MacBook Pro, 15-inch
Apple product launches are always preceded by pre-launch hype. We all saw that at the time of the iPad or the latest iPhone4, but in comparison, the MacBook Pro (MBP) didn’t get much attention.
The main reason for the superb launches of the iPad and iPhone4 has its root in the design of the product. MBP, on the other hand, has had the same design since 2008. Having said this, we are by no means underestimating the latest iteration of the MBP.
An apple a day: The new MacBook Pro.
First, let us get the product specs. We got a 15.4-inch MBP with the Intel Core i5 processor, a speed of 2.4 GHz and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM with 320 GB of hard disk space. The Core i series of laptop processors, announced by Intel in January, have finally found their way to the MBP, ending the Core 2 Duo (C2D) era of processors. However, the 13-inch MBP still houses a C2D processor.
The Core i-series processors bring with them the power of Intel’s Turbo-boost technology, which dynamically scales up the clock speed of the processor depending on the thermal design power. Another aspect that comes bundled with the processor is Hyper-Threading, which allows two threads to be executed in parallel.
There are two graphics processors in the MBP. One is the Intel HD integrated graphics using 288 MB VRAM and the other is the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT330M, which has 256 MB RAM. Two graphics solutions in the same system might appear confusing, but Apple has implemented a very intelligent feature that allows the system to switch automatically from integrated graphics to discrete graphics based on the programs being used. It looks for the frameworks used by individual apps such as OpenGL or Core Animation to decide when to switch from Intel HD to GT330M. Another new feature integrated in the MBP is the inertial scrolling available in iPhones, iPods and the Magic Mouse. So the scrolling doesn’t stop abruptly, it slows gradually.
Now, the features that haven’t changed much. The new MBP still comes in the traditional aluminium uni-body casing. The edges of the MBP are quite sharp and you ought to be careful around them. The HDMI port is still missing, so is a Blu-ray drive, which seems illogical considering the selling price of the MBP. The chiclet keyboard is, as always, a pleasure to work on.
Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
RAM: 4 GB DDR3 RAM
Hard disk: 320 GB
Operating system: Mac OS X 10.6.3
Screen: 15.4 inch
Contact: Apple India
Build quality: 8
Value for money: 5.5
Philips GoGear Muse
The Philips GoGear Muse is a good-looking MP4 player with a 3.2-inch touch screen. The stainless steel body gives it a classy look. The product design seems flawless and the manufacturing is top-notch. The stainless steel body makes it sturdy, but it also adds to the weight.
The resolution of 480 x 320 pixels is good for watching videos. Plus, it can play 720p videos smoothly and the sound quality is top-notch. The in-ear headphones are comfortable and efficient in noise cancellation. There is an equalizer with presets, with the option of creating custom ones.
Muse-ic player: This device can store files up to 8 GB
The GoGear comes with a built-in FM radio, and the reception is good. The battery life also seems to be good; running an entire movie only uses 20-25% of the battery.
The GoGear Muse isn’t as cheap as we had hoped.Although a good player, the popular iPod Touch 8 GB is only a little more expensive. But with the option of playing games and browsing the Net, it’s a product that’s hard to resist.
Formats: MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, APE
Resolution: 480 x 320 pixels, 262 K colours
Build quality: 8
Value for money: 6
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