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Apple Macbook Pro 17-Inch (2011) – A Review

Apple Macbook Pro 17-Inch (2011) – A Review

The 17-inch MacBook Pro has been released this year and is a complete presentation in which the expertise of apple is being displayed in the crafting of a laptop. While the same appearance has been maintained in the look of the MacBook Pro, the addition of fast performing processors, graphics as well as the Intel’s latest interface of Thunderbolt has made the 17-inch MacBook Pro more pro to its users.


The offering of MacBooks is based on 13, 15 and 17-inch MacBooks, but, in the tests of the latest 17-inch MacBook Pro, it was clear that it holds at least 2.2 GHz Core i7 as well as AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics which makes it a cream in its own standard settings. For users who use graphical aspects as well as multi tasking a lot in their work, The desktop replacement of the centerpiece provides an LED lit, LCD screen of 17-inches holding a resolution power of 1920 x 1200 which is made available in antiglare and glossy forms. The 17 inch MacBook Pro is also equipped with a drive of 750 GB Toshiba, and has a spinning rate of 5400 RPM along with the inclusion of the latest interface of Intel Thunderbolt.

Intel Thunderbolt

The Intel Thunderbolt has received much appreciation which was never experienced before for any data connection application. As is implied by the name: Thunderbolt is extremely fats and quick and has the ability to operate at up to 10Gbps, which has the speed of twice as quick as a flash drive 3.0 (5 Gbps) and is not less than 20 times faster than the USB 2.0 (480 Mbps). this entire means that the user can transfer an entire movie in 30 seconds time which is what Intel likes the most.

due to the physical levels, the appearance of the Thunderbolt is similar to the previous DisplayLink port. Apart from the facility of shuttling the entire data in a quick order for storing, the application of Thunderbolt can also be used for displaying the older mini cables of DisplayLinks as well as its capability of daisy chaining makes the port able to get connected with six other devices.

Performane Level

Apple has created a combination of Core i7 with the architecture of Sandy Bridge  along with the latest Radeon HD 6750 of AMD which all turned out to be the essential back drivers of the excellent performing 17 inch MacBook Pro. Onto the desktop, a RAM of 4 GB with a quad-core processor provides with the MacBook a lot of space for multi tasking, which is very fortunate in case of a 17 inch wide screen laptop.

despite of the power packed Radeon HD 6750 in the MacBook Pro, the laptop is actually retaining the onboard graphics of Intel HD and also has been designed to revert over to that chip for the purpose of saving battery life when not much load is inserted onto it. The transition is quite seamless: no black screens, no hiccups and no warnings. The only indication received is a whirring noise of the fan at the time the Radeon starts especially under gaming modes.

the ratings achieved by MacBook Pro on the scoring of Geekbench and Xbench were 9,943 and 227.97. While this does not clearly nails the Apple claim of providing twice the speed of the existing processors, still, it does puts the MacBook Pro up from various other laptops in the market.

Battery Life

The latest model of MacBook Pro makes use of a script which surfs up to 25 of new sites on the web having brightness in the display slightly below the maximum. A per the claim of Apple Inc, the battery life of the 17 inch MacBook Pro will last for 7 hours long and as a matter of fact, it really does. Making a comparison with its rival, HP ProBook 4720, this can last for only 6 hours on a single charge. Moreover, the charging time provided with the power supply of 85-watt is also quite considerable.


Although, there are several other features and specifications associated with the MacBook Pro, but, from the above mentioned review, it can be concluded that if you are looking for a notebook which offers all powerful as well as quite useful features that can replace the comforts of a desktop, the 17 inch MacBook Pro will turn out to be the best solution.

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