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New MacBook Pros

April 22, 2010 - Dave Hecei

Apple has updated their MacBook Pro line of notebook computers. This morning, the online Apple Store was down briefly and when it returned there were new listings for all of the MacBook Pro models.

The 13-inch Pro, which has an Intel Core 2 Duo, got a bump in processor speed, plus a new graphics system. The 15 and 17-inch Pros now have the new Intel i-Core series processors, either the Core i5 or i7. The 13-inch is available with either a 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo. The 15-inch is available with either a 2.4GHz or 2.53GHz Intel Core i5, or a 2.66GHz Core i7.

While the larger Pros end up with a nice speed boost, it is the 13-inch model that is the sweeter deal. Yes it does still have the older Core 2 Duo chip, but it is running at a good clip. The big advantage that the 13-inch has now is size and battery life. The 13-inch is a very nice size – not too big, not too small. This new model now has a battery that, according to Apple, will run for up to 10 hours. This puts it in league with the new iPad, which users are actually claiming longer than the Apple spec of 10 hours.

Along with the faster processor and longer battery life, the new 13-inch Pro now has better graphics. The previous model had the decent nVidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics system. Nothing mind blowing, but at least you could start to play some of the new 3D games out there. The new model still uses nVidia graphics, but now has the newer, and faster, GeForce 320M integrated graphics. Apple states that video performance is almost double, up to 1.8x faster than the 9400M.

Hopefully there will be some benchmarks out there soon to see how much of a performance boost these new Pros have. For many looking for a new notebook and need portability, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is now faster, has better graphics performance, and longer battery life, all in the same very portable aluminum package. Plus, it starts at the same $1199.


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