The best Sandy Bridge notebooks in Australia

We review the latest notebooks on the Australian market featuring Intel's 2nd Generation Core CPUs

Updated: 8 April 2011

While only a few vendors have sent us laptops based on Intel's 2nd Generation Intel Core CPUs (codenamed Sandy Bridge), one thing is clear: They are the pace-setters when it comes to performance. We've seen solid entries from Apple, Dell, Lenovo, MSI and Sony. Look for HP and Toshiba reviews in the coming weeks.

Check out our roundup below to read reviews and specifications on the Sandy Bridge-based models we've seen so far.

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Apple Macbook Pro (15in, early 2011)

If you were considering a Macbook Pro recently but held off to see what the model refresh would bring, you might be disappointed. There aren't many innovative updates in the new Macbook Pro -- Thunderbolt is the only one worth writing home about, in our opinion -- but the extra processing power and graphics grunt are welcome. Apple's latest Macbook Pro improves on an already competent design but doesn't stand out significantly from competitors like Sony and Alienware.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 3rd March, 2011
  • Campbell Simpson
  • Apple
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 4.00
  • $ 2,499.00
  • Pros:
  • Thunderbolt is theoretically an excellent connection standard
  • The extra processing power is noticeable
  • Cons:
  • There aren't many other changes to write about
  • We can't do anything with Thunderbolt at the moment
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