“With the new 13-inch MacBook looking and feeling more like the more expensive 15-inch MacBook Pro line than ever, it’s harder to tell the difference between the two laptops,” Dan Ackerman reports for CNET.
“So aside from 2 inches of display space, what advantages does the MacBook Pro offer compared with the less expensive MacBook? For starters, FireWire. The Pro is now the only current Apple laptop with a FireWire port–that connection was unceremoniously dumped from the less expensive 13-inch model with the new redesign,” Ackerman reports.
“Conspiracy theorists may cry foul, but FireWire is becoming increasingly used only in professional applications (although it may not feel like that if you have a FireWire-only camera). One can’t help feeling this move was made to push you toward the more expensive systems,” Ackerman reports. “In addition to its FireWire 800 port, the MacBook Pro also boasts an ExpressCard slot, an expansion option not offered on the MacBook.”
“MacBooks generally score better on our tests than similarly configured windows laptops (such as the Dell Studio 15), thanks in part to the efficiency of the Mac operating system, and the fact that applications such as Quicktime, iTunes, and Photoshop run more quickly on Mac OS X,” Ackerman reports.
Full review here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dale E” for the heads up.]