Apple MacBook Pro (17-inch, early 2011)

Basic Specs

Laptop type Desktop replacement
Thickness 0.98 inches
Weight 6.6 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 17 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Base discrete GPU brand AMD
Optical drive type Slot-loading

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Desktop replacement
Width 15.47 inches
Depth 10.51 inches
Thickness 0.98 inches
Weight 6.6 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Mac OS X

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 17 inches
Display surface Matte, Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1200 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Multitouch points 4

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2720QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.2 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.3 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2820QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.3 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.4 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Base discrete GPU brand AMD
Discrete GPU model Radeon HD 6750M
Dedicated VRAM size 1 GB

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB
Max. config RAM size 8 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1333 MHz
RAM slots 2

Storage

Options HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type HDD (5400RPM)
Base drive capacity 500 GB
Max. config HDD 750 GB
Max. config SSD 512 GB

Optical Drive

Optical drive type Slot-loading
Compatible media DVD/CD-RW combo, DVD+R/W, DVD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, Dual-layer DVD burner

Audio

Speakers 2
Subwoofer Yes

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 3
FireWire 800 1
Thunderbolt 1
Ethernet 1
Ethernet type 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
3.5mm headphone 1
3.5mm line-in / microphone 1
Card slot(s) ExpressCard/34

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR

Battery

Size 95 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 7 hr

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9.0

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

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  • 9.0
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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.

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    Reviewed by kyledrandall (Currently owns)

    I purchased this model with an anti glare display and 8GB of RAM. 1 year later and it is still screaming. I have removed the HDD and put in a Crucial M4 256GB SSD in. This notebook is very powerful. Geekbench scores are just over 10,000 and having a SSD inside makes executing any task very fast. I like screen real estate but after having this big of a notebook, I would not hesitate to say that buying a 13" Air and a Thunderbolt Display might be a better option. I don't do graphic intense applications but this laptop can handle just about anything I've thrown at it. Convert HD movies into .m4v in 15 minutes. It's very reliable. The heat and noise are the only things that get to me. If I'm just browsing or emailing, it's fine. However, if I have a game open or viewing video on Safari, the fans kick on and it can be distracting. Overall, this notebook has been my most reliable computer I've ever had. I plan on taking out the optical drive and installing an OWC Data Doubler to put my old 750GB HDD in as extra storage and also 16GB of RAM. If you like a big screen and do a lot of video or graphic work, nothing compares to this MacBook Pro.

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