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M.I.S.S. Techcessories: Apple Refreshes the MacBook Pro Line

MacBook Pro 2011

The 2011 MacBook Pro

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa…!  Stop what you’re doing right now, and if you’re standing up then I suggest you find the nearest chair and park your butt in it right now.  OK, are you ready?  Apple has gone and refreshed their MacBook Pro line!  I know I know!  I totally didn’t expect it either!  And while these new MacBooks look almost exactly like last year’s model, they’re packing a handful of new updates and technologies that actually make them  worth an upgrade. 

First up is the new 13.inch version available in two flavors.  The lowest end model features a 2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. Stepping up from that gets you a 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 CPU, the same amount of RAM, and 500GB hard drive.   Next we’ve got the 15 inch monsters, also available in two flavors.  The cheapest one nets you a 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon HD6490M graphics with 1GB of VRAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The somewhat more expensive one buys you a faster 2.2GHz Core i7 chip, AMD Radeon 6750M graphics, and a 750GB hard drive. You can also switch up the hard drive for either a 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid state drive (SSD, or what’s used in the MacBook Air).  Finally we’ve got the monstrous 17 inch model, which is the same as the 15 inch one spec wise just with a bigger screen.  The other major upgrades?  All of them are now sporting FaceTime HD cameras and, perhaps more importantly, a new Thunderbolt connector that promises up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds.  There isn’t anything out now that takes advantage of Thunderbolt just yet, but one day soon (hopefully) it’ll mean transferring movies or CDs literally in the blink of an eye.

All of these are available to order right now at Apple’s online store today.  Or you could actually step away from your computer and buy one in the real world if that’s what you’re into.   They range in price from $1,199 to $2,499.

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