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Apple MacBook Pro 17" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
7.0 out of 10

Apple MacBook Pro 17" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)

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Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 17" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)

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Overall 9
8.7
Performance 9
9.1
Battery performance 9
8.7
Display 9
8.5
Weight 8
7.5
Noise 9
8.6
Gaming performance 9
9.0
Connectivity 7
7.1
Keyboard 9
8.8
Temperature 8
8.4

Review update Apple MacBook Pro 17 Early 2011 (2.3 GHz quad-core, matte)

Notebookcheck
13 May 2011
  • Summary: Top model. In our review update we have dedicated ourselves to the powerful 2.3 GHz version of the 17 inch MacBook Pro. Above all the optionally attainable matte display is at the center of the following review.
  • Pros: Simplistic design, Very stable case, Trackpad, Keyboard quality, keyboard illumination, Display: matte, bright, high contrast, sRGB, Processing power, Graphics power, Battery life with Mac OS, System noise with a low load, Relatively good mobility
  • Cons: Throttles at maximum load (AC adapter too small), High CPU temperatures with a high load, Loud system noise with a high load, No return key, No Intel graphics with Windows... ...causing shorter battery life, No Docking port, no USB 3.0 port, and no Blu-Ray available, Integrated battery, Very expe...
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Overall 9
8.7
Performance 9
9.0
Battery performance 9
8.8
Display 8
8.3
Weight 8
7.5
Noise 9
8.6
Gaming performance 9
9.0
Connectivity 7
7.1
Keyboard 9
8.8
Temperature 8
8.4

Review Apple MacBook Pro 17 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)

Notebookcheck
29 March 2011
  • Summary: Apple's Figurehead. The MacBook Pro 17" is Apple's top-of-the line model as far as laptops go and stylishly combines powerful performance with excellent mobility. The most recent version now has a new hardware arrangement, offering a powerful duo consisting of the Core i7-2720QM and Radeon HD 6750M...
  • Pros: Simple Design, Very Sturdy Case, Trackpad, Keyboard Quality, Display: Bright, Good Contrast, sRGB, Keyboard Backlight, Application Performance, Graphics-Rendering, Battery Life in Mac OS X, Low System Noise under Light Use, Quite Portable for its Size, Speedy, Large Hard Drive, The unique combina...
  • Cons: Clock Rate Drops under Heavy Use (Power Supply too Small), High CPU Temp under Heavy Use, Loud under Heavy Use, Small "Enter" Key, Reflective Screen, On-Board GPU Inactive in Windows..., ...Causing Shorter Battery Life, No UMTS, No Docking Port, No USB 3.0, No Blu-Ray Drive Available, Placement o...
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (2011) Review

Digitaltrends
22 March 2011
  • Excerpt: Steve Jobs may have waxed poetic about the “post-PC” age at the recent launch of the iPad 2 , but as the most recent revamp of the MacBook Pro shows, Apple’s expertise at crafting a laptop remains as sharp as ever.
  • Pros: Ultra-solid unibody construction, Gorgeous high-resolution display, Fast, efficient Core i7 processor, Intel Thunderbolt, FireWire 800, ExpressCard 34, Superb speakers, Above-par battery life, Backlit keyboard
  • Cons: Glossy screen catches glare, doesn’t recline far enough, No SD card slot, crowded USB ports, Scarce Thunderbolt accessories, for now, Unnecessarily condensed keyboard, No Blu-ray drive option, Steep price premium, No user-replaceable battery
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Core 2 Duo T7700)

PC Magazine
28 February 2010
  • Conclusion: It continues to be the lightest 17-inch laptop on the market, but now Apple throws in the fastest components to date, as well as a 1080p resolution.
  • Pros: New Intel platform. Fast processor. Excellent graphics for gaming. Highest screen resolution available. Elegant design. Lightest 17-inch laptop on the market. Fast hard drive.
  • Cons: Lack of less-expensive configurations. RAM upgrade is insanely expensive.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Unibody)

PC Magazine
26 February 2010
  • Conclusion: Doubts about the redesigned keyboard, the touchpad, and the non-removable battery can be put to rest, because the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Unibody) is as powerful as it is gorgeous.
  • Pros: 40 percent bigger battery. Unibody enclosure a sight to behold. Lightest in its class. Glass screen is a cinematic wonder. Antiglare option for photographers. Dual graphics chipsets. DDR3 memory. Multi-Touch touchpad. Rugged-like chassis.
  • Cons: Trails the competition in certain features: lacks the bigger hard drive, memory card reader, Blu-ray drive found in other systems.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 (17-inch) review

TechRadar UK
10 April 2011
  • Summary: Apple's 17" top-of-the-range notebook leaps forward
  • Pros: Great new processors, Powerful new graphics chips, Thunderbolt port, Excellent battery life, Strong, light unibody construction
  • Cons: Expensive, Same old optical drive, Hard drive a little slow, No blu-ray option, Antiglare option costs extra
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 17in Thunderbolt review

IT PRO
2 March 2011
  • Summary: The 17in MacBook Pro is a powerful desktop replacement laptop that's also equipped with a great screen, long battery life, several useful design touches as well as a comfortable keyboard and touch pad too. It's expensive though and the lack of Blu-ray and security features will put off some.
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Overall 7
6.7
Performance 8
8.3

Apple MacBook Pro 17in, the grandaddy of Apple laptops reviewed

PC Authority
1 March 2010
  • Summary: The design is impeccable, the build superb and the screen extraordinary, but the price is a huge barrier. We ponder the icon that is the Macbook Pro 17in
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Review: Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5 processor

Canadian Reviewer
20 February 2010
  • Excerpt: Apple’s flagship notebook, the 17-inch MacBook Pro was recently revised alongside the 15-inch model to include long awaited and spanking new Intel i5 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB video cards, new 8-9 hour battery and smart, on-demand graphics switching.
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Overall 7
6.7
Features 8
8.3
Performance 10
10

Apple MacBook Pro 17in (2011) reviewed: an expensive Thunderbolt

PC Authority
8 February 2010
  • Summary: Powerful, long-lasting and with a wonderful 1,920 x 1,200 screen, but the price remains unpalatable
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