Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012)
7 August 2012
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012) is still one of the best laptops around, with solid performance and a superb user experience, but after five-years with no change, the overall design is getting old.
Pros: Quad-core Ivy Bridge processor. Switchable Nvidia graphics technology. Long battery life. OS X Mountain Lion improves on an already great user experience.
Cons: Multimedia performance lags. No 1080p display.
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt) is the fastest, most technologically advanced laptop to grace our Labs benches.
Pros: Quad-core Core i7 processor is a first. AMD Radeon HD 6750M is a powerful GPU and works with Apple's Automatic Graphics Switching technology. Gorgeous unibody enclosure. Thunderbolt is in its early stages, but it looks promising. Webcam now streams in HD and works with Facetime app. Backlit keybo...
Cons: Pricey. Lack of Thunderbolt devices to take advantage of the new interface.
Summary: The new Macbook Pro is a great computer with an amazing world-class design. I think that very few would question how well it is built and how much attention to details went into it. If anything, Mac OS X users who can afford it are damn lucky.
Conclusion: The MacBook Pro 15-inch (SD Slot) shows improved battery life over the previous version, while lowering its base price to $1,699. Though that's enticing enough for newcomers, some current MacBook Pro owners might not be ready to give up the ExpressCard slot yet.
Pros: Lower starting price. Superior design engineering. Bigger battery and over 5 hours of battery life on tests. Earns our GreenTech Approved seal. Illuminated keyboard. Versatile touchpad.
Cons: Deep-sixes the ExpressCard slot. Base configuration uses integrated graphics only.
Excerpt: The Good Sturdier, cooler, thinner aluminum chassis. Still the performance champion; option for power-saving graphics a boon. Trackpad a more effective use of space. Colors 'pop' on the display. Good notebook-class speakers. The Bad No FireWire 400.
Pros: Sturdier, cooler, thinner aluminum chassis., Still the performance champion; option for power-saving graphics a boon., Trackpad a more effective use of space., Colors 'pop' on the display., Good notebook-class speakers.
Cons: No FireWire 400., Glossy screen a potential distraction with no matte option., Can't use both GPUs at once like that coming for Windows notebooks., Expansion, screen still used to push users to a system they may otherwise not need.
Conclusion: The MacBook Pro is a design marvel like no other, but you can find better features elsewhere.
Pros: Now less than one inch thick. Design has no equal. Switchable graphics. Gesture and clickable touchpad. Still the lightest 15-inch laptop. Gorgeous glass screen. Illuminated keyboard. Excellent typing experience.
Cons: Lacks a built-in media card reader. Features aren't the strongest. Pricey.
Conclusion: Although it didn't go through any major design changes, the MacBook Pro 15-inch delivers more battery life, better performance scores, and is still the best-looking mainstream laptop in the market.
Pros: Excellent performance scores. Improved battery life. Still the sexiest in its class. Lightest 15-inch laptop on the market. LED screen.
Cons: Due for a design change. Needs more USB ports.