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The 13-inch model may have undergone more significant changes than any.

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Pros

new high-speed Thunderbolt interface for both external devices and external displays - 10Gbps in both directions

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quality design, build and materials

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720p capable webcam

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well designed chiclet style keyboard with LED backlighting

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beautiful, large glass multitouch trackpad

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13" is the sweet spot between an ultraportable and larger desktop replacement

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affordable price point for a Mac

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the same beautiful Apple design / aesthetic

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SD card reader - now SDXC capable

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still maintaining a professional 16:10 display aspect ratio

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top-notch battery life

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can be configured to your liking directly on the manufacturer's site

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Cons

same crappy 1,280 x 800px resolution we've seen for a while - lower than the 13" MacBook Air (1440 x 900px), no upgrade option

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unproven Thunderbolt technology with no compatible devices yet announced, launched or available

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no Blu-ray optical drive (even as an option)

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poorer graphical performance than the last generation model - downgrade from onboard Nvidia graphics to Intel

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doesn't come with an SSD standard

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expensive upgrades

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no HDMI output

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fairly heavy and large - no improvement on this front

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In Apple's February 2011 refresh of the MacBook Pro line, the 13-inch model may have undergone more significant changes than any. The new 13-inchers, available in two configurations, offer greatly enhanced processing power over their Core 2 Duo predecessors via Intel Sandy Bridge (Core i5/i7) CPUs, an HD webcam with triple the resolution of the former iSight, and Thunderbolt I/O, a USB 3.0 competitor promising ultra-fast transfer speeds. However, while the 15" and 17" models feature upgrades to the AMD Radeon HD 6000M GPU, the 13" versions stick with integrated graphics. The 13" MacBook Pro remains intended to serve the mobile professional market, combining high-end performance with high portability: the notebook is less than an inch thick, weighs 4.5 lbs, and lasts up to 7 hours on one charge.

Features
  • 13.3" LED-backlit LCD display (1280x800)
  • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (max. 8GB)
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 (integrated)
  • Max. 750GB HDD or 512GB SSD storage
  • Thunderbolt port (max. 10Gbps)
  • FireWire 800 port
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • FaceTime HD webcam
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • Multi-touch trackpad
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Subwoofer
  • Energy Star 5.0 certification
  • 7hr battery life (wireless web)
  • 0.95" thick
  • 4.5 lbs
Model Variations
  • 2.3GHz
    • Intel Core i5 CPU (dual-core, 2.3GHz)
    • 320GB hard drive
  • 2.7GHz
    • Intel Core i7 CPU (dual-core, 2.7GHz)
    • 500GB hard drive
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