The New MacBook Pro.

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    Apple - MacBook Pro - The new MacBook Pro. Huge leaps in performance.

    Want.
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    Glad to see they updated the 13" finally with some good hardware.

    Sad to see they are up to their usual crap and are being anti-USB 3.0 now just so they can push their "Thunderbolt" port. I understand it's business, but adding USB 3.0 is cheap now, so they wouldn't even have had to change anything really. Too bad they are so stubborn. I'll stick with my Core2Duo for now I guess, maybe I'll look into a new 13" MBP next year.
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    Lol Get a grip Biker. Usbs are legacy ports now!
    Far sadder is the fact it doesn't have a SSD boot drive. Now that would have been sweet.
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    USB 3.0 is legacy? LOL whatever you say. It's on about every new high end motherboard on the market.
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    I agree with the SSD comment. I was really expecting that to be included this time around honestly. It sure does look like a sweet setup regardless. If I wasn't getting ready to write my annual check to Uncle Sam I might even consider one.
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    Install your own SSD. That is what I did to my 13" MBP. Now it boots faster than my iPad.
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    I know, but holy crap look at the price these things are at. Seems like a SSD could have been included. They look like awesome laptops, but man they should be!
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    I got hooked on SSD when I did my most recent computer build. I decided to go with SSD, even with the minor negative stuff I've read about them, and it was an excellent decision. I went ahead upgraded my HTPC to SSD and my MBP. Now when I use a regular computer, waiting for the bootup makes me want to throw it out the window.

    I guess that makes me a SSD fanboy. LOL.
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    From a cost standpoint I can see SSD not being the default configuration, but Apple is still putting 5400 RPM hard drives in these things? The cost difference between 5400 and 7200 is a few dollars these days. Nothing like pairing a cutting edge processor with 10 year old hard drive technology.
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    New MacBook Pros fastest laptops ever tested, Engadget

    ^ even with the "slow" 5400 RPM drives, the new MacBook Pro's are the fastest laptops Engadget's ever tested:

    MacBook Pro review (early 2011) -- Engadget

    As Engadget said.. Not too shabby!

    Want to make Engadget's fastest tested laptop even faster? Add an SSD. That's like adding a turbo to a Ferrari.
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    The fail rate is higher with 7200 rpm units.
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    Exactly correct. Not only that, they consume more power, have more NVH, and most people will not experience a speed difference for what they normally use their computer for. Apple is smart to leave the 7200RPM drives as an option. If one were to upgrade anyways, SSD is the way to go.
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    I would have to see some real numbers on that one. We researched reliability numbers of a boatload of hard drives at my place of employment and the numbers between 5400 and 7200 RPM drives are almost identical if you are dealing with quality drives. When you start getting into high spindle speed drives (15,000 RPM) then the failure numbers start showing shorter life expectancy. I can see the difference between 5400 and 7200 and so could my wife when I swapped her hard drive out. It isn't night and day but you can certainly feel it.

    You do get better battery life and less heat with slower drives, so perhaps the trade off is acceptable in laptop applications. Of course a nice SSD gives you the best of both worlds.
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    Well Dave, to me, real numbers don't mean anything. What counts is how it feels (seat of the pants) when in operation. I sold my three-year-old MBP15 and picked up my new one last week. They do great. Very quick on the boot up and equally quick shutting down. They are really nice.

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