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Apple has always kept a clear dividing line between consumer products for home and education users, and more expensive professional models offering higher performance and additional features. And, until quite recently, its laptop range had stuck rigidly to that formula. Apple MacBook Pro 13in June 2009 Apple's MacBook Pro …


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  1. James Dunmore

    They haven't got it right yet....

    Am I alone in wanting a 15inch mac book - not a pro, just a mac book. The normal mac book spec would be fine for my needs, but the largest is 13inch - I can't be the only one who doesn't want all the features of a pro, but does want a 15/17inch screen?!

  2. edward wright

    Mini DVI?

    This machine doesn't have a Mini DVI port, it has a mini DisplayPort - if you need DVI you need an adapter.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    'Apple finally notices theres a recession'

    ...and release 2 laptops with a super-hardcore-aggressive pricing strategy - yours from only £900

    Theres never a recession for the 'one born every minute' crowd is there?

    Anyway, snap them up me o'l hearties, you've got a recession to beat.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Cue the usual rants of:

    "..but I can get a laptop from xxxx for £yyyy, with the same hardware.."

    Quit bitching about it and go and do it. Go on. I dare you. You won't make me the slightest bit guilty if I went out and bought one of these anyway.

  5. Alastair 7

    I've got one of these

    And it's bloody awesome. I was originally looking at the 15" Pro model, but then the 13" came out- more portable, and cheap enough that I could afford to buy an external (22") monitor with the money I saved. So, even better on the desk and even better on the road. Thumbs up.

    Also, I bought the base model (2GB RAM, 160GB HDD) then upgraded them to 4GB and 500GB 7200rpm with stuff I bought separately- far, far cheaper and really not very difficult to do once you get the right ruddy screwdriver to get into the thing.

    Edward above is right- it comes with a mini Display Port, so you need an adapter to connect to DVI. But the old ones needed a mini-DVI to DVI adapter anyway, I've still never seen a monitor with an actual mini-DVI connection...

  6. Andy Towler

    Epic Fail

    £899 for a 13" Laptop? They need to knock £200 off that to win over non-Mac laptop users...

  7. Bad Beaver
    Thumb Up

    Thank's, Apple

    While I am partial about the built-in battery, the return of FireWire gets this model back into purchase territory. I was mighty miffed that there suddenly was nothing decent to replace the 12" G4 once it bites the dust, and I was not alone. The Macbook is fine if you're on a budget, but if it is your main machine and actually gets handled a lot, you will always appreciate the Pro line.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    1920x1200 on a 15 inch

    Thing that disappoints me most is to get 1920x1200 you have to get a 17" Apple laptop. Several vendors offer this resolution at 15" and I find the dot pitch to be easy on the eyes.

    Just cause Steve Jobs has poor eyesight we all have to suffer.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ James Dunmore

    if you want a stripped-down machine, get the bottom-end 15" Macbook Pro which skips the 9600GT graphics chip and comes with a smaller hard drive in order to sneak in under £1300. An actual 15" white plastic Macbook would look bloody horrible

  10. Wibble

    Not everybody takes part in the recession

    Look like they're good value for money machines.

    At last I can replace the current 17" MacBook Pro with a more portable 13" machine that has the memory (expandable to 8Gb), hard disc (500Gb) and decent graphics processor. Will be far easier to lug around and use on public transport. As most offices now have decent resolution monitors so with a Bluetooth keyboard & mouse, and the £20 adapter, it'll be developer's heaven.

    One of life's great pleasures is to go into an Apple store, look at the machines, then go into a Sony store (wearing sunglasses) to behold the shiny plastic wannabes running Vista. Ugh.

    BTW it's the more expensive machine that's in demand and is short of stock.

  11. Michael C

    finally a low price on the pro line can we get a larger basic line please?????

    Granted, I'm shelling our $1850 next month for a 15" pro with the 9600G graphics chip added, but I'd really like a 15" base model for kicking around town... 13" machines are simply too small for my tastes, but i don't need the horsepower (and pricetag) of the performance machine in the unit I bring back and forth to work. Besides, the gaming notebook is really the wife's machine, I have a powerful desktop (and prefer to sit at a desk when gaming, as opposed to her wanting to sit on a couch to play).

  12. passionate indifference
    Jobs Horns

    @AC 13:51

    "..but I can get a laptop from xxxx for £yyyy, with the same hardware.."

    Rising to this one. Dell Studio 15, HP Pavilion dv3t and Toshiba Satellite U500 can all be bought cheaper than this, with similar or greater specs. There's even an option to specify a better battery.

    In fact, it's hard to find a MacBook or MacBook Pro that competes solely on price and performance. I know, I've been looking.

    But that's not the only selling points of the Mac, is it?

    And why on earth can't other laptop makers respond?

  13. bex

    Upgrades still overpriced

    Apple still ream you if you want to Upgrade the memory or hard drive

    A 250 GB hard drive can't be more than £10 more

    Luckily these parts are still classed as user upgradable , even though you have to take the whole back off to get at them

  14. McDave

    Another review...

    ...based almost exclusively on hardware - the least relevant part of the system. It appears in not falling for Apple's slick marketing, the register has fallen for Microsofts!


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