Leander Kahney reviews Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro: ‘I’m in love, the perfect laptop’

“Last fall I bought a 13-inch unibody MacBook, and I fell in love. For the last seven months I’ve been head-over-heels with the machine. But now there’s a new love in my life: a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is shaping up to be the perfect laptop,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac.

“Released last week, Apple’s MacBook Pro 13” is an amazing machine. It’s priced as a starter, but it’s now truly a ‘Pro’ laptop. It’s worthy of real work. It adds many of the ‘Pro’ features previously reserved for its higher-end siblings, but costs hundreds of dollars less,” Kahney reports.

“It now has an awesome, all-day battery; a bright, energy-sipping screen; and a backlit keyboard. Firewire is back, and there’s an indispensible SD Card slot. And yet it starts at just $1,200. For a computer of this quality and power, that’s a steal,” Kahney reports.

“There’s a lot to love about the MBP 13”, but the best thing is the new built-in battery. This battery lasts forever,” Kahney reports. “This kind of battery life is reserved for iPods and mobile phones, not laptops.. And who cares if the battery is sealed in? You can’t change the battery mid-flight, but why worry when it’s is good for crossing the entire continent?”

“The build quality remains impressive and true. The unibody MacBooks exude quality. They’re very well built. In terms of looks and materials, the MBP 13” is more or less indistinguishable from the higher priced machines. It’s as good as the 15-inch or 17-inch, but at a fraction of the price,” Kahney reports. “The buttonless glass trackpad is a fantastic innovation, a pleasure to use.”

Kahney reports, “Yeah, I’m in love… “

Full review here.

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