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Hands on: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro packs a punch

Hands on: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro packs a punch

Faster processors, more battery life and a better display make for a great -- and small -- package

A side shot showing the ports on the 13-in. MacBook Pro, including the SD card slot on the right, next to the headphone jack.

A side shot showing the ports on the 13-in. MacBook Pro, including the SD card slot on the right, next to the headphone jack.

Final thoughts

Overall, Apple has taken what was already a highly successful, feature-rich laptop, given it a new name, upgraded the hardware, added a better screen and a new SD card slot -- and dropped prices across the line. Price cuts are not in Apple's DNA. Usually, it adds new hardware and keeps prices intact to keep customers coming back.

Whether Apple planned it this way or not, the 13-in. MacBook has already been making its way into the corporate world, given the features it offers at a business-friendly price. The June upgrades should make it more attractive still. (Disclosure: We've rolled out last-generation MacBooks to a number of people here at Computerworld.)

The combination of lower prices, better hardware and solid-as-a-rock design should entice both consumers and enterprise buyers, even in these financially tight times.


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