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In our DVD battery-drain test, the MacBook Pro lasted 2 hours, 54 minutes--quite respectable for a desktop replacement that's not likely to see too much time away from the wall socket. Apple does offer online troubleshooting, and its Web forums are a good resource for getting tips from other users and downloading the product's printed manual.
Find out more about how we test laptops. Apple iBook G4 1. Apple MacBook Pro 2. Apple PowerBook G4 1. June 1, p. Lacks media card reader and some other ports; only 90 days of toll-free technical support. With a solid array of components, a terrific set of features, and the lightest weight of any laptop its size, Apple's inch MacBook Pro is a power user's dream, but it doesn't come cheap. Following on the heels of the and replacing the inch PowerBook G4 , the inch MacBook Pro delivers many of the same beloved features as its little sibling, such as a scrolling track pad, the Sudden Motion Sensor, and an excellent software package, and adds a huge, bright inch display that's great for graphics work.
Better yet, our fully loaded test configuration powered through most of CNET Labs' performance tests, exhibiting only a few of the growing pains encountered by other Intel-based Apple laptops and desktops, such as the iMac Core Duo. But for graphics professionals and other Mac users who have money to spare, the inch MacBook Pro is a dream.
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It's not terribly good value for money, especially when you consider that Apple short changes you for things like an extra USB port or providing something like the Apple Remote in the package. Then there are also otherthings such as support for Blu-ray drives or having bigger hard drives on board. You can show me better benchmark results, without doubt, but in the real world this machine boots up quickly, runs smoothly, responds to commands instantly, operates quietly and performs slickly.
It looks stylish in an understated way, and heads will surely turn when you place the machine on a boardroom table. In emotional terms, it's the computer equivalent of stepping into the Cannes sunlight on a hotel balcony facing the sea while wearing a casual Armani suit, no tie. You're telling yourself "I paid way too much for this" but you love every second of it. There are alternatives with more powerful graphics systems, but none that maintain such a good balance between performance and extended battery life.
If you need the best designed notebook money can buy, or just a safe and dependable operating system running on the fastest portable hardware, the MacBook Pro 15in Core i7 sets the new benchmark. Aside from its incredible power, amazing battery life and upgraded graphics facilities, it's packed with features that really impress. Its aluminium unibody enclosure is sturdy and light, the keyboard illuminates when it gets dark and like all Macs, it comes with Apple's impressive iLife suite, offering a bundle of excellent applications for video editing, music creation, web design, digital photo organisation and a DVD authoring.
The design remains the same, but Apple's latest MacBook Pro has received a welcomed upgrade under the hood. The glossy display, slow hard drive and poorly positioned USB ports remain issues, but better performance and battery life than previous models make this notebook a winner. The graphics switching update is welcomed, but looks to need a little more refinement and we'd have liked to see more native control options.
Unless you can tell the difference between Core 2 Duo and Intel Core i5 or i7, depending on your budget chipsets. Although the older, plastic-bodied Macbook and lightweight Macbook Air are still available, the Pro is now available in three distinct models, from the relatively cheap to the extremely powerful. This makes it impossible to review the entire Macbook Pro range at once, so we'll look this 15in model and the cheaper 13in one separately. The Core i5 adds a much needed performance boost to stay current.
The new hybrid graphics system also automatically switches between the integrated and dedicated graphics to help it boost its already class leading battery life. Both performance and battery life are increased noticeably and Apple's design flair and refinement remain unmatched. If you're overdue an upgrade, or looking at your first foray into Mac ownership, the inch MacBook Pro is a fine option.
The Intel Core i7 is a very welcome addition to the MacBook Pro line, even though it took much longer for Apple to roll it out compared to PC notebook manufacturers, many of which introduced Core i7 notebooks back in October With power enough to please performance die-hards, and the poise to please fashionistas, Apple's flagship laptop was always destined to impress.
But, with previous models still chugging along on Core 2 processors, many will have been holding off for this inevitable Core i7 upgrade. The high-end inch Apple MacBook Pro that we reviewed keeps the same look and feel as its predecessor but offers major internal changes, including an Intel Core i7 CPU. It's a portable powerhouse but it'll cost you.
MacBook Pro inch Core i7 Review Source: Slashgear Apple certainly listened to complaints about their previous dual-GPU system and streamlined the switching process; now, ironically, we find ourselves asking for a nudge arguably in the other direction, with a more obvious indicator of when the NVIDIA graphics are active. That would certainly allow users to make a more educated choice between processing and runtimes.
Apple's inch MacBook Pro keeps the same look and feel, but offers major internal changes, including an optional Intel Core i7 CPU, making it a very serious portable powerhouse. Apple has carved an amazingly large niche out for itself by building incredibly expensive laptops incredibly well, and this generation is no exception, but we're not convinced there's enough here to warrant an upgrade for people who bit last year.
Not only is the latest inch MacBook Pro powerful, but it lasts a long time on a charge. However, while this machine is among the most portable notebooks with a inch display, 5. But if you want a big screen, excellent battery life, and plenty of muscle in a compact package, no other system comes close. Given that the company just launched what probably is the hottest product of the year in the iPad, followed by a slew of compelling iPhone OS updates a couple of days later, a delayed Intel refresh on the laptops was completely understandable.
The new system has the same magnificent-looking aluminum chassis as the previous model, but what's inside has changed. And it includes a fast Intel Core i5 processor and the addition of a seamless graphics switching technology that Apple developed on its own. It's the must-have Apple laptop for performance-hungry Mac users. The new models, which feature , and inch screens, sport the same sleek, minimalist design, the same keyboard, and the same multi-touch trackpad as the previous iteration.
Apple takes what was already good and makes it even better, with the inclusion of Core i5 and Core i7 processors, much-improved graphics technology, and unbeatable battery life. After a long wait, the updated MacBook Pro models have finally arrived. We put the most powerful model with its glossy x screen to the test, and ask whether it is truly worth the high price. Of course it's not cheap as Apple stuff rarely is, but your money buys you handsome, super-efficient and enjoyable computing. It's a real pleasure to type on the keyboard, the screen looks magnificent and it's fast, fast, fast.
What more could you want? As the final version of the Apple MacBook Pro 15, we've chosen to test out the most powerful hardware configuration. But, what are these powerful components housed within a sleek aluminum case truly capable of? The refresh continues the legacy of the MacBook Pros before it, by delivering excellent build quality, good performance and really good battery life. Of the three sizes, however, it holds the widest appeal.
While there are some resemblances, they are different enough so as not to be called an outright copy. A Blu-ray drive and HDMI port on the machine itself wouldn't hurt either, but something tells us we won't see any of these. For a veteran Mac user these things won't be a major concern but it would keep those away who always wanted a Mac but stayed away because of these omissions. But at the end of the day, the pros far outweigh the cons. The MacBook has always been a delightful machine and the new improved hardware has just made it a lot better.
And its price point - you'll pay no more for this version than you would have done for the last one. In short, many will find the Pro over-powered and over-priced for their needs. But those who demand truly high-end portable performance — designers, video editors, photographers, musicians, hardcore gamers, inveterate show-offs — and want it all in a compact and stylish casing, will love the Pro.
The advantages are numerous. You get much better CPU performance over the previous generation. In fact, the new 13 can outperform last year's 15 thanks to Sandy Bridge. But since that port is actually a Thunderport link, this may just turn out to be a revolutionary development in the history of personal computing. Now, at last, we can shift data between devices at 21st, rather than 20th-century speeds. It's the most capable MacBook Pro to date, and a real joy to use. In terms of hardware, it's on par with any equivalent PC based laptop and adds in its own unique feature in the shape of ThunderBolt.
The key point, though, is that still nothing else comes close to its beautifully designed and constructed chassis. There aren't many innovative updates in the new Macbook Pro -- Thunderbolt is the only one worth writing home about, in our opinion -- but the extra processing power and graphics grunt are welcome. So should you rush out and upgrade? MacBook Pro inch Review early Source: Slashgear The MacBook Pro range, then, does a solid job of building on the strengths of its predecessors while also introducing new functionality and speed.
The Sandy Bridge processors make a compelling argument, and the dual graphics mean the notebook has a double life as a hardcore media cruncher and an everyday machine capable of lasting most of a workday on a single charge. It just leaves us wondering when the consumer-oriented white plastic MacBook is going to get an aluminium makeover for those of us on a tighter budget. The new inch MacBook Pro not only outperforms its predecessor, but also just about every other notebook by a fair margin.
It has the same svelte design, yet incorporates next-generation Intel and AMD processors as well as Thunderbolt for high-speed data transfers. Still, that system is much bulkier, weighs a pound more, and, even with the larger battery, doesn't last as long on a charge. As always, if you want the best, you have to pay for the best.
We'll have to reserve a full judgement on Thunderbolt until retail not just prototype products are available, and we'll be taking a proper look at a system in the next couple of weeks. The inch version comes in two flavors and gets a hefty internal makeover over its predecessor.
Apple's mid-level MacBook Pro gets a huge boost in power without an increase in price, giving it a large edge over its competition. Is this multimedia wolf in sheep's clothing worth the price? After having thoroughly reviewed the new MBP 15, we provide you here with an update about the starter model with a x pixel resolution on a glare-type screen. Is the extra cost of matte-screened model worth it or can you rest assured you won't regret the decision to just go with the glossy screen?
Another new addition is the high speed Thunderbolt port that doubles for both high speed external storage and display duties. It still offers the same solid and stylish aluminum chassis design synonymous with Apple's products. What they have does is bumped up the quad core processor to a faster model and more importantly, updated the graphics processor to be a bit more relevant than the past model. It offers beefier hardware, improved performance, new software, and the best user experience around.
If price is an issue, or if you're a devoted Windows user, then the former Editors' Choice Dell XPS 15z Microsoft is probably the better choice for you. If you want more entertainment options, like a Blu-ray drive or a p display, the Asus N55SF-A1 gives them to you for less. But if you want a computing experience that's as intuitive as it is powerful, the Apple MacBook Pro inch late is the desktop replacement laptop to beat and the new Editors' Choice for the category.
A MacBook Pro is a significant investment, especially when adding in optional upgrades. Cost aside, there's not a better choice there are, however, some close ties for an all-around powerhouse that will work in the home, the office, and in between. We check the performance of the currently most powerful model with 2.
But small increases in performance are there to be had, over what was already a spectacularly fast laptop. The company not only presented several updated models, but also introduced an all-new MacBook Pro with a inch Retina display. The new model features an even slimmer aluminum unibody chassis and up-to-date hardware components. Presumably to help it squeeze into its tiny shell or just to lock the hardware firmly into Apple's iron fists , the battery is glued in and the RAM is soldered onto the logic board, making both irreplaceable or upgradable.
Simply put, this system is in a class of its own with regards to system-wide performance and display technology. Sure, there are other systems that have more powerful graphics cards but for the average user, the increased screen resolution and lightning-fast flash storage are good tradeoffs.
Early Mac adopters will jump ship in no time and Windows machines will eventually catch up with high-res displays. The factor here is timing, and right now there are few machines that can play along the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The way Apple has utilised the staggering number of pixels it has packed into the high-quality screen is undeniably clever, though, and is the main draw of this laptop.
Unless you have a lot of money to spare now, we would wait for the price of the screen technology to mature and become cheaper. I have long been a proponent of higher resolution screens for PCs, hoping for the lower cost screens that we are just now finding in the Korean in screen market like the Achieva Shimian we recently reviewed.
When Apple announced a in notebook with a screen resolution of x, my hopes were raised that other vendors would take note and duplicate the idea — thereby lowering costs and increasing visual quality for users across the board. The screen, processor and graphics card are all high-calibre, the battery lasts nearly 6 hours and the finishing is tip-top. As it stands, the few shortcomings such as the connectivity aren't enough to warrant anything less than our best rating.
And now that Apple finally offers USB 3. We would be surprised if Retina displays weren't standard across almost all of Apple's laptops within a couple of years with other laptop manufacturers adopting the technology, too. The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a bit of the past and a bit of the future, wrapped up into one tasty, toasty present.
Brilliant screen meets refined design. What more do you need? The display alone on the laptop is more than enough reason for anyone serious about graphics or video work to purchase this laptop. Add to this some phenomenal performance and battery life and it just keeps distancing itself away from just about every other inch laptop on the market.
The result is stunning, and although expensive there is no other laptop out there to match it. It packs incredible power, and its screen puts other notebook displays to shame. It might be a notebook like no other, but its price may well limit it to high-needs professionals.
Somehow melding the best of the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro and the iPad 3 has resulted in a beautifully designed technological beast that hoovers up multi-tasking and powers through the most taxing of programs. Its Retina display and Ivy Bridge CPU are the main attractions, but its keyboard and overall build quality are still among the best in the business and make this laptop a worthy upgrade for current MacBook Pro users and new users alike.
But for professional content creators and power users juggling multiple p video streams and doing detailed photo editing, the new Pro offers a level of visual accuracy heretofore unheard of. For those who can afford it, the MacBook Pro with Retina display stands without peer. Apple has updated its workhorse inch MacBook Pro with a super-high resolution retina screen, a slimmer and lighter design and the latest-generation Intel processors.
It's an extreme machine, but the lack of an Ethernet port and the total inability to upgrade it will be problems for pro users. Now the real question is: is it for you? A laptop that walks circles around the 13" MacBook Air also refreshed with third generation Intel processors? A more portable 15" MacBook Pro. One of the most portable 15" notebooks on the planet, regardless of operating system? But just as important is the fact that Apple has managed to significantly reduce the size and weight of this Pro model without compromising performance.
Apple uses this to show what it can achieve, and what is in store for the future. There is no doubting that within a couple of years the screen technology seen here will be the de facto screen technology on the entire MacBook range. Apple has a funny way of turning wants into needs. For digital content creators—who are really the users for whom we're breaking out the 5-star-rating champagne—the Retina Pro is a revelation. We'll update this review with benchmarks on battery life and system performance soon; but in just over 24 hours of steady use, we're even inclined to forgive the reflective screen.
Make no mistake, the Apple MacBook Pro Retina is an even greater breakthrough than we'd hoped — and our hopes were already pegged very very high. It's just such a comfortable laptop to use, an engineering breakthrough that can excite the heart as much as the mind. You can't ignore the Air as an amazing piece of machinery, especially with the new, higher-powered Ivy Bridge processors and faster SSDs tucked inside its wedge profile. But, this new Pro is on another level of performance. With a quad-core processor and up to 16GB of RAM it's a proper beast -- a proper beast that you can throw in your messenger bag and carry around all day without spending all night complaining about an aching back.
Apple has polished, trimmed and pared away at its flagship to bring it resolutely up to date with the leading edge of the computer ecosystem. MacBook Pro with Retina display pictures and hands-on Source: Pocket Lint Before we get to work on a full review of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, we thought it was only fair to share some photos of the new Apple laptop for you to feast your eyes on.
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As for the Touch Bar itself, its fingerprint reader works with a new separate security chip called the T2 that adds a few extras, like a secure boot path to make sure no tricky malware sneaks into your bootup process. But the Touch Bar itself gains no new killer features, and remains as vexing as ever. Here's a rundown of all of the new and improved inch and inch specs :. Previously, the inch Pro topped out at a seventh-gen quad-core Core i7, itself no slouch, after the last line update in spring Compared to a inch MacBook Pro with a quad-core Core i7, the new six-core Core i9 was significantly faster in the standard benchmark tests we ran, even before Apple patched the CPU throttling issue.
But -- before Apple released the patch -- when setting up an intensive workload to deliberately push the system, we were able to easily cause the Core i9 CPU in our MacBook Pro to ping-pong its internal temperature and CPU clock speed up and down rapidly, in both video encoding and 3D gaming. Once Apple released the update, we installed it on our Core i9 inch MacBook Pro and repeated some of the same tests. The CPU throttling stopped, and the clock frequency of the CPU and internal system temperature both remained fairly stable, even when running a 4K video encode or a game set to maximum detail settings.
In our standard benchmarks, which don't run long enough to have triggered the throttling issue, the pre and post-patch performance was essentially identical. Do you need that kind of power? Most mere mortals don't, which is why more affordable inch MacBooks and MacBook Air models are still perfectly fine for the websurfing masses. But this the MacBook Pro , and the pro audience does a lot more than websurfing. For example, when Apple briefed me on the new Pros, the company offered in-person testimonials and demos from several power users, including Carlos Perez , director of the record-breaking Despacito music video, who talked about how the larger storage and faster processor in the MacBook Pro could let him preview and color correct 5K footage in real time, cutting out intermediary steps from his workflow.
Consider the graphics power under the hood, too: While the AMD Radeon Pro inside isn't necessarily a gaming GPU, photo, video and design professionals who are editing 4K video or rendering giant 3D models will find it to be a decent step up from the baseline Intel integrated graphics on the inch model. True Tone is a display technology already found on recent iPhones and iPad Pros, using light sensors to automatically adjust the color temperature of the display to best match your viewing environment.
It can make the color range warmer or colder on the fly by adjusting the white balance. For example, the screen will display colors in a way that better matches how that color would look on a real-world wall or object in your current lighting conditions. Under all but the most extreme lighting situations, it's a subtle effect at best.
Under warm studio lighting, for example, True Tone reflected the color temperature of the room. Clicking the checkbox to turn it off quickly shifted the image back toward a colder tone with a more prominent blue tint. Anyone editing precise images or video who doesn't want that adjustment can turn True Tone off in the settings menu.
And if you're working on an external monitor, the effect can also be used on certain supported external displays , including Apple's recent Thunderbolt Display and LG's UltraFine 4K and 5K monitors. What's the biggest issue people have with the MacBook's current keyboard design? Is it that the ultraflat keys don't have the same tactile response as the older, deeper keys? Is it the stories about small particles getting wedged in the tight keycaps, leaving some keys sticky or unresponsive?
Or is it that the keyboard was just too clacky and loud? If you chose the third option, you're in luck! Apple says the the new third-generation flat keyboard on the MacBook Pro is quieter than the previous versions. The company officially says this keyboard update has no new engineering or tweaks to specifically address the sticky keys issue, currently the subject of both multiple lawsuits and a new Apple repair program.
But that may not be the whole story. Early teardowns showed a new membrane under the keys , which seems designed to keep at least some dust and grit particles out. Time and users will tell if this is enough to mitigate enough of the particulate abuse people submit their laptops to. Having used Apple's butterfly keyboard across nearly every product shipped with it, starting with the first inch MacBook in , I can say I've encountered the stuck-key issue only occasionally. Not to the point where the keyboard ceases to function, but it was still frustrating when it happened.
I found this cleaning methodology worked for all my stuck key issues. At the same time, I've talked to MacBook owners who have had to send their still-new laptops away for keyboard repair, so it is a real issue for some. This new keyboard is indeed ever-so-slightly quieter. Not that the previous keyboard was especially loud. These new keys have a more muted "thunk" when pressed, rather than a sharp clack. It feels like a softer contact against the button of the key mechanism, which may be due to the transparent silicone membrane.
You'd really have to try both generations of MacBook Pro keyboards side by side which I did to tell the difference. Apple clearly wants pro-level customers to feel like they're being heard and that their needs are understood and addressed. Improved pro-level options are finally flowing into the Mac line, starting with the iMac Pro all-in-one late in , and now with these new and improved MacBook Pro laptops. And -- sometime in -- with a redesigned Mac Pro desktop. Still, it sometimes feels like it's two steps forward and one step back.
The generally impressive iMac Pro is still built around a years-old design and is locked into its nonupgradeable display and components. These new MacBook Pro models finally have the CPU and memory horsepower to make handling large files and complex tasks easier if you pay up for the biggest upgrades , but the keyboard saga and embarrassing thermal throttling glitch distracted from an otherwise solid upgrade cycle, albeit one lacking significant leaps such as a design overhaul or the addition of Face ID.
All the while, Apple is laddering up to a relaunch of the Mac Pro desktop. Still, it remains a main selling point here, and it looks as clear, bright and sharp as any high-end laptop. The Retina screen has a 2,x1,pixel resolution, and is best demonstrated when displaying text or professional high-res photography. In , every Apple laptop, save for the two Air models and the lone "classic" MacBook Pro that is surprisingly still available, has a better-thanp display.
Here, you get two USB 3. You won't find an optical drive or Ethernet jack, but both of those are increasingly rare, even in inch laptops. This is a premium laptop, and you can rightly expect premium performance scores from it. That said, this model does not upgrade its CPU from the previous fourth-generation Intel Core i-series to the current fifth-generation chips as seen in the inch Pro and Air , so the year-over-year gain is minimal.
It's also difficult to directly compare the the and configurations we tested, as our inch MacBook Pro had only Intel's integrated Iris graphics, while our configuration has a discrete graphics card from AMD, the Radeon R9 MX. Compared with premium midsize Windows laptops running Core i7 processors, both the and inch MacBook Pros were closely matched with the Razer Blade , and a bit faster than a new Dell XPS 15 with Nvidia graphics and a 4K display.
The AMD graphics card included in the more expensive MacBook Pro configuration is helpful for high-end photo and video editing. When it comes to gaming, it's perhaps less so. Gaming on OS X is still anemic at best, with even high-end games such as BioShock: Infinite and Metro: Last Light only available for Macs in crippled forms that lack some high-end resolution and detail settings.
Apple claims tweaks to the operating system and battery chemistry should give you about an hour of extra battery life in this MacBook Pro, versus a comparable model. Again, perhaps because this year's test unit has to support a separate graphics card while the one we tested last year did not, the battery life we saw in the inch MacBook Pro versus the model was nearly identical.
This system ran for in our video playback battery test, about 15 minutes longer than the configuration we tested. The inch MacBook Pro is a powerful, but still portable, laptop that feels more at home on a desk perhaps tethered to external hard drives and docking stations than in your travel bag. But it's also slim and light enough to make an occasional trip without being a burden, which is why Apple feels free to charge such a premium for it above both other high-end inch laptops and the rest of the MacBook line.
It's the biggest and most powerful laptop Apple makes, and unless you're moving up to a 5K iMac or the Mac Pro desktop, it's going to be on the wish lists of photographers, designers, video makers and others. But for everyone else, there may be a better choice in the MacBook lineup. The inch Pro is the current champ for combining price, performance and features, while the inch Air is, while a bit dated in its design, still a tremendously useful laptop available at a very accessible price.
Dan Ackerman. The Good The inch MacBook Pro has a brilliant Retina Display, powerful processor and new graphics card options, plus faster flash storage and a new Force Touch trackpad. It offers only the most minimal upgrades over last year's version, despite a very high starting price. The new AMD graphics don't do much for gamers. Current inch MacBook Pro owners won't feel the need to upgrade, but the handful of tweaks included here keep this expensive system at the top of the list for powerful midsize laptops.
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