“Apple Computer Inc.’s notebooks have long been highly regarded for their thoughtful designs and leading-edge features. But when it comes to performance, recent models have been lagging behind competitors that run Intel Corp.’s chips. Unable to beat ’em, Apple last year announced plans last year to join ’em. It recently began shipping its first Intel-based laptop, the MacBook Pro, which looks a lot like the old PowerBook G4 line it’s replacing,” Matthew Fordahl reports for The Associated Press. “Like the iMac desktop, which also got a silicon brain transplant, the new notebook is fast with decent battery life. Also like the old PowerBooks, it includes some very nice touches, such as an impressively bright screen, stylish aluminum body, a video camera built into the display’s frame, a keyboard that lights up in a dark room and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transmitters.”
The MacBook Pro “it boots up in about 20 seconds. Programs launch without hesitation. The 69 megabyte, high-definition “Cars” movie trailer played flawlessly, to the delight of our toddler, even with other programs running in the background,” Fordahl reports. “What about the all-important battery life? Starting with it fully charged, I surfed the Web, listened to music and engaged in other regular tasks for an impressive 3 hours and 10 minutes before the system went to sleep. Once plugged in, it woke up in seconds, exactly where it stopped. The run time was slightly longer than for an older PowerBook, which I tested under similar conditions a year ago… The MacBook’s result is even more impressive because the Intel chip runs two computing engines at once, instead of just one on the PowerBook’s G4 chip. The MacBook’s processor also runs at a faster clock speed.”
“There are some downsides to the MacBook,” Fordahl reports. “Apple has switched to a slightly slower optical drive for reading and burning CDs and DVDs, and it’s also dumped the built-in modem, which might be an inconvenience to anyone without broadband. It’s also increased the size of the power adapter. Still, those are minor quibbles. The new notebooks may have a new name and brain, but they haven’t lost the Apple shine.”
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