Pros

  • Huge, beautiful glossy screen
  • Large multitouch trackpad

Cons

  • Excessive screen glare
  • "No-button" touchpad learning curve

At A Glance

Apple's largest laptop gains speed and options while dropping in price, making for a great value.

Manufacturer’s Description

To build something truly different, you need to work in a truly different way. Apple designers and engineers work together through every stage of product development. It's a partnership that makes innovation possible. And it's exactly how the new MacBook Pro was created. With its breakthrough unibody enclosure, industry-first features and environmentally sound design, it's a revolution in the way notebooks are made.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MC226LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Maximum Battery Run Time 8 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
DisplayPort Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 17.00 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WUXGA
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1200
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 256 MB, Up to 512 MB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM, GDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared
Storage
Storage Size 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Solid State Drive Capacity No
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Apple, Inc
UPC Code 885909330386
Manufacturer Part Number MC226LL/A
Brand Name Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

To build something truly different, you need to work in a truly different way. Apple designers and engineers work together through every stage of product development. It's a partnership that makes innovation possible. And it's exactly how the new MacBook Pro was created. With its breakthrough unibody enclosure, industry-first features and environmentally sound design, it's a revolution in the way notebooks are made.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com
Product Line MacBook Pro
Memory
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • MacBook Pro Notebook
  • Power Cord
  • AC Wall Plug
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Display Cleaning Cloth
  • Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adapter
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.1
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.0"
    Width 15.5"
    Depth 10.5"
    Color Aluminum
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed 2.80 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 101.0
    WorldBench 6 Rating Good
    Battery
    Battery Life 3:33:57 AM   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 292.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 336.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 222.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 377.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 333.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 565.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 197.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 557.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 199.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 73.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 66.18   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 41.25   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 58.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 58.16   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 34.52   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 1680 by 1050 28.67   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 1024 by 768 51.33   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 800 by 600 69.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 1680 by 1050 46.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 1024 by 768 69.53   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 800 by 600 80.07   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Performance
    World Bench 5 Multitasking 343.0
    Number of Included Batteries 1.0