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

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23 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

Trusted Reviews and M3.idg.se both recommend this laptop and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The reviewers at two additional expert review sites both thought that this portable PC was terrific and gave it their highest award. Computershopper.com and Zdnet.com.au both gave this notebook PC an "Editor's Choice" award.

Digital Versus and 01net.com both gave this portable PC a "5 Star" award and it received a "Hot Buy" award from Stuff.tv.

This portable PC received a "Good Buy" award from Macworld.idg.se.

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Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-nine experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and T3.com have rated this MacBook on average 83%.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 89 user reviews the average user rating of this MacBook is 88 out of 100.

Apple Has Excellent Portable PC Reviews

On average Apple MacBooks have excellent reviews as do all laptops manufactured by Apple.

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Nice Design

A number of people who purchased it thought it was good looking. Amazon Customer gave this laptop a rating of 5 stars and wrote “It stills works superbly! Beautiful design, great OS you really cough up serious money for serious computing experience”. Expert review site Pcmag.com said in their Apple Macbook Pro review “The non-removable battery can be put to rest, because the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Unibody) is as powerful as it is gorgeous” and scored this laptop 80 out of 100. Expert review site T3.com said in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro “Unquestionably gorgeous and, with all the options”.

Some customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good design. Expert review site Pcworld.in wrote “As with all Apple products, cool design and high performance comes at a price--in this case Rs”. Trustedreviews.com scored it 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro on expert review site Trusted Reviews “No surprises there really, if nothing else Apple is known for its great design”. Macworld.com mentioned on Mac World “Fast performance; classic design; lovely screen; ample RAM” and scored the Apple Macbook Pro 80 out of 100.

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Good Size

Several Apple Macbook Pro owners wrote in their reviews that this laptop was thin. Cnet.co.uk said on expert website CNET.co.uk “Apples Core 2 Duo 17-inch MacBook Pro is especially thin and light for a desktop replacement, making it an attractive choice for multimedia users on the go” in their review and scored it 74 out of 100. Last year expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au said in their Apple Macbook Pro review “It's thinner, lighter”. Expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk said eight years ago “The new 17in Apple MacBook Pro has a lot going for it, from the faster processor, front side bus and memory speeds, to its thinner and lighter, unibody design” in their Apple Macbook Pro review.

Three people who reviewed it said that it was lightweight. The-Gadgeteer.com wrote in their review of this laptop “Very lightweight” . Expert website Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote in their review of this laptop “Apple MacBook Pro Lightweight 17-incher has a beautiful screen”.

One Apple Macbook Pro reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Nine years ago expert website Smh.com.au mentioned “Apple notebooks have undergone a slow visual evolution ever since the svelte and sexy titanium-clad PowerBook G4 was released in 2001” in their review of this laptop.

One Apple Macbook Pro owner concluded that this laptop was a good body shape. Zdnet.com.au said in their review “A little late to the party, Apples redesigned 17-inch MacBook Pro joins the 15-inch model with a redesigned aluminium body, new trackpad with expanded functionality” .

One customer who bought the product wrote that it was a good width. Nine years ago expert review site Theregister.co.uk mentioned “The displays new glass covering runs across the full width and height of the lid, so t” in their review.

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Robust

Four Apple Macbook Pro reviewers who bought it considered that it was well made. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au mentioned eight years ago “The build superb and the screen extraordinary.”. Expert website Zdnet.com.au wrote also eight years ago “Swapping the ExpressCard slot for an SD card slot are enough to make it a solid improvement over its predecessor”.

One Apple Macbook Pro owner who bought it thought it was strong and durable. The-Gadgeteer.com wrote six years ago “I’m constantly on the lookout for a sturdy, protective bag that’s big enough for my computer must-haves” in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro.

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Good Battery Life

Four people concluded that the product had a good battery life. Computershopper.com gave this laptop a score of 5 stars and said “Apples new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers excellent battery life”. Expert website Zdnet.com.au said eight years ago “A dual graphics set-up for either longer battery life or better performance” in their review and rated it 4 stars. Expert website Notebookreview.com said in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro “Users now get a large battery that gives pretty amazing life”.

Easy to Use

A few people who reviewed this laptop mentioned that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote in their Apple Macbook Pro review on Amazon “D) Also, with iLife you get great applications that you are sure to use”. Eight years ago William Lee scored it very highly and he wrote on Amazon “An absolute joy to use” in his Apple Macbook Pro review.

One customer who bought it concluded that it had a good experience. Goodgearguide.com.au said “Using it is a largely positive experience” .

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Reasonably Priced

Four Apple Macbook Pro reviewers wrote in their reviews that this laptop was good value for money. Pcworld.in wrote “You can easily find a better value for money laptop in our Top 5 Mainstream Laptop recommendations.” in their review of this laptop. Eight years ago expert review site Stuff.tv mentioned “Unless you really need the extra power for gaming go for the good-value base spec, which offers Apple style at a reasonable price” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au wrote also eight years ago “The price is a huge barrier” .

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed this laptop reckoned that it was noisy. J. A. Riding mentioned “It works so efficiently without a noise and the operating system is similar to using a giant mobile phone with icons indicating the places to view” in their review of this laptop.

Good Technical Features

One Apple Macbook Pro reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Apple Macbook Pro had good features. Expert review site Pcworld.in said “The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has three new features that were not found in the aluminum MacBooks that have been replaced” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

16 Maximum Number of PCI Express Laness

Most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro only have between 1 and 15 maximum number of PCI Express laness, however the Macbook Pro has 16 maximum number of PCI Express laness.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

When compared to other laptops of this spec and age, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of the Macbook Pro of 1,300 megahertz is one of the fastest. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro is 1,000MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz.

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Good Product Quality

One person who reviewed this laptop considered that it was good quality. Notebookreview.com wrote “It has fantastic build quality” .

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro also have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might want to look at include the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012[plb_1846178_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops that were launched more than two years ago, the Macbook Pro has a front camera.

Alternative laptops with a front camera currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012[plb_1846178_price].

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is typical of many MacBooks that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Big Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 11" and the biggest is 16". With a display diagonal of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro has a fairly big display diagonal compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 15.4" laptops currently available including the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392904_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Fast Processor Boost Frequency

The Apple Macbook Pro has a quite fast processor boost frequency (3.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro. The slowest processor boost frequency of comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro is 2.6GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average processor boost frequency is 3.3GHz.

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512 Solid-State Drive Capacitys

Most portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro have between 128 and 999 solid-state drive capacitys, including the Apple Macbook Pro which has 512 solid-state drive capacitys.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of MacBooks that were released more than two years ago is 3MB, the biggest is 8MB, and the average processor cache is 4.5MB. The Apple Macbook Pro has one of the bigger processor caches (6 megabytes) amongst MacBooks of this age.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most frequently found wi-Fi standards on laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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4 Reasons Against

Only Two Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)s

The Macbook Pro is a notebook PC that uses two number of displays supported (on-board graphics)s. Most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro use two number of displays supported (on-board graphics)s.

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Very Old PCI Express Slots Version

Across all the MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro the PCI Express slots versions range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slots version is 2.5. At only 2, the Macbook Pro has a fairly old PCI Express slots version compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Like most of the other MacBooks that have been available for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro, the Apple Macbook Pro does not have a touchscreen.

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Heavy

The lightest portable PC of this type and age is 920g heavy, the heaviest is 2.6kg, and the average weight is 1.9kg. At 2.6 kilograms, the Macbook Pro is quite heavy compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Macbook Pro.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro

Released Over Four Years Ago

This MacBook has been on the market for over four years.

Average Processor Frequency

At 2.6 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro has a relatively typical processor frequency compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Pro.

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Average Internal Memory

The Macbook Pro has a relatively typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Macbook Pro.

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392904_price] (16GB) which also has a higher rating.

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SSD Storage Media

This laptop has an SSD storage media, which is typical of many MacBooks that are a similar age to it. 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.

Other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the MacBook Air Mid 2012[pl_1846178_price], or the MacBook Air Mid 2012[pl_1846178_price] both from Apple.

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1680 X 1050 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the Macbook Pro is 1680 x 1050 pixels. That's 36% more display resolution than the most common display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Macbook Pro has a fairly average total storage capacity (512 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 7 hours, the Macbook Pro has a relatively average battery life (max) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro.

Alternative 7h battery life notebook PCs currently available that you might want to look at include the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012[plb_1846178_price] which has better reviews.

If this Apple portable PC battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392904_price] (8h) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
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Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
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PCI Express Configurations
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
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Maximum Number of SMP Processors
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
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Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
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Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
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Graphics
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Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
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Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Supported
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Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Installed
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Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
DVD+R Write Speed
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LightScribe
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Subwoofer
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Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
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4G
Bluetooth Version
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Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
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Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
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Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
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Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
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Ambient Light Sensor
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
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Pointing Device
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Operating System Installed
Drivers Included
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Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
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Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
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CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life (max)
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Battery Technology
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Power Auto-Sensing
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Security
HDD Recovery
Face Recognition
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Manual
Quick Start Guide
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Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
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Certificates
Energy Star Certified
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Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port
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8 Awards

macworld.idg.se Good Buy 01net.com 5 Star Digital Versus 5 Star Zdnet.com.au Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended computershopper.com Editor's Choice stuff.tv Hot Buy M3.idg.se Recommended

Expert Reviews

(55)
27 October 2016

It's thinner, lighter, and smaller all around, but the new MacBook Pro makes a big impression. The trackpad on the 15-inch version is downright ridiculous?twice as large as the trackpad on the... Read more…

21 September 2011

I sometimes have back pain and carrying heavy gear bags often makes things worse. I?m constantly on the lookout for a sturdy, protective bag that?s big enough for my computer must-haves but won?t... Read more…

Very lightweight
Has a lot of room for accessories
Built-in sleeve is sized perfectly for 13" MacBookPro
Won't stand up by itself
No closure for the large open compartments
26 February 2010

The latest 17-inch MacBook Pro is by all measures a minor hardware upgrade over its predecessor, offering only slightly faster processor options and an increase in hard-drive capacity. The more... Read more…

1 January 2010

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User Reviews

(209)
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…

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 14 February 2014 by Mab-mab
(Verified Purchase)

I have hesitated for a long time to get a Macbook due to the cost and reservations that it probably wouldn't be as good as people said, however I am delighted to be wrong. It is saving me so much... 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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