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Apple Macbook Pro 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.6GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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Fifteen Industry Awards

This Apple portable PC was given an "Editor's Choice" award by CNET.com, Computershopper.com, Laptopmag.com, CNET.com.au, Zdnet.com.au, Zdnet.co.uk and Tbreak.ae all of whom decided that this Apple laptop was fantastic.

Furthermore, the editor of MacPro.se gave this laptop a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received a "Greentech Approved" award from PC Mag. This MacBook also received a "Gold" award from Mato78.com.

The editors of three additional expert review sites all said that this laptop was good. Digital Versus and 01net.com both gave this notebook PC a "5 Star" award and Stuff.tv gave it a "Hot Buy" award.

The experts at two other expert review sites both thought that this notebook PC was good. Macworld.idg.se gave this Apple laptop a "Good Buy" award and it received a "Hot Product" award from Pocket Lint.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

This portable PC has an average expert rating of 84 out of 100 based on thirty-eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 93 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Apple laptop is 89 out of 100.

Apple Has Excellent Notebook PC Reviews

MacBooks manufactured by Apple have excellent reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all portable PCs (not just MacBooks) and found that Apple also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

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Reasonably Priced

Some Apple Macbook Pro reviewers who bought this laptop agreed that it was good value for money. Seven years ago Techworld.com wrote “The revised Apple MacBook is still a good value laptop with a very impressive balance of capabilities”. Expert review site Macworld.com wrote “Apple’s latest 17-inch MacBook Pro—released as part of last month’s laptop overhaul—offers an impressive mix of price savings” in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Macworld.com also wrote “The more significant change is the value you get for your money”.

One Apple Macbook Pro owner who bought it reckoned that it was cheap. Expert website T3.com said seven years ago “Not overpriced” in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro. One Apple Macbook Pro reviewer who reviewed this laptop reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Seven years ago Zdnet.com.au mentioned in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro “Is now a better deal than ever”.

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Nice Design

A number of Apple Macbook Pro reviewers who reviewed the product wrote that it was a good design. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “The MacBook Pro is a design marvel like no other.”. Expert website Macworld.com wrote “The 17-inch MacBook Pro offers a great combination of a large widescreen display, fast performance and luggable design”. Expert website Computeractive.co.uk said “The new design was attractive”.

Some customers who bought it agreed that it was good looking. V3.co.uk scored it 4 stars and mentioned “Creating stylish, design-led notebooks is something Apple has always been good at” in their Apple Macbook Pro review. Businesscomputingworld.co.uk wrote in their review of this laptop seven years ago “From the moment you open the beautifully packaged box to the short time the machine takes to boot, using this”.

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Good Size

Some Apple Macbook Pro owners agreed that the product was a good body shape. Cnet.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned in their Apple Macbook Pro review on CNET.com “A little late to the party, Apples redesigned 17-inch MacBook Pro joins the 15-inch model with a redesigned aluminum body, new trackpad with expanded functionality”. Seven years ago Zdnet.co.uk scored it 4 stars and wrote in their review “Model with a redesigned aluminium body”.

One Apple Macbook Pro reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was thick. Nine years ago Laptopmag.com mentioned “Weighing just 6.8 pounds and measuring about an inch thick, this sleek system delivers a 17-inch widescreen” in their review.

One customer who purchased this laptop concluded that it was a good weight. Expert website Notebookcheck.net rated it 5 stars and said in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro “As in former models the ratio of performance and weight is excellent”.

One Apple Macbook Pro owner wrote in their reviews that the Apple Macbook Pro was compact. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro “Compact Mac laptop”.

One Apple Macbook Pro reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was thin. Expert review site Zdnet.co.uk wrote “MacBook Pro is especially thin and light for a desktop replacement, making it an attractive choice for mobile multimedia users” in their Apple Macbook Pro review.

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Good Battery Life

Some customers who bought the Apple Macbook Pro concluded that it had a good battery life. Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com “A dual-graphics setup for either longer battery life or better performance” in their Apple Macbook Pro review. Pcmag.com rated it 4 stars and wrote on expert review site PC Mag “The MacBook Pro 15-inch (SD Slot) shows improved battery life over the previous version, while lowering its base price to $1,699”. Expert website Techworld.com wrote in their review of this laptop “The return of FireWire, longer battery life, better looking display”.

Good Technical Features

Five Apple Macbook Pro owners reckoned that it had good features. Pcmag.com gave this laptop a rating of 4 stars and wrote on expert review site PC Mag “You can find better features elsewhere” in their review. Cnet.co.uk said in their review of this laptop “Promoting its basic 13-inch, aluminium unibody laptop to the Pro series, Apple has added features while cutting the base price” and rated it 4 stars. Cnet.co.uk also wrote “There are still some features we'd like to see included.”.

Robust

A few Apple Macbook Pro owners said in their reviews that the Apple Macbook Pro was well made. Notebookcheck.net mentioned eight years ago “To summarize the new MacBook Pro is a brilliantly designed Premium notebook with excellent workmanship, which is to our opinion worth the high price” in their Apple Macbook Pro review. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au mentioned “The build superb and the screen extraordinary.” in their review. Expert review site Businesscomputingworld.co.uk wrote “From the aluminium chassis to the LED-backlit display, Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop has been precision engineered down to the smallest detail” in their Apple Macbook Pro review.

Environmentally Friendly

Expert review site PC Mag highlighted in their review that this notebook PC was ecologically sound.

Easy to Use

One Apple Macbook Pro owner said in their reviews that the product was easy to assemble. Expert review site Techworld.com mentioned in their review “These portables made good use of a chassis milled from solid metal, creating a strong shell around which to construct a dura”.

Has a Front Camera

The Apple Macbook Pro has a front camera, as do most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other portable PCs of this type and age also have a full-size keyboard.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on portable PCs of this spec and age. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Quite Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro has a quite big screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. Across all the similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago the screen sizes range from 11" to 16".

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

MacBooks that were released more than two years ago have total storage capacity of between 120GB and 1TB. At 512 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The Macbook Pro has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies (3.6 gigahertz) amongst portable PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro have maximum turbo frequencies of between 2.5GHz and 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.3GHz.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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512 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Macbook Pro is a 512 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC.

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4 Reasons Against

Poor Product Quality

A few Apple Macbook Pro owners mentioned in their reviews that it was not good quality. Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote on PC Advisor.co.uk “Only the poor screen quality really lets down an otherwise near-perfect machine” in their review of this laptop. Alphr.com said in their Apple Macbook Pro review “Impeccable design and build quality meets merely average value for money” but in spite of that they still scored the Apple Macbook Pro 3 stars.

Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other laptops of this age and type, the Apple Macbook Pro does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Heavy

The Macbook Pro is one of the heavier MacBooks that have been available for a similar time to the Macbook Pro (2.6 kilograms) amongst MacBooks of this age. The average weight of MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro is 1.9kg, and the weights range from 920g to 2.6kg.

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Thick

Across all the portable PCs that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro the heights range from 13mm to 25mm, and the average height is 20mm. The Macbook Pro is one of the thicker MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro (24.1 millimeters) amongst MacBooks of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro

Released Over Three Years Ago

This portable PC was released over three years ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.6 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Average Internal Memory

The Apple Macbook Pro has a fairly average internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro.

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1440 X 900 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on laptops of a similar age and spec to it.

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Average Battery Life

The Macbook Pro has a fairly standard battery life (7 hours) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Housing Material
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Cache
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Subwoofer
Built-In Speaker
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt Port
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Ambient Light Sensor
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Processor Special Features
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features

15 Awards

CNET.com Editor's Choice Digital Versus 5 Star Pocket Lint Hot Product PC Mag Greentech Approved Zdnet.com.au Editor's Choice tbreak.ae Editor's Choice Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice CNET.com.au Editor's Choice computershopper.com Editor's Choice stuff.tv Hot Buy zdnet.co.uk Editor's Choice 01net.com 5 Star mato78.com Gold MacPro.se Recommended macworld.idg.se Good Buy

Expert Reviews

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5 May 2010

Apple?s latest 17-inch MacBook Pro?released as part of last month?s laptop overhaul?offers an impressive mix of price savings and performance gains over the 17-inch model it replaces. To recap the... Read more…

12 March 2010

Digital Versus

The Screen Apple usually fits its laptops with good quality displays. Although they're normally glossy, they generally manage good contrast ratios. In this case, we tried the matte version of the... Read more…

15 January 2010

If you really can't afford the 13in MacBook Pro, the rehabilitated MacBook is an excellent alternative. Given the choice, however, we'd still recommend the Pro since its benefits outweigh the...

24 November 2009

The Apple MacBook may look the same as before, but it's had a Spring makeover and is now a better deal than ever. Editors? rating: 8.5/10...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 20 March 2013 by B. Parker
(Verified Purchase)

This is my first Mac after spending the last 15 years using Windows. was really worried about 1. spending nearly £1000 on a laptop and 2. switching to iOS. Why did I worry best choice I have made... Read more…

Reviewed 28 May 2010 by J. Banks

I bought a MacBook Pro to replace my old but fantastically reliable iMac G4. I'd purchased that particular machine over 5 years ago and it's never let me down so I knew I could buy Apple again... Read more…

Reviewed 8 October 2012 by Dibbs303
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this laptop with much the same fear as everyone else. Should I buy a Mac over a windows computer? Could I adapt to a Mac? I took the plunge. On opening the box there was little in there... Read more…

Reviewed 23 October 2012 by Amazon Customer

Looks amazing, feels amazing, is solid and shiny. the os is a dream to work with and the customer support is a godsend. only thing that i would say is a negative is the lack of ram, if your buying... Read more…

Reviewed 29 June 2010 by G. Kraev

I went from a Core2Duo Macbook Pro to this. They are both considered to be the entry level models for the year that they were built in. The performance on this one is a bit faster for some... Read more…

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