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Apple MacBook Pro 13inch 2.26GHz/2GB/160GB/GeForce 9400M/SD

by Apple
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz ( Dual-Core ) Processor
  • 160 GB - Serial ATA-150 hard drive
  • Up to seven hours battery time
  • 2 GB RAM (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz - PC3-8500 ( 2 x 1 GB )
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Technical Details
Item Weight2 Kg
Product Dimensions22.7 x 32.5 x 2.4 cm
Item model numberMB990B/A
SeriesMacbook PRO MB990
Form FactorPortable
Screen Size13.3 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Processor Speed2.3 GHz
Processor Count2
RAM Size2 GB
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size160 GB
Hard Disk TechnologySATA
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State
Graphics Card DescriptionGeForce 9400M
Graphics Card Ram Size256 MB
Power SourceBattery
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemOS X
Average Battery Life (in hours)7 hours
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 21,238 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.1 Kg
Date First Available9 Jun 2009
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
By P. Ward
You'll love the machine; it is powerful, slim, oozes quality, light, great to work with and Mac OS X is a good operating system. It is good value for money for the spec (pardon - is this Apple?), until you see the extortionate extended warranty cost. Take care of it - get a neoprene sleeve to keep it in.

Here is the detail in comparison to any windows machine in this price territory (I looked hard). The good:
- Slim, weighs 2 kg, around 0.5kg less than most
- Fast processor and 1066 MHz DDR3 RAM. Its 2.53GHz pricier sibling is a touch faster but I would only go for that for photo/video work with its extra RAM and disk.
- Excellent design and finish - it should get an award
- Reliable, secure, small footprint OS
- Excellent battery life, LED backlit display
- Low noise - essentially silent in operation until the noisy DVD drive spins up.

The not so good:
- Battery is not user replaceable.
- The aluminium casing is "form over function". It can be scratched and, being metal, it can be dented too; I have seen this at work. The white polycarbonate MacBook is your "student" option. Don't let that "hewn from a block of solid metal" appearance fool you.
- Mini-DVI monitor output will ALWAYS require an adaptor at extra cost. Why not HDMI out? Only 2 USB, no eSATA, but does have fast Firewire.

The terrible (one star off ...I can't divorce this from the machine; applies to its 2.53GHz sibling too):
- Extortionate, 195, AppleCare warranty extension; twice the price of most notebooks. AppleCare costs just 50 for educational use. Which is it? Will it fail badly (screen or motherboard) or are Apple overcharging?
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 2 July 2009
By Sam
I've been waiting for the unibody Macbook Pro line to be updated since early this year, it was worth the wait! This update really has put the 13" machine into the pro line, and even though I was worried that the lack of the dual-graphics cards you get with the higher price models might be a problem I needn't have worried. The screen is amazingly bright with very vivid colours, and it handles games at high quality settings with fps at around 20-50 depending on the game and what it's doing, usually smooth and clear.

This machine does get rather hot, as the aluminium body is used to transfer heat out of the interior, I wouldn't want to use this on my lap. And it would be nice if Apple would start putting Blu Ray in their computers.

I can live with those two problems, and for me this machine is simply fantastic!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodness in aluminium form 6 Jan 2010
Like most people here, I made the big leap from PC to Mac. To everyone reading these reviews who are contemplating it...Just do it! They're actually not a lot different from a PC in most ways, just a LOT better and surprisingly easy to use.

~ MacBook:
Apple want you to enjoy your product right from the start. So before tearing all the packaging off, take a moment to just look at how they've done it. Once your mac is out in the open, admire it for a second. It's a lot more aesthetically pleasing then your average laptop, with smooth casing, everything very minimal and compact. The all-in-one aluminium casing tops the whole thing off to a tee. The keyboard is revolutionary in its design, again being very easy on the eye with its adequate spacing between the keys, making it a lot easier to type. Another plus on the keyboard is the backlight, very useful when using in lowlight conditions. The screen again is the sharpest yet which makes a huge difference whether it be DVDs or general use. Makes everything on the screen look 10x better then a PC screen. On the screen is a built in camera (iSight) meaning no splashing out on a webcam. Can be used for general camera, webcam and is the sensor for the backlight keyboard and screen brightness. Those clever people at Apple have come up with an amazing glass trackpad. So smooth when gliding over it with your fingers, and so big as well. Also can be used for magnification, twisting, bring up applications and scrolling up/down and left/right web pages. The bods at Apple are all about the minimalistic approach to their products, so no CD Drive popping out (juts a slit to put it in) a headphone AND microphone plug in one, no visible cooling vents or speakers. Unfortunately, with this frame of mind they've cut down on the input ports.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Gio
Having never owned a Mac before I was immediately impressed when I saw the price of this entry-level MacBook Pro. I upgraded to 4GB of RAM which I know was no-doubt helpful. The laptop itself is absolutely outstanding!

The Screen - Owning both a 9-inch netbook and a 15-inch full laptop, I knew I wanted something in between and 13" happened to be the sweet spot. Before it arrived I thought it was going to be a bit too small but as it turns out it is just the right size. The edge-to-edge glass is great for cleaning although it does reflect a lot but you will soon learn automatically how to position the screen depending on the light source around you. The brightness is perfect and can go from relatively dark to extremely bright so is great for all light conditions.

iSight Camera - This is the integrated webcam and it plays one of the most important jobs in my opinion. Not only is it a webcam for your Internet video chat but it also is an ambient sensor which means that it will constantly detect the light around you and brighten and dim the screen and do the same for the keyboard. You won't notice it happening but when you do think about it, it is amazing. The quality of the iSight is sufficiently good for YouTube though it is by no means amazing - you could get away with some video podcasting with it.

The keyboard - This is yet another part of the computer which I had never paid any attention to before - because a keyboard is just a keyboard right? Well actually, this keyboard is amazing to type on - the spacing between the letters is just perfect, it is the right size and has function keys for just about anything you would need. If you use "windows" you'll no doubt notice a few new symbols and the Windows key has disappeared.
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Published on 23 April 2010 by C. Reiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Freakin Awesome Macbook Pro 13
Bloody brilliant! Why i even bothered with PC's i don't know. Apple Mac's just work. An ace OS makes doing tasks on a MBP simple and without challenge. Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by J. Golen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great laptop so far!
I have had my macbook for almost a year now! I had a sony laptop before which was rubbish, had an awful battery and continual repairs. Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by jimmyreviewer1988
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth that little extra
I'm not going to get technical at all here, just a little list of good point and bad points:

Looks (a joy to look at even when it's off)
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Published on 11 April 2010 by Mr. Scott Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected - from a recent convert
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