Computerworld reviews Apple’s new 15-in. MacBook Pro: Stylish and powerful, a sweet deal

Apple Online Store“While new iPad owners were wondering whether the Apple tablet would sound the death knell for laptops (and netbooks), Apple was putting the finishing touches on the next generation of its professional laptop line,” Ken Mingis reports for Computerworld. “On April 13, Apple delivered the goods, unveiling updated 13-, 15- and 17-in. MacBook Pros, the two larger models sporting fast Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and all three getting upgraded graphics chips and the prospect of longer battery life.”

Mingis reports, “In other words, the laptop is alive and well at Apple — and I say that as the owner of a new iPad, which I do think will change the way a lot of people use computers and access data and the Web.”

“All in all, Apple has delivered a laptop that’s more than just an evolutionary upgrade with unseen updates under the hood. It has moved its higher-end MacBook Pros closer to true quadcore speeds, while improving battery life and adding serious GPU performance,” Mingis reports. “Given that the prices across the line are roughly the same as those of the last generation, depending on exactly which model you choose, that should be enough to make these laptops a sweet deal for anyone looking to upgrade.”

Mingis reports, “For users who need the horsepower of a full-featured laptop, the latest MacBook Pro models should more than fit the bill, offering stylish construction, rock-solid design, long battery life and more than enough processing power to get them through any digital task.”

Read the full review here.

9 Comments

  1. I plan to upgrade my four year old MacBook Pro soon and now that I also have an iPad I’ll be considering the 17 inch model.

    In the past I would never bought the big MBP but now with the iPad it makes sense.

  2. Had my MBP 15″ 2.53Ghz 500 7200rpm HR antiglare for a week now,like it alot more then my MBP 15″ Nov 06. The HR antiglare is worth the $150.00. Also getting about 5 hours on the battery.

  3. I use lightroom, Photoshop and Hasselblad’s Phocus software. The demands these programs placed on my processor forced me to spend about 6,000 on a mac pro and an eizo monitor.

    I just bought the i7, 15″… Well I sold my 1st gen unibody….. And will now be selling my less than 1 yr old desktop…. Keeping the monitor….. The new mbp line is THAT GOOD… THAT FAST!

  4. Mine’s in transit, and the iPad is pre-ordered. Really, I look at them as a single system, and I just grab the one that makes the most sense for what I need to do at a given time. I just need to keep them synced up and life will be awesome ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. My five year old PowerBook G4 is still going strong – if it weren’t for the increasing number of Intel only apps, I wouldn’t be considering upgrading.

    Mac laptops are built to last. Maybe they’re built too well?

  6. I’ve played with the I pad, and it’s cool, but in the end, for my low end needs, I really think I’m either a mac book pro or MBA person. The new 13 inch MBP is good for many, many users. Does everything you need to do and it can be the desktop replacement for many. Having said that, I would gladly pay the premium for a lighter version such as the Air.
    Anyone have any ideas of when we can expect to see the Air upgrade? I wonder if that new 320 m chip will fit? The MBA is the oldest oldest model in the laptop lineup…

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