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Apple MacBook Pro - Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz - RAM 4 GB - HDD 320 GB - DVD

We have collected and analyzed 19 expert reviews and 479 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 79/100 and users rate it 89/100. The average review date is Jul 14, 2008. We have compared these reviews to 446804 reviews from other Laptops. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 16, 2014.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2008 Edition (Core 2 Duo 2.5GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD)

 

Editors' note: As of June 2009, the product reviewed here has been replaced by these updated models .

Updated CPUs, improved battery life, adds touch pad gestures from the MacBook Air.

Small performance premium over the cheaper 13-inch MacBook; only 90 days of toll-free technical support; still no SD card reader.

A solid, if predictable, upgrade to the MacBook Pro line, but noteworthy for stealing the MacBook Air's best feature--expanded gesture controls for the touch pad.

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Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Review

 

Not much has changed visually from the Core Duo MacBook Pro. What has changed is not initially visible. Apple abandoned the vertical vents in favor of horizontal vents, allowing more air to move freely from the case. This single change has helped to...

Added larger hard drive, FireWire 800, and dual-layer DVD burner ; 1" thick ; Very portable for a 15 ; Improved battery life ; Great screen

Needs more USB ports ; Speakers are weak ; No higher resolution screen available

This is Apple's second try with an Intel processor in their flagship notebook and the results are much better. I am not sure what exactly went wrong with the Core Duo MacBook Pro's quality control, but there were widespread reports of issues, not to...

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Apple MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

 

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

Excellent battery endurance • Rugged design • Small footprint

Uneven screen brightness • Tiny keyboard • Tablet functionality costs more

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Apple MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz, 17-inch)

 

The aluminum MacBook Pro is a clear departure from the black or white plastic look of the iPod, the iMac, or the (non-Pro) MacBook. Weighing just 6.8 pounds (7.5 with the AC adapter), it's easily the lightest desktop replacement laptop we've seen....

Lightest 17-inch laptop we've seen; has a built-in Webcam and a remote control; can run Windows XP via Boot Camp; adds FireWire 800 support.

Lacks media card reader; comes with only 90 days of toll-free technical support.

Apple's Core 2 Duo 17-inch MacBook Pro is especially thin and light for a desktop replacement, making it an attractive choice for multimedia users on the go.

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APPLE MACBOOK PRO CORE 2 DUO 2.16GHZ 1024MB 120GB OSX TIGER SUPERDRIVE

 

Good Performance ; Smaller and less heavy ; Compatibility with Windows XP or OS X ; No noise ; High quality webcam ; Special remote for media and power point

Gives out lot of heat ; Lacks media card reader ; Only 90 days of toll-free technical support

Apple MacBook Pro offers easy working with different software. It is definitely smaller and quieter than other laptops. However, this could be the reason for the difference in cost in comparison to other laptops. Apple MacBook Pro supports durable...

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"Worthless. I end up using my PC more often."

 

I payed a lot of money for mine and I regret it. It gets up to 195 degrees from running 10 minutes of a simple card game that uses a java applet. You can forget about playing any kind of real games or watching any videos on this machine. It will...

Nice Features

Overheats

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"I love my Mac You just don't hear that from a PC owner"

 

I think persons that purchase a PC haven't ever used a Mac for comparison.

My 3 year Dell died a horrible death. All the Macs I have purchased since 1979 STILL WORK.

There are none...DUH...It's intuitive and does what you want before you do know it...I LOVE IT!

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Perfect! As every mac computer!

 

As in every mac, speed, great performance, powerful, works perfectly for designers, architects, engineers, publicists, programers, and so on

Not very "portable" as it is very heavy comparing with other macs (15-inches, air, etc). Battery deteriorates rapidly, have to be replaced once a year

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Better than a macbook but it has some problems.

 

Much impoved graphics... very solid machine with no flex at all so you don't feel like it will bend in your hands if you pick it up by one side. You likely know the good things about a macbook pro, so let me simply give you the things you might have...

It is very fast ; Graphics card is much improved ; much more sturdy than the old polycarbonate/plastic macbooks and macbook pros

slippery ; horrible mouse/track pad button ; swapping from one graphics card to the other requires a restart

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Better than a macbook but it has some problems."

 

Much impoved graphics... very solid machine w... 

It is very fast

slippery