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Apple15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer
 
4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

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    (37)

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    (4)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (32)
  • Fast (31)
  • Quality display (29)
  • Comfortable keyboard (22)
  • Long battery life (21)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Too hot (3)

Best Uses

  • Graphics (27)
  • Video (24)
  • Music (20)
  • Web browsing (20)
  • Business use (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Multimedia professional (15), Tech savvy (12)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (18), Business (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

MacBook Pro - My Server Lab On The Go

Here are some of my impressions of the new MacbookPro15 2011.

DECISION: I have been contemplating on buying last year's high-end model of MBP-15 (2.66 Ghz Intel i7) for...Read complete review

Here are some of my impressions of the new MacbookPro15 2011.

DECISION: I have been contemplating on buying last year's high-end model of MBP-15 (2.66 Ghz Intel i7) for $325 less than the price of the 2011 version. I came into conclusion that it is justifiable to go for the latest one by gaining 1gb GDDR5 graphics (vs. 512mb GDDR3 of MBP-15 2010), Intel i7 Quad Core (vs. Intel i7 Dual Core), and Thunderbolt I/O port (vs. mini-Display port). Just by looking at the average price of 1gb GDDR5 ATI Radeon at $180 plus the Quad Core i7, the $325 difference is good.

UPGRADE: To meet my need, I upgraded the RAM to 8gb (Crucial DDR3 1333MHz SODIMM) by myself for just $97 compared to Apple's markup at $300. My next project for upgrade would be to replace the 750gb 5400 rpm Hard Drive with 512gb SSD; but today's SSD price of $2.25/gb sounds absurd, I'm sticking for the mechanical storage for awhile until the price drops to $1.50/gb.

PERFORMANCE: The new 2011 MacbookPro 15 with 2.2 Ghz Intel i7 Quad Core has exceeded my expectations in performance. I'm using this as my portable server lab. I use VMWare Fusion to run multiple operating systems - Windows (as my work environment + SQL Server database), UNIX Solaris 10 (Oracle database), and Linux (Weblogic App Server and Apache Web server). All these environments are running simultaneously in MacOS X. The 2nd Gen Intel i7 Quad Core truely delivers a better multi-threading process even at a lower clock speed of 2.2 Ghz. I get only 45% CPU utilization compared to my 2-yr old MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo that hits at 100% during transaction simulations. What is surprising to me is the 750gb 5400 rpm hard drive has the same i/o read performance of a higher speed 500gb 7200 rpm in my previous MBP. Could it be of the new 4,096 bytes/sector size vs the traditional 512 bytes/sector is the factor of such performance?

CONS: 1) When the CPU starts to hit 40% utilization, this thing can get hot in the upper left corner of its base. You might as well consider buying a hardshell (I use Speck See-Thru Satin shell) to somehow suppress the heat from the aluminum frame when working on your lap.
2) At 45% CPU, the dual fans can be loud for someone who has sensitive ears.
3) The integrated graphics Intel HD 3000 consumes 384mb of your RAM vs. the 2010 MBP nVidia 320M using only 256mb. And, the performance of the Intel HD 3000 is only as good as the 2009 MBP nVidia 9400M. If you need to maximize the usage of your RAM for your apps, ditch the integrated graphics and use the discrete ATI Radeon graphics by unchecking the "Automatic Graphics Switching" at the Energy System Preference (but this comes with battery life penalty of -30 minutes which I don't mind at all).

CONCLUSION: I am very much satisfied with purchase as it meets all the performance I needed plus the elegant look it brings to a professional IT guy.
I give this 5 stars.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Piece of junk

After only 3 months of occasional use (& mostly sitting on a desk, not being carted about as a portable device), my screen has started flickering & is now unusable. ...Read complete review

After only 3 months of occasional use (& mostly sitting on a desk, not being carted about as a portable device), my screen has started flickering & is now unusable. This will be the first & last Apple PC that I will ever buy.

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5.0

Good for those obsessed with details

By Taras

from Seattle, WA

About Me Proficient with computers, Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
  • Easy to Customize
  • Easy to Navigate
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Educational Purposes
    • Multimedia

    Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

    Hello.

    Right away I can say that this laptop meets and exceeds the needs of most users out there. It is a good laptop that you use every day, and it fits every need you will have. You can customize almost every bit of it when you make the effort to do so, and the trade off is such that you don't run in to the problems and inconvenience that Windows laptops have.

    You will like this laptop if you need the computer power, portability and are picky about the details. For example, when you type and accidentally touch the trackpad on a PC, it moves your mouse. When you do that on this macbook pro, it doesn't. So, this is an example of the nitty-gritty details that add to your everyday comfort and do not give you any frustrations, which makes your day even better. Apple has obviously done a great job, and the laptop is worth the money.

    When you look at this laptop, think twice. If you are able to invest in this laptop, it will be more than worth it! The money will be worth it in the long run.

    However, each laptop has its own downsides. For this Macbook pro there are very few of them. For example, if you are an expert with computers, you won't find such customization abilities with Apple's Mac OS X, because this laptop is made for everyday comfortable use and also those who are not experienced with computers. There may be glare from the glossy display, but you can just turn the monitor away, and the colors on the glossy display are much more vibrant than on the more expensive anti-glare display.

    So, summing it up, this laptop has many abilities. You can also install Windows on it to run separately when you want, so that you can run any Windows programs if you want them. Take good care of this laptop like I do, and it will serve you reliably for a good four to five years and will always look beautiful and amazing.

    P.S. The battery on it is good - takes me through most of the day, and you'll like the backlit keyboard because it helps so much when you need it!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac
    • Similar:
    • iMac 21.5" desktop Computer

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    5.0

    Price better than Apple Store

    By Sergio

    from Chestnut Hill, MA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

          Great graphics for working with publicity and marketing. Reliable and efficient. The simplicity of its hardware does not shadow the outstanding performance of this laptop. Few features made it better than my previous Macbook.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Lots of power in a small package

          By Rich from Rifton

          from Rifton, NY

          About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life
          • Too Hot

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Web Browsing

          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

          I purchased this laptop for live video streaming. It has the guts for that and more. Just wish the battery lasted a little longer.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          1.0

          Piece of junk

          By TazD

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Poor Quality
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            After only 3 months of occasional use (& mostly sitting on a desk, not being carted about as a portable device), my screen has started flickering & is now unusable. This will be the first & last Apple PC that I will ever buy.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            The best

            By N in LA

            from Los Angles, CA

            About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            This laptop is changing my life. It's quick, it can read my mind and I can have as many apps open as I need to. My only issue is that it is still heavy.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Love the MBP

            By drips

            from nyc

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Powerful
            • Quality Display

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Graphics
            • Video

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            I am generally a casual user (internet, email, etc) but occasionally do some graphics, including 3D stuff. I just upgraded from a 13" MacBook and I like the added performance of the Pro and the dedicated graphics card. Best price from B&H too.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            This device has Simplified my life

            By elunico

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            My Mac has replaced my other (3) laptops. I have given away two as gifts to family and friend. I see no reason to ever stop using my Mac. I got so excited about having my Mac that I went and purchased an iPad and an iPhone to compliment my iPod and my Mac Book Pro.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            The mac book pro

            By sha

            from CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quality Display

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                i love this mac book pro computer by apple it give me room to move around
                on the go. the screen is sharp was going to get the mac air at first but when
                i saw the mac book pro had to have it a must have

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Excellent! this is very nice macBook

                By Cyberguy

                from Denver, CO

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Quality Display

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Graphics
                  • Web Browsing

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  This is my first time to buy macbook. It is an excellent macbook.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By LT

                  from Eagle, CO

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Fast
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Powerful
                  • Quality Display

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Graphics
                    • Music
                    • Web Browsing

                    Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                    Fast and clean - awesome

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Great computer

                    By Vtek

                    from chicago, il

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business Use
                      • Graphics
                      • Web Browsing

                      Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                      I use this product both at the office and at home for work related tasks. I down sized from a 17" version because the 15" is easier to transport. I solved the screen size issue by getting larger monitors at each location that I can plug into.

                      So far so good.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Love It!

                      By christo

                      from new orleans, la

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Fast
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Powerful
                      • Quality Display
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Graphics
                        • Music
                        • Video

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                        -music, movies, art
                        -fast, light, reliable
                        -expensive

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Fast, cheapest on the web or off!

                        By PK

                        from Shrewsbury, MA

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Powerful
                        • Quality Display
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business Use
                          • Graphics
                          • Music
                          • Web Browsing
                          • Word Processing

                          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                          IT'S GREAT, AS PROMISED.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Great Laptop's Ever

                          By Do3L

                          from Caguas, PR

                          About Me Multimedia Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Keyboard
                          • Fast
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Powerful
                          • Quality Display
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Graphics
                            • Video
                            • Web Browsing

                            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                            I am Used with final cut pro is so great speed in render.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Love Mac's and love MacBook Pro!

                            By A photographer

                            from Massachusetts

                            About Me Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast
                            • Long Battery Life
                            • Powerful
                            • Quality Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Business Use
                            • photo editing
                            • Video Editing

                            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                            Lots of power in a small enough package to carry around, although I have been spoiled by my MacBook Air. I have an older MacBook Air, which is fantastic for those who don't want a heavy computer to lug around. However, the Air has its limitations; I couldn't install Photoshop and Lightroom together because of the lack of hard drive space and the slower processor would have made it unbearable (for me anyway) to run Photoshop. I also plan to do more video and need the power the Pro offers.

                            I'm loving the larger screen than the Air, the track pad is a little different and took some getting used to but overall it's a fabulous laptop! I would buy another.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            More of what I expected

                            By imd23

                            from Miami, FL

                            About Me Multimedia Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Keyboard
                            • Fast
                            • Powerful
                            • Quality Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Graphics
                              • Music
                              • Video

                              Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                              This MacBook Pro is for the first time in my computer-story (10 years), beginning when I was 6, that is faster than my-self.

                              Everything is just as is supposed to be, and it's important to note that it has one of the most GeekBench scores of all Apple MBP and even more than most MacPro , it's about 10,990! Isn't this just lovely?

                              Buy this, you won't get disappointed.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Fantastic Product

                              By Jasty

                              from Amarillo, TX

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Keyboard
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long Battery Life
                              • Powerful
                              • Quality Display
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                                  First Mac ever owned and loving it. Easy to learn and use, tremendously fast, and great to look at.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Great and reliable product!

                                  By Pedro1460

                                  from Rockville MD

                                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                  • none

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Graphics
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                                  This a very good product, specially to work on graphic design.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  A workhorse

                                  By KG

                                  from Bozeman, MT

                                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quality Display

                                  Cons

                                  • Expensive

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Graphics
                                  • Music
                                  • Video
                                  • Web Browsing

                                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                                  I use this computer primarily for photo and video edting. I'm running the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Studio. With a RAM upgrade to 8gb this computer works wonderfully. The display seems accurate but I suggest using a calibration tool for accuracy.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Solid Upgrade

                                  By pjfrank

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                                  • Fast
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quality Display
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Graphics
                                    • Music
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                                    I replaced my late 2007 Macbook Pro with this model. The unibody has a fantastic construction and the guts are a lot quieter than my older model. I did like the easy battery removal of the old though. The built-in battery is basically another new Apple power grab.

                                    I opted for the 2.2gHz over the 2.0 and I'm glad I did. Final Cut 7 runs like a champ and the upgrade from 2 GB to 4GB RAM is processing FCP exports faster. An upgrade to 8 GB is probably a smart investment though.

                                    Battery life advertised as 7 hours? Meh.. I probably get closer to 5 with a lot of apps open jumping between Spaces. I could see having the screen awake and not much else processing getting 7 but that's not realistic for basic use.

                                    Really looking forward to Thunderbolt peripherals! Overall this is a great machine.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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