Laptop: Macbook Pro 13-inch

Macbook Pro 13-inch

£899

apple.com/uk

The
Macbook Pro is part of Apple’s high-end laptop line, but this
relatively new model with a 13.3-inch screen is rapidly attracting a
corporate following thanks to its relatively low price.

The
design, as you’d expect, is impeccable – it’s milled from a single
piece of aluminium, using a heavily patented process Apple spent years
developing. This, according to the company, makes the machine both
sturdier and lighter than its rivals –the machine does indeed feel very
durable.

The trackpad hides all manner of special features, so
make sure you check out the manual to get the best out of it. The
multi-touch facility means you can use multiple fingers to trigger
commands. This is great for picture editing, as you can “pinch” or
“pull apart” images to change their size.

The display is LED
backlit, so uses far less energy than traditional screens. It’s also
super-glossy, something that has divided buyers – I thought it worked
well, and despite showing up fingerprints a little more than expected,
was definitely an improvement over “normal” backlit screens.

One
potential pitfall is how your IT department will feel about it –
despite Apple’s best efforts, there are still issues with some email
systems, and many IT teams won’t support you should you have problems.

With
previous generations, Apple has made some good laptops, but they have
been marginalised by Apple’s “arty” image. With this latest range, that
has changed. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but this is a machine that
proves Apple can be as at home in the boardroom as it is in a web
designer’s studio.

PROS Powerful all-rounder

CONS Only a 13.3-inch screen


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