Apple MacBook Pro

On its website Apple claims ‘everything in the 17-inch MacBook Pro is huge. Except its size and weight’. Is there substance to the company’s claims?

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Apple MacBook Pro
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  May 11, 2009

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Key Specs

Display adapter: GeForce 9400M
Display screen: 17-inch LED backlit
Internal storage: 320GB
Memory: 4GB
Optical drives: DVD writer

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On its website Apple claims ‘everything in the 17-inch MacBook Pro is huge. Except its size and weight’. Is there substance to the company’s claims?

In a word, yes. The new MacBook Pro boasts a large 17-inch LED backlit LCD and despite its large, desktop replacement dimensions, it weighs less than 3kg. That’s quite impressive given the size of its LCD and heavy duty components. The LCD is a stunner when it comes to visual quality; videos look superb and photos are vivid and look very accurate when compared to the original subject. The screen is also capable of high brightness and razor sharp text that’ll have your eyes jumping for joy.

Thanks to its quick core components, the notebook is quite a speed demon and feels very fluid in use. Most applications open within a matter of seconds and multitasking with several apps open doesn’t slow the machine down in the least. A solid workstation then.

The Apple proved a beast on the battery life front as well, as it managed to stay alive for slightly over three hours when playing back a 720p HD movie. (Playing a HD movie is an intensive battery test because it uses the CPU, GPU and machine’s LCD heavily.) Using office applications and surfing the web, the notebook lasted a solid five hours and 40 minutes, which is very decent for a fully-loaded desktop replacement.

Verdict: A powerful desktop replacement machine that offers road-warrior characteristics in the form of long battery life.

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