Apple MacBook Pro 2008 Edition review: Apple MacBook Pro 2008 Edition

Despite some initial concerns that the revamped MacBook Pro offered less battery life, we got an impressive 4 hours and 23 minutes with our battery drain test--that's 47 minutes more than the older version of the MacBook Pro, and 20 minutes more than the MacBook Air.

We're still not fans of Apple's nearly obligatory extended warranty upsell (so much so that we've simply copied this complaint from our last MacBook review). The default warranty for the MacBook is one year of coverage for parts and labor, but toll-free telephone support is limited to a mere 90 days--well short of what you'd typically find on the PC side--unless you purchase the $349 AppleCare Protection Plan, which extends phone support and repair coverage to three years.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 15.4 inch - 2.5GHz
469 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 15.4 inch - 2.5GHz
126 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 15.4 inch - 2.5GHz
263 

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System specifications:
Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo - 2.5GHz / 15.4 inch
OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5GHz; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm


OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Air - 1.6GHz / 13.3 inch
OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 80GB Samsung 4,200rpm

Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz / 15.4 inch
OS X 10.4.8; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 ; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Dell XPS M1530
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Where to Buy

Apple MacBook Pro 2008 Edition (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD)

Part Number: MB133LL/A Released: Feb 26, 2008

MSRP: $1,999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Feb 26, 2008
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
  • Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
  • Operating System Apple MacOS X 10.5
  • Weight 5.5 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) - fixed
  • Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT - 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM