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I work at several large computer superstores and have access to them all on a daily basis. I Have not purchased these laptops but I instead work with them in order to bring you the highest quality consumer based reviews. I sometimes ask the opinions of my staff and also of customers to bring you up to speed.
So without further interuption here is my review on the MacBook Pro with 17" display.
The MacBook Pro is one of my favourite laptops and if I could I would go out and buy one right now. The design is hard to improve and has such stye and elegance. It does sound silly to say this about a laptop but it's true. Not only is it very astetically great it's also functional aswel and is very sturdy. The thing is made from sturdy alluminium and in my opinion this adds to the laptop.
When you open the MBP all you can see is this huge glossy screen. Its breathtakingly good and is very easy to look at.
There is also the added touch of a slot loading Disk drive and all the ports are located along the sides only to add to the look.
Now many people complain about the weight of this machine I being quite a strong guy I cant understand it. I could EASILY carry this with me all day long and although something like a MacBook Air is much better for this sort of thing some power uses might need a much more powerful computer.
If you are a business user and feel as if you would strugle carrying this machine on a daily basis. I would reconsider and go to the Gym instead because it really is just a great laptop.
Now I thought that the huge 17" screen deserved an entire section to itself so I'm gonna give it one. THE SCREEN IS AMAZING especially the glossy one. Its LED backlit and much better than some plasma televisons I have seen. The screen is extremely sharp and Im pretty sure its close to High Definition. It also has very bright colours and can be very very bright at times.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE
Not only is this a superfast at running Mac OSX with its dual core processer and two gigs of ram I hear that it runs Microsoft Vista faster than an actual PC which is an acheviement in itself. I personally have spent many hours designing advertisments on this laptop using Adobe Creative Suite Master CS3 (which is a huge program) and it runs it with so much ease its fantastic for creativity and work. This is the ulitmate desktop replacement.
I Liked this laptop so much I even borrowed one for awhile, so I removed it from its seat atop the display cabinet (dont worry we have two on display) and unpluged the cabole from the connector and it lasted 2 3/4 hours before I had to return it which in my opinion is great for such a powerful laptop. This was with full screen brightness and wifi blazing so Im sure it could last so much longer. The speakers on the MacBook is also much better than ive heard on many laptops. It also stays realitivly cool even on battery.
Ive also tried several games on this laptop and they all run flawlessly. The settings werent on full but they handled anything I could throw at it. This is due to the 256mb dedicated graphics card but the powerful processer and ram work together aswel creating magnifience.
The best laptop ever!! Okay slight exageration but it certainly comes close. If you use large memory sucking applications on a daily basis and dont require too much bettery life you will be so happy with this laptop it truly is a desktop replacement and it is really quite portable. If this laptop suits your needs BUY IT
I have had mine for 18 month now and it is seemless, I mean it is a complete work/play machine. I don't know how I ever lived with out it. After I got mine 6 people in my office all did the same! Maybe I should change carreers! I don't why I am sounding shocked... at the end of the day it's a MAC!!! If you dont have one already.... Get one!
Let me tell you I have had my MacBook Pro for 3 months and it really is brilliant!
I won't go into specifics, I mean there is no discussion the performance level is high and a quality feature like he iSight makes the product very attractive, especially for a laptop where you don't want to attach an external webcam but the best in my opinion is the Intel Core Duo processor because it allows you to run applications like 'Parallels' or 'CrossOver' without a glitch, ie: you can run a Windows operating system image as a virtual machine (Parallels) or install and use Windows softwares and games (CrossOver) seamlessly on the Mac.
The Intel Core Duo simply allows the best of two worlds without rebooting and most importantly without any performance issue.
This machine can run pretty hot but this can be controlled by third party utilities such as smcFanControl so I don't consider this much of a problem .. just thought I mentioned it though.
This is definitely a great buy.
- Remore control provided, nice when you have iTunes or a movie running.
- The magnetic power cord now prevents from any damage, do not worry if you trip over the cable, it will detach from the Mac straight away.. this is definitely an improvement.
- Maximum resolution is 1440 x 900
- Illuminated keyboard controlled by sensor
- Integrated devices such as the speakers or the Wireless Lan are great quality (I'm using a router and have never experienced any connection issue)
Having used PowerPC based PowerBooks from Apple for many years, I recently decided to give myself a major productivity boost and upgrade to the latest version of their offering, an Intel Based MacBookPro.
I got everything charged up and plugged in, and proceeded (by firewire) to port my user account from my old powerbook. This is a very nice touch, as it brings over everything - programmes, files, even my desktop layout was the same, and it only took a couple of hours in total (my 10,000 image iphoto library came over too!).
Gripe time - At first, I really wish I'd not brought over the App's. Despite assurances that software will run on both Intel and PowerPC hardware, I noticed several problems with applications that made the system run very slow and ultimately drove me mad. Some of the more commercial programmes (Photoshop and BBEdit) worked fine, and it turned out to be the older versions of Apps like Firefox that were bringing the computer to it's knees.
However, after a couple of hours updating / replacing software I'd ported over, the laptop started to run a lot better. So good, in fact, that i decided to give it a test running Windows XP in Parallels.
All this did was highlight what I now suspect to be the biggest underlying problem with the default configuration of the earlier MacBookPro's - Lack of memory. Mine came with 512MB, and it really struggled with it.
I've upgraded to 2GB, and it runs just fine. XP runs at native speeds, and even plays some games, although there's a shortage of integrated graphics support because it is ultimately software emulation. However you can use it as a full on XP experience with BootCamp which will make XP use the full offering of the impressive hardware lineup in a MacBookPro.
On a pure hardware front, the MBP is of the same overall build quality that Apple are reknowned for. I've had lots of laptops, both Apple and other manufacturers, and nothing comes close to the reliability and quality feel of a MBP.
The only potential problem is that it does get very hot when on charge, so beware when you have it on your lap a lot.
Now Apple have ironed out the early bugs regarding software compatability, and that they're now shipping with a default 1GB of RAM, there's really no reason not to get one.
For your money, you'll get a beautiful, solid, reliable piece of hardware capable of running both OSX and, via Parallels, any other Operating System (including many Linux flavours and even Windows XP) at the same time. It'd be a false economy to think about getting anything else.
Powered by a 2.0 dual-core Intel engine. Up to five times the speed of the PowerBook G4.
MacBook Pro is built with intel Core Duo - which packs the power of two processors (up to 2.16GHz) inside a single chip. high performance graphics what i have come to expect from my Mac's. From the box It's the first Mac notebook with PCI Express, a Serial ATA hard drive, and the ATI Mobility Radeon.
Setup was easy my first mac that i could use without the problems of setting. Installing my printer was a breeze and the sound and clear visibility of the screen is much better then my previous mac. This is a ideal mac for people who generally want ease of use, and a great laptop from apple in general. Would suit a student who needs macs pure music or graphics capability Mac's rule in that category
For anyone considering purchasing a laptop, the Apple MacBook Pro has to be considered.
It can quite happily boot to Windows XP or Mac OS-X, doing both with grace, speed and style. Sure Windows still hangs now and then like on any laptop, but it is definately more reliable than my desktop running the Windows.
The inbuilt graphics are impressive, with a young friend of the family claiming that it delivered the best performance of any laptop he had used when playing FPS games online. He initially refused to believe the stated specifications for the Apple as he had apparently used better "speced" laptops that were significantly slower.
I have found it to be an absolute joy for both work and pleasure myself.
Having to use Windows predominately for buisiness, I am now able to boot to the Mac OS for my personal use. Having not used an Apple for almost 8 years, I found it a cinch to re-learn and am constantly being delighted with the new improvements + how much faster and better the Mac OS is compared to Windows.
There are a couple of bugs when using Windows that you should know about such as the headphones not cutting the sound to the speakes which makes using Skype difficult in public (unless you have a bluetooth headset and bypass the soundcard) and the keyboard not lighting up.
Other than that, it is definately the best laptop I have owned to date.
You've seen improvements in notebook performance before - but never on this scale. The Intel Core Duo powering MacBook Pro is actually two processors built into a single chip. This, combined with myriad other engineering leaps, boosts performance up to four times higher than the PowerBook G4. With this awesome power, it's a breeze to render complex 3D models, enjoy smooth playback of HD video, or host a four-way video conference.
Intel Core Duo is the first chip built using Intel's groundbreaking 65-nanometer process - resulting in transistors so small, you could fit a hundred inside a single human cell. With smaller distances for electrons to travel, and two processors designed to share resources and conserve power, Intel Core Duo achieves higher levels of performance as it uses fewer watts. Which is what makes it possible to design a super-powerful MacBook Pro that's only one inch thin.
When Mac technology makes something easy, it's hardly news. So here's more non-news for MacBook Pro owners: software just works. If you see the Universal logo on a new application, that means it will run on Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. For most existing applications, you simply do what you've always done: double-click them. Thanks to the Rosetta technology in Mac OS X, they look and feel just like they did before.
|Product Description:||Apple MacBook Pro Core Duo 2.16 GHz - 17" TFT|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||39.2 cm x 26.5 cm x 2.6 cm|
|Localisation:||English / United Kingdom|
|Built-in Devices:||Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial|
|Processor:||Intel Core Duo 2.16 GHz ( Dual-Core )|
|Cache Memory:||2 MB - L2 Cache|
|RAM:||1 GB (installed) / 2 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300|
|Hard Drive:||120 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm|
|Optical Storage:||DVD±RW (+R double layer) - integrated|
|Display:||17" TFT 1680 x 1050 ( WSXGA+ )|
|Graphics Controller:||ATI Mobility Radeon X1600|
|Video Memory:||256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM|
|Audio Output:||Sound card|
|Networking:||Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR|
|Input Device:||Keyboard, trackpad|
|Power:||AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )|
|Run Time (Up To):||5.5 hour(s)|
|Operating System:||Apple MacOS X 10.4|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|