Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 17" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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Battery performance 9
Gaming performance 9
Review update Apple MacBook Pro 17 Early 2011 (2.3 GHz quad-core, matte)
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
Review Apple MacBook Pro 17 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)
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...
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.
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
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.
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.