Apple MacBook Pro (17-inch, early 2011)

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Reviewed by dougmorton (Currently owns)

I'll start with a bait of a backstory. I've used Windows all my life since my family first got a Windows 98 PC back in the day. Throughout my school time at school (Until last June) I also used Windows PCs. Basically I had been a Windows user. I, like many did however, own several Apple Products. An iPhone 4 and an iPad were the main ones I used. (On a side note I've been using iOS since 2007 with the original iPod touch.) I was very impressed and I wanted more. I'd been looking in to getting a Mac for many years, the Windows Vista desktop my family had been using since 2007 was getting very sluggish so it was very much the right time to invest. Long story not so short last September I got the 17" Macbook Pro early 2011, 2.2Ghz i7, 750GB Hard Drive, 4GB RAM (Which I then upgraded to 8GB privately) and an AMD Radeon HD 7650M graphics with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM.

Overall I am very happy with it however there's a few things that could be better, and would be if I hand't been so dumb. I'll list them below.
A 17" computer is not portable.
It's too big to fit in any bag
It weighs a ton
The Hard Drive is way too slow, I want an SSD!
The battery hardly lasts long at all. (Compared to the other devices I use. Yes, I'm talking about the iPad)
The screen isn't as good as the retina display we're all used to these days.

But the good things are....
OS X. Amazing
FaceTime HD camera is really good
It looks good, even though it is very outdated by Apple's standards.
It's a fast machine, would be even better with an SSD
Has the most amazing trackpad, just like using an iOS device
The keyboard is very easy to use, perfectly sized and positioned.

I know this is an old computer now and we are expecting a new MacBook Pro soon (And the late 2011 version has been out since October) so no one is probably going to be buying this, I think that's a good thing for most people. The 15" MacBook Pro is a much better option for most. Also, with the money you save you can buy an SSD.

I'd give it more of an 8.7, but you can't do that so I'll stick with the 9.

On a side note, I never use the SuperDrive.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 9
  • Keyboard 10
  • Touchpad 10
  • Display 8
  • Performance 9
  • Heat / noise 8
  • Battery life 7
  • Software 10
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