A laptop has become an indispensable work item today. It overcomes the issue of portability characteristic to the traditional desktop. When out on the market to buy a laptop, it is natural for you to search for a computing device that works fast, comes with enough data storage and gives you years of service. In this short article, I will walk you through the technical specifications and features of the Apple MacBook Pro. You can decide whether or not it fits your budget and your needs.
1. Display –
The Apple MacBook Pro sports a sleek and glossy 13.3 "screen with the LED backlight technology. The 1280 x 800 screen resolution makes the display bright and sharp and good for side-to-side viewing. The edge-to-edge glass screen gives you enough space to work with. There is a thin band of rubber lining the display.
2. Design –
It is housed in an aluminum unibody structure. This is a feature you will spot on most devices in the Apple lineup be it their laptops or smartphones. It does away with moving parts and the entire bottom panel comes off as a single piece. It is stylishly slim and lightweight. It is less than 1inch in thickness and weighs only 4.5 pounds.
3. Processor –
The MacBook Pro MD101LL / A packs the latest 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core processor (Ivy Bridge) under its bonnet with a Turbo Boost of upto 3.1 GHz to manage greater workloads. Intel's third-generation core architecture gives a boost to processor and memory speed. To add, there is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor for better graphics performance.
4. Operating System –
It comes pre-installed with Mac OS X Mountain Lion. It has a new user interface and it might take some time to learn. However, once you get a hang of it you shouldn't have much of a problem. Apple's operating system includes the Mac App Store, Mail, Safari, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Game Center, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, iTunes, Notes, and more.
5. Memory and Storage –
It has 4GB of installed RAM expandable upto 8GB and ships with a 500GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive.
6. Thunderbolt Port –
The Thunderbolt Port is a key feature on the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL / A. It enables you to transfer data at very high speeds upto 10Gbps. The speed at which it can transfer data is double that of the speed of USB 3.0 ports. The Thunderbolt port also allows you to connect up to six devices in a daisy-chain pattern. It connects easily to external displays up to 2560 x 1600 without an adapter. Displays with DVI, HDMI, VGA and dual-link DVI will require an adapter.
Along with the Thunderbolt ports, there are two USB 3.0 ports. There are other ports such as the MagSafe power port, the Gigabit Ethernet port and the FireWire 800 port.
7. Multi-Touch Touchpad –
The highlight feature of the Apple MacBook Pro is the button-less, glass trackpad. It is built on Apple's Multi-touch Technology. Users can use Multi-touch gestures such as rotate, swipe, pinch and four-finger swipe.
8. FaceTime HD Webcam:
The Apple MacBook Pro has an in-built 720p HD FaceTime camera. It sits on the thin bezel just above the display and is three times better than the previous FaceTime camera. To add, Apple's FaceTime application enables MacBook users to not only video chat but also make video calls to friends, family and colleagues using the iPhone and iPod touch.
• There is an in-built memory card.
• The 77.5-watt-hour lithium polymer battery integrated into the system gives you up to 7 hours of battery life.
• Connecting to the internet is possible via the 802.11n Wi-Fi network and wired Gigabit Ethernet.
• Bluetooth 4.0 support allows you to connect to wireless peripherals such as keyboards, headphones, mice and cell-phones.
• It comes with a chiclet-style backlit keyboard.
• The Apple MacBook Pro is backed by a 1 year limited warranty and 90 days of free tech support. The AppleCare Protection Plan extends the warranty to another 3 years.