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Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226)

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226)
alaScore 80

167 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 167 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The design also gets good reviews, whereas many are negative about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro 17inchApple MacBook Pro 17inch

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mid 2009 (MC226) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MC226LL/A 17-Inch LaptopApple MacBook Pro MC226LL/A 17-Inch Laptop

Dec, 2017

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro Summer 2009 review: Apple MacBook Pro Summer 2009

 

Editors' Note (April 13, 2010): Apple has updated its line of MacBook Pros with new Intel processors and improved Nvidia graphics. See CNET's coverage of the Spring 2010 MacBook Pros for more information.

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: (electronicsme.com)

Apple MacBook Pro MC226LL/A

 

Overall, the Apple MacBook Pro MC226LL/A is an excellent ultraportable powerhouse that will have Mac fans cheering and some Windows worshippers converting to the other side. The sleek, revolutionary aluminum unibody allows the notebook to be tight and...

Supreme- blazing performance and capabilities without sacrificing battery lifeMobile- features high-performance wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n)Unique- ultraportable unibody structure that is sturdy yet lightweightPowerful- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor...

If you are a Mac fan who wants the top-of-the-line laptop regardless of...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: metkiki (cnet.com)

"Not good for me, I had to move back to PC."

 

I was very disappointed with Apple Customer Service, you can't even talk to any humans at Apple... are they all robots? Totally waste of over $3,000. I went back to wonderful PC.

Very good for the warranty period of 365 days.

After 365 days, my DVD burner FAILED, and last year my NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512MB FAILED as well. Need to replace whole LB.

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Lisa (newegg.com)

Shipping Issues

 

It's a great item- the computer runs very smoothly, just like I want it to, and I got everything I ordered in good shape. The shipping and upgrade problems were frustrating, but to be fair, customer service was very willing to work with me to sort...

Very clean computer. Works as the summary said it would. No scratches, no glitches

Shipping took a very long time. I called them during the delivery week to inform them I would be out of town and they STILL sent it back- to the other side of the country. They sent it back quickly, but the most recent update was also from nearly two...

Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: kimie25 (shopping.com)

Good computer

 

Love this computer much more than my old PC. Highly recommend a laptop over a desk version to anyone - well worth the extra $

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Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: sunschwee (shopping.com)

Love this computer!

 

I love my macbook. It's great for all types of computer users. You may not want to pay the price for the bigger screen and more features but it's worth it. They last and I've never had any problems with it.

Great Design, Easy To Use, Fast

A little pricey

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: dandino (shopping.com)

Great computer, but doesn't really live up to the hype

 

I've been a PC user for my personal computer for 16 years and I've worked with Macs professionally on and off for 9 years.  I was never a Windows fanboy or a Mac fanboy, I've always just wanted a machine that will do it's job.  When my 4 year old Dell...

Extremely fast, looks very pretty, easy to use

Poorly located USBs, still crashes

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: dandino (epinions.com)

Great computer, but doesn't really live up to the hype

 

I've been a PC user for my personal computer for 16 years and I've worked with Macs professionally on and off for 9 years. I was never a Windows fanboy or a Mac fanboy, I've always just wanted a machine that will do it's ...

Extremely fast, looks very pretty, easy to use

Poorly located USBs, still crashes

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: brandonjh7 (shopping.com)

Macs are growing on me

 

I love my MacBook Pro! I purchased this laptop for college a few years ago & I am happy I did.  Although more expensive than a PC, I was happy with the built-in camera and the great design. 

Looks great & has an appealing layout

Hard to adjust from a PC

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: g8tasha (shopping.com)

A Powerful and high Performance Notebook with Everything

 

What i like about the notebook :

Battery life , High Performance noteboot

Expensive

Sep, 2009
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Stereo
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):7 / 8

Camera

Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3

Certificates

Certification:Energy Star 5.0

Design

Color of product:Silver

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:17
Display Resolution:1920 x 1200
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt

Energy Management

Battery performance:95

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25 / 0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 9400M / NVIDIA GeForce 9600M / NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5

Keyboard

Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:79
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Networking features:10/100/1000Base-T / Gigabit Ethernet
Networking Type:10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet / Wi-Fi

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 177165.4
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):15.5 x 10.5 x 0.984
Display:LED
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V, 50 - 60 Hz / 100 - 240V 50 - 60Hz / 100 - 240V AC
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:Mac / PC
Wireless Technology:802.11 n / 802.11a/b/g / 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x MagSafe power port\n1 x Mini DisplayPort
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Battery performance:95

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 11.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:T9600 / T9900
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.05 - 1.2125
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.8 / 3.06
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:T9600 / T9900
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series
Processor socket:Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Stepping:E0 / E1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35563 / 39312
Processor code:SLG9F / SLGKH
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:iLife / iLife ’09 (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.5
Height:0.984 / 9.84
Weight:6.17 / 6.59 / 6.61
Width:15.5