Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New laptops from Apple today!

After rumors, and a lot of buzz, Apple has opened the laptop bag and pulled out a new batch of MacBook laptops! And it looks like the bean-counters were paying attention because the prices are more sensitive to the current economic environment. This of course within the context of Apple prices, since PCs are much more affordable.


Two New MacBooks
Two flavors of the MacBook are being launched today, a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo version for $1600 with a backlit keyboard, and a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo edition for $1300. The former has a 250gb hard disk while the latter has a 160gb. Of course external hard disks are readily available and a dime-a-dozen (well not quite yet) so it's not as big of a deal as it could have been five years ago.

New features have been added, for example, we have a metal body versus the current "plasticy" Mac Book. Other improvements include an NVidia 9400M GeForce graphics module, LED backlit screens, and a larger glass track-pad.

The current 2.1GHz "plasticy" MacBook will be the entry-level point at around $1000.


Be like Mike: MacBook Air
Nothing dramatic here, but there are some impromvements, as the NVidia 9400M module takes over these as well. Those who prefer the SSD (solid state disk) edition can rejoice, now there is a 128GB option. If you prefer a traditional hard disk, there's always the 120gb option. Prices start at $1800 and $2500 depending on processor speed.


Two new MacBook Pro models as well
Both are sporting 15.4" widescreen displays, the high-end model at $2500 with a 320gb hard disk drive and a 2.53GHz processor set, and the second one at $2000 with a 2.4GHz processor set. That of course being an Intel Core 2 Duo.

Meanwhile, the 17-incher gets a few minor (or major if you like them) upgrades, which includes a wider 1920x1200 display resolution. The starting price is $2800.


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