The Apple Macbook Pro range has been with us now since 2006 and has gone through several rounds of improvements. Things have changed quite a bit since the first version with the most recent in October 2011.
For this model, Apple have focused on upgrading the processor, graphics options and increasing the size possibilities for both the hard drive and screen. As 15 inch laptops go, it's pretty swish and there's plenty on offer to fall in love with!
Space, strength and display
The processing speed sounds just delightful with a quad-core, Intel Core i7 2.4GHz processor and 4GB of RAM. Paired with an LED-backlit 15-inch screen and a Radeon HD 6770 graphics card, this laptop should generate what you want to see, super-fast and super-clear.
You also get to choose how your processor and graphics card work together with an option to focus on high performance or longer life from your battery, depending on the work you want to do.
There's a hefty 750GB of memory to store everything on, access to iCloud storage and the Lion OSX gives you the standard but contemporary Apple access to programs and files.
As with all modern MacBook Pros, there's an all-in-one-piece uni-body aluminium case and a multi-touch trackpad. The speakers can be found either side of the keyboard and the battery is claimed to last for 5 year's worth of recharging.
Finally, there's a slot-loading DVD writer, internal HD webcam, ethernet port, Firewire port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Apple's special Magsafe power socket, SD card reader and an audio in/out line. This model also includes a Thunderbolt socket – a strikingly fast method of information transfer that can work at 10GB/sec speeds and double as a video output.
Quieter, faster, long-living
Online MacBook Pro reviews like this model. The Macbook Pro line has always been very much respected and the new possibilities for the 15-inch model are well-received.
Many noted it to be increasingly faster, cooler and quieter (as you might expect). The screen was mentioned as being fine for long-term use, the keyboard comfortable with plenty of space and the HD webcam lovely for video calls.
Some did feel that, actually, the processor wasn't particularly good at staying cool and that the battery life was a bit short. However, on balance, most people didn't have a problem with this and if you're merely surfing online, it's said you'll get hours from the battery.
You may have some misgivings over the new Thunderbolt port as a USB 3.0 port would have been equally acceptable with more compatibility as well. However, it is dramatically faster and there are adaptors available for converting to HDMI and USB 3.0.
An investment for serious buyers
The 15 inch Macbook Pro is a really sturdy bit of kit. It's great for gamers who expect a lot from their machine, creatives with design and editing roles or just for people who want the best and want it done well. If you're looking to properly upgrade your equipment to something powerful, you should find this to be just what you're looking for.