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MacBooks built by Apple have excellent reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just MacBooks) and found that Apple also has excellent reviews across its entire range.
16 Maximum Number of PCI Express Laness
The MacBook Pro is a 16 maximum number of PCI Express lanes portable PC. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years only have between 1 and 15 maximum number of PCI Express laness.
Fairly New PCI Express Slots Version
The PCI Express slots versions of MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Pro range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slots version is 2.5. At 3, the MacBook Pro has a fairly new PCI Express slots version compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Pro.
Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Pro have on-board graphics adapter base frequencys of between 200MHz and 650MHz. At 650 megahertz, the Apple MacBook Pro has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Has a Front Camera
The MacBook Pro has a front camera, as do most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Pro.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available including the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014[plb_2309587_price] which has better reviews.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The Apple MacBook Pro has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
We compared all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard to this notebook PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014[plb_2309587_price] is also worth considering.
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Intel Core I7 Processor Family
The MacBook Pro has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than the AMD E processor family found on most notebook PCs of this age and spec. The processor family of all notebook PCs of this spec and age ranges from AMD C (worst) to Intel Core i7-3xxx (best).
Quite Big Display Diagonal
The display diagonals of MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Pro range from 11" to 16", and the average display diagonal is 14". The MacBook Pro has a quite big display diagonal (15.4 inches) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Pro.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other 15.4" portable PCs currently available including the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2685254_price] which has better reviews.
802.11n Wi-Fi Standards
This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most commonly found wi-Fi standards on notebook PCs of this age and type.
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Only HDD Storage Media
The Apple MacBook Pro has an HDD storage media which is better than most portable PCs of this age and type. Most notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it have an SSD storage media. 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.
An HDD storage media is actually the worst storage medium amongst all portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the MacBook Pro.
The best storage medium amongst comparable types of laptop is SSD.
Other laptops that have an HDD storage media currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011[plb_1786902_price].
Only 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 notebook PCs of this age and type.
Does Not Have a Touchscreen
Like most of the other MacBooks that have been available for more than two years, the MacBook Pro does not have a touchscreen.
At 2.6 kilograms, the Apple MacBook Pro is quite heavy compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been available for a comparable time to the MacBook Pro. The lightest portable PC of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Pro is 920g heavy and the heaviest is 2.6kg.
There are a number of other 2.6kg heavy notebook PCs currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro[plb_1773490_price].
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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Pro
Released Over Four Years Ago
It was over four years ago when Apple released the MacBook Pro.
Average Processor Frequency
With a processor frequency of 2.3 gigahertz, the MacBook Pro has a relatively average processor frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the MacBook Pro.
If this notebook PC processor frequency is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the Apple MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina[plb_2191590_price] (2.4GHz and higher rated).
Average Internal Memory
At 8 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Pro has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the MacBook Pro.
We compared all the other 8GB internal memory notebook PCs to this laptop and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro[plb_1773490_price] is also worth considering.
If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392904_price] (16GB) which is also higher rated.
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Average Total Storage Capacity
At 500 gigabytes, the MacBook Pro has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.
If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the Macbook Pro[pl_1773490_price] (512GB), or the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[pl_2392904_price] (512GB) both from Apple which also has a higher rating.
Average Battery Life (max)
The MacBook Pro has a pretty average battery life (max) (7 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the MacBook Pro.
If this Apple portable PC battery life (max) is too short for you then you might want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2685254_price] (8h) which also has a higher rating.
Colour of Product
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-3xxx
System Bus Rate
Processor Boost Frequency
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configurations
1x16, 1x1, 2x8
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
2 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Total Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
1440 x 900
Display Number of Colours
16.78 million colours
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 400
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
2560 x 1600
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Supported
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
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
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Intel HD Graphics
Discrete Graphics Adapter
DVD+R Write Speed
DVD+R Read Speed
DVD-R Write Speed
DVD-R Read Speed
Optical Drive Type
DVD Super Multi, DVD Super Multi DL
Number of Built-In Speakers
Front Camera Resolution
1280 x 720
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Ports & Interfaces
TV Out Port
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Thunderbolt Ports Quantity
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Ambient Light Sensor
Operating System Installed
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Game Center, iTunes, iLife
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