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.
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.
Summary: Despite retaining the same price and look as last year's model, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro's significant CPU and fantastic battery life make it one of the top laptops we've reviewed, provided you can live with passable integrated graphics.
Pros: CPU updates offer big leaps in performance, Phenomenal battery life, Excellent ergonomics, keyboard and large, smooth multi-touch clickpad are still among the best available, 720p HD webcam
Cons: Graphics performance is slightly worse than last year's 13-inch Pro, 13-inch screen resolution still low compared with the MacBook Air, Thunderbolt port still an unknown until accessories become available, Limited upgrade options, No HDMI or Blu-ray
Summary: The 13in MacBook Pro is a highly capable notebook, but we can't help feeling that something is missing, particularly when the old white MacBook has a very similar specification and a lower price. Onboard 3G would be a good fit for such a compact MacBook, but its absence doesn't make this model any less desirable.
Pros: Robust build; low weight; excellent battery life.
Cons: No matte screen option; fixed battery may restrict some people.