Apple Store“I recently had a chance to review the latest, top-of-the-line unibody MacBook Pro from Apple; with a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and many other great features, this is the fastest Apple laptop I’ve ever used,” Heath McKnight reports for Digital Media Net’s Audio Video Producer.

“On the 13- and 15-inch MBPs, there is an SD card reader, which is nice, but I prefer the ExpressCard/34 slot on the 17-inch model, which allows me to connect a lot of great 3rd party hardware, including the Matrox MXO2 and the MXO2 mini, which I’m currently reviewing,” McKnight reports.

“I installed Snow Leopard about three weeks after I received the system, and I could immediately tell a difference in overall speed,” McKnight reports. “The difference in speed between OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard is remarkable. I did two tests in the latest version of Final Cut Studio’s (3) Compressor. I took a 33-second clip NTSC (720 x 480, 29.97 frames per second/fps) and converted it to a similar .m2t (MPEG-2 Transport Stream), which I have to convert video clips to at work. The results: With Mac OS X Leopard, 26 seconds; with Snow Leopard: 18 seconds.”

McKnight reports, “Apple does it again with its newest line-up of MacBook Pros, which range in sizes from 13-inch to 17-inch. If you’re debating between a 15-inch and a 17-inch, and you’re a video or graphics pro, I highly recommend going with the faster, more powerful 17-inch model, which includes that all-important ExpressCard/34 slot.”

Full review here.