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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Apple MacBook Pro 15in June 2009 release

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High performance access to file storage

The SD card simply appears on the Mac desktop as though it were a USB storage device. You can then just copy files across by hand or set iPhoto to launch automatically when you insert an SD card containing photos. It’s also possible to boot the machine from an SD card, which will be handy for on-the-road troubleshooting.

Apple MacBook Pro 15in

The MacBook Pro now spans a range of screen sizes

Our only minor concern is that the SD card protrudes about 1/3 of an inch from the side of the machine, and there's no automatic mechanical eject when you dump the card into the Mac's trash can, so there's a potential snagging problem there if you forget to remove the card when you're finished.

Verdict

All other features aside, we’re simply pleased to see that Apple’s pricing on the 15in MacBook Pro is a bit more competitive than it was last October. This 2.8GHz model isn’t exactly cheap, of course, but it’s powerful enough to handle demanding tasks such as games or video-editing, while features such as the long-lasting battery and twin graphics cards will ensure that it earns its keep when you’re on the road. ®

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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Apple MacBook Pro 15in June 2009 release

Faster processor, better battery and lower prices make this new Apple much more competitive
Price: 2.53GHz £1299, 2.66GHz £1499, 2.8GHz £1699 RRP

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