I purchased this MacBook Pro in early-March, as I absolutely needed a new computer that was much faster in speed, and had a larger screen than my previous “desktop” which had a 13inch screen. So I have been waiting for quite some time, and once Apple announced their new line of MacBook Pros, I said to myself that this was the update I have been waiting for. All new MacBook Pros with the most speediest dual-core CPU, and also quad-core CPU from the baseline 15inch onwards. These lines of CPU are the new Sandy Bridge processors by Intel, sporting new technologies like TurboBoost 2.0 and HyperThreading. They also sport new GPUs by AMD that increases speed up to 3 times faster than its predecessor. All models come with 4GB RAM as standard, as well as the new Thunderbolt port that uses light-peak technology that enables data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s. We can assume that Apple is planning to eventually get rid of USB ports and only sport multiple Thunderbolt ports. However, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon as 3rd-party manufacturers have not mass produced any peripherals that sport Thunderbolt technology.
The internal specifications of the reviewed MacBook Pro:
2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor (Sandy Bridge)
6MB L3 cache
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
500GB HDD at 5400rpm
Intel HD Graphics 3000
AMD Radeon HD 6490M Graphics with 256MB GDDR5
FireWire 800, USB 2.0, SDXC card slot, 8x SuperDrive
- Slick, durable unibody design.
- Comfortable, backlit keyboard.
- Long-lasting battery life (7.5 hours with normal use in our own tests).
- Very good speaker quality.
- Very fast CPU & GPU.
- Bright and crisp display.
- Easy to use glass trackpad with all multitouch gesture support via system preferences.
- Lightweight for a 15inch.
- Stock hard drive is 500GB at 5400rpm – we would have liked at least a 7200rpm, or perhaps an SSD for the OS.
plomonet rating: 9.5/10
Here is the Unboxing video:
Performance comparison between a 2009 MacBook Air:
Review Part One: Design & Build Quality:
Review Part Two: Target Market:
Review Part Three: Performance & Battery Life:
Review Part Four: Final Thoughts:
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About the Author: Kenta Arai is a tech enthusiast who was born in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. He passion towards technology began to develop as he grew up in Hong Kong, where technology had its solid place in the mass market. Arai became one of the most enthusiastic technophile student in his high-school, and was also well-known for consulting many of his school-mates when purchasing new computers. His expertise in the tech industry is focused on Apple Inc. and Google Inc.