MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.4GHz [2008] full review - Page 2

MacBook Pro specifications

All ports are grouped together on the left side of the case, including the MagSafe power port, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, two USB ports, audio in and out ports, and an ExpressCard/34 slot. The microphone is under the left speaker grille.

This MacBook Pro 2.4GHz model comes with 3MB of shared L2 cache, 2GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 memory, and a 250GB SATA hard drive (5,400 rpm). The 2.53GHz model comes with 6MB of shared L2 cache, 4GB of memory, and a 320GB hard drive (5,400 rpm). Apple also offers a 7,200 rpm drive and solid-state drive (SSD) as built to order options. The new memory is the faster DDR3 variety—an upgrade over the DDR2 SDRAM that shipped in the previous models. Both have 1,066MHz frontside bus and built in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi with 3-Mbps Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

A new port makes its appearance in this model: the Mini DisplayPort, which connects to Apple’s new 24-inch LED Cinema Display (£699). You can connect other monitors to the new MacBook Pros, but you’ll have to buy a £19 Mini DisplayPort to VGA or Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter, or £69 for a Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter. The right side of the machine has the slot-loading SuperDrive and a Kensington lock slot. And if you’re using the lock, it automatically locks the access door underneath, thus protecting the hard drive and the battery. An elegant battery indicator on the side of the case glows green through eight tiny dots and when all is well and flashes five times when the battery needs replacement.

MacBook Pros side-by-side

The difference between the current and previous models is arresting. The new chassis is slightly larger than the previous model at 14.3 inches across (compared to the previous 14.1 inches), and a tad wider too, though it’s also a shade thinner and more rounded at the edges to give it a more natural feel. It’s also about one ounce heavier, but nothing you’d notice by simply lifting it.

Apple also quietly updated the 2.5GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro to include a 1,920 by 1,200-pixel screen (updated from the older 1,680 by 1,050 pixels), in either glossy or matte form. RAM has been increased from 2GB to 4GB, and hard drive size has increased from 250GB to 320GB. The standard drive is still 5,400 rpm, with (as before) the option of a 320GB 7,200 rpm drive. New to the 17-inch MacBook Pro, however, is an optional 128GB solid-state drive, as used in the updated MacBook Air (which ships in November).

The lid now clamps shut magnetically, rather than using the old latch system

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