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Apple MacBook Pro 2008 Edition Review
« on: October 25, 2008, 09:45:53 AM »
Apple MacBook Pro 2008 Edition
(Core 2 Duo 2.5GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD)



The good:

Updated CPUs, improved battery life, adds touch pad gestures from the MacBook Air.


The badThe bad:

Small performance premium over the cheaper 13-inch MacBook; only 90 days of toll-free technical support; still no SD card reader.



The bottom lineThe bottom line:

A solid, if predictable, upgrade to the MacBook Pro line, but noteworthy for stealing the MacBook Air\'s best feature--expanded gesture controls for the touch pad.


Specifications:

Environmental & energy standards compliance: EPA Energy Star, EPEAT Silver; Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.5 GHz); RAM installed: 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM




General

* Built-in Devices Wireless LAN antenna, Bluetooth antenna, Stereo speakers
* Width 14.1 in
* Depth 9.6 in
* Height 1 in
* Weight 5.5 lbs
* Notebook type Thin-and-light (4-6 lbs.)
* Screen type Wide-screen

Processor

* Processor Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
* Multi-Core processor technology Dual-Core
* 64-bit processor Yes
* Data bus speed 800 MHz
* Processor features Streaming SIMD extensions 4

Cache Memory

* Type L2 cache
* Cache size 3 MB

RAM

* Installed Size 2 GB / 4 GB (max)
* Technology DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz
* Memory specification compliance PC2-5300
* RAM form factor SO DIMM 200-pin
* RAM configuration features 2 x 1 GB

Environmental Parameters

* Environmental & energy standards compliance EPA Energy Star, EPEAT Silver
* Min Operating Temperature 50 ?F
* Max Operating Temperature 95 ?F
* Humidity Range Operating 0 - 90%

Storage Controller

* Storage controller type Serial ATA
* Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150

Storage

* Floppy Drive None
* Hard Drive 200 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
* Storage Removable None
* Hard drive type Portable

Optical Storage

* Type DVD?RW (?R DL) - Integrated
* CD / DVD read speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
* CD / DVD write speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD?R) / 4x (DVD?R DL)
* CD / DVD rewrite speed 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD?RW)

Optical Storage (2nd)

* 2nd optical storage type None

Display

* Display Type 15.4 in TFT active matrix
* Max Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
* Widescreen Display Yes
* Features LED-backlit

Video

* Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT PCI Express x16
* Video Memory GDDR3 SDRAM - 256 MB

Audio

* Audio output type Sound card
* Audio Input Microphone

Notebook Camera

* Camera Type Integrated

Input Device(s)

* Input device type Trackpad, Backlit keyboard
* Features Multi-touch technology

Telecom

* Modem None

Networking

* Networking Network adapter
* Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
* Data link protocol Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
* Networking standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.1, IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Expansion / Connectivity

* Expansion Slots Total (Free) 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/34, 2 ( 0 ) x Memory - SO DIMM 200-pin
* Interfaces 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire), 2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x Audio - SPDIF output/headphones - Mini-phone 3.5 mm / TOSLINK, 1 x IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800), 1 x Audio - SPDIF input/line-in - Mini-phone 3.5 mm / TOSLINK, 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45, 1 x Display / video - DVI-Analog/Digital (dual link)

Miscellaneous

* Included Accessories Cleaning cloth
* Cables Included DVI-VGA adapter, ( 1 pcs.)
* Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), Keyboard light, Ambient light sensor

Power

* Power device form factor External
* Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
* Power provided 85 Watt

Battery

* Technology Lithium polymer
* Installed Qty 1
* Battery capacity 60 Wh
* Mfr estimated battery life 5 hour(s)
* CNET Labs Battery Drain Test: DVD Playback (min) 263

Operating System / Software

* OS Provided Apple MacOS X 10.5
* Software Apple iChat, Apple Spotlight, Apple DVD Player, Apple Mac OS X Mail, Apple iLife?08, Apple Address Book, Apple iCal, Apple Spaces, Apple QuickTime, Apple Safari, Apple Dashboard, Apple XCode Developer Tools, Apple Quick Look, Drivers & Utilities, Photo Booth, Apple Time Machine

Environmental Standards

* EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Silver
* EPA Energy Star Compliant Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

* Service & Support 1 year warranty
* Service & Support Details Technical support - Phone consulting - 90 days, Limited warranty - 1 year

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