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|15th October 2010, 08:39||#1|
Join Date: May 2002
Apple MacBook Pro 13: Can a Mac Be a Decent Windows Laptop?
Hereís my one major problem with the MacBook Pro 13, at least on paper: itís still running a Core 2 Duo processor. The C2D P8600 debuted as part of the Penryn-3M lineup on June 13, 2008. Theyíre selling a notebook with a 2 year-old processor for $1199. And thatís just the low end model; the high-end MBP13 SKU costs $1499. Only Apple can get away with pulling a stunt like that; I donít think the other manufacturers would even dare to try it. By the time Apple updates the MBP line to Sandy Bridge, the P8600 will be nearly three years old.
But other than that wrinkle, I basically love the MacBook Pro. The industrial design is absolutely peerless (except for maybe the original Dell Adamo). The overall aesthetic just seems so cohesive, so well thought out. Thereís nary an extraneous button or design element in sight, giving way to a clean, sleek, and elegant notebook that could only come out of Cupertino. The build quality is excellent, definitely one of the most solid notebooks this side of a ThinkPad. The keyboard is one of the best chiclet keyboards out there, and the glass trackpad with two finger scroll is awesome. None of this is new for the MacBook Pro, but itís still striking to think that this chassis debuted two years ago and there still isnít a PC notebook that is designed or built on the same level as this. (Yes, we know about the HP Envy and we're still working to get a review unit, but while similar the Envy line still isn't like a MacBook Pro.)
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