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Photographer’s Choice 1 – Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch (2009)


The first in a series of four, on the four laptops of choice from a photographers point of view.

Released in the fourth quarter of 2008, this computer’s display incorporates an all-glass front designed to minimize flex in the lid. And that it does, as the lid is both impressively thin and impressively rigid. The rest of this portable computer is typical of the current Apple: it’s sleek, skinny and beautiful to behold.

Precision aluminium. The new gold standard.

Carved from a single block of aluminium, the new MacBook Pro unibody enclosure is slim and streamlined with a soft-brushed surface and stunning contours. But it’s not all about beauty. The unibody also makes MacBook Pro more durable than ever. So you can throw it in your briefcase or messenger bag and pull it out at an airport, in a hotel room, or on location without a second thought.

Brilliant brilliance.

The moment you open your MacBook Pro you’re greeted by glorious, full screen brightness. But that’s only one gleaming quality of the glossy LED-backlit widescreen display. The picture is brilliant and sharp from corner to corner. And anything you view — including the ultrathin display itself — is a spectacular experience. The seamless glass enclosure makes this display strong and durable. And the display is power efficient and mercury- and arsenic-free, so it’s greener than ever.

Graphics in full force.

The MacBook Pro reaches a new level of high-speed, high-end game-playing power. Not to mention pure performance for graphics-intensive applications like Aperture and Motion. Use the new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor for great everyday performance with up to 5 hours of battery life.1 Or switch to the discrete NVIDIA 9600M GT graphics processor for the fastest, smoothest, clearest graphics yet.

Even the keyboard is advanced

The rigid aluminium keyboard webbing has been cut precisely to hold the keys. And the keys are curved to perfectly fit fingers. The result? Pure typing bliss. The keyboard is also illuminated, so when you’re in low-light settings, such as aeroplanes or conference rooms, you can always see what you’re typing.

It all just clicks.

The first thing you might notice — or not notice — is the button. The entire trackpad is the button, so you can click anywhere. Without a separate button, your hands have 39 percent more room to move on the large, silky glass surface. Use two fingers to scroll up and down a page. Pinch to zoom in and out. Rotate an image with your fingertips. Swipe with three fingers to flip through your photo libraries. Swipe with four fingers to show your desktop, view all open windows, or switch applications. If you’re coming from a right-click world, you can right-click with two fingers or configure a right-click area on the trackpad. The more you use the Multi-Touch trackpad, the more you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

All-new Multi-Touch trackpad

Multi-Touch comes to MacBook Pro in a spacious, smooth trackpad that is also the button. Watch the video
MacBook Pro notebook trackpad. To stay smooth and pristine, the new Multi-Touch trackpad is made from wear-resistant etched glass.

Everything fits.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro has a hard drive up to 320GB2 and holds up to 4GB of RAM. So there’s plenty of room for your photo libraries, video projects, and files. With fast 1066MHz DDR3 memory, you can run more applications at once and instantly access even more of your stuff. Burn DVDs using the ultrafast 8x SuperDrive. MacBook Pro also offers optional solid-state drives, which have no moving parts for enhanced durability.

Ports with possibilities.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is iPod, iPhone, digital camera, and external hard drive ready. If it has a cable, there’s a place for it. You’ll find two USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port for connecting faster peripherals. The Mini DisplayPort is a perfect fit for the new Apple LED Cinema Display. MacBook Pro even recognises what you plug in, so you don’t have to install new drivers.

Think fast.

Inside the 15-inch MacBook Pro is a fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at up to 2.93GHz. It’s based on groundbreaking 45-nm process technology and advanced Core microarchitecture. With the 1066MHz frontside bus and up to 6MB of shared L2 cache, MacBook Pro runs applications faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Your studio to go.

Wherever you go, wireless capabilities go with you. With the latest 802.11n wireless technology built into MacBook Pro, you’re always seamlessly and effortlessly connected to the wireless world out there, at home, and at work.3 MacBook Pro automatically finds available networks and allows you to join them with just one click. Then surf the web, send email, video chat, print, stream your music, and more. Bluetooth capabilities are also built in, so brilliant accessories can become your wireless accomplices. And when a Wi-Fi network isn’t available, you can connect to the Internet anywhere there’s a cellular network using the ExpressCard/34 slot and a 3G wireless card. With up to 5 hours of battery life, do everything you need to do, wherever you need to do it.

Be everywhere at once.

Cleverly integrated — almost hidden — at the top of the MacBook Pro display is an iSight camera. Use it with iChat, and you can be anywhere without actually being there. Video chat with a buddy, share a video with a colleague, or present to a client.4 Use iSight with Photo Booth for fun photo effects. And there’s no need to waste valuable primping time installing software or configuring the camera. Like everything Mac, iSight just works.

About Craig Hill

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Discussion

2 thoughts on “Photographer’s Choice 1 – Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch (2009)

  1. Craig, like the post … but not a big fan of Apple – even if I admit that they have a good thing going!!!

    Posted by viveka | March 16, 2012, 01:44
  2. A great model, but as usual with Apple, an outrageous price for it, if you ask me.

    Posted by mulrickillion | March 16, 2012, 10:13

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