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7.6 out of 10

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 expensive, Only 12 months warranty, High price for BTO components
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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 including GPU-switching technology. Sounds good, right? But how does the latest MBP measure up to the competition?
  • 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 combination of (usually) mutually exclusive characteristics like mobility, battery life and a powerful performance.
  • 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 of Ports, Non-Removable Battery, Very Expensive, Short 12-Month Warranty, High Price for Built-to-Order Hardware, Much better Windows support and ports like UMTS, which frustra...
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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. While the MacBook Pro retains the same look and feel Apple has been milking for years, the addition of faster processors, graphics and Intel’s brand new Thunderbolt interface all put more zip beneath the outstanding unibody design.
  • 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

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
5 May 2010
  • Excerpt: The inclusion of Core i5 and i7 processors, improved graphics technology, and unbeatable battery life take the big-screen MacBook Pro to the next level.
  • Pros: Advanced graphics, Intel Core i5 and i7 chips finally offered, Unmatched battery life
  • Cons: Few new external features, No Blu-ray drive
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Unibody)

PC Magazine
27 November 2009
  • 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 17-inch (Core 2 Duo T7700)

PC Magazine
26 November 2009
  • 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

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)

Macworld
19 June 2009
  • Summary: The latest 17-inch MacBook Pro is by all measures a minor hardware upgrade over its predecessor, offering only slightly faster processor options and a bump in hard-drive capacity. The more significant change is the value you get for your money: Apple has dropped the price of the computer by $300 and similarly reduced the price of build-to-order upgrades.
  • Pros: Available with an anti-glare, matte screen, Impressive performance and battery life, Huge screen
  • Cons: No video adapters or Apple Remote included, Huge, Large screen makes glossy glare more noticeable than on smaller laptops
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Overall 8
8.0

17-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz

Macworld
19 June 2009
  • Summary: The latest 17-inch MacBook Pro is by all measures a minor hardware upgrade over its predecessor, offering only slightly faster processor options and a bump in hard-drive capacity. The more significant change is the value you get for your money: Apple has dropped the price of the computer by $300 and similarly reduced the price of build-to-order upgrades.
  • Pros: Available with an anti-glare, matte screen, Impressive performance and battery life, Huge screen
  • Cons: No video adapters or Apple Remote included, Huge, Large screen makes glossy glare more noticeable than on smaller laptops
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
16 March 2009
  • Excerpt: Despite a few performance anomalies, the 17-inch MacBook Pro offers plenty of creature comforts for creative professionals.
  • Pros: Beautiful design, Long battery life, Very durable
  • Cons: Mixed performance, No Blu-ray player, Touch pad hard to get used to, No SD-card slot
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 17in Thunderbolt review

IT PRO
2 March 2011
  • Excerpt: The latest 17in MacBook Pro is Apple's most powerful laptop yet thanks to its quad-core Sandy Bridge processor and new Thunderbolt port. But are these enough to justify its high price?
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