The latest MacBook Pro rev is getting great reviews, especially the 15-inch and 17-inch models. But there are some concerns — minor, true, but still concerns — with the 13-inch MBP.
First, why is the screen resolution on the 13-incher stuck at 1280 x 800 when the 11-inch MacBook Air has 1366 x 768 native resolution and the 13-inch MacBook Air has 1440 x 900? The entry level MacBook Pro should at least match the resolution of the similar sized Air model.
Also, it’s nice that the smallest MB Pro gets a performance boost thanks to its Sandy Bridge processors. But isn’t it time for Apple to include a prop pro-level graphics chip in this “pro” laptop? Its bigger siblings sport dual graphics chips and automatic switching technology, while the 13-inch model chugs along with the not-bad-but-not-great integrated Intel HD Graphics GPU.
A built-in HDMI port would be nice, but I wasn’t expecting that. Blu-Ray playback would also be great, but, well, that’s not going to happen. Ever.
— Dennis Sellers