fast as they could. I use Photoshop on weekly basis for designing web pages. Its speed is like that of using Photoshop on my iMac G5 - so trust me, its not bad at all. As I have mentioned before, cram it with RAM and things will work great.
Performance-wise it is top notch. With the recent release of Boot Camp, you can now easily run Windows on a separate partition. This should really be tempting to some Windows users out there that want to try OS X but are scared of not liking it and then being stuck with a machine they wont use. If you are Windows user, do yourself a favor and get this laptop. In case you hate OS X, just boot under Windows and you will be right at home. Recent benchmarks that I have read of comparable Acer systems leave the MPB as a clear contender even when running Windows XP.
The backlit keyboard, iSight, the remote control are just extras that put icing on the cake. I have never been so happy with a machine in my life. It is so great to be running multiple apps and see the Activity Monitor's CPU usage stay around 10%!
I really can't say more, I love this machine.
The iMac is perfect. The MacBook Pro has a few quirks to be aware of:
1. When the CPU is idle and the MacBook Pro is on battery, there is a medium to high pitch sound that emits from the computer. This drove me crazy the first two days, but now I don't notice it as much. Apple will hopefully fix this soon via a firmware update. In the meantime, there is an easy workaround: launch and minimize Photo Booth, and it consumes just enough CPU to make the sound go away. Also, the sound seems to disappear about 90% when on A/C instead of battery.
2. The MacBook Pro gets very hot when plugged in. It won't burn you, but it is surprisingly hot. You probably won't want to put it on your lap.
3. The MacBook Pro is heavy, relative to ultra portables.
4. The keyboard is hard to get used to for Windows switchers. It takes two keystrokes to do things like DEL, HOME, END, etc. The iMac keyboard is easier.
For reasons 2 and 3, consider this a "portable" and not a "laptop."
Despite these issues, this is the best portable computer I have ever owned, primarily due to OS X and .Mac.
Also - my first reaction was that I might have trouble getting used to the wide screen and how low it goes. Nope - it is a pleasure to work with.
For Windows switchers -- expect a frustrating first day but also lots of smiles how everything just works first try.
Overall, I would highly recommend the MacBook Pro to anyone not needing an ultra lightweight portable.
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