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The Apple Macbook family gets a makeover

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Apple has just launched its redesigned and full-featured Macbook family that keeps it up-to-date and sets a new trend in laptop computing. As you can see, they all now sport the same keyboard design and the new screens found on the Macbook and Macbook Pro ties them in nicely with the rest of the iMac family. Click to enlarge Aside from the aesthetic changes, all Macbooks now come with NVIDIA graphics, instant-on LED-backlit displays, arsenic-free glass to protect the screen and an all-new and innovative glass Multi-Touch trackpad that’s bigger and better than conventional trackpads. Limited to the Macbook and Macbook Pro line, it’s 40% larger giving users more space to navigate and supports multi-touch gestures which was first introduced and popularized by their iPhone. Similarly, the Macbook Pro and Air also now come equipped with a new Mini DisplayPort which makes it compatible with the newly launched Apple LED Cinema display. Now we've gotten those details aside, let’s hop on to the specific changes in each member of the Macbook family. The new Macbook now more affordable The Macbook now comes in an all metal enclosure which makes it now at par with the Macbook Pro in terms of design. Likewise, you can find an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor under the hood. Hopefully, this time around, NVIDIA won’t be the cause of malfunctioning Macs as the case was in the past. Anyway, the good news is that this new Macbook is now more affordable with a starting price of $1299. Two models will be available: a 2.0GHz variant with 160GB HDD, and a 2.4GHz model with 250GB HDD and a backlit keyboard. New Macbook Pro now more versatile The 15-inch Macbook Pro meanwhile features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor and dual graphics chips for performance flexibility. Users will have the option of using either the power-saving integrated 9400M graphics or the more powerful 9600M GT for better graphics. It’s also slimmer at 0.95-inches, but slightly heavier at 5.5 pounds. Starting price for the refreshed Macbook Pro is at $1999 with two models under its wing: 2.4GHz with 250GB HDD, and a 2.53GHz with 320GB HDD. There’s also a 17-inch version that comes with 2.6GHz processor and 320GB HDD or 128GB SSD, but doesn’t feature the new look and dual GPU. Macbook Air - better storage options Last, but not the least, is the Macbook Air. While little changes can be found to its exterior, users can now either avail of a 120GB HDD version or a 128GB SSD variant. The new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M is there and complementing it is a faster architecture to provide better performance. Starting price kicks off at $1799. Not quite the changes we had in mind, but the added storage capacities might be good enough for first time Macbook Air owners. Overall, the new Macbook family looks better than ever. Sure, there are laptops out there that are still a whole lot cheaper than what Apple is offering, but I highly doubt that they come with the same quality, durability and reliability that Apple users have grown accustomed to over the years.

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