Review: Apple MacBook Pro is great but only if you can afford it

The 13" MacBook Pro makes you forget that you are using an entry level gadget, thanks to its nippy processor and an excellent keyboard.

Abhik Sen        Last Updated: April 9, 2012  | 18:28 IST

It's easy to forget that one is using the entry level 13" MacBook Pro thanks to its nippy processor, excellent keyboard and the massive glass trackpad.

But the 2kg device also makes it apparent it's no Air - which is at least 700gm lighter and much thinner.

Boot it up and the Lion (OS 10.7) greets you. The brilliant 1280 by 800 LED backlit screen is a treat for the eyes while the loud speakers will ensure you miss no dialogues while you watch that nail-biter.

And yes, one can turn off the backlit keyboard while watching a movie - a nifty feature. But don't place it anywhere near a bright light source, for it has a glossy screen.

The slot-loading superdrive is the same we've seen on Pros over the years. While a blu-ray drive may not be part of Apple's philosophy, a faster drive would be welcome.

The unibody design gives a smooth and classy feel to the product. The claimed battery life is seven hours and that's no false claim.

The Pro features the usual suspects - a LAN port, Bluetooth, USB (sadly, USB 2.0) - and the not so usual ones such as a Firewire 800 port and Apple's next-gen Thunderbolt port.

Besides the OS, the Pro comes loaded with a host of software that includes iLife (including iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand), iTunes, FaceTime (the inbuilt camera supports 720p video) and Photo Booth.

The review piece was powered by Intel's Core i5 processor running at 2.4Ghz with 4GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive.

The MacBook Pro 13" is an ideal candidate to slip into your backpack - if you can afford it.

(*The offering from Apple starts from Rs 69,900.)

Courtesy: Mail Today

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