The big disappointments: No Blu-ray drive options, no 500GB hard drives, and no quad-core processors. Also, the new models have a big all-glass multi-touch trackpad that doesn't have a separate click button any more. To click, you tap the trackpad. I haven't tried it yet.
Here's a quick look at the three new models.
Measures 0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94 inches, 4.5 pounds. This is both smaller and lighter than the older polycarbonate plastic model, which was 1.08 inches thick and weighed 5.0 pounds.
It still has a 13.3-inch display, but now sports a fast NVIDIA graphics chip that can drive a 30-inch monitor. Previously, the MacBook used an Intel graphics chip.
Two standard configurations are a 2.0GHz processor (slower than before, which started at 2.1GHz), with 2GB RAM and a 160GB hard drive, for $1,299, and a 2.4GHz model (same as before) with 2GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive, for $1,599.
Surprisingly, the company is still selling the base version of the old white polycarbonate MacBook, with a 2.1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, an Intel graphics chip and a 120GB hard drive, for $999.
Configure-to-order options include hard drives up to 320GB, a 128GB solid-state drive, and up to 4GB of memory.
Another surprise: there is no "redesigned" version of the 17-inch MacBook Pro, though you can buy one of the old-style ones, with a 2.5GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, for $2,799.
The new MacBook Pro comes only with a 15.4-inch display. It measures 0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82 inches, and weighs 5.5 pounds. That's about the same size as the old one, and it's a tiny bit heavier ï¿¼ the old model was 5.4 pounds.
There are two standard configurations. The base unit has a 2.4GHz (same as before) processor, 2GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive, for $1,999. There's also a 2.53GHz model (same as before) with 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive, for $2,499.
I expected to see a 500GB hard drive option for the MacBook Pro, and possibly a quad-core processor option. Nope. You can get it, however, with a 128GB solid-state drive.
There isn't much change to this model, beyond a size increase of the solid-state drive to 128GB and an upgrade of the graphics chip. There are two standard configurations: The base unit has a 1.6GHz processor (same as before), 2GB RAM, and a 120GB hard drive, for $1,799. The other version has a 1.86GHz processor (same as before), 128GB solid-state drive, and 2GB memory, for $2,499.