Ars reviews MacBook Pro

— 10:27 AM on March 2, 2006

Ars Technica has posted one of the first reviews of Apple's new Intel-powered MacBook Pro. While the machine was introduced on January 10 at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, it didn't actually begin shipping until about two weeks ago. The review is of the entry-level $1,999 model which comes with a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo chip, 512MB of DDR2 RAM (Ars bumped this up to 1GB for the review), an 80GB hard drive, and an ATI Radeon X1600 128MB GPU. The review tests battery life and performance, as well as the built-in iSight camera, the RAM installation procedure, and Apple's new magnetic power plug/socket, MagSafe. Interestingly, the reviewer also compares performance with an "acquaintance's" 3.2GHz Dell Inspiron 9100 running the leaked OS X build, which is unsurprisingly beaten by the Core Duo-powered MacBook in most tests.

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