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Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/A

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/ANotebook: Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/A (MacBook Pro 15 inch Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2635QM
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 6490M 256 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.515kg
Average Score: 87.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 82%, features: 70%, display: 80% mobility: 83%, workmanship: 98%, ergonomy: 95%, emissions: 88%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/A

85% Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen) | Notebookcheck
Go with the Glossy Screen? After having thoroughly reviewed the new MBP 15, we provide you here with an update about the starter model with a 1440x900 pixel resolution on a glare-type screen. Is the extra cost of matte-screened model worth it or can you rest assured you won't regret the decision to just go with the glossy screen?
80% Apple 2011 MacBook Pro 15 15.4-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
The Spring 2011 refresh of the MacBook Pro 15 comes with some major internal changes that bring it a new level of performance thanks to the quad core processor compared to the past dual core model. Another new addition is the high speed Thunderbolt port that doubles for both high speed external storage and display duties.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

85% Test Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz Quad-Core, glare)
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 82% display: 80% mobility: 83% workmanship: 98% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 88%
Apple MacBook Pro (MC723D/A)
Source: Chip.de - 6/11 German
total rating good
Single Review, , Short, Date: 05/01/2011
Multimedia-Notebooks mit Intels Core-i-2000-Prozessoren
Source: c't - 10/11 German
battery runtime very good, performance very good, 3D-games good, display very good, bad fan
Comparison, , Long, Date: 05/01/2011
100% MacBook Pro 15 pouces 2 GHz Core i7
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/10/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%

Comment

Series:

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.

AMD Radeon HD 6490M: Entry to middle class graphics card based on the Seymore XT codename with support for fast GDDR5. The chip can be clocked at 700-750 with GDDR5 and 800 with slow DDR3.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


2635QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.515 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


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 %

Apple reviews


87.5%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-03-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)