Apple Macbook Pro 17 inch 2009-03
Average of 18 scores (from 27 reviews)
Reviews for the Apple Macbook Pro 17 inch 2009-03
Source: Digital Versus
The 17'' MacBook Pro is the biggest and most powerful laptop in Apple's current line-up. The MacBook Pro 17'' is an exceptional laptop in more ways than one. It's powerful and quiet, but also offers great battery life. The screen is much better than its competitors, and the manufacturing quality is impeccable. The only drawbacks are a slightly noisy DVD writer, a limited range of ports and a very off-putting price tag.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: PC Authority
Apple's products are some of the most divisive and compelling in the industry, so it's no surprise that the recent 15.4in MacBook Pro and its button-free trackpad prompted plenty of debate. The most striking feature of this 17in MacBook Pro, however, is more traditional: the screen. Although only a traditional white LED panel, it boasts fantastic colour range, accuracy and clarity. If you're happy spending the best part of $5000 on a laptop that places style ahead of more practical considerations, or you need a near-perfect screen with plenty of desktop space, the 17in MacBook Pro is a great choice. Be warned, though: your money could go further elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: price: 50% display: 90%
Is Apple's largest laptop an aluminium powerhouse? Apple's MacBook Pro 17-inch is aimed directly at design professionals and it's hard to find a better blend of style and performance, although it is slightly lacking in features. The MacBook Pro 17-inch is a fantastic machine. It does lack a few features, but its brilliant build quality and excellent operating system more than compensate.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Comp Reviews
Just months after the MacBook Pro 17-inch model was released, Apple has already refreshed the system with some minor upgrades and more importantly a price drop. This makes one of the most portable 17-inch laptops on the market even more attractive to those looking for a very stylish yet strong performing laptop than before. The design still has the issue of no access for the hard drive and battery and even with the price reduction to $2500, it remains one of the more expensive on the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
When we reviewed the last update of the 17-inch MacBook Pro in March, we were impressed with how light and thin it had gotten, considering how much muscle it can flex. We were a little disappointed with some aspects of its performance, but overall counted it as a good value for what you got. Just a few months later, though, Apple has come back with a new 17-inch MacBook Pro that isn’t drastically different but is cheaper and showed some improvements in our testing. Apple’s improved 17-inch MacBook Pro is a dream for designers or anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice power for portability.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 84%
Source: PC World
The latest 17-inch MacBook Pro is by all measures a minor hardware upgrade over its predecessor, offering only slightly faster processor options and an increase in hard-drive capacity. The more significant change is the value you get for your money. If you purchased a 17-inch MacBook Pro after February's unibody introduction, you have little reason to upgrade now--or to regret your purchase. But if you've been on the fence about splurging for the monster of all MacBooks, the decision to buy just got easier: This is the fastest Mac laptop ever, at the lowest price Apple has ever charged for a top-of-the-line notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/22/2009
Rating: display: 60%
It isn’t easy to make a bulky 17in laptop look elegant, but Apple’s design team has made a good attempt with this update of its top-of-the range Macbook Pro. The Macbook Pro is an impressive computer and the improvement in battery life is astonishing. However, it’s extremely expensive even by the standards of 17in laptops so it can only be recommended for professional users in fields such as video editing, who can justify the cost of such a powerful desktop replacement. The new Macbook is powerful and technically impressive, but the price will limit it to professional users.
80, Preis 60, Leistung 80, Ausstattung 100
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 100%
If you are just such a user, though, and you’re hungry for the extra screen size (and the non-glare option), the 17-inch MacBook Pro is unlikely to disappoint. Time will tell whether Apple’s battery predictions pan out, and - starting from $2,799 and, when maxed out with a 256GB SSD, hitting $4,899 - the price certainly won’t be confused for a budget option, but it’s an incredible workstation with the power to back up its promises. We’re just hoping Apple hear the positive feedback and roll the non-glare display coating option down to the smaller models in the range.
Leistung 80, Display 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/08/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80%
The most powerful Mac notebook to date offers an innovative new battery. When encoding digital media, the speeds were solid. Using iTunes 8.0.2, it took six minutes to import an eight-song, 45-minute CD at 128kbps. QuickTime Pro 7.6 exported our five-minute, 720x480, 30fps movie to iPod-friendly resolutions in five minutes, 42 seconds, another good score. Apart from the battery, there's no massive advance from the 15-inch model. Even so, an increase in performance is enough to justify Apple's claim that it's 'the most powerful Mac notebook yet.'
80, Leistung 80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Hardware Zone
We really liked the 17-inch MacBook Pro, it's a great machine that delivers the goods in terms of performance and design. Despite its size as a 17-inch desktop replacement, Apple has managed to keep a svelte and slim figure that's barely any thicker than the 15-inch model. Of course, there are some drawbacks from the design, and we're sure the non-removable battery is probably on top of your mind. Retailing at a cool S$4388, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is indeed pricey and may not be the wisest purchase price-wise. However it is simply one of the coolest notebooks around and it delivers on almost all accounts - gorgeous design, great physique, sex appeal, worthy performance and great battery stamina. Now don't forget that all this is from Apple and that should speak for itself.
90, Preis 50, Leistung 80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 50% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
Coming on the heels of last fall’s 13- and 15-inch MacBooks, the new 17-inch model ($2,799) takes the improvements that were made to those models and kicks it up another notch with the thinnest, fastest MacBook Pro ever. The unibody case, carved out of a single piece of aluminum, is beyond solid. Despite its 17-inch display, this 6.6-pound machine was made to be used on the go. But like most Apple products, it’s not just the build quality that will catch your eye. Even closed, the MacBook Pro is a simple, elegant machine. We should also note that Apple’s packaging is getting smaller in an attempt to be environmentally friendly, which we appreciate. Despite a few performance anomalies, the 17-inch MacBook Pro offers plenty of creature comforts for creative professionals.
82, Leistung 60, Verarbeitung 50
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 60% workmanship: 50%
Source: PC Pro
Apple's products are some of the most divisive and compelling in the industry, so it's no surprise that the 15.4in MacBook Pro prompted plenty of debate. The good looks, solid design and build were offset by a number of niggles: some disliked the scrabble-tile keyboard, others baulked at the non-removable battery, and plenty didn't approve of the unusual button-free trackpad. Aside from the extraordinary screen, it's typical Apple: impeccable design and build quality meets merely average value for money.
67, Verarbeitung 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
The new 17in Apple MacBook Pro has a lot going for it, from the faster processor, front side bus and memory speeds, to its thinner and lighter, unibody design. Add in a new battery that lasts longer per charge, and you’ve got yourself a winner. If you’re not a fan of glossy screens, the 17in Apple MacBook Pro is the only Apple laptop with an anti-glare option. And though the decision to lock away the battery behind 10 screws and a warranty voiding warning sticker is controversial, the fact that the battery will last at least three times as long as the battery in the previous 17-inch MacBook Pro should lessen the sting.
80, Mobilität 70, Display 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70%
Source: Reg Hardware
A price tag of £1949 is enough to make even the most diehard Mac fan think twice. You could certainly get a similarly specified PC laptop for less – although features such as the Firewire port, twin graphics cards and the long-lasting battery do make direct comparisons difficult. If you just want a powerful Mac laptop then the 13in and 15in models undoubtedly offer better value for money. But then the 17in MacBook Pro is a niche product aimed at a relatively small number of Apple’s creative users who specifically need that big screen display. The real question, therefore, is whether this new model will tempt those users to upgrade from their existing machines. On that score, the new 17in model will probably succeed, as the twin graphics cards and unibody design correct the most obvious omissions in December’s somewhat pointless update. The new long-lasting battery might also help to swing the decision if people think that it will genuinely allow them to get more work done wHen they’re on the move.
80, Preis 40, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% mobility: 80%
Source: Comp Reviews
Apple's latest version of the MacBook Pro comes with some significant changes including the solid unibody aluminum design first debuted in the MacBook and MacBook redesign of 2008. The new design still retain the title of lightest and thinnest 17-inch laptop on the market. It also has one of the longest battery life of the market. The downside is that Apple does not have the lower access panel for access to the hard drive or battery like the MacBook Pro 15-inch. While expensive, it still is one of the best performing 17-inch systems for those needing lots of performance in a portable package.
80, Preis 40, Leistung 90, Mobilität 90
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 90% mobility: 90%
Ultimately, the decision about whether to buy the bigger MacBook Pro is probably already made -- if you're a power user who needs the real estate, there's little to deter you from making this purchase. Apple has cleaned up the design in all the right ways, improved the display and guts considerably, and proved that it can milk a substantial amount of time from a non-removable battery. The cost may still be a major barrier here for most, but something tells us if you really need a computer of this size, you'll find a way to pay for it. Our actual gripe comes not in the form of problems with this particular system, but in Apple's methodology of rolling out options for their laptops.
Preis mäßig, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/04/2009
Rating: price: 60% display: 80%
When the latest 13-inch Apple MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro were announced in October 2008, a similar revamp of the larger, 17-inch MacBook Pro was nowhere to be seen. But, in January 2009, Apple announced the 17-inch MacBook Pro would be getting the same unibody aluminum chassis, buttonless (or, more accurately, all-button) trackpad, and edge-to-edge glass on the LED-backlit display. Apple's reworked 17-inch MacBook Pro joins its 15-inch brother in having a redesigned aluminium body, new trackpad with expanded functionality, and a dual-graphics set-up for either longer battery life or better performance. Overall, it's an excellent laptop with good performance, solid build quality and impressive battery life
84, Leistung 80, Mobilität 80, Verarbeitung 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Mag
Part media center, part workstation, the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch has been revered over the years by a nation of professional photographers and film editors, not to mention average media folks who can't get enough of this thin-bodied cinematic wonder. When the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Dual Graphics) and the MacBook 13-inch (Aluminum) launched with their "unibody" enclosures—in each case, a heavily promoted slab of aluminum that rids the frame of all detachable parts—a "uni-seventeen-incher" was clearly on the way. Doubts about the redesigned keyboard, the touchpad, and the non-removable battery can be put to rest, because the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Unibody) is as powerful as it is gorgeous.
80, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80%
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: c't - 14/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: performance: 60% display: 90% mobility: 90% emissions: 30%
Source: c't - 11/09
Single Review, , Very Long, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 40%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/18/2009
Rating: display: 80%
Source: Mac Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 94% performance: 100% features: 92% ergonomy: 78%
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/24/2009
Rating: price: 60%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 91% display: 90% mobility: 83% workmanship: 99% ergonomy: 94% emissions: 76%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 40% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 70%
Source: Mac Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 03/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 95% features: 91% ergonomy: 98%
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.
The T9550 is a middle class dual-core CPU of the Core 2 Duo line and similar to the P9600 (except for the higher TDP of the T9550 - 35 vs 25 W). The performance of the T9550 should be sufficient for most applications and games of 2009.» 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.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
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83.67%: 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.
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