Apple Laptop and Notebook Computers

Apple Laptop and Notebook Computers
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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 Pro

macbook pro jan10The 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.

Apple MacBook

macbook jan 10If you're looking for something more modest, try the MacBook. This 4.7 pound notebook comes with a 13-inch LED-backlit display (bright, yet energy efficient) in a polycarbonate unibody package. Just because it's small doesn't mean that it's lacking in the power department, as it is equipped with a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and a built-in 7-hour battery. It also features a built-in webcam for easy self-portraits and web video. This is the laptop for people who want the Apple design and reliability, but don't need all the power of the MacBook Pro.

Apple MacBook Air

macbook air Apple's ultra-portable thin-and-light model is the MacBook Air. Less than an inch thick (and as thin as 0.16 inches at its skinniest point) and weighing in at just 3 pounds, this sleek 13-inch machine is as close as Apple comes to making a true netbook. To achieve such a sexy design, Apple eliminates a disk drive and includes just three ports -- USB 2.0, audio out, and a Mini DV jack for connection to an external display. $1,499 buys a 1.86 GHz model with 2 GB RAM and a 120 GB hard drive; $1,799 for 2.13 GHz and a 128 GB solid state drive. This model is not without its problems: it's obviously very fragile, and it's been known to run very, very hot, making it difficult to use as an actual "lap" top. The MacBook Air appeals to a niche audience of on-the-go, image-conscious writers, for sure.

Tablet Rumors

Apple is strongly rumored to be releasing a tablet computer in the Spring of 2010. We think there's more than enough circumstantial evidence to prove that it's on the way--most notably a cease-and-desist letter to Gawker Media in mid-January that more-or-less acknowledged its existence. We know that it will feature a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen, but most of the other details are still up in the air. One insider says it's like an "iPhone on steroids." Apple has a major announcement lined up for January 27th, so we should know in a few short weeks. Update: The iPad is here. Check out our first reactions here.


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