Port selection is one area where the 13-inch MacBook Pro shines. Compared to its slimmer sibling, the Pro is better endowed. Though there are two USB connections on both machines, the MBP boasts Ethernet, FireWire, plus a new hi-speed Thunderbolt port that will support data rates as high as 10 Gbps. (Peripherals will start hitting the market this summer.) The Air lacks all three of these connections. Still, the Air features a Mini DisplayPort for monitor hookup and SD Card slot, connections the MacBook Pro matches.
Thanks to a thicker chassis, the MacBook Pro accommodates more connections than the Air, including a blazing new Thunderbolt port.
Apple makes it easy to chat with friends and family with its FaceTime service, which supports Macs but also the latest iPad 2, iPhone 4, and most recent iPod touch. However, only the 13-inch MacBook Pro features a camera that supports high-definition 720p video. Stacked against the Air’s lower-res cam (640 x 480 pixels), video calls on the new MacBook Pro were much sharper, resulting in a more enjoyable experience. Just keep in mind that both parties will need be on a new MacBook Pro (13 or 15-inch) for the call to be in HD.
Though many of us probably don’t video chat every day, it’s nice to know that when you do the 13-inch MBP can stream your face in high-def.