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Apple KA897LL/A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 387 reviews of Apple KA897LL/A. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the portability and durability are on the whole positive. The screen and design also get good opinions. Reviews about the price and battery are mixed, and many are less positive about the touchpad and performance.

usability, design, screen, durability, portability

performance, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple KA897LL/A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (

Macbook Pro Review, with Retina Display


Apple tends to update its designs very infrequently, so a change like this new Macbook Pro is a bit of an event in the Apple world. This time, the new Macbook Pro introduces two main things: a thinner, slimmer, design and [...]

The Macbook Pro 15 with Retina display is an excellent and expensive laptop, there’s no denying that. But it is also very unique and I’m very curious to see what the competition will come up with in the next few months, and at what price. Now the real...

Jun, 2012

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Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Pro Summer 2009 review:


Radically overhauled last year, Apple's MacBook line of laptops moved to aluminum construction, edge-to-edge glass over LED displays, and oversize multitouch trackpads (with the exception of the lone $999 white plastic model ). The latest round of...

Adds SD card slot and reacquires FireWire; lower starting price; same solid unibody construction and giant multitouch trackpad.

Nonremovable battery; no matte screen or discrete graphics options.

Previously known as the MacBook, Apple's basic 13-inch aluminum unibody laptop has been promoted to the "Pro" series, all while adding features and cutting the base price.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: mikespit1 (

Apple MacBook Pro Review (Late 2008 Model)


Out of the MacBook Pro's myriad new features, the most radical change is the build and manufacturing process. Apple now machines every aluminim notebook casing out of a solid "brick" of aluminum, thereby reducing weight and size of components, but...

Elegant, sturdy, environmentally sound design ; Compact size and weight ; More user accessible components ; Very capable gaming performance

Expensive ; Lower specced than cheaper models from Dell, Sager, Lenovo ; Skimpy on accessories ; Few ports ; No matte screen option

One of the biggest and most welcome changes we noticed is how the new MacBook Pro handles heat dispersion. From our time testing older MacBook Pros, MacBooks and PowerBooks, they all become uncomfortably hot even during simple productivity use. After...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz review: Apple MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz


New aluminum unibody construction looks good, feels solid; giant trackpad; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; new dual graphics provide more power or more battery life.

All-clicking trackpad is a bit awkward, at least initially; the extra-glossy screen won't appeal to everyone; switching GPUs not as seamless as it should be; similar performance to the cheaper 13-inch MacBook; still no media card slot.

Apple's redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro boasts a redesigned aluminum body that's stunning, thin, and sturdy; a new trackpad with expanded functionality; and a dual graphics setup for either longer battery life or better performance, but there's now less...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Carla Thornton (

Macbook Pro


For people who appreciate finer laptop accoutrements such as a backlit keyboard and a slot-fed DVD drive, Apple has crafted another tasty offering in the form of the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Sleek, powerful, and able to run Windows as well as the Mac...

Thin and light for a big notebook

Hard drive isn't user-accessible

Correction: The MacBook Pro's reign as fastest notebook ended on 10/25/2007, not 11/23/2007 as was previously reported. We apologize for the error

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Troy Dreier (

Apple MacBook Pro


Apple's upgraded high-end notebook offers a faster processor and double the RAM, but how does that translate into real-world performance?

Elegant design • Double the RAM of previous version • Includes remote and built-in camera • Excellent software bundle

New Core 2 Duo processor not dramatically faster • Mediocre wireless strength • Short warranty for price

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Mike deAgonia (

Apple's 13-in. MacBook Pro with Retina screen an 'instant hit'


Good screens come in small packages

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Roland Hutchinson (

Apple MacBook Pro Review (15 Inch, 2010)


Apple recently updated it's range of MacBook Pro's, as well as the base model MacBook. The 15 inch and 17 inch MacBook Pro's had the most significant upgrades to Intel's new Core i5 and i7 Processors.

The new 15 inch MacBook Pro that we tested is a significant improvement over the 2009 model, the new Intel Core i5 and i7 processor are a serious upgrade to the previous processors, add that to the new improved graphics and increased battery life and...

May, 2010

Expert review by: Jason Saundalkar (

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?

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

May, 2009

Expert review by: Abbas Jaffar Ali (

Apple MacBook & Pro


Recently Apple introduced new versions of the MacBook and the MacBook Pro based on the Unibody design. Although a lot of noise was made about the “introduction” of the Unibody design on these new Macs, it was actually the MacBook Air that introduced...

In short, these new Macs are beautiful, fast and very functional. They’re certainly a worthy upgrade over the previous models especially with the new nVidia chipset. Would I recommend getting one? If you’re not a power-user then I certainly would. If...

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1
Memory channels supported by processor:2
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:43560
Processor package size:rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28