New MacBook Pro plays nicer with TVs
The 2010 MacBook Pro lineup still lacks HDMI-out, but that doesn't mean that a small but important tweak hasn't been made.
Bad news: thestill lack HDMI, a very convenient and increasingly ubiquitous way for any laptop to output its audio and video on to an HDTV or receiver.
Good news: it's slightly easier to connect your MacBook Pro to a TV than it was before.
MacBook Pros now support an audio signal over the Mini DisplayPort jack. Believe it or not, the old MacBooks could only output video through that port, and audio had to be output via a separate audio cable connected to the audio-out jack. We can say from experience that connecting previous MacBooks to TVs is usually a slightly laborious affair, involving the purchase of a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI converter and all that extra cable tangle.
The new MacBook Pros still require a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI converting dongle, but with audio and video being carried over the connection, at least the whole process is smoother--and doesn't require you hunting for your TV's audio-in.
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Streaming Hulu videos had audio playback just like you would expect of any HDMI-out laptop.
UPDATE: we hooked the MacBook Pro up to a Denon receiver, under the watchful eye of home theater reviewer Matthew Moskovciak, and played Sin City on DVD. The initial audio stream was in PCM, and sounded good with a few initial drop-outs on the receiver. We then switched audio outputs in the DVD players settings, using what Apple listed as "internal HDMI out," and got Dolby Digital 5.1 audio that sounded as good as HDMI, again with a few odd initial audio hiccups.
So yes, you can chalk this up to another small perk to the 2010 MacBook Pro updates. Of course,(or better yet, ).
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