PC Magazine reviews Apple’s new 15-inch MacBook Pro: ‘Enticing, solid and magnificently engineered’

“The MacBook Pro 15-inch (SD Slot) shows improved battery life over the previous version, while lowering its base price to $1,699. Though that’s enticing enough for newcomers, some current MacBook Pro owners might not be ready to give up the ExpressCard slot yet,” Cisco Cheng reports for PC Magazine.

“Performance-seeking parts are what differentiate the 15-inch MacBook Pro from the 13-inch model. The MacBook Pro 15-inch’s 2.53-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 processor is included in the base price, whereas the 13-inch uses a budget-friendly 2.26-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7550 CPU,” Cheng reports.

“Unlike the MacBook Pro 13-inch, the 15-inch (SD Slot) has more options to increase its speed, including faster processors and 7,200-rpm hard drives,” Cheng reports.

“If 3D acceleration is what you’re after, the dual graphics option is available in the midrange and high-end 15-inch models. Most Mac users, though, will find that the integrated chipset is more than enough to handle their 3D workloads,” Cheng reports.

“The improved battery technology and an increase in its capacity (while factoring in an energy-efficient graphics card) generated 5 hours 30 minutes of battery life on the MobileMark 2007 battery test. Its predecessor had topped out at a mere 2 hours,” Cheng reports.

Cheng reports, “The MacBook Pro 15-inch (SD Slot) is… a solid and magnificently engineered Apple laptop.”

Full review here.

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