Last Updated Jan. 15, 2010
The ascent of Apple's sleek and stylish notebook is one of the greatest comeback stories in modern computing. Ten years ago, nobody would've guessed that Apple and their Mac OS would be mounting a successful and highly-persuasive campaign against the PC, but they've done just that. Apple is again among the dominant tech companies today.
Thanks to an emphasis on style, a preoccupation with intuitive features and smart, well-designed interfaces, the Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro are a common sight these days. They still account for only a modest percentage of all laptops sold but are hugely popular among those in the creative fields. Such beauty does not come for free, however, and consumers will pay somewhat of a premium for these gorgeous notebooks. But as those who own them will tell you, it's a small price to pay for peace of mind and pleasurable computing.
Apple MacBook ProThe MacBook Pro is the hardcore Apple lovers dream, and is grand enough to make even the staunchest PC-loyalist weak in the knees. Available in 13, 15 and 17-inch models, the MacBook Pro is a unibody titanium work of art. It's supercharged with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (up to 2.8 GHz standard in the high-end 17-inch model), a battery life of up to 8 hours, generous hard drive (up to 500 GB in the current models) and 4GB RAM. With Snow Leopard, the latest iteration of Apple OS X, this really is a dream to use. The downside, as we've mentioned, is the price. The basic (though still very powerful) 13-inch model runs about $1,199, while the standard 17-inch goes for $2,499--and even that price can go up after customization.
A word to the wise: At the time of writing (mid-January 2010), the current lineup of MacBook Pro models has gone nearly six months without an upgrade. For the past several years, Apple has refreshed their lineups every six months like clockwork with better components for the same price as the old models. If you're planning to buy a MacBook Pro, we advise that you hold off until Apple's next unveiling on January 27th.