“Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Penryn)… isn’t the first laptop to undergo an Intel brain transplant in the form of a next-generation Penryn processor, but it’s among the most sizzling we’ve seen so far. At the heart of this MacBook Pro, the 2.6-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 CPU and 4GB RAM played a pivotal role in tearing up performance tests, including a compelling 15 percent increase in battery life. There are other new additions worth talking about, but performance enhancements alone should encourage first-generation MacBook Pro owners and frustrated Windows users to take the plunge. For that, it retains the Editors’ Choice for mainstream laptops,” Cisco Cheng reports for PC Magazine.
“The MacBook Pro (Penryn) has an intriguing feature—the gesture-based touchpad, which debuted on the iPhone and later showed up on the MacBook Air. This pad, with its ability to manipulate documents and images by finger movements, is a welcome addition to the MacBook Pro line. Although the MacBook Air’s touchpad is noticeably larger than the one on the MacBook Pro, allowing more room for your fingers to pinch and rotate, movements worked just as flawlessly on the MacBook Pro’s pad,” Cheng reports.
“Apple wasn’t the first to come out with a Penryn-based laptop, but this MacBook Pro is one of the fastest laptops I’ve tested since these processors launched in January. Similar Penryn configurations, like the Sony VAIO VGN-SZ791N and the Fujitsu LifeBook A6120, lagged behind the MacBook Pro (Penryn) on SYSmark 2007 Preview, CineBench R10, and video-encoding tests,” Cheng reports.
“The new MacBook Pro produced 3 hours 56 minutes on MobileMark 2007 tests, which is a significant jump from the 3 hours 10 minutes of the previous-generation MacBook Pro. That’s about a 15 percent improvement, which should be music to the ears of road warriors,” Cheng reports.
“I can’t think of any mainstream laptop other than the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Penryn) that does as good a job of combining fabulous design elements with top-of-the-line performance parts,” Cheng reports.
Full review here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Corinne” for the heads up.]