Apple Macbook Pro 17“ 2008-12


Apple Macbook Pro 17“ 2008-12Notebook: Apple Macbook Pro 17“ 2008-12 (Macbook Pro 17 inch Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 3.1kg
Price: 2300 euro
Average Score: 75.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 90%, features: 87%, display: 83% mobility: 67%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 91%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Apple Macbook Pro 17“ 2008-12

80% 17-inch Apple MacBook Pro
Source: Laptop Mag English
The thinnest and lightest desktop replacement yet combines great graphics performance with a stunning display and very long battery life. With a starting price of $2,799, the 17-inch MacBook Pro isn’t for your average consumer (unless they’re a Mac enthusiast with very deep pockets). Rather, it’s for creative professionals and power users who crave the performance and switchable graphics of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but a larger, richer display. Fortunately, thanks to an impressively lightweight design and long battery life, users can enjoy the stunning 17-inch display without having to compromise much in the way of portability. Some Windows machines offer better bang for your buck if you’re not as concerned with endurance. The $1,804 Dell XPS 16, at 6.8 pounds, is heavier, and provides much shorter battery life, but offers lots of style and power for almost a grand less, as well as a gorgeous RGB display. But for those who have the money, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is a superior desktop replacement with epic battery life that you can take almost anywhere.
80, Preis 60, Leistung 90, Display 90, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80%
Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro notebook - First Look
Source: Pocket Lint English
It wasn't the netbook that Mac fanboys were hoping for, however for those who need a big screen and long battery on the move this is a great improvement over the previous model bringing in features that new 15-inch MacBook Pro users have been enjoying for some time. If the promised 8 hours delivers (Apple says you'll get a 60% improvement on the previous version), it will impress, however personally the thought of lugging around something so large to use on the train or plane means this isn't likely to be one for us.
Display gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/14/2009
Rating: display: 80% mobility: 40%
50% Apple MacBook Pro
Source: PC Authority English
Stylistically, Apple’s new MacBook Pro is a success, and the design is matched by fine performance elsewhere, but you’re paying a premium for that Apple logo and the slick finish. Mac users will already have put their old MacBook up on eBay – and rightly so – but given the problems we encountered with Windows Vista, we’d recommend PC users hold off before they consider taking the plunge.
Preis mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 50%

Foreign Reviews

Obst für unterwegs - Apple Notebooks im Vergleich
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/17/2008
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
96% Test: Macbook Pro 17 Zoll
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/09/2008
Rating: Total score: 96% performance: 100% features: 94% ergonomy: 91%


NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT: The NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT is the DirectX 10 capable successor of the GeForce Go 7600 GT GPU for laptops. Depending on the used graphic memory and the clock speed,  the performance is between the 7600 GT and 7900 GS video card.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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

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.


The T9300 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and similar to the T9400 but with a lower FSB.

» 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.

3.1 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

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

75.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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

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Stefan Hinum, 2008-12-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)