MacBook Pro Buyer's Guide

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As of 19 Nov 2011, this page is outdated. Please see the updated Buyer's Guide.


Recommendations / Comments

  • Early 2008 Update notes
    • the 17" Model received an option for a LED screen with 1920x1200 native resolution.
    • Issues reported with 15" screens
  • LED Displays were introduced to the 2007 15" Models, however they were unavailable for the 17" models. The 17" model had instead the optional 1900x1200 upgrade.
  • All releases before 2006 were for the PowerBook.
  • The 15" and 17" models of the MacBook Pro were released and updated separately until the addition of Core 2 Duo processors in October 2006.

Current Line Up

  • 13" MacBook Pro
    • Choice of either dual core i5 or i7 processor
    • Intel graphics
    • LED screen glossy only
    • Full backlight keyboard
    • Superdrive
    • Thunderbolt
    • 4GB RAM
    • Multi-touch glass trackpad
    • Thunderbolt
    • Many hard drive choices including standard 5400rpm 500GB HDD, optional 5400rpm 750HDD, or various SSDs
    • Bottom line: Great computer for someone who doesn't do intensive work, but who needs more power than the MacBook Air, anyone doing serious graphic work, 3D rendering, or serious coding should look at the 15" or 17"
  • 15" MacBook Pro
    • Choice of 2.2, 2.4, or 2.5 quad core i7 processor
    • LED screen either glossy or anti-glare
    • Choice of 500GB 5400rpm HDD, 750GB 5400rpm HDD, or SSDs
    • Choice of dedicated graphics card
    • 4GB RAM
    • Full backlight keyboard
    • Superdrive
    • Multi-touch glass trackpad
    • Thunderbolt
    • Bottom line: The entry level MacBook Pro for any true graphics or coding professional
  • 17" MacBook Pro
    • Choice of 2.4 or 2.5 quad core i7 processor
    • LED screen either glossy or anti-glare High Resolution
    • Choice of 750GB 5400rpm HDD, 750GB 7200rpm HDD, or SSDs
    • Choice of dedicated graphics card
    • 4GB of RAM
    • Full backlight keyboard
    • Superdrive
    • Multi-touch glass trackpad
    • Thunderbolt
    • Bottom Line: The ultimate laptop for the graphics professional on the move
      • It is recommend as of 04/10/2012 that you only buy unless you need to or you want an onboard optical drive, as it is all but slated to be removed in this coming update. There is an update in the immediate future and the entire lineup is going to see major changes.

See Also


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