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7.3 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

Apple MacBook Pro Spring 2010

CNET
9 April 2010
  • Summary: Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same look and feel, but offers major internal changes, including an optional Intel Core i7 CPU, making it a very serious portable powerhouse.
  • Pros: Adds fast, efficient Intel Core i5, i7 processors, new Nvidia graphics, seamless switching between integrated, discrete GPUs...
  • Cons: At the top end of the price scale; still no HDMI, Blu-ray, or other high-end options.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple MacBook Pro 2009 (2.66GHz

CNET
9 March 2010
  • Summary: A little late to the party, Apple's redesigned 17-inch MacBook Pro joins the 15-inch model with a redesigned aluminum body, new trackpad with expanded functionality, and a dual-graphics setup for either longer battery life or better performance.
  • Pros: New aluminum unibody construction comes to the 17-inch model; useful multitouch trackpad gestures; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; dual graphics provide more power or more battery life.
  • Cons: All-clicking trackpad is a bit awkward; matte screen option costs extra; switching GPUs is not as seamless as it should be.
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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

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
  • 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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Overall 7
6.7
Performance 8
8.3

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

PC Authority
26 March 2010
  • Summary: The design is impeccable, the build superb and the screen extraordinary, but the price is a huge barrier.
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