As I mentioned in my previous article, I decided to buy the 13" Core i5 (base model) MacBook Pro. It meets my needs as a travel workstation, but how does it perform? I decided to benchmark it against my other Macs to see how it stands up. Benchmark Details The following benchmarks were performed using Xbench and Geekbench, running on a freshly-booted machine. Xbench is … [Read more...] about Benchmarking the 2011 13″ Core i5 MacBook Pro
Yesterday, Apple refreshed the entire MacBook Pro line. Although the new machines look identical to the old ones, massive changes were made below surface. I have been waiting to upgrade my now three-year-old Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro, and seize the opportunity yesterday to pick up a brand-new 13 inch model. What made me pull the trigger? Read on! New Guts, Old Glory There … [Read more...] about 2011 MacBook Pro Review: Introduction
Intel has been incredibly tight-lipped about Light Peak. Although I've been hounding my contacts inside the company for months, no one has spilled the beans about anything. All I know about Light Peak I learned on the Internet, as they say. Now comes another bombshell: Apple will introduce Light Peak-equipped MacBook Pros tomorrow (February 24) with "Thunderbolt", a high-speed … [Read more...] about Will Apple Call Light Peak “Thunderbolt”?
The nVidia 8600M GT graphics chip in my late-2007 (Merom/Santa Rosa) MacBook Pro has failed. I knew it might happen, noting it back in August of 2008, and it was one reason I bought an AppleCare warranty. Apple has promised to repair affected machines for three years regardless of warranty status, but that doesn't make it any easier to live with. Let's hope everything goes … [Read more...] about Not Good: My MacBook Pro’s nVidia 8600M Video Failed