“It’s taken Apple nine long months to update their MacBook Pro range, and most people would agree that the Intel Core i5 and Core i7 refresh has arrived not a moment too soon. Intel’s latest processors bring with them a new, intelligent graphics system and a slightly higher price of entry – $1,799 rather than $1,699 – along with the promise of greater battery life and better performance,” Vincent Nguyen reports for SlashGear.
“We loaded up Geekbench, a synthetic test of processor and memory performance, and the new MacBook Pro scored 6309 overall,” Nguyen reports. “In comparison, the previous-gen MacBook Pro – with a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo T9600 processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory – scored 4211. That’s almost a 50-percent increase, and the day-to-day effect is a machine that experiences fewer slow-downs under load, that boots up apps quicker, and that can multitask more successfully.”
“It’s certainly still the case that you can’t expect Core i7 performance without compromising on battery life: it’s either top spec crunching or wire-free longevity, and unless battery technology makes a significant leap we can’t see that changing any time soon,” Nguyen reports. “Still, use the new MacBook Pro in a more casual way and it’s got the legs to comfortably coast past other 15-inch rivals, safe in the knowledge that – if needed, and if you’re willing to take the battery hit – you can keep pace with desktop machines when it comes to multimedia editing and the like.”
Nguyen reports, “It’s a testament to how much the MacBook Pro line gets right that Apple need only make so few changes beyond refreshing CPU and GPU; they demand deep pockets, certainly, but you’re getting an incredible, solid, high-performing machine for your money.”
There’s much more in the full review – recommended – here.