Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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15-inch 2.2GHz Core i7 MacBook Pro Review
14 December 2011
Excerpt: Apple launched its latest iteration of the MacBook Pro rather quietly, with no media event or even a press release. Instead, they quietly bumped up the specs in their flagship laptops. If you’ve recently bought a MacBook Pro, you’re not missing much. But if you’ve been mulling over a purchase, now might be the time. The improvements are modest, to be sure, but Apple has also brought back an option that we’ve been chomping at the bit to have for quite some time.
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
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
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.
Excerpt: Apple’s new 15in MacBook Pro line-up may look identical to its predecessor (the mid-2009 models that brought the fixed battery and SD card slot to the line), but under the hood, changes to both the CPU and GPU combine to make an impressive leap in performance over the systems these replace.
Pros: Dual graphics subsystem; improved graphics performance; seamless switching between graphics chips; significant performance boost; longer battery life; ability to output audio using MiniDisplay Port; new inertial scrolling
Cons: No standard res anti-glare screen option; no video adaptors or Apple Remote included; no ExpressCard slot
Excerpt: We've all become familiar with Apple's update cycle, so for many, the latest batch of MacBook Pros is no surprise. We'd been predicting the Core i update with switchable graphics for some time by simple recognition of it being an exciting move in the Windows PC notebook world.