Apple's Sleek Intel-Based Laptop

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Apple MacBook Pro Notebook

Apple's MacBook Pro is slim, sleek, and generally quite speedy.
Apple's MacBook Pro is slim, sleek, and generally quite speedy.
Equipped with a 2-GHz Intel Core Duo Processor, Apple's MacBook Pro looks great, runs great, and has some fine new capabilities. But it lacks several features, and it has the same performance issues as the Intel-Based iMac.

The MacBook Pro is a joy to use. At 1440 by 900 pixels, the screen is sharp and bright. It comes with a built-in Webcam, Front Row media-playing software, and an infrared remote control. The unit handles basic productivity tasks with aplomb, and Apple applications run very fast.

That said, our $2499 shipping unit lacks standard PC notebook options such as an S-Video port, a modem, and a PC Card slot (its ExpressCard slot isn't PC Card-compatible). Its DVD write speed is only 4X, and it can't yet burn double-layer media. The laptop also lacks a FireWire 800 port.

In benchmark tests conducted by our sibling publication Macworld, the MacBook Pro underperformed the 2-GHz iMac Core Duo in some tests and outperformed the G4-based 15-inch PowerBook in most tests; notable exceptions were tests of Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. The next versions of these apps will be Intel-optimized, but for now they run through the Rosetta translation software. Macworld found that a single battery charge lasted for more than 3.5 hours with normal use. See additional details on Macworld's tests.

This laptop runs very well, but it lacks a few features and will benefit as more software is optimized for Intel.

Apple's MacBook Pro


Apple's stylish laptop is fast enough for most uses but performs best with Apple's own Intel-optimized software.
Price when reviewed: $2499
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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Classic design
    • Runs Universal applications quickly
    • Integrated iSight camera
    • Bright screen
    • Improved wireless range
    • Comes with Front Row application and remote
    • Innovative MagSafe power connector

    Cons

    • Optical drive inferior to PowerBook G4
    • Non-native apps can run slowly
    • Intermittent processor noise on some systems
    • No FireWire 800 port
    • Screen slightly shorter than PowerBook
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