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Apple MacBook Pro 4 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.3GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 15.4" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.3GHz 8GB Feb 2013
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9 Reasons For

Apple Has Excellent Reviews for Its Laptops

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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4 Reasons Against

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].

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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.

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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.

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Heavy

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).

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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.

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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.

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PCI Express Configurations
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Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
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Touchscreen
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LED Backlight
Display Surface
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Graphics
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Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
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LightScribe
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Audio
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Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
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Bluetooth
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S/PDIF Out Port
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Keyboard
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Keyboard Backlit
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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
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Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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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
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Expert Reviews

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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

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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

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User Reviews

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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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