Apple's 15-inch Core i5 MacBook Pro: The One to Get?by Anand Lal Shimpi on April 14, 2010 10:38 PM EST
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If you've followed our Mac coverage over the past year you know I've been telling everyone to wait until Apple brought Arrandale into its MacBook Pro lineup. The time has finally come and this week Apple updated its entire MacBook Pro lineup.
While the 13-inch models still sport Core 2 Duo CPUs, the 15 and 17-inch models now ship with your choice of Core i5-M or Core i7-M processors. In a somewhat unexpected twist, all of the new models ship with discrete graphics courtesy of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 330M.
Intel gets to sell Apple some chipsets again and NVIDIA gets its GPUs in the new systems (possibly making even more money than before). But do you all benefit? Read on to find out!
Update: We've added benchmarks of the Core i7 model as well on Page 3!
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The0ne - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkWait, huh? I run Win7 and have XP and redhat and ubuntu running. Why can't he do the same? I'm totally confused. So it's meant to be MacOS only?
jasperjones - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkI said primary OS, not "only" or "exclusive" OS. It's well-known, for example, that MBPs has some issues on Windows that they don't have on OS X. My point is if you don't plan on running OS X most of the time, get something different.
"You're paying for the design, build quality and ultimately the right to use OS X. If those things don't matter to you (particularly the OS X item) then you'd be much better off with an ASUS or Dell."
I would assume he made that comment in similar spirit.
mikeev - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkWhat's wrong with at least him testing Win7 battery life and letting us know? Is it some sort of secret? We know it's going to be bad- we just want to know how bad.
I swear, fanboys sometimes... *facepalm*
Anand Lal Shimpi - Friday, April 16, 2010 - linkIf I get the time to I'll run some Windows 7 numbers on it for you guys :)
mikeev - Friday, April 16, 2010 - linkThanks Anand!!
Jimbo - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkWhy not just get your own Intel 80GB SSD and call it a day?
I think that 15" I5 with an SSD would would be about as much speed as anyone could reasonably want from a notebook these days.
damianrobertjones - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkHas Anand every reviewed or posted about the HP Envy? Just asking as I'd hate this all to be about apple
Phynaz - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkYou would hate a Mac article to be just about Apple?
Yeah, that makes sense.
sportherz - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkThanks alot for the great update! However, I was wondering if you have any information on the new 13inch MacBookPro. I was looking to upgrade from an older ThinkPad T61p to the new 13 inch MacBookPro, mainly because I hate the time it takes my ThinkPad to wake (running it in Windows 7, using a Vertex SSD) and more importantly the battery life. Due to having to fly often I was also not happy with a 15inch notebook and thus I was eyeballing the 13inch. It would be great if you could post some benchmarking on the 13inch graphics card. It seems that from general performance alone there is really no need to go to the arandale (4% increase in speed seems marginal), is that true? Thus would you second Steve Job's saying that the more important upgrade was the graphic chip?
Any additional info would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for doing such an excellent job!
fsardis - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - linkdo the edges still cut through your wrists as you type?
does it still get too hot to touch when doing any sort of intensive task?
does the screen still tip over the moment you tilt the laptop forward in your lap?
i wonder why i never see these obvious design flaws mentioned.