Professional Computing in a Mobile Package With a 2008 MacBook Pro

The 2008 MacBook Pro introduced a number of features to the Apple MacBook lineup. With durable aluminum construction, a pleasantly backlit keyboard for low-light conditions, and the high-quality Retina display, the 2008 MacBook Pro gives you the computing power you need in Apple style. Featuring a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processor and multiple graphics processing options, the 2008 MacBook Pro is poised to handle nearly any computing task.

Is the early 2008 Pro different from the late release?

There are differences between the early release of the 2008 MacBook Pro and the late 2008 release. The most striking difference between early and late 2008 model MacBook Pros is the absence of a single block of aluminum trim, giving the later release the Unibody distinction from Apple. This provided additional durability to the already very sturdy MacBook Pro frame. The MacBook models released in later 2008 also feature faster Core 2 Duo processors and were the first in the Pro model line to feature both an integrated NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip. They also feature a discrete graphics card within the same unit. This dual graphics setup made the late 2008 models flexible, less power-intensive, and almost entirely unique in the notebook computing space in 2008.

Which Mac OS versions work on a 2008 MacBook Pro?

Both early and late 2008 MacBook Pros can use Mac OS X up to the El Capitan release 10.11.x.

How do you pick the right MacBook laptop?

Choosing the right laptop will depend on what you intend to use it for. Power users, graphic designers, and other resource-intensive users will want to consider going for more powerful systems, while more casual users may not need the latest and greatest hardware. Here are a few things to pay attention to when looking to purchase a MacBook:
  • Specifications: As stated above, users who perform resource-intensive tasks will want to carefully assess the device's hardware. A faster processor with multiple cores, like the Core 2 Duo, will help with multitasking and computationally intensive tasks. Extra RAM with a high speed will also help with multitasking, and a discrete graphics card will help offload graphics-heavy tasks from the CPU. Additionally, hard drive space and type can provide an additional boost to performance.
  • Size: Given that most notebooks need to be portable, size is usually an important consideration. If you plan to take your MacBook notebook with you everywhere you go, consider getting a smaller 15-inch or even 13-inch laptop to make traveling with your device easier.