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Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2011) review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1849
inc VAT

Stunning performance, amazing new tech and a great design, but the astronomical price makes the new MacBook Pro for professionals only.


15.4 in 1,440×900 display, 2.5kg, 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-2720QM, 4.00GB RAM, 750GB disk, MacOS X 10.6

Apple has also upgraded the integrated webcam to a High Definition model which is compatible with the iPhone 4’s FaceTime video calling, but the remainder of the laptop has stayed mostly unchanged from the previous model. It retains the excellent backlit keyboard, high-quality display and ultra-long battery life. Using intelligent graphics switching, which disables the dedicated chipset, it’ll run for almost seven hours away from the mains.

There’s no question that the MacBook Pro is a stunning piece of technology. Of the three available models, the 15in chassis is definitely the best suited for media-intensive work on the go. It’s more powerful than the 13in thanks to a quad-core processor and dedicated graphics, but far more portable than the 17in version.

There’s a cheaper version of the 15in MacBook Pro, for ‘only’ £1,549 inc VAT, but this has a slower processor, smaller hard disk and far less powerful graphics chipset. That makes this one of the rare cases when we think the more expensive Mac is the better buy, though at £1,849, the pricing certainly lives up to the Pro moniker.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i7-2720QM
Processor clock speed2.2GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
SoundIntel HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.4 in
Native resolution1,440×900
Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon HD 6750M
Graphics/video portsmini DisplayPort
Graphics Memory1,024MB


Total storage capacity750GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports2
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/b/g/n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDXC
Other portsThunderbolt


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemMacOS X 10.6
Operating system restore optionrestore disc
Software includedN/A
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone-year RTB

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