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
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.