Seattle Times: Apple’s MacBook Pro ‘delivers the Mac experience with speed and potential to spare’

The Seattle Times’ Jeff Carlson looks forward to “speedier portability.” Carlson writes, “In updating its laptop line, Apple took the power out of the PowerBook name and fed it directly into the heart of the new MacBook Pro, the company’s first portable computer to feature an Intel processor. The MacBook Pro looks and feels like the 15-inch PowerBook G4 that it replaces, clad in aluminum and weighing the same 5.6 pounds. It’s slightly wider (14.1 inches) and shallower (9.6 inches), but still fits in the padded compartment of my computer bag. (The 12-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4 models are still available, though Intel-powered models will no doubt replace them later this year.) Apple touts a performance increase of four to five times that of the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4, attributable to the Intel Core Duo processor, but for the most part, the MacBook Pro feels like using a PowerBook G4. Stick with me for a minute, though, because that’s actually a good thing. For most tasks, such as viewing Web pages in the Safari browser, managing my calendar in iCal, or working in the Finder, I noticed snappier performance in general, but nothing that spun my head — at first.”

“…When I did some tests with the included iLife ’06 applications — which are all Universal applications — I was surprised at the results. For example, adding a title in iMovie HD 6 took 25 seconds to render on my older 1.25 GHz PowerBook G4 and 13 seconds on the MacBook Pro. That’s a welcome increase, to be sure, but I also rendered the title on a year-old dual-processor 2.3 GHz Power Mac G5 (not to be confused with the current dual-core 2.3 GHz model), which clocked in at 12 seconds,” Carlson writes. “Encoding an iDVD project took 6 minutes on both the MacBook Pro and the Power Mac G5, and 16 minutes on my PowerBook G4. Since Apple hasn’t been comparing the Intel speeds with its Power Mac G5 desktop iron, I wasn’t expecting the MacBook Pro to operate in near parity. These results are exciting because they suggest that operating an Intel-powered Mac will speed up as we move toward a Universal playing field. And having a laptop that can keep up with desktop hardware increases the MacBook Pro’s life span.”

Before he conlcudes that “the MacBook Pro is Apple’s first Intel-powered laptop, and it’s a success, delivering the Macintosh experience with speed and potential to spare,” Carlson covers much more in his full article here.

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