Ars reviews MacBook Pro
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.