Apple's recent update of its 13-inch MacBook line was a modest one, with an incremental processor upgrade and updated default components. However, the 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro laptops have gotten a much more radical overhauling, even if they -- like the MacBooks -- look the same on the outside as previous-generation models.
We have reviewed the 15-inch, 2.4GHz middle child in the MacBook family, which costs £1,599. The entry-level 15-inch, 2.2GHz model starts at £1,299 and the 17-inch, 2.4GHz model sells for £1,799.
Physically, the refreshed MacBook Pro is essentially identical to the version we looked at late last year. We refer you to our review of the for a detailed take on Apple's excellent industrial design and attention to detail.
|Price as reviewed/Starting price||£1,599 / £1,299|
|Processor||2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Memory||2GB, 667MHz DDR2|
|Hard drive||160GB 5,400rpm|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT|
|Operating system||Apple Mac OS X 10.4|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||357 x 26 x 243 millimetres
|Screen size (diagonal)||15.4 inches|
The minimalist layout -- you'll find only a power button, a full-size keyboard, stereo speakers, a sizable touch pad with a single mouse button and a built-in iSight camera -- remains a standard other laptop designers should emulate, and the thin chassis makes it easy to stow the system in even smaller laptop bags.
On the other hand, despite our love for a clean look, we've become used to having at least a few media control shortcut keys -- and adding a media card reader wouldn't deface the otherwise clean look.