The design of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is simply enchanting and of the same quality as the 15 and 17-inch models. Featuring the unibody display pictured below, this notebook is extremely durable, elegant, and light. The brushed aluminum finish is drastically superior to any plastic body found on other notebooks.
This MacBook Pro also has the backlit keyboard, which is just perfect for writing late at night. With an ambient light sensor, the machine senses how much light is around and automatically enables and disables the backlighting to conserve battery life.
New on this model is the introduction of an SD card reader on the left side of the notebook as well as a Firewire 800 port, which has been much needed. To make room for these two new port, Apple engineers scrapped the old audio input/output jacks, leaving just one output headphone jack. This was definitely a worthwhile trade for most.
Apple’s battery technology is the best in the business. They’ve put a battery in this model that gets up to 7 hours of use on a single charge and over 3X the number of recharges than other notebook batteries. The only downside is that the battery is not user-replaceable, but with a battery that gets over 1,000 recharges (roughly five years for most users), is that really a big deal? My guess is that most people won’t really have to worry about replacing their battery.