Latest Apple laptop reviews

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: A touch of brilliance or totally brainless?
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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: A touch of brilliance or totally brainless?

By Stuart Miles

Apple has revamped its MacBook Pro range, delivering a laptop that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than before.Rather than just roll out the typical annual revamp of new and improved internal specs, the company has added a new feature to its top-spec... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro review: Does the 13-inch option without Touch Bar make more sense?
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Pro review: Does the 13-inch option without Touch Bar make more sense?

By Stuart Miles

While the MacBook Air has long been the "go-to" laptop for Apple users, that has now changed with the entry-level MacBook Pro.The year-old MacBook is thin, it is light, the keyboard is a joy to use, and that high-res screen certainly destroys the Air's... Read more

Apple MacBook review: Third time's a charm
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Apple MacBook review: Third time's a charm

By Mike Lowe

Apple is an interesting beast. Often considered king of design, its MacBook cut up the rulebook when it first appeared in 2015, ditching full-size USB ports and, well, almost any wired connectivity for the sake of a single USB Type-C port. Controversial... Read more

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all
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Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all

By Stuart Miles

The Apple iMac range has received a spec boost for 2017, promising better screen technology, more processing power, Thunderbolt 3 slots and more. But should you be excited by these additions?We've been using the new 27-inch 5K iMac to get a feel for the... Read more

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display (2015) review: Pixel-packed powerhouse
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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display (2015) review: Pixel-packed powerhouse

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple introduced the world to a 5K-resolution version of the 27-inch iMac last year and, well, it was an absolutely fantastic workhorse that not only looked the part, but performed it too.For 2015, the Cupertino company has not only made the 5,120 x 2,880... Read more

Apple 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display review: All about the ultra-high definition
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Apple 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display review: All about the ultra-high definition

By Stuart Miles

A new iMac range is here to woo you into staying with the desktop in 2015 rather than going mobile.With new processors, new displays, and new graphics options there is plenty to be tempted by. We've been using the new 21.5-inch model with 4K display to... Read more

Apple Magic Trackpad 2 review: Feel the Force Touch
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Apple Magic Trackpad 2 review: Feel the Force Touch

By Stuart Miles

Force Touch is the new pressure-sensitive tech from Apple that promises to change the way we interact with our Macs by offering shallow and deep "layers" of interaction on the trackpad.First introduced on the MacBook and the MacBook Pro in early 2015,... Read more

Apple OS X El Capitan review: Tweaks rather than overhaul for free OS update
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Apple OS X El Capitan review: Tweaks rather than overhaul for free OS update

By Stuart Miles

It's that time of year again when Apple releases a new operating system - this year named El Capitan - bringing new features and some changes to its desktop software and your MacBook or iMac.But with Apple introducing the iPad Pro, and a strong push for... Read more

Apple MacBook review: Is port-free the future?
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Apple MacBook review: Is port-free the future?

By Stuart Miles

With its 12-inch super glossy Retina display and ultra portability, the new Apple MacBook promises users the chance to live the future of computing not tomorrow, but today.But by stripping out all the standard ports, has the company refined this particular... Read more

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) review: May the Force be with you
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MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) review: May the Force be with you

By Stuart Miles

The 2015 update to Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro includes the latest Force Touch trackpad, new Intel Broadwell processors, faster storage, and the promise of an even better battery life.While the MacBook Pro range is available in a 15-inch variant, the... Read more

New Apple MacBook (12-inch): Stunning, super thin and oh so bling (hands-on)

New Apple MacBook (12-inch): Stunning, super thin and oh so bling (hands-on)

By Stuart Miles

Apple has announced a new MacBook Laptop that is even thinner and smaller than the MacBook Air, but more powerful than the iPad.The new 12-inch MacBook ditches all the traditional ports in order to slim down to a super-thin 13.1mm in thickness. To get... Read more

Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) review: Updated, if not upgraded
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Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) review: Updated, if not upgraded

By Chris Hall

The Mac mini is perhaps the least celebrated of the Apple Mac family.The iMac cuts its desktop swathe with luscious design and, recently, that 5K resolution panel has made it the all-in-one to beat. On the portable front, the MacBook Air remains one of... Read more

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse
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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse

By Mike Lowe

With ultra-high definition resolutions becoming increasingly commonplace, the desire for pixel-packed screens is bigger than ever. And the Apple iMac with Retina display surpasses the 4K trend that is eking its way into the home cinema space by offering... Read more

Close up with the 5K iMac, and boy is it crisp

Close up with the 5K iMac, and boy is it crisp

By Stuart Miles

Apple has updated its iMac range to create a flagship model that delivers a crisp 5K image.The move, which well and truly takes it from the spare computer to a powerhouse for professionals, signals Apple's intent to deliver a "Retina display" on all... Read more

Mac OS X Yosemite preview: Is this going to be Apple's best desktop OS yet?

Mac OS X Yosemite preview: Is this going to be Apple's best desktop OS yet?

By Stuart Miles

Times are changing at Apple. The days of not letting you know or see what the company is up to until it is on sale are no more and now, for the first time, Apple is letting the public play with its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the... Read more

Hands-on: 21.5-inch entry-level Apple iMac (2014) review

Hands-on: 21.5-inch entry-level Apple iMac (2014) review

By Rik Henderson

In June Apple announced a new version of its super slim iMac that is lower specced than the ones already on the market, but similarly offered at a lower price to allow those on a smaller budget a chance to jump on board team Mac.The 21.5-inch has the... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (late 2013) review
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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (late 2013) review

By Stuart Miles

The MacBook Pro is Apple's top-of-the-line laptop computer and one that comes with plenty of power. It's available in two versions: the 13-inch and 15-inch, both of which can offer Retina display - as in this model on review - and a powerful spec sheet... Read more

Apple OS X Mavericks review
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Apple OS X Mavericks review

By Stuart Miles

The latest Apple OS X operating system, version 10.9, better known as Mavericks, has arrived. And it's a free upgrade to anyone running OS X Snow Leopard and above.Not only does Mavericks kill off the animal-based naming system, it also promises a host... Read more

Apple Mac Pro eyes-on (again)

Apple Mac Pro eyes-on (again)

By Stuart Miles

Following the launch of the Mac Pro in June we've now seen the desktop computer in the flesh, not behind glass at the Apple 22 October event. The Mac Pro will be available in December and cost $2999 or £2499. We will be getting one if for review nearer... Read more

Apple iMac 27-inch (2013) review
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Apple iMac 27-inch (2013) review

By Stuart Miles

With the world seemingly so keen to go mobile, it's a pleasant acknowledgement that Apple still feels there is a place for a desktop computer within its range. That comes in the lovely form of the iMac, reviewed here in its latest Haswell-based 27-inch... Read more

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2013) review
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2013) review

By Chris Hall

The smaller MacBook Air is one of the most affordable Macs you can buy. Upon its original launch, there was a small murmur that the 11-inch MacBook Air was the netbook that Steve Jobs said Apple would never make, but in reality, this diminutive Mac has... Read more

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013) review
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013) review

By Chris Hall

With palms resting on the slick and familiar deck of the 2013 MacBook Air, it's with some trepidation that we look to review Apple's latest version of its iconic notebook computer.The MacBook Air launched as the lightweight alternative to the MacBook.... Read more

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)
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Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)

By Ian Morris

Sitting here looking at our Windows-based desktop and, next to it, the Mac Mini, we're starting to wonder if the full-sized desktop is running toward the end of its lifespan. Sure, gamers want a big powerful machine with loads of cooling and a super-powerful... Read more

Apple iMac 27-inch (2012)
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Apple iMac 27-inch (2012)

By Stuart Miles

There are two iMac sizes available in the newly refreshed late-2012 line with the 27-inch positioning itself as the powerful big daddy of the two. While the 21.5-inch model we've recently played with suggested itself as a kitchen computer, to be shared... Read more

Apple iMac - 21.5-inch (2012)
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Apple iMac - 21.5-inch (2012)

By Stuart Miles

Apple's iMac has always been a beautiful device, and one that has made the industry create thin clone after thin clone to try to compete. If you are reading this on an all-in-one computer, it's either an iMac, or the designer wanted it to be one.  But... Read more

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (Late 2012)
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MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (Late 2012)

By Stuart Miles

When Apple launched the MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display the industry crowned it one of the best laptops on the market, with a screen that was stunning. Here at Pocket-lint we had equal praise, saying:"Once again, Apple has developed a machine... Read more

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display pictures and hands-on

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display pictures and hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Admit it, you've been lusting after the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display since it was announced earlier in the year, but were worried that the screen was just too big.Worry no longer, as Apple has launched a 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with... Read more

Apple iMac (2012) pictures and hands-on

Apple iMac (2012) pictures and hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Apple has revealed a new, thinner, sleeker iMac for those who still like to sit at a desk. Pocket-lint was at the San Jose Special Event to have a gander at the new computer first hand, along with only a handful of other journalists from the UK.From the... Read more

Airport Express (2012)
4.5 stars

Airport Express (2012)

By Hunter Skipworth

A wireless router really isn't a very exciting thing. That is unless it has been put together by Apple. The new Airport Express is designed to look as good as your living room, and throw in a bit of extra Apple functionality you wouldn't normally get... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)
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Apple MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)

By Mike Lowe

When Apple announced the update to its MacBook Pro line in June 2012, we had anticipated a slimmer, new design and high-resolution screen. While that did happen in the form of the Retina display, the standard MacBook Pro range wasn't axed.Enter the MacBook... Read more

Apple OS X Mountain Lion
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Apple OS X Mountain Lion

By Stuart Miles

Mountain Lion is Apple's latest operating system and according to Apple heralds a new dawn in computing. Costing just £13.99, the question is not why should you upgrade, but what shiny new features will you get? We've been living with the full retail... Read more

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012)
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012)

By Ian Morris

To some extent, Apple has made a rod for its own back. The MacBook Air reached such impressive heights last year, with just about the best computer hardware on the market, and with more than enough features to keep even demanding users happy. This year... Read more

MacBook Pro with Retina display (June 2012)
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MacBook Pro with Retina display (June 2012)

By Stuart Miles

Apple’s new flagship device shows what’s possible with the company’s laptop range, boasting plenty, and delivering lots, but do you really need all this power, is it as thin as they say it is, and should you be raiding the piggy bank right now?DesignEncased... Read more

MacBook Pro with Retina display pictures and hands-on

MacBook Pro with Retina display pictures and hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Before we get to work on a full review of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, we thought it was only fair to share some photos of the new Apple laptop for you to feast your eyes on. A quick play, if you will, before we get down to the nitty-gritty. First... Read more

MacBook Pro with Retina display: First eyes-on photos

MacBook Pro with Retina display: First eyes-on photos

By Stuart Miles

Apple has unveiled a new MacBook Pro, complete with Retina display, at its WWDC event today in San Francisco and Pocket-lint was there to get as close as we could to the new model.Shown off behind glass, the new laptop looks as stunning as the specs suggest,... Read more

First Look: Apple OS X Mountain Lion
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First Look: Apple OS X Mountain Lion

By Stuart Miles

You always hear about the lion roaring, about the big noise the big cat makes, but you never really hear about the mountain lion. It is more of a reclusive animal, and it is fair to say that Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion takes a lot of cues from its namesake.... Read more

Apple OS X Mountain Lion detailed as dev build goes live and we go hands-on

Apple OS X Mountain Lion detailed as dev build goes live and we go hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Apple has announced the release of the developer preview of the next version of its OS X operating system - Mountain Lion - on Thursday, giving developers and Mac users a sneak peek into what is to come when the new OS launches in the summer.Key to the... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro (Late 2011)
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Pro (Late 2011)

By Hunter Skipworth

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro, until recently, was a bit of a misnomer. There wasn't much Pro about a Core 2 Duo processor and the Sandy-Bridge-packing 15- and 17-inch options out specced it massively. It felt like a bulkier MacBook Air and in some cases,... Read more

Apple Thunderbolt Display
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Apple Thunderbolt Display

By Stuart Miles

Thunderbolt and lightening is supposed to be very very frightening, but can it also be the be-all and end-all to your desktop needs?We’ve been living with the Apple Thunderbolt Display, a monitor that lets you turn your MacBook Pro or Air into an iMac,... Read more

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2011)
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2011)

By Ian Morris

You don’t have to love Apple, or even like it, to have a deep appreciation for the new generation of MacBook Air. The two models, of 13- and 11-inches, are the most visually impressive and delightful laptops on the market.Where Apple scores with the... Read more

Apple Mac mini (mid 2011)
4.5 stars

Apple Mac mini (mid 2011)

By Hunter Skipworth

The Mac mini has always sat in a bit of an unusual position in Apple’s lineup. Given the price and power it provided, the MacBook always seemed like the better choice. The 2011 model, however, has the power of an Intel Sandy Bridge processor inside,... Read more

Apple MacBook Air (mid 2011)
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Air (mid 2011)

By Stuart Miles

Apple has updated it's MacBook Air laptop promising boosted performance in an elegant and slim design. But is it enough for you to want to upgrade from your current MacBook model or ditch your Windows machine altogether? We got the 13-inch Core i7 1.8GHz... Read more

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2011) hands-on

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2011) hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Apple has just released a new range of MacBook Air laptops and we've already grabbed the top of the range 13-inch model to put it through its paces. Before we start work on the full review of the new thin laptop from Apple, we thought it would be wrong... Read more

Apple Mac OS X Lion
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Apple Mac OS X Lion

By Stuart Miles

Apple’s latest cat is out the bag and ready to roar. But should you upgrade and is it worth the cash? We’ve been living with the new OS since its first beta outing earlier in the year to find out. And now that the final version is out and ready to... Read more

Apple iMac i5 2011 review
4.5 stars

Apple iMac i5 2011 review

By Chris Hall

The new Apple iMac (May 2011) starts off in a strong position. It builds on an already powerful all-in-one, in an already gorgeous design, so doesn’t hold too many surprises in store. The changes are internal, aside from the addition of the Thunderbolt... Read more

iPad streaming with the Seagate GoFlex Satellite - we go hands on

iPad streaming with the Seagate GoFlex Satellite - we go hands on

By Paul Lamkin

Storage specialist Seagate has announced its latest external HDD - this one with a heavy emphasis on media streaming - the Seagate GoFlex Satellite.Built with an iPad in mind (although an Android app is coming down the line and you could essentially use... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (early 2011)
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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (early 2011)

By Stuart Miles

If you got a MacBook Pro for Christmas, we’re sorry to have to break the news that it is out of date already, and it’s too long ago for you to take it back and swap it out for the new range that launched at the end of February. But should you be... Read more

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2010)
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2010)

By Chris Hall

The Apple MacBook Air 11-inch pushes into a new space for Apple, slotting between the existing (and refreshed) Air 13-inch, and above the iPad. It means Apple now has a compact and extremely portable format of computer: Apple had always said they wouldn’t... Read more

MacBook Pro 15-inch (early 2011) hands-on

MacBook Pro 15-inch (early 2011) hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Yep, that’s right Apple fans, we’ve bagged a new MacBook Pro from Apple in order to give it a run for its money and see how fast Thunderbolt (that’s the new port) really is. So while we start going about getting a review out so we can see if the... Read more

Apple MacBook Air (2010)
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Apple MacBook Air (2010)

By Stuart Miles

It's beautiful, it's stunning, it's thin, it's like a supermodel. That is probably the best way to describe the MacBook Air to anyone asking. But should you be buying the thinnest MacBook on the planet? We've been living with the new model to find out.Cast... Read more

Apple iMac i3 2010 review
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Apple iMac i3 2010 review

By Chris Hall

Every year we run into the same problem: what do you call the update to Apple’s latest device? This is always going to be the case when you keep the name, but change the design and specs of a device. So here we have the Apple iMac 21.5-inch, announced... Read more

Apple Magic Trackpad
4.5 stars

Apple Magic Trackpad

By Stuart Miles

If you've used a MacBook Pro or MacBook over the last couple of years then what we'll be looking at in this review of the Apple Magic Trackpad is old news. We say that because the technology is the same, the experience is the same, and the usability... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5

By David Phelan

So, you know you want a computer with a big screen but you want to be able to move it around reasonably easily. So a desktop machine like the iMac 27-inch screen computer is right out.Well, there are plenty of Windows PCs on the market, but the most stylish... Read more

Apple Mac mini 2.4GHz review
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Apple Mac mini 2.4GHz review

By Chris Hall

Apple has refreshed its Mac mini and made more substantial changes than we saw at the last evolution of this tiny desktop computer. But does the Mac mini deliver, or is the new asking price of £649 just too much to bear?Apple have been masters of design... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch i5 notebook
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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch i5 notebook

By Chris Hall

We've all become familiar with Apple's update cycle, so for many, the latest batch of MacBook Pros is no surprise. We'd been predicting the Core i update with switchable graphics for some time by simple recognition of it being an exciting move in the... Read more

Apple MacBook (white) notebook
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Apple MacBook (white) notebook

By Chris Hall

The Apple MacBook white is currently the only plastic model in Apple's line-up of laptop computers, with the rest of the MacBook Pro line coming in aluminium. Stacked up against the most basic MacBook Pro model it looks pretty good: the same processor,... Read more

27-inch Apple iMac (late 2009)
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27-inch Apple iMac (late 2009)

By Stuart Miles

Apple’s iMac has gone from the bulbous fruit-coloured models to a glorious large flat screen with a computer bolted on to it over the last 10 years. But should you think about adorning your desk with one? We did just that to find out. The new 27-inch... Read more

Apple Magic Mouse review
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Apple Magic Mouse review

By Stuart Miles

If I asked you to describe a mouse you would either tell me it's a small rodent or you would tell me it's an input device for a computer that has two click buttons and a scroll wheel.The creation of the scroll wheel re-invented the way we interacted with... Read more

Apple Mac mini 2.53GHz review
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Apple Mac mini 2.53GHz review

By Chris Hall

When Apple update a product, it generally keeps the name that it had before. We saw quick hop with the reshuffle of the MacBook line-up to give space to the new entry-level 13-inch white model, but the last Mac mini update we saw was in March of this... Read more

Apple OS X Snow Leopard review
4.5 stars

Apple OS X Snow Leopard review

By Chris Hall

The latest update to Apple's OS X, Snow Leopard, is finally unleashed upon the world. At £25 you might not need to question whether there is any reason to wait before you rush out to buy it. As the name suggests, Snow Leopard builds on a foundation already... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch notebook
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch notebook

By Chris Hall

Apple announced the update to their MacBook line-up in June, and here we have the 13-inch model, which takes on the "Pro" moniker previously applied to its bigger brothers. It is the second iteration of Apple's unibody MacBook and brings with it a few... Read more

Apple Mac Mini 2009 review
4.0 stars

Apple Mac Mini 2009 review

By Stuart Miles

Yep, you would be forgiven for thinking that Apple had canned the Mac mini to the graveyard long ago, but can a performance and spec boost save the much loved, but also much forgotten about, computer from Apple? We plugged it in to find out. Experiencing... Read more

Apple iMac (2009) review
4.0 stars

Apple iMac (2009) review

By Stuart Miles

Apple has updated its iMac line of desktop PCs aimed at consumers, with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, new graphics tech, double the memory and up to 1TB of storage, but does the new model warrant you rushing out to buy? We get playing with the new hardware... Read more