Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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Battery performance 9
Gaming performance 8
Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)
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
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 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.
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 keyboard. Multiple screen options. Glass Clickpad has no equals.
Cons: Pricey. Lack of Thunderbolt devices to take advantage of the new interface.
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: 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. But for sophisticated media enthusiasts or professionals, we suggest you wait a couple of months, or at least until the software can catch up with the Intel components, before diving in.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Excerpt: Apple’s current upgrade cycle sees new computers appearing two-to-three months after the release of new Intel chips, so it’s no surprise to see the MacBook Pro gaining a dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Pros: Fast dual-core processor. Small. Light, Elegant design. Great price.
Cons: Still held back by non-native applications from Adobe, Autodesk and others. Fewer screen and hard drive elements than we’d like.
Excerpt: Apple’s first laptop since the move from Motorola to Intel processors isn’t the groundbreaking machine that many were expecting. If anything, the move has made the mobile Mac more ordinary, and the chip switch will put off anyone reliant on Adobe applications.
Pros: Small, light, and pretty. Optimized software gives improved performance over previous Mac laptops. Innovative power connector.
Cons: Poor performance in standard applications such as Adobe tools. High price. Screen not ‘X-black’. Low real-time 3D power.