Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 17" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (2011) Review
22 March 2011
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a notebook with all the power and creature comforts of a desktop, it’s hard to find a homier setup than Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro. Gamers and pros like video editors will appreciate the additional processing power, graphics power and speedy new Thunderbolt interface, but at $2,500, you had better plan on really leveraging them to make the leap.
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
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.