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