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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
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 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 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Dual Graphics)

PC Magazine
10 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (SD Slot)

PC Magazine
9 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Core i5)

PC Magazine
8 March 2011
  • Conclusion: At last, the MacBook Pro 15-inch gets the long awaited Intel Core processors and an unlikely graphics switching technology, but that's about it.
  • Pros: Superior design engineering. Seamless switching graphics technology. Fast Core i5 processor. Bigger battery. Illuminated keyboard. New motion scrolling multitouch gesture. Versatile touchpad. Higher resolutions with anti-glare available.
  • Cons: Expensive.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt)

PC Magazine
7 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012)

PC Magazine
6 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

MacBook Pro (15-inch, late 2008)

MacNN
29 September 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

MacBook Pro 15-inch review

Digital Arts
28 April 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.0

MacBook Pro 15.4-inch review

Digital Arts
12 April 2011
  • 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.
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