Welcome back to TechnGizmos. The site has reached 2000 TechHits. A big thanks to all viewers. And for that, I've got a surprise for you, the review of the MacBook Pro 13".Well, we all know that Apple dominated the smartphone market for years and soon they extended their reach to the field of personal computing in the form of Macintosh. In this review, I'll be giving you a lowdown on all the technical specifications. And as usual, I'll be giving my personal verdict.
Design- We have seen the MacBook Pro in various avatars, namely the 15 and 17 inch models. But now we can see the best of both models in the 13"(with a bag of tricks of its own). The 13" sports a 13.3 inch LED-backlit display glossy widescreen display. You have the standard Macintosh keyboard, which is pretty much the same as any other keyboard(except for the Command key in place of Control) and is also backlit. The 13" comes with a lot of ports, namely a power port, Ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, Sd card slot and a FireWire port. The FireWire port is a new addition which wasn't present on the 15 and 17 inch models. Above the screen is a FaceTime HD camera.
Build Quality- Unlike the iPhone 4s or pretty much any Apple Inc. handheld, the MacBook Pro 13" is built from a single piece of aluminium. Yes, it's a unibody, so you're locked out from the internal hardware. But this also means that the Pro is virtually indestructible( I repeat virtually!! Do not throw the Pro out of your apartment window to test its strength).
Functionality- The MacBook Pro 13" can be configured to be powered by either a 2.4 GHz 2nd Gen Intel Core i5 processor or a 2.8 GHz 2nd Gen Core i7 processor. It supports Bluetooth(2.1) and Wi-fi connectivity(a/b/g). The MacBook Pro's screen can support a variety of resolutions, namely 1280x800, 1152x720, 1024x640 and 800x500 pixels. It runs the incredibly powerful OS X Lion and can be customized through a wide range of wallpapers. I personally love the Flux and Spiral Galaxy wallpapers. Its storage can be configured to either 500 or 750 Gigabytes Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive. It can even be configured to store data through a Solid State Drive(128, 256 or 512 GB). It also comes with a powerful Graphics Card such as Intel HD Graphics(Depending on your configuration). Well, you can't run Crysis on Ultra settings, but it's enough to support medium range gaming. The FaceTime HD camera does a great job; we didn't observe any lag whatsoever between audio and video response. It has a decent battery life of 7 hours which includes heavy browsing and watching videos on YouTube.
Pricing- Well now that I've given you the lowdown, it's time for the showdown; that's right, it's pricing time!! The MacBook Pro comes in two variants, i.e., the 2.4 and 2.8 GHz processors priced at $1199(USD) and $1499(USD) respectively. It's jaw-dropping features come at a jaw-breaker price; nothing more to be said.
The Verdict- Overall, the only thing that stands between you and a MacBook Pro 13" is the whopping price tag. It's got the looks, the brand name, the strength and the power to amaze anyone in sees it. We were impressed by all its features, but since this is still the first laptop we have reviewed, there are still more competitors out there to give consumers a run for their money.
Hope this review was resourceful and helps you buy your MacBook Pro 13".
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