Battery Life: Other Intel Core Duo Notebooks

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 11:38
Category: Intel

More insight on the potential battery run time of the MacBook Pro can be gleaned by looking at the specs of other notebooks using the Intel Core Duo processor.
According to PowerPage reader Brad Laue, the Acer TravelMate 8200 with similar specifications (Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz CPU, Radeon X1600, 1GB DDR2 667, 160GB SATA 5400RPM, 15.4 WSXGA+ screen) has an advertised runtime of approximately 6 hours when CPU performance is set to the Mac OS X equivalent of ‘automatic’ (CPU frequency scaling during idle).
You can review the specs on other notebooks with the Intel Core Duo chip by searching on NotebookReview:
– Acer TravelMate 8200
– Dell Inspiron e1705 Intel Core Duo
– Dell XPS M2010 – Mobile Concept PC
– HP dv1000t
– Compaq v2000t
– Toshiba Qosmio G30/596LS
– Dynabook VX/780LS, SS SX
– Gateway NX860, M685-E, NX560 and M465-E
– Fujitsu LifeBook N6410 and E8110
– Sony VAIO FE and SZ Notebooks
– Lenovo ThinkPad T60
What other Core Duo notebooks are out there? What are the battery run time specs you’re seeing?


Video: 15 Minutes with the MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 10:19
Category: MacBook Pro

Watch this walkthrough of the MacBook Pro with an Apple Rep. In this exclusive video, watch for:
– Real-time performance of various apps
– How the breakaway magnetic power plug works
– Overview of the Mac’s ports, including Expresscard 34 slot
– How the built-in iSight works
– How the Apple Remote is Mac-assignable
(Thanks Digg)


The Apple Core: More on the MacBook Pro SuperDrive

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 09:08
Category: The Apple Core

One of the most surprising things about the announcement of the the new MacBook Pro at Macworld Expo this week was Apple’s dropping the 8x burning double-layer SuperDrive in favor of an inferior 4x single-layer mechanism.
I was puzzled during his keynote address when Steve Jobs listed the specs of the new MacBook Pro with only a 4x SuperDrive, it was surely an error I thought. Why would Apple ship a 4x SuperDrive in a machine touted as so much faster than current PowerBooks? (The current PowerBook G4 ships with 8x SuperDrives.)
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.