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Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
7.3 out of 10

Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)

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Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)

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Overall 9
9.0

15-inch 2.2GHz Core i7 MacBook Pro Review

Maclife
14 December 2011
  • Conclusion: Modest updates make small improvements on an already-great machine, but the optional anti-glare screen is something many Mac users have been clamoring for.
  • Pros: Speedier processor. Improved graphics performance. Optional high-res glossy or matte screen.
  • Cons: We’re still waiting for Thunderbolt to pay off.
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Overall 9
8.6
Performance 9
9.0
Battery performance 8
8.2
Display 8
8.0
Weight 8
8.0
Noise 9
8.6
Gaming performance 9
8.9
Connectivity 7
7.0
Keyboard 9
9.0
Temperature 8
8.4

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Late 2011 (2.4 GHz, 6770M, glare)

Notebookcheck
5 December 2011
  • Summary: More Bang for the Buck. In a Late 2011 Refresh the MacBook Pro 15 Series was equipped with new processors and the graphics was updated. We check the performance of the currently most powerful model with 2.4 GHz quad core CPU and new Radeon HD 6770M graphics card.
  • Pros: Quality of the case, High-quality display, Very good input devices, Very quiet in low load scenarios, more performance for the same price
  • Cons: Case can get very hot, Down clocked 6770M graphics card, Loud under heavy load, Base configuration: low resolution, glossy display, Few interfaces, Throttling under heavy CPU and GPU load - likely because of an insufficiently dimensioned power adapter., reasonable prices
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
16 November 2011
  • Conclusion: So, with a refresh of the MacBook Pro coming so soon after the last update, is this model worth a trade-in? If you're rocking an early-2011 15-inch MacBook Pro, probably not. Sure, it's a slight bump in processor power, and a bigger jump in graphics, but mostly, it's just a better deal.
  • Pros: Awesome performance, Excellent battery life, Multi-touch gestures on touch pad work flawlessly with OS
  • Cons: Only a minor upgrade from previous version, Still lacks a Blu-ray drive and an HDMI port, Battery is not user-replaceable
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Overall 9
8.7
Performance 9
9.0
Battery performance 9
8.5
Display 8
8.0
Weight 8
8.2
Noise 9
9.2
Gaming performance 9
8.9
Connectivity 7
7.0
Keyboard 9
9.0
Temperature 8
8.3

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)

Notebookcheck
5 April 2011
  • Summary: More Power! As the final version of the Apple MacBook Pro 15, we've chosen to test out the most powerful hardware configuration. The Intel i7-2720QM CPU coupled with the AMD Radeon HD 6750M should ensure outstanding performance.
  • Pros: Excellent Design and Craftsmanship, Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel, Decent Trackpad, Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility, Good Weight for its Class, Office and Multimedia Performance, Battery Life and Power Consumption
  • Cons: High Starting Price, Reflective Screen Restricts On-The-Go Use, Short 12-Month Warranty, Few Accessories, Non-Removable Battery
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Overall 9
8.6
Performance 9
8.9
Battery performance 9
8.5
Display 8
8.0
Weight 8
8.2
Noise 9
9.2
Gaming performance 8
7.5
Connectivity 7
7.0
Keyboard 9
9.0
Temperature 8
8.4

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)

Notebookcheck
23 March 2011
  • Summary: Go with the Glossy Screen? After having thoroughly reviewed the new MBP 15, we provide you here with an update about the starter model with a 1440x900 pixel resolution on a glare-type screen.
  • Pros: Excellent Design and Craftsmanship, Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel, Decent Trackpad, Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility, Good Weight for its Class, Office and Multimedia Performance, Battery Life and Power Consumption
  • Cons: High Starting Price, Reflective Screen Restricts On-The-Go Use, Short 12-Month Warranty, Few Accessories, Non-Removable Battery
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Overall 9
8.7
Performance 9
8.9
Battery performance 9
8.5
Display 9
8.8
Weight 8
8.2
Noise 9
8.9
Gaming performance 8
7.5
Connectivity 7
7.0
Keyboard 9
9.0
Temperature 8
8.4

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz Quad-Core, Matte Screen)

Notebookcheck
21 March 2011
  • Summary: 2nd Generation Intel Core i7. As predicted, Apple has just released its new MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 with Intel Core i7-2635QM, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and matte hi-res display and we got a hold of one to review. Is this multimedia wolf in sheep's clothing worth the price?
  • Pros: Excellent Design and Craftsmanship, Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel, Decent Trackpad, Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility, Matte Hi-Res Screen (Optional), Good Weight for its Class, Office and Multimedia Performance, Battery Life and Power Consumption, The once-again perfect al...
  • Cons: High Starting Price, Short 12-Month Warranty, Few Accessories, Non-Removable Battery, A lower starting price or longer standard warranty of at least 24 months. The extended warranty is shamelessly expensive.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch)

PC Magazine
15 March 2011
  • Conclusion: For typical users running the iLife suite, iTunes, and even non-universal-binary applications—such as Microsoft Office and Adobe products—the MacBook Pro is a solid notebook. It's a sweet upgrade from the PowerBook G4, and new users will like it just the same.
  • Pros: Intel components improve speed. Added FrontRow multimedia interface and remote. Integrated iSight Webcam. Excellent software bundle in the iLife '06 suite.
  • Cons: No improvement in battery life. Some multimedia applications that aren't universal binary will run more slowly on Intel-based Macs. System runs hot. One-button mouse. Only two USB ports. Dual-layer DVD support is gone.
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch (Core 2 Duo)

PC Magazine
13 March 2011
  • Conclusion: With its vast features and a Core 2 Duo upgrade, the MacBook Pro 15-inch easily sits among the elite.
  • Pros: Fastest Core 2 Duo processor available. Terrific performance scores. Best-looking laptop on the market. Now has a FireWire 800 port and can burn dual-layer DVDs.
  • Cons: Battery life could be better.
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (LED)

PC Magazine
12 March 2011
  • Conclusion: The MacBook Pro 15-inch (LED) delivers better performance and battery life than the previous iteration, earning the MacBook Pro line yet another Editors' Choice.
  • Pros: Battery-conserving LED screen. Fast processor. Awesome graphics card. Best bundled software suite out there. Lightest 15-inch laptop on the market.
  • Cons: Laptop heats up when running Windows XP Pro under Boot Camp. Needs more USB ports.
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Penryn)

PC Magazine
11 March 2011
  • 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.
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