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8.0 out of 10

Apple MacBook Pro 13" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)

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Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 13" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)

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Overall 8
8.4
Performance 9
9.0
Battery performance 9
8.8
Display 8
8.3
Weight 9
8.7
Noise 9
8.5
Gaming performance 7
7.1
Connectivity 6
6.1
Keyboard 9
8.8
Temperature 8
7.8

Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 2.5 GHz Mid 2012 Notebook

Notebookcheck
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
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Overall 8
8.4
Performance 9
8.8
Battery performance 9
8.8
Display 8
8.3
Weight 9
8.7
Noise 8
8.4
Gaming performance 6
6.3
Connectivity 6
6.0
Keyboard 9
8.8
Temperature 8
8.4

Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 Early 2011 (2.3 GHz dual-core, glare-type screen)

Notebookcheck
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
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Overall 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.7
Battery performance 9
8.8
Display 8
8.3
Weight 9
8.7
Noise 9
8.7
Gaming performance 7
6.6
Connectivity 7
6.9
Keyboard 9
9.0
Temperature 9
8.7

Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 Early 2011 (2.7 GHz dual-core, glare-type screen)

Notebookcheck
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?
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Overall 9
9.0

13-inch 2.3GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro Review

Maclife
25 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
24 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Apple's entry-level MacBook Pro gets beefed-up insides without an increase in price, giving it a huge edge over its thin-and-light competition.
  • Pros: Phenomenal battery life, Excellent internal upgrades from previous model, Impressive performance
  • Cons: No Blu-ray drive, Glossy screen produces glare, Non-user-replaceable battery
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

PC Magazine
7 November 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10
Design 10
10

13-Inch MacBook Pro Review

Bright Hub
8 October 2010
  • Excerpt: Looking for a new notebook for college or work? The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the perfect edition to this luxury notebook family. In this article, I review this new addition to the Mac lineup and share my experience with this notebook.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
15 April 2010
  • Excerpt: Apple takes what was already good and makes it even better, with the inclusion of a slightly better processor, improved graphics, and unbeatable battery life.
  • Pros: Phenomenal battery life, Slightly better processor, improved graphics over previous 13-inch model
  • Cons: Few new external features, Internal upgrades not as significant as on the 15- and 17-inch models, No Blu-ray drive
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro 13in - 2009 Edition (MB990B/A)

Trusted Reviews
26 May 2011
  • Summary: We see if the newly refreshed 13in MacBook, now a MacBook Pro, is a discernable improvement over the original.
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Overall 9
8.6

Expert Review

AppleSource
28 April 2010
  • 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
  • Cons: Strong battery life, Improved Nvidia graphics
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