MacBook Pro fam­ily

Get the best of both world’s with this por­ta­ble desk­top re­place­ment, which of­fers all-day bat­tery life

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Who needs a desk­top and a note­book when you have the MacBook Pro? It’s the power user’s note­book, with desk­top power packed in­side a chas­sis that – while not as slim and svelte as the MacBook – is still some­thing you can take on the road with­out weigh­ing your­self down too much.

The MacBook Pro comes avail­able in two sizes: 13-inch and 15-inch, both sport­ing Retina dis­plays. The April 2015 re­fresh saw it gain the Force Touch track­pad, im­proved bat­tery life, Thun­der­bolt 2 ports and even quicker flash stor­age, pow­ered by the lat­est gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core pro­ces­sors. Yet de­spite this raw power, bat­tery life is still im­pres­sive – over six hours be­tween charges, even with the larger, 15-inch model.

While the vanilla MacBook re­stricts you to a sin­gle USB-C port, the MacBook Pro of­fers more flex­i­ble con­nec­tiv­ity. There are two Thun­der­bolt 2 ports for hook­ing up to ex­ter­nal dis­plays, ex­tra stor­age or even a Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port (all you need is the right adapter). The MacBook Pro also has two USB 3.0 ports, one on ei­ther side, and a handy SDXC slot that – paired with the right adapter – of­fers a con­ve­nient and discreet way to add ex­tra stor­age, if you need it.

The 13-inch model serves as a neat half-way house be­tween the ul­tra-por­ta­ble MacBook and the raw power of a desk­top ma­chine – its dual-core pro­ces­sor is quick enough to han­dle quite de­mand­ing tasks, al­though if you need desk­top lev­els of per­for­mance while on the move, then the more ex­pen­sive 15-inch mod­els are the way to go.

High per­for­mance

Th­ese are pow­ered by quad-core In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sors and a healthy 16GB of RAM, making it easy to run mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions at

once with­out per­for­mance penalty. The top-of-the-line model even ships with a pow­er­ful AMD Radeon R9 card, al­low­ing it to hold its own when video edit­ing or gam­ing.

This ver­sa­til­ity makes it per­fectly pos­si­ble to make the 15-inch MacBook Pro your one-stop shop for com­put­ing, en­abling you to phase out your desk-bound Mac com­pletely. Take ad­van­tage of its porta­bil­ity on the road, and then sim­ply hook it up to a key­board, mouse and ex­ter­nal dis­play (or even two) when at home or in the of­fice. No won­der the MacBook Pro is a firm favourite with ev­ery­one from home to pro­fes­sional users.

Screen size The MacBook Pro is avail­able in both 13-inch or 15-inch guises, with each one equipped with a high qual­ity Retina dis­play. Pro­ces­sors The MacBook Pro packs plenty of punch, thanks to lat­est gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core pro­ces­sors with Turbo Boost tech­nol­ogy. Su­per stor­age All MacBook Pro mod­els come with solid state drives (SSDs) for faster read / write times and longer bat­tery life.

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