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The faster processor and RAM do produce a modest speedbump – up from 2280 to 2450, when using Boot Camp to run PCMark 7 – but that’s not going to have existing users camping overnight to upgrade from last year’s model. In fact, from a practical point of view it’s the two USB3 ports that will probably provide the greatest benefit in this model as it means that Mac users no longer have to pay over the odds for Firewire or Thunderbolt storage.

Apple MacBook Pro 13in mid-2012

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The new integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics provides a slight improvement to 3D graphics performance, but still only just managed 30fps when running Far Cry 2. An Ultrabook or MacBook Air can afford to sacrifice performance in order to cut down on weight, but that level of performance doesn’t really impress when you’re paying £1000 for a fully-featured laptop that weighs in at 2kg. Dell’s XPS 14z weighs the same amount, yet manages to provide a 14in screen and a dedicated graphics card for about £150 less.

Battery life and display quality are as good as ever but, again, they’re no longer best-in-category. The screen, admittedly, is a delight, with a bright, sharp image and bold colours, although its 1280 x 800 resolution should perhaps have been tweaked to the slighter more widescreen 1366 x 768 that is now standard amongst 13in PC laptops. There’s also no HDMI, unless you cough up another £25-£30 for a third-party adaptor that won’t carry Apple’s guarantee of compatibility.

Thrashing PCMark 7 non-stop runs the battery down in about two hours, although less taxing tasks such as Wi-Fi streaming on the BBC iPlayer were able to last for a good 4.5 hours – pretty much the same as on the previous model. In practice, that should last most people for a full day – it’s just that there’s plenty of competition that can now match it and even do better.

Verdict

When my esteemed colleague Dabbsie reviewed the 2011 model last November he bemoaned the MacBook’s high price but concluded that it was justified as this was ‘the best bloody entry-level laptop in the world’. This year’s model is just as good, but the Windows PC competition is now catching up and, at this price, it’s hard to argue that it’s still the best. ®

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in mid-2012

Apple MacBook Pro 13in

Apple's classy 13in notebook gets an Ivy Bridge upgrade and USB 3.
Price: £999 (Core i5, 500GB HDD), £1249 (Core i7, 750GB HDD) RRP

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