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Apple Macbook Pro 4 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.3GHz 8GB 1TB HDD 15.4" Laptop

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12 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Apple laptops and also specifically for Apple MacBooks and found that in both cases Apple had excellent ratings.

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Macbook Pro has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the laptops of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro. Most of the similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this portable PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The average PCI Express slot version of laptops of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro is 2.5, and the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3. The Apple Macbook Pro has a fairly new PCI Express slot version (3) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 650 megahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of MacBooks that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro is 410MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro also have a full-size keyboard.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Macbook Pro has a better processor family than most laptops that are a comparable age to it. This laptop has an Intel Core i7 processor family, whereas most portable PCs of this type and age have an AMD E processor family. Laptops of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro processor families range from Intel High End Desktop Processors (worst) to Intel Core i7-3xxx (best).

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Very Big Total Storage Capacity

When compared to other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro that we have checked the total storage capacity of, the Macbook Pro's total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte is one of the biggest. Similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have total storage capacity of between 120GB and 1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 380GB.

We compared this laptop to all the other 1TB total storage capacity notebook PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2685254_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst MacBooks of this age. Similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 11" and 16".

We compared all the other 15.4" portable PCs to this notebook PC and we think the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2685254_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

Laptops of this type and age have processor caches of between 2MB and 8MB. The Macbook Pro has one of the bigger processor caches (6 megabytes) amongst laptops of this age.

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Eight Processor Threads

Most of the other similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro only have between two and seven processor threads, however the Macbook Pro has eight processor threads.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of notebook PCs of this age and spec range from 120GB to 1TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 590GB. The Apple Macbook Pro has a quite big hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

Most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec have a front camera, however the Macbook Pro does not have a front camera.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago, the Macbook Pro does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Heavy

Across all the laptops of this age and spec the weights range from 920g to 2.6kg, and the average weight is 1.9kg. With a weight of 2.6 kilograms, the Macbook Pro is one of the heavier comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago amongst laptops of this age.

There are a number of alternative 2.6kg heavy portable PCs currently available which you might also want to consider including the Apple Macbook Pro[plb_1773490_price] which has better reviews.

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Thick

Across all the MacBooks that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro the heights range from 13mm to 25mm. The Macbook Pro is quite thick (24.1 millimeters) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this notebook PC was released.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Macbook Pro has a fairly average processor clock speed (2.3 gigahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro has a pretty standard internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro.

There are a number of other 8GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at including the Apple Macbook Pro[plb_1773490_price] which has better reviews.

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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 commonly found display resolution on MacBooks that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Battery Life

At 7 hours, the Macbook Pro has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Macbook Pro.

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HDD Storage Medium

The Apple Macbook Pro has an HDD storage medium which is better than the SSD storage medium found on most laptops of a similar type and age to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

There are a number of other notebook PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011[plb_1786902_price].

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Specification

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Colour
Docking Station
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Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
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Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
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Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Supported Number of Colours Display
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Subwoofer
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
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Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Bluetooth
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TV Out 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
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery
Power
Power Auto-Sensing
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AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Height
Depth
Depth
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Width
Packaging Data
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
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Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
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Other Features
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port
Display

15 Awards

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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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