Review: Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops

News PictureCUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA: The choice was simpler when I was shopping around for a new Mac laptop a year ago: I could have spent $500 more for a nicer screen and less weight, or I could have put some of that toward a faster processor, more storage and more internal memory – and still have $200 left over. I chose power over style.With new models and price cuts, Apple is making it tougher for customers to choose – in a good way.

MacBook Pro laptop with a high-resolution screen measuring 13.3-inch diagonally now starts at $1,299, or just $100 more than the heavier version with the regular screen, the one I ultimately bought. That’s the result of a $200 price cut in February and another $200 cut last week.

Last week, Apple also slashed the starting price of its 15.4-inch high-resolution model by $200, to $1,999.

Apple also made the new laptops faster and extended their battery life, thanks to new, power-saving chips from Intel and a new operating system, Mavericks, designed to fully take advantage of those chips. These new Pros are the first Macs with Mavericks built in.

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