Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Thunderbolt) will continue to be Apple's best selling laptop, thanks to a component overhaul and new technologies like Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD.
Pros: Core i5 processor is a long time coming. Gorgeous Unibody enclosure. Thunderbolt is in its early stages, but it looks promising. Webcam now streams in HD and works with Facetime app. Backlit keyboard. Glass Clickpad has no equals.
Cons: Pricey. No improvement in graphics performance. Higher screen resolution not available.
Conclusion: Though it's only a component bump, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz) is still a solid back-to-school, mainstream laptop.
Pros: Better battery life than its predecessors. Speed and memory bumps help performance. Unparalleled multi-touch gestures., Backlit keyboard. Excellent software bundle. Sturdy. Best looking chassis in its class.
Cons: Intel Core 2 Duos are an aging processor technology. Heavy for a 13-inch laptop.
Excerpt: The littlest MacBook Pro finally gets all the features of its larger brethren, making it pound for pound one of the most impressive laptops on the market today. For starters, the aluminum unibody construction is solid to an extreme: There’s no wiggle or shimmy when you lift up this laptop.
Pros: Seriously solid unibody design shrunk down to more portable proportions. Dazzling performance for a machine this small (just 4.5 pounds). SD card slot. Love the backlit keys.
Cons: Teensy keyboard, puny arrow keys. LCD could be brighter. Nonremovable battery doesn’t last “all day” as advertised (reality: not quite four hours with a DVD going).
Summary: The 2012 refresh gives Apple's most portable MacBook Pros an exciting upgrade
Pros: New processors, Better integrated graphics, Unibody build, USB 3.0, Excellent screen, The improved integrated graphics are especially welcome considering the 13-inch notebook is too small to support a discrete graphics processor. Speedier RAM is appreciated too, as are the new USB 3.0 ports. The ...
Cons: No discrete graphics, Limited upgrade options, Only a small speed bump, Slow hard drives, Cheaper model only Core i5, Although a discrete graphics chip was never on the cards, if graphical power is important to you, its absence is definitely a consideration. Upgrade options for those who buy on t...
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.7GHz Thunderbolt review
9 March 2011
Summary: The 13in Apple MacBook Pro doesn't include all the specialist hardware and support services an enterprise might want, but it's still one of the best laptops we've seen thanks to its fast performance, long battery life, comfortable keyboard, bright display and excellent build quality.
Summary: Apple’s new 2.66GHz MacBook Pro sports excellent network connections but it’s not so great if you need to connect a lot of USB peripherals. Unless you genuinely see a need for extra speed and don’t want to step up to a heavier 15in model, you’ll be just as happy with the 2.4GHz model.