MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro has long been my favorite Mac. The latest offering from Apple features the 2.4 GHz and faster Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. These are dual-core processors, faster than the previous generation of Intel Core Duo chips. I have always liked the practical mobility of having a laptop, and plugging components into it to extend its capability. Adding an external display, external keyboard and mouse extend the functionality to be equal to a desktop computer.

The DVD player/recorder has moved to the right side. The connection ports have all moved over to the left side. The connectors include a MagSafe power connector port, two USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire 800 port, Gigabit Ethernet port, a Mini DisplayPort, audio in/out ports, and an SD Memory Card slot. The previous model had a Firewire 400 port and an express card slot, which were dropped. The express card slot is still included on the 17″ MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pros are available as 13″, 15″ and 17″ models. There is a standard 1440 x 900 pixel backlit LED Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen display, or a 1680 x 1050 dpi Hi-Res AntiGlare Widescreen upgrade option. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M video card memory available is 256MB or 512MB VRAM. The MacBook Pro comes with two 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 memory modules, for a total of 4GB. With DDR3 memory prices falling, you will soon be able to upgrade the memory to 8GB.

The MacBook Pro has 5400 rpm 320GB and 500GB drives available as standard options, and a 7200 rpm 500 GB drive available as an upgrade option. Solid-state 28GB, 256GB, or 512GB drives are available as options. Some people buy the cheaper MacBook Pro model and install their own 7200 rpm 500GB drive upgrade. We show you how!

Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Pro to the world at Macworld in 2006