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7.6 out of 10

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

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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz

CNET
5 September 2014
  • Summary: Apple's redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro boasts a redesigned aluminum body that's stunning, thin, and sturdy; a new trackpad with expanded functionality; and a dual graphics setup for either longer battery life or better performance, but there's now less incentive to spend extra for it because its 13-inch mainstream cousin received a greater overhaul.
  • Pros: New aluminum unibody construction looks good, feels solid; giant trackpad; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; new dual graphics provide more power or more battery life.
  • Cons: All-clicking trackpad is a bit awkward, at least initially; the extra-glossy screen won't appeal to everyone; switching GPUs not as seamless as it should be; similar performance to the cheaper 13-inch MacBook; still no media card slot.
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011

CNET
19 April 2014
  • Summary: It's a hefty investment, but the combination of new high-end Intel processor options and AMD graphics makes the 15-inch MacBook Pro an all-around powerhouse, with the new Thunderbolt I/O port as an added bonus.
  • Pros: Powerful updates to the CPU and GPU; excellent battery life; still the best touch pad and gesture controls of any laptop.
  • Cons: Upgrades can get expensive; Thunderbolt is an unproven technology with as-yet no compatible products; still no dedicated HDMI, Blu-ray, or other wished-for options.
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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. If you needed the kind of power that is now packed into this entry-level model, you could have gotten it earlier this year with the more souped-up, higher-end 15-inch model.
  • 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. But, what are these powerful components housed within a sleek aluminum case truly capable of?
  • 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. Is the extra cost of matte-screened model worth it or can you rest assured you won't regret the decision to just go with the glossy 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 aluminum unibody case, the timeless design and Thunderbolt port, although there aren't many devices that can be connected with it yet.
  • 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 Fall 2011

CNET
2 March 2011
  • Summary: A MacBook Pro is a significant investment, especially when adding in optional upgrades. Cost aside, there's not a better choice (there are, however, some close ties) for an all-around powerhouse that will work in the home, the office, and in between.
  • Pros: Incremental updates to the CPU help keep the MacBook Pro line a step above the now-mainstream MacBook Air. The trackpad and gesture controls are still the best of any current laptop.
  • Cons: Unless you need an optical drive, the MacBook Air may be a better fit for most, and the Pro still lacks things we'd like to see, such as HDMI, Blu-ray, and USB 3.0.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
25 February 2011
  • Conclusion: With Intel's new CPU, AMD's fast GPU, and Apple's extra-long battery life, you get the best of everything with this 15-inch MacBook Pro. In our testing, it blew well past all of the competition, and when you look at the price, you're getting a very good deal. You'd have to pay $3,000 or more on a gaming rig for this kind of performance (so far, anyway, until the other Sandy Bridge notebooks come out), but you still wouldn't get the battery life. Apple has outdone itself.
  • Pros: Impressive performance, Phenomenal battery life, Excellent internal upgrades from previous model
  • Cons: No Blu-ray drive, Glossy screen is prone to glare, Non-user-replaceable battery
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