Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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Apple MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz
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.
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
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.
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.