Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2011)

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Reviewed by grahamnp (Currently owns)

Well built and nice looking. Not the best looking laptop ever but when everyone else is copying it and failing, it looks pretty decent. I still wish it didn't look like the same laptop that came out in 2009, but it looks ok so no complaints really.

Keyboard is functionally excellent. Feel and travel is great but the keys show wear very quickly.

Touchpad is perfect, no complaints.

Display could be a little bit higher res and the gloss is annoying but the quality of the panel is undeniably good and sets the standard for mid/high end 15.4" notebooks.

Performance on the new quad i7s and 6750m is excellent. Apple frequently falls behind in the specs race but not this time. Quite pleased with this.

Heat is terrible and as a result so is noise. The small frame and cooling system cannot handle the 55w (at max turbo) and 20-30W(??) of the GPU. In summer when ambient temps are high, the notebook overheats in Windows. Yes, it is Windows but boot camp is provided by Apple so I expect a good experience.

Battery life is good and well above average but Lion cut my battery life by about 1h.

OSX is great.

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  • Battery life 8
  • Software 9
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