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Apple MacBook Pro 17"

alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17". The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and reliability. The usability and design also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the touchpad, and the connectivity and price get less positive comments.

performance, design, usability, reliability, screen

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Pro 17" is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 17"


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17" from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the energy efficiency and design are overall positive. The image quality and performance also get good feedback. The size and usability get mixed reviews, while some have doubts about the connectivity and durability.

reliability, performance, image quality, design, energy

price, durability, connectivity

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro 17" 1920 x 1200 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo /2GB /160GB 7200rpm /SD /AP /BTApple MacBook Pro 17" Docking Station 2010 + by Henge Docks

May, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 17"


alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17" from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the price and reliability. The design and usability also get good reviews.

performance, usability, design, reliability, price

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro 17" Notebook PC (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Glossy High-Resolution Display, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)APPLE Macbook Pro 17 inch notebook - 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache , 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500 GB SATA, 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/

May, 2016

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Non-Glare


Topless. Apple hasn't necessarily changed their new models to a g ...

Due to a faulty fan in our first test sample with a reflective display, which attracted attention particularly under load with a loud noise, we retested the system noise on our test sample

May, 2009

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (

Review Apple MacBook Pro 17 inch


The 17" desktop replacement of Apple can also be classified as a

design ; workmanship ; low noises ; good input devices ; optimized for MacOS X

high temperatures ; mediocre Windows suppor (yet) ; high price

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch Review


The 17-inch MacBook Pro was the last of the Apple notebook range to get a unibody update, but for those looking for superlative media editing and general

Apr, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (

Apple MacBook Pro (17-inch Unibody)


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 ’,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...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (

Expert Review


The inclusion of Core i5 and i7 processors, improved graphics technology, and unbeatable battery life take the big-screen MacBook Pro to the next level.

Advanced graphics, Intel Core i5 and i7 chips finally offered, Unmatched battery life

Few new external features, No Blu-ray drive

May, 2010

Expert review by: Jonathan Rougeot (

Apple MacBook Pro (17.4-inch)


Despite a few performance anomalies, the 17-inch MacBook Pro offers plenty of creature comforts for creative professionals.

Beautiful design; long battery life; very durable

Mixed performance; no Blu-ray player; touch pad hard to get used to; no SD-card slot

Building on what was already a solid performer in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, this updated model has a lot to offer to creative professionals. We would have liked to see better performance and a larger hard drive, and a Blu-ray drive and memory-card...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: David Phelan (

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5 - Pocket-lint


So, you know you want a computer with a big screen but you want to be able to move it around reasonably easily. So a desktop machine like the iMac 27-inch

Looks great, works like a dream

Price, no SD card slot

This is a tremendous piece of kit. Of course it's not cheap as Apple stuff rarely is, but your money buys you handsome, super-efficient and enjoyable computing. It's a real pleasure to type on the keyboard, the screen looks magnificent and it's fast,...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Jayesh Shinde (

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Core i5)


The new 17-inch Apple MacBook Pro got a whole lot better! It has improved hardware, offers better performance, and costs lesser.

Huge screen, very good quality ; Great battery life ; Very good performance ; Great keyboard, touchpad ; Great looks, solid build

Glossy screen ; Expensive

The new 17-inch Apple MacBook Pro just got a lot better in terms of hardware and performance. It has a very good 17-inch display and also gives better battery life compared to the older MacBook Pro it replaces.

May, 2010

Expert review by: Craig Simms (

Apple MacBook Pro 17 (Early 2011)


New this time: Intel's Thunderbolt I/O, Sandy Bridge processors, 4GB RAM across the range, Intel and AMD graphics and a FaceTime HD webcam.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: John Gillooly (

Apple MacBook Pro 17, how does it really compare to other big laptops?


Sleek, graceful, and a glorious 17in screen. See how the Apple MacBook Pro 17 compared to other desktop replacement laptops in our latest roundup.

Jul, 2010

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes


Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD


Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25 / 0.512
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.5
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2


4G: No

Optical Drive

DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6


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 / L3 / Smart Cache, L2
Processor codename:Arrandale / Merom / Penryn
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series / Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):34 / 35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor package size:35 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28


Cable lock slot type:Kensington