New MacBook Pro Review

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New MacBook Pro Review

It always amazes me with tech news today, just how quickly technology advances aligned with the amount of new products and upgrades this generates.

I’m sure this year will be no different!

Early 2011, Apple released the New MacBook Pro laptop with the Intel Sandy Bridge processor.

Intel Sandy Bridge

The MacBook Pro laptop range now comes in three sizes – 13-inch, 15 inch and 17 inch.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop features a 2.3GHz Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor the fastest dual-core processor available – the 2.7GHz Intel Core i7.

With Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4GHz, these processors allow the 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop to perform up to twice as fast as the previous generation.

The 15- and 17-inch models bring quad-core power to almost everything you do. The available 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor – with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4GHz and up to 8MB of shared L3 cache

For graphics-intensive applications, the 15- and 17-inch models automatically switch to new high-performance AMD Radeon graphics processors.

amd graphics

An energy-efficient processor architecture with an integrated video encoder, along with automatic graphics switching in the 15- and 17-inch models, all help improve battery life.

Every new MacBook Pro features a breakthrough, long-lasting battery that delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity on a single charge (8 hours on the 17-inch MacBook Pro) and can be recharged up to 1000 times. Nearly three times the lifespan of typical notebook batteries, and that’s with more powerful processors and faster graphics.

The hard disk sizes start at 320GB increasing to a 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive in the 17-inch model. Each MacBook Pro comes with 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory. The two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB.

The new models run on the familiar Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system, with the included iLife package consisting of iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. The new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system is due to be released in the Summer 2011.

The SD slot is now a SDXC card slot on the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. It supports up to 64GB cards with an ExpressCard/34 slot on the 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop.

Also included with the new MacBook Pro is the exciting new Thunderbolt technology. Allowing you to daisy chain up to six devices including displays, it can transfer data at up to 10Gbps. That’s twice as fast as USB 3.0.

thunderbolt connection

In addition there is a Firewire port, two USB 2.0 ports (three on 17-inch) and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Wireless networking is based on the 802.11n WiFi specification and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

thunderbolt port

Apple’s made very few external changes to the previous Macbook Pro laptop design, many would argue that they don’t need to. This along with the impressive specification makes the new range very appealing.

Just a shame there is no USB 3.0 port or blu-ray drive, plus it’s a bit expensive, still we all know that life isn’t prefect!

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