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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.7GHz Thunderbolt review

The exciting Thunderbolt port isn't the only remarkable thing about Apple's latest 13in MacBook Pro laptop. Read on to find why we think it's a great computer in almost every way.

The 13in Thunderbolt MacBook Pro
Price
£1,039

It's tempting to dismiss the 13in MacBook Pro as a more expensive, metal version of Apple's entry-range laptop, the white plastic MacBook. This would be a mistake though while it lacks some of the advantages of the 15in and 17in models, the 13in model is an excellent laptop in its own right.

While previous 13in models have used Intel's older Core 2 Duo processors, which the white MacBook still uses, this latest model uses one of Intel's latest Sandy Bridge chips the Core i7-2620M. At 2.7GHz it has the highest clock speed of any of Intel's dual core mobile processors and this is borne out in our benchmarks. It's just as fast, if not faster, than the comparably priced 21in iMacs, faster than the low voltage processors used in the MacBook Air and faster than any comparably priced Windows laptop we've seen so far.

This excellent performance is no doubt helped by the processor's Turbo Boost ability which temporarily increases its clock speed to 3.4GHz when performing certain tasks. The normally quiet fan can become louder when the processor is at work, while the underside can become a little warm too.

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