Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2009-06
Average of 13 scores (from 24 reviews)
Reviews for the Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2009-06
Source: Comp Reviews
Apple's recently redesigned MacBook Pro 15 keeps much of the same design elements in place in favor of a few port changes and a new battery. It continues to be an excellent system in terms of performance and style that make it a highly desirable 15-inch laptop on the market. The price drop to $1700 still keeps it quite expensive but more affordable. Users will definitely like the added battery life but peripheral ports still remain the biggest obstacle for Apple's latest revision.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
We know what's coming. Two cores, Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost. Chances are Arrandale will be the first noticeable performance improvement the MacBook Pro line has seen since 2007. If these machines weren't so good, waiting would be the only option.
Apple deserves credit for giving users a reason to upgrade. Intel bases its roadmaps off of how competitive AMD will be in the future. AMD's mobile CPUs weren't doing so well, and thus the mobile Core 2 Duo lineup didn't improve in performance much over the past couple of years.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/10/2009
So, should you get a standard top end 2.8GHz 15” Macbook Pro? The short answer would be yes. However, at £1,699/$2,299, it is no doubt the least favourite when it comes to value for money in the entire Macbook range, disregarding the values from the PCMark Vantage benchmark results. Most of its disadvantages are identical to the other models in the range, and arise from its limited selection of ports. Most of its advantages are also identical to the other models in the range, from the amazing battery life and the excellent aluminium chassis, to the wonderful display and silent cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: PC Advisor
Apple's revised unibody MacBook Pro 15in (Mid 2009) is also the fastest we've ever tested. It’s not the cheapest 15in laptop currently available, but the new Apple MacBook Pro is arguably the best that money can buy today. Only the poor screen quality really lets down an otherwise near-perfect machine. If you can overlook this, then the thoughtful industrial design and peerless build makes Apple's MacBook Pro the gold standard for all modern 15in notebooks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Reg Hardware
All other features aside, we’re simply pleased to see that Apple’s pricing on the 15in MacBook Pro is a bit more competitive than it was last October. This 2.8GHz model isn’t exactly cheap, of course, but it’s powerful enough to handle demanding tasks such as games or video-editing, while features such as the long-lasting battery and twin graphics cards will ensure that it earns its keep when you’re on the road.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 85%
With the range of configuration options already on offer, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a more adaptable 15-inch MacBook Pro in future. At least a paid ExpressCard option would mean that users committed to the format could still keep the notebook on their shortlist. As it stands, like the 13-inch model it’s a usable, attractive and undeniably appealing laptop, with a great display, admirable performance and an OS that not only works well now but that’s set to improve once again when Snow Leopard arrives. Let’s just hope that for their next generation Apple decides to reconnect with the minority users that, in many cases, have been its most vocal advocates.
Leistung 90, Display 90
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 06/26/2009
Rating: performance: 90% display: 90%
Source: APC Mag
If you did splash out on the silver unibody MacBook Pro Lite only a few months ago, you're entitled to be annoyed now there's a real 13 inch Pro. Still, I wouldn't dump it on the nature strip and rush out to buy the Pro. Apart from battery life all you're really missing out on is Firewire, something you obviously decided you could live without when weighing up your purchase. You can also bet that this first-gen 13 inch MacBook Pro will go through a refresh or two before your current MacBook reaches the end of its life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/24/2009
Source: PC World
Apple's new midsize model offers upgraded specs, better value, and more options. All of the new 15-inchers have more expansion room than their predecessors did, plus such new build-to-order options as a 3.06GHz processor; a maximum of 8GB of RAM; a 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive; and a 256GB solid-state drive. The 15-inch MacBook Pro sports a faster processor in its high-end version, higher RAM capacity, a larger solid-state drive option, a longer-life battery, an improved display, and an SD memory-card slot--all at a lower price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/23/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 80%
We'll admit to being extremely wary whenever Apple makes changes to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. 15-inch MBPs running all manner of operating systems are pervasive in the Engadget ranks, and when we hit the road at events like CES and E3 we tend to standardize on them so we can do things like... share batteries. So it's fair to say we went into testing somewhat skeptical, and after a week with the midrange $1,999 configuration we're only slightly less ambivalent about Apple's latest revision of its most popular pro machine -- it's still solid, but we just don't think mobile professionals will be as pleased with Apple's design choices as the general consumer.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2009
Rating: display: 60%
Source: PC Advisor
The 15in Apple MacBook Pro seems larger than it is. This is a good thing. Given that the overall design of the MacBook Pro is unchanged, the updates to the model line are evolutionary. It's the price cuts that, for Apple, border on the revolutionary. Ask Apple officials about that and they talk about wanting to "bring more value" to the laptop equation. That, Apple has done. At a time when the economy is soft, companies are squirreling away every IT panny they can, and consumers are leery of big, new purchases, they need every justification possible before plunking money down for a new computer. Price cuts, solid construction and innovative features, combined with a new OS that'll be just £19 in three months, might just do the trick.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
The latest round of MacBook revisions are nowhere near as radical as the aluminium unibody construction rolled out in late 2008. Instead, the 13-inch MacBook has been promoted to the Pro family, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro has had a handful of minor component upgrades. Most users will be ably served by the less expensive 13-inch MacBook Pro, which starts as low as £900, but the combination of a faster CPU, better battery, larger 500GB hard drive, SD card slot, and price cut makes the new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro a solid improvement over its predecessor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 82%
Source: Laptop Mag
The revamped 15-inch MacBook Pro pairs excellent performance and Apple’s stellar design with a new battery that delivers more than 8 hours of endurance. Priced at $1,999, the 15-inch MacBook Pro offers plenty of processing power and graphics muscle, as well as lengthy battery life, which makes it an outstanding system for heavy-duty content creation in the office or on the go. In future, we’d like the ability to switch between graphics modes without logging out, as well as an integrated mobile broadband option, but this machine gives power users everything they need, designed in a package you’ll want to show off.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Minitechnet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 100% display: 100% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%
Source: c't - 23/09
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: performance: 75% features: 40% display: 80% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 40% performance: 46% features: 35% mobility: 66% ergonomy: 88%
Source: Chip.de - 10/09
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70%
Source: c't - 19/09
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: performance: 65% display: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 90%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 88% display: 82% mobility: 86% workmanship: 99% ergonomy: 94% emissions: 80%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/30/2009
Rating: price: 40% display: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 50% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 50%
Source: Mac Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2009
Rating: display: 70% mobility: 80%
Source: c't - 14/09
Single Review, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 60%
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 84%
Source: NotebookTV.hu HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 20% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 70%
The Retina display is a display which has high enough pixel density that the human retina can’t distinguish individual pixels and was first introduced as a cutting edge technology together with the iPhone 4. Thanks to the retina display, the iPhone 4 was called "Best device in its class" by The Wall Street Journal, and "Best smartphone on the market" by Engadget. The MacBook Pro with Retina display introduced at the WWDC in San Francisco in June 2012 is a separate product line, independent of the original MacBook Pro and should continue the success of the iPhone.
Apart from just the retina display, this new laptop also features a new design similar to that of the MacBook Air, but without Super Drive as well as Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports. Unlike the original MacBook Pro series with standard hard drive, it includes a Solid State Drive. In short, every technological advantage of Apple are concentrated on this new MacBook Pro with Retina display, from the amazing display found in the iPhone, iPad to robust system performance of the MacBook Pro as well as the portability, design and flash storage - this laptop has it all.
In particular the retina display is the sharpest computer display and outclasses every other laptop or computer display by far at the time of its introduction. It is that important that Apple even decided to call this laptop "MacBook Pro with retina display". In fact, the display alone outweighs the biggest disadvantage of the new MacBook Pro, the price – it's Apple we are talking about. If you can afford the steep entry price, this is the most amazing laptop money can buy.
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT: Successor of the 8600M GT and because of the smaller 65nm production process the card is higher clocked (and therefore faster) with the same current consumption.Furthermore, it features an improved video processor (VP3) and HybridPower to save current (in conjunction with the 9100M G).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Established in California in 1977, Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of US$ 32.48 billion in its fiscal year 2008. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
80.23%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.