Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 13" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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Battery performance 9
Gaming performance 7
Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 Early 2011 (2.7 GHz dual-core, glare-type screen)
22 December 2010
Conclusion: The powerful Core i7 version of the MacBook Pro 13" from early 2011 reveals various qualities in review. the high clock-rated Core i7-2620M pushes the cooling system to its limits , especially in Windows. Compared to the 2010 MBP 13, the model here shows substantially improved processor performance. The high energy consumption and fan kicking in earlier make their mark on the battery life. Nevertheless, the battery lasts a good while under typical everyday...
Pros: Unchanged Excellent Aluminum Case, Outstanding Keyboard and Touchpad, Good Screen (except for reflections), Quiet Under Light Use, The seamless unibody case
Cons: No Matte Screen Available, CPU Downsampling und Heavy Use (Windows), No CPU Turbo Boost in Windows
Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 2.5 GHz Mid 2012 Notebook
22 December 2010
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 13 Mid 2012 is, just like its predecessor, a powerful notebook with great battery life and outstanding build quality . But is has competition from two sides: the modern Ultrabooks on one, and Apple's own MacBook Air 13 Mid 2012 on the other. As the smallest member of the Pro-series, this notebook is supposed to deliver the correct balance between performance, mobility, and last but not least, price.
Pros: - excellent build quality, - good display, - large trackpad with comprehensive gesture support, - long battery life, - compact dimensions, - comparatively high performance, The construction is exemplary. The notebook is sturdy yet compact. Even though the display lid is very thin, it's torsionally rigid. Keyboard and touchpad are top-notch.
Cons: - low display resolution, - slow hard drive, - SSD at a premium, - battery not user exchangeable, - fan is loud under load
Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 Early 2011 (2.3 GHz dual-core, glare-type screen)
22 December 2010
Conclusion: The high-quality case and price have not changed. While the quality of the case serves as an example , the high price to pay for this premium quality should come as no surprise. Among other highlights are the comfortable and conviently backlit keyboard as well as the high-quality screen, which does however reflect bright surroundings and for which the choice does not exist be replaced with a matte screen.
Pros: Low System Noise Under Light Use, Unibody Case, Keyboard, Bright, High-Contrast Display, Color Space, Performance, Battery Life Under Light Use, An overall well-rounded laptop with very high-quality case and excellent display
Cons: Few Ports, Few Options, Relatively Heavy, Small Enter Button, Loud Under Heavy Use, CPU Clock Downsampled Under Very Heavy Use, Reflective Screen, Short Warranty
Conclusion: Though it's only a component bump, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz) is still a solid back-to-school, mainstream laptop.
Pros: Better battery life than its predecessors. Speed and memory bumps help performance. Unparalleled multi-touch gestures., Backlit keyboard. Excellent software bundle. Sturdy. Best looking chassis in its class.
Cons: Intel Core 2 Duos are an aging processor technology. Heavy for a 13-inch laptop.
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Thunderbolt) will continue to be Apple's best selling laptop, thanks to a component overhaul and new technologies like Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD.
Pros: Core i5 processor is a long time coming. Gorgeous Unibody enclosure. Thunderbolt is in its early stages, but it looks promising. Webcam now streams in HD and works with Facetime app. Backlit keyboard. Glass Clickpad has no equals.
Cons: Pricey. No improvement in graphics performance. Higher screen resolution not available.
Summary: Despite retaining the same price and look as last year's model, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro's significant CPU and fantastic battery life make it one of the top laptops we've reviewed, provided you can live with passable integrated graphics.
Pros: CPU updates offer big leaps in performance, Phenomenal battery life, Excellent ergonomics, keyboard and large, smooth multi-touch clickpad are still among the best available, 720p HD webcam
Cons: Graphics performance is slightly worse than last year's 13-inch Pro, 13-inch screen resolution still low compared with the MacBook Air, Thunderbolt port still an unknown until accessories become available, Limited upgrade options, No HDMI or Blu-ray
Excerpt: The latest crop of MacBook Pro laptops from Apple boasts several new features, such as a new generation of Intel processors, improved dual graphics, and increased battery life. Most of the changes, however, are to be found in the 15in and 17in models. The 13in models remain the least expensive of the Pro line, but also the most similar to the previous generation.
Pros: Impressive battery life; improved graphics; ability to output audio using MiniDisplay Port connection; new inertial scrolling; 4GB RAM standard
Cons: Modest performance gains over previous generation; only MacBook Pros still using Core 2 Duo processors