New MacBook Pro 2011 Prices: Your Thoughts Too Expensive?

At last following on from Apple’s MacBook Pro Refresh event today, we gave you firm details in relation to specifications and pricing for the 13, 15 and 17-inch Macbooks. The listing finally cleared up many rumors such as the replacement of Intel’s Light Peak Technology and its replacement “Thunderbolt” which will provide a faster connection speed. As well as this Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPU’s will be a key element to the update, along with AMD graphics, FaceTime Camera and so on.

But with all devices, it really comes down to personal choice, and pricing plays a huge part in the decision process. The announcement brought us news of 2 x 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models as well as the one higher end 17-inch.

The baseline 13-inch will kick off at $1,199 rising to $1,499. The 15-inch comes in at slightly more retailing at $1,799 or $2,199 and the 17-inch at $2,499. Although pricing for the new entry and mid level models have not changed, the top of the range as it were, has in fact by $200. So is the pricing reasonable in comparison to the specifications you will be getting?

If you look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro as Computerworld.com reported, it will now run on a dual-core i5 processor whilst the bigger sized models will run on quad-core i7 processors. As well as this the first of the 15-inchers (2.0GHz) will boast AMD Radeon HD 7490M Graphics and 500GB hard drive alongside its second version (2.2GHz) boasting AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive, as is the 17-inch.

Apple’s announcement comes with a statement saying that all MacBook Pros are “up to twice as fast as their predecessors,” but in terms of battery use, the company have said that the laptops will give out 7 hours of power between charges, a drop from 10 hours with last year’s models.

On choosing whether the new MacBook Pro is for you and if your budget can stretch to Apple’s prices, customizations are yet another option. As Cnet stated, faster CPU’s, up to 8GB memory, larger hard drives up to 750GB, anti-glare / higher resolution screens and solid-state storage are all considerations from apple.com/macbookpro.

Let us know your thoughts on today’s news and pricing? Are the prices reasonable when you take for example the drop in battery life? Which model if any, will you be swayed by?

  • bioadam

    Not too expensive. Heck, a paid $1700 (1991 dollars mind you) for a Packard Bell with a 386 SX chip, 2mb Ram, a 100mb hard, and a VGA monitor. Compared to that, the new Macbooks are cheap!