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Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.66GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.4" Laptop

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14 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including macworld.co.uk and notebookcheck.nl this Apple notebook PC has an overall expert rating of 83 out of 100.

Apple Laptops Have Excellent Reviews

Apple has excellent average reviews for its MacBooks as well as across its entire laptop range.

Robust

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Excellent aluminium unibody design, great build quality” in their review of this laptop. Macworld.co.uk also wrote “Beautifully solid body”. Macworld.co.uk also said “Perfect workmanship”.

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 owner who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their review of this laptop “Excellent robustness and overall feel”.

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Nice Design

A few Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 owners who reviewed the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 concluded that it was a good design. Macworld.co.uk said in their review “Timeless design”. Macworld.co.uk also wrote “Superior design engineering”.

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it was good looking.

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Good Battery Life

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that this laptop had a good battery life. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Amazing battery life” in their review and gave the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 a score of 80 out of 100.

Easy to Use

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 reviewer who purchased the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Comfortable backlit keyboard” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Good Size

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 reviewer who reviewed it said that it was a good body shape.

Good Product Quality

One person who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality.

Good for Gaming

One customer who purchased this laptop thought it was good for gaming. Six years ago Macworld.co.uk wrote “Beefed up chips give a real performance boost, especially for games” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Late 2011, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might also want to look at including the MacBook Air Early 2014[pl_2213130_price], or the Macbook Pro[pl_1773490_price] both from Apple which has better reviews.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on portable PCs of this age and type.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

The Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 has one of the bigger screen sizes (15.4 inches) amongst MacBooks of this age. The screen sizes of MacBooks that have been around for more than two years range from 11" to 16", and the average screen size is 14".

Alternative 15.4" laptops currently available that you might also want to consider include the Apple Macbook Pro[plb_1773490_price] which has better reviews.

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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 notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on portable PCs of this age and spec.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

A few people reckoned that this laptop was not good in terms of USB connections. Macworld.co.uk said “USB ports poorly positioned, can become uncomfortably hot on occasion”. Macworld.co.uk also said “Awkward USB connections”.

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 reviewer said in their reviews that this laptop was not good in terms of HDMI connections.

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A Bit Expensive

Some customers who reviewed the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 concluded that it was not good value for money. Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their review “Pricey, especially if you spec it up” although they rated this laptop 80 out of 100. Macworld.co.uk also said “Costly, no HDMI”.

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 owner thought it was not cheap. Macworld.co.uk said “It's very expensive” in their review but in spite of that they gave the product a score of 4 stars.

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Inferior Graphics Card

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 owner who reviewed the product concluded that it did not have a good graphics card. Macworld.co.uk said “5400rpm hard drive, restricted graphics card switching” in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 however despite that they still gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Inferior Technical Features

One Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 reviewer thought the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 did not have good features. Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their review “Few new external features” but in spite of that they still rated it 80 out of 100.

Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 0.25 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a fairly small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than two years. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs of this type and age is 0.25GB, the biggest is 2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 0.9GB.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

Most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Late 2011 have a front camera, however the Macbook Pro Late 2011 does not have a front camera.

There are a number of other notebook PCs which also have a front camera which you might want to look at including the MacBook Air Early 2014[pl_2213130_price], or the Macbook Pro[pl_1773490_price] both from Apple which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Late 2011. The smallest internal memory of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the Macbook Pro Late 2011 is 4GB and the biggest is 16GB.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The discrete graphics adapter memory of laptops of this age and type range from 250MB to 2.1GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 1.2GB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 256 megabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 has one of the smaller discrete graphics adapter memory amongst MacBooks of this age.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

Portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro Late 2011 have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 1,600MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz. The Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a very slow memory clock speed (only 1,066 megahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Macbook Pro Late 2011 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Late 2011 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Heavy

At 2.5 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Late 2011 is quite heavy compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro Late 2011. Portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Late 2011 have weights of between 920g and 2.6kg, and the average weight is 1.9kg.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Apple Macbook Pro[plb_1773490_price] (2.6kg) which also has a higher rating.

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Thick

Notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the Macbook Pro Late 2011 have heights of between 13mm and 25mm. The Macbook Pro Late 2011 is fairly thick (24.1 millimeters) compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Late 2011.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

The average hard drive capacity of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Macbook Pro Late 2011 is 590GB, and the hard drive capacity range from 120GB to 1TB. At only 500 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a fairly small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Late 2011.

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Only 2.1 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 2.1+EDR Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as it.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Apple released the Macbook Pro Late 2011.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.66 gigahertz, the Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Late 2011.

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1440 X 900 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 7 hours, the Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a pretty typical battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Late 2011.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 7h battery life notebook PCs currently available including the Apple Macbook Pro[plb_1773490_price] which has better reviews.

Notebook PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth looking at include the Apple MacBook Air Early 2014[plb_2213130_price] (9h) which is also higher rated.

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HDD Storage Medium

The Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 has an HDD storage medium which is better than the SSD storage medium found on most laptops of a comparable 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.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the Macbook Pro[pl_1773490_price] (SSD and higher rated), or the MacBook Air Early 2014[pl_2213130_price] (SSD and higher rated) both from Apple.

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Expert Reviews

(55)
17 June 2012

An excellent laptop that teachers and students will adore, albeit at a price...

Alphr.com

10 February 2012

With an updated set of hardware and the spanking new Mac OS X Lion, the new MacBook Pro 15 brings a lot more to the plate than its predecessor, especially if you have some heavy processing...

28 January 2012

The Late 2011 model replaces the earlier MacBook Pro 13-inch for the same price of Rs.84,900, while the ?cheaper? one with a 2.4GHz Core i5 CPU retails for Rs.69,900. Considering a little more...

3 January 2012

The Apple MacBook Pro 13in (Late 2011) looks great and offers the level of performance that you'd expect from an Apple device. Boot Camp means that you can install Windows 7 alongside Mac OS X...

PC Advisor.co.uk

23 December 2011

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Reviewed 31 December 2013 by Mr Lion
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If you're like me, you'll have spent ages comparing features and specs before splashing the cash on a new laptop. I certainly did, and I finally settled for a Mac. Update March 2015: Owned, used... Read more…

Reviewed 17 September 2012 by John Williams
(Verified Purchase)

We bought this MacBook for various reasons. I expect to be travelling a lot during the coming year, and needed a small laptop too take with me, and our ageing and rather heavy Acer laptop is on... Read more…

Reviewed 30 July 2012 by Mr. J. D. A. Bloor

Before you read this review, two things are worth pointing out. Firstly, before I bought this Laptop, I had only ever used a Windows computer. And secondly, the price tag is there for a reason.... Read more…

Reviewed 24 April 2014 by S. C. White

I bought this Macbook Pro from John Lewis (more expensive, but a free 3 year warranty included) in preference to the newer Retina Macbook Pro or the Macbook Air. While it may seem... Read more…

Reviewed 3 February 2015 by Christopher L.

I recently purchased this Macbook Pro, my first Macbook however not my first Apple product. I did not anticipate buying this product a few months ago as coming from a history of buying a few... Read more…

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