Apple's MacBook Pro lineup has become
rather stale. While PC notebook counterparts have been sporting new
Core i5 and Core i7 processors for quite some time now, MacBook Pros
have been soldiering along with stale (relatively speaking) Core 2
Apple is now getting with the times and
has announced a revamped
MacBook Pro lineup complete with new Core i5 and Core i7
processors from Intel; that is if you opt for the 15" and 17"
“The new MacBook Pro is as advanced
on the inside as it is stunning on the outside,” said Philip
Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product
Marketing. “With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to
three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both
performance and efficiency.”
13" MacBook Pros will continue to
soldier on with Core 2 Duo processors, albeit this time at at speeds
of 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz. The 13" MacBook Pros also get a boost
from the old and tired NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics to GeForce 320M
graphics. Both models come with 4GB of memory standard and a
non-replaceable battery good for up to 10 hours of runtime (up from
7). The 2.4GHz model comes with a 250GB hard drive and will set you
back $1,199 -- stepping up to the 2.66GHz model with a 320GB hard
drive will cost you $1,499.
The new 15" MacBook Pro is now
available with 2.4GHz ($1,799) and 2.53GHz ($1,999) Core i5
processors -- a 2.66GHz Core i7 model is also available ($2,199). The
base model brings with it a 320GB hard drive while the middle child
gets a 500GB hard drive. Both models come equipped with an NVIDIA
GeForce GT 330M (256MB) graphics card. The Core i7 model comes with a
500GB hard drive and a 512MB version of the GeForce GT 330M. All
three models have Intel HD integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM and an
internal battery rated at 8 to 9 hours.
Finally, we come to the 17"
MacBook Pro. This $2,299 model comes with an Intel Core i5 processor
clocked at 2.53GHz. It features 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive,
Intel HD integrated graphics, a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics
card and battery life of 8 to 9 hours.
Updated 4/13/2010 @ 12:40pm
While the 15" and 17" MacBook Pros do incorporate automatic graphics switching, an NVIDIA representative told Apple Insider that is is NOT NVIDIA Optimus technology.
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quote: The Sony has a replaceable battery. You can buy an additional extended battery and its STILL cheaper than the Mac
quote: Good luck changing your Macbook battery of the fly
quote: How does your alienware fair for battery life?
quote: You obviously like the MBP, and from what you tell everyone you're not short of funds, so why not buy one?
quote: four hour battery life
quote: My whole point was that Apple folk don't like DIY stuff, else they'd build their own computers for cheaper. I know you can't do that for laptops, but still.
quote: Battery life is a function of the power profile used. If you limit the CPU to 5 or 10 percent while on battery, then of course you can get a much longer battery life out of a machine. The thing is, no one would WANT to run their computer at only 5 to 10 percent for an extended time if they knew what was going on.
quote: Just build a regular laptop on HP's site and it is a hell of alot more feature rich and alot less money than these new Macs. The Envy is a "special edition" HP laptop. Why buy a Bently when a 35k subaru handles better and is more capable?
quote: More people buy Toyotas than Lexuses for a reason
quote: Cause we have that option? More people buy Toyotas than Lexuses for a reason. You can have your "style," we'll have our performance.
quote: Surely these machines are never a practical consideration.
quote: Most companies charge a premium for upgrades Dell charges $195 to upgrade to a 500 GB drive.
quote: Have NVIDIA created a beefier chipset just for Apple