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 2.5 GHz Mid 2012 Notebook
8 August 2012
Summary: Entry-level "Pro". Apple's MacBook Pro series has been enjoying great popularity for many years now. The notebooks from Cupertino offer high performance, look great, and seem to retain their value better than any competitor's product. In the past, the 13-inch MacBook Pro appeared to be the unloved stepchild of the family. Have things changed in 2012?
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)
17 April 2011
Summary: The Little Guy. The smallest MacBook Pro with a 2.3 GHz Core i5 is the least expensive of Apple's MacBook Pro series. Not much has changed on the outside, but a whole new world awaits within. Will these novelties help or hinder the featherweight contender?
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, More ports and the option of a matte screen
Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 Early 2011 (2.7 GHz dual-core, glare-type screen)
17 April 2011
Summary: On the Edge. The speediest dual-core processor in a compact 13" case with quiet fans? Find out why this might be a problem for Windows (Bootcamp) users but of little significance for Mac OS X users.
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, A matte screen . But then who'll buy the 15" version?
Conclusion: The MacBook Pro is a dream laptop, delivering more power than the Air and more bells and whistles too—the FireWire and Ethernet ports the Air lacks completely, plus that fancier FaceTime camera, and our personal favorite, the backlit keyboard. Thunderbolt is cool to have, but not a reason to run out and upgrade today if you have a Mac laptop you’re happy with.
Pros: Speedier processor. Thunderbolt port for a little future proofing. High-def FaceTime camera records 720p video in iMovie. FireWire is still around.
Cons: At 1440x900, 13-inch MacBook Air has a higher-resolution display. Built-in battery can’t be removed. No matte display option.
Conclusion: Bringing in an SD slot and bringing back the FireWire port—while also lowering prices—eliminated Apple's weakest links in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Add bigger, better battery life and you've got yourself a winner.
Pros: Very good processing parts for an entry-level machine. Unparalleled multi-touch gestures. Best-looking chassis in its class. Sturdy. Return of the FireWire port. Bigger, better battery life than its predecessor's. Lower prices. Backlit keyboard. Loaded with green cred. Now with an SD slot.
Cons: Base memory is little low for this day and age.
Conclusion: Apple's support and service reputation is strong, thanks in part to its collection of retail stores (as long as you live in a market served by one). MacBooks include a standard, one-year, parts-and-labour warranty, but come with only 90 days of toll-free telephone support. To get more service and coverage you must purchase an Apple Care warranty, at AU$419 for three total years of coverage.
Pros: Still uses a Core 2 Duo processor, No new ports added, Expensive compared with Core i3 laptops