Apple packs more power into MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo processor

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Apple have released an updated line of MacBook Pro notebook computers, now sporting the Intel Core 2 Duo processors found in the latest iMacs.

There are two sizes to choose from, one with a 15.4-inch screen and the other with a 17-inch screen. Apple claim the machines are up to 39% faster than the previous MacBook Pros which had Core Duo chips installed. They’re available with either 2.16 or 2.33 GHz processors.

The upgraded processor is the main upgrade that these machines have, given that the whole family isn’t really that old. Based on the 17 inch model, there’s an 8x Superdrive, 2 Firewire ports (1×400, 1×800), 3x USB, an ExpressCard/34 interface, up to 200GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card, Airport Extreme wireless card, and Bluetooth.

The keyboard’s illuminated, the scrolling trackpad is still here, as is the MagSafe power cord. iSight camera, Front Row software and remote control too.

They’re both just 2.59cm in thickness, weighing 2.54kg (15.4 inch) and 3.1kg (17 inch). Prices start at £1349. Want one?

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Andy Merrett