Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 Review

The 15-inch MacBook Pro specs are: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7, 4GB RAM and 750 GB hard drive. Interestingly, the GPU comes with an AMD graphics processor. The 15-inch model comes with an AMD Radeon HD 6490M (the review model came with a 6750M).

Positive – Apple MacBook Pro Winter comes with powerful new updates to the GPU and CPU and has the finest touch pad and gesture control available on any laptop. It also has a top of the line battery life.

Negative – Some updates are expensive and the Thunderbolt doesn’t have any compatible products and is yet an unproved technology. It also lacks HDMI, Blu-ray and other options.

Bottom line – It’s a big investment. The combination of the Intel powerful processor and AMD sleek graphics makes the MacBook Pro a great powerhouse. The new Thunderbolt I/O port is an additional plus.

Cost - $ 2,199

Review-- The new release keeps the well-known single aluminum body which makes the laptop both well-built and flex-free. There is also the big multi-touch click-pad type trackpad which is one of the cornerstones of the MacBook Pro. New gestures are expected to come out with the new version of the OS X.  There has been one addition in the ports and connections for the Thunderbolt. This is Intel’s new powered-port technology to enable high speed data transmission and display. This technology is hypothesized to allow peripherals to transfer data and videos at the rate of 10 Gbps. But at present, there is little idea about the Thunderbolt matched peripherals or when they will be available. It is possible this new technology can end up replacing other ports and connections in the coming years.

The cheapest 15-inch MacBook Pro comes at $1,799. We still have to wait for high in demand features like HDMI, Blu-ray and 3G. The 15-inch MacBook Pro offers a resolution of 1440x900 with two screen updates available. The 1680x1050 resolution costs an extra $100 and the 1680x1050 resolution “antiglare” option costs $150. This is a vast improvement from the 13-inch MacBook in which you cannot avail any anti-glare or increased resolution screen options.

The MacBook Pro comes with an inbuilt 720p webcam. It works with Mac’s new version of FaceTime and you can shift into full-screen mode with ease. You can easily make calls from a MacBook to an iPhone as well. The SD card slot available is SDXC compatible. So you can use higher capacity SD cards with this laptop.

The true strength of the MacBook Pro is its i7 CPU and AMD Radeon 6750 GPU. At present, this laptop is the fastest of its kind offered in the market. The battery life is projected by the company at 7 hours on average. This is higher than the previous year’s model, inclusive of its new hardware.

The MacBook Pro comes with a 1-year part and work warranty but 90 days of phone support. For the 3-year plan, AppleCare costs $349 in total. This is $100 more expensive than the 13-inch MacBook Pro and is a necessary purchase for Apple products. Other support options include an online knowledgebase, customer support via email, video tutorials or through Apple retail stores.

Design: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Features: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Performance: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Battery Life : ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Service & Support : ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

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