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Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Early 2009 (MB604)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Early 2009 (MB604). 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. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and screen. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views 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, Early 2009 (MB604) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Early 2009 (MB604)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, Early 2009 (MB604) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Views about the portability and screen are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good views. There are some negative opinions about the price.

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MB604LL/A 17-Inch Laptop (2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, Slot Loading SuperDrive)Apple MacBook Pro MB604LL/A 17-Inch Laptop (2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, Slot Loading SuperDrive)

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook Pro 17" Notebook (Aluminium Unibody, 17", 9600M GT, T9550)

 

Big, light, and beautiful Whilst a little late, Apple has finally

Workmanship; Design; Glass Trackpad; Good keyboard (for Mac Os X); Light (for 17")

Hot under heavy loads; Display is very reflective; Few connections; Poor Windows drivers

The performance in applications of the flat laptop is down to the fast Core 2 Duo T9550 and DDR 3 main memory. The graphical performance is however only mid-range for a DTR-notebook with the GeForce 9600M GT.

Apr, 2009

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 2009 (2.66GHz review

 

Editors' note: As of June 2009, the product reviewed here has been replaced by an updated model .

New aluminum unibody construction comes to the 17-inch model; useful multitouch trackpad gestures; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; dual graphics provide more power or more battery life.

All-clicking trackpad is a bit awkward; matte screen option costs extra; switching GPUs is not as seamless as it should be.

A little late to the party, Apple's redesigned 17-inch MacBook Pro joins the 15-inch model with a redesigned aluminum body, new trackpad with expanded functionality, and a dual-graphics setup for either longer battery life or better performance.

Feb, 2009

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Pro 2009 (2.66GHz review

 

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

New aluminum unibody construction comes to the 17-inch model; useful multitouch trackpad gestures; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; dual graphics provide more power or more battery life.

All-clicking trackpad is a bit awkward; matte screen option costs extra; switching GPUs is not as seamless as it should be.

A little late to the party, Apple's redesigned 17-inch MacBook Pro joins the 15-inch model with a redesigned aluminum body, new trackpad with expanded functionality, and a dual-graphics setup for either longer battery life or better performance.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Mike Jennings (pcauthority.com.au)

Apple MacBook Pro 17in, the grandaddy of Apple laptops reviewed

 

The design is impeccable, the build superb and the screen extraordinary, but the price is a huge barrier. We ponder the icon that is the Macbook Pro 17in

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: wilkinar (shopping.com)

Macbook GO

 

I got a Macbook Pro 17" laptop three years ago because it was one of the computers required for my architecture program. I had never used a Mac before but decided to give it a try since I thought that they looked a lot nicer than the gateways that we...

sexy", creative, easy to learn

expensive to fix, have to switch back and forth for windows/mac

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: bandmom41 (shopping.com)

This product made my brother so happy!

 

About 3 weeks ago, my mom got my brother a Apple MacBook Pro 17 in. Notebook for his early College Graduation and early Christmas gift. He has downloaded a few games on his Macbook and it works great!

Fast, Adequate Storage, Easy To Use

Overpriced

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: PolishAngel756 (shopping.com)

Great computer

 

Great computer. The screen is amazing. It also has a lot of built in features like the camera. 

Great Design, Powerful, Fast

Overpriced

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: josssotre (shopping.com)

Fast processor and sleek design!

 

I love my mac, it boots up and shuts down within seconds (not like my old pc) and the internet is fast! This design is sleek and I love the look. The screen is so glossy it's almost like a mirror which can be awkward, but otherwise the design is not...

Fast internet, fast booting up, sleek design

Scratches

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: UraharaRamon (ciao.com)

good

 

Apple MacBook Pro is very thin and its design and technique has improved. It is made by black plastic and gray aluminum. The keyboard is lit, under every words there is led-light. But every word leak a little bit light, because they are elevated a...

May, 2009

Consumer review by: javed123 (ciao.com)

Quick review of Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz - 17" TFT

 

The latest Intel processor, a bigger hard drive, plenty of memory, and even more new features all fit inside just one liberating inch. The MacBook Pro has the performance, power

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:95
Battery capacity (Watt hours):95
Battery life (max):8
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

Front camera:Y

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Color of product:Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Glass
Product type:Notebook

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:SSD

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:17
Display Resolution:1920 x 1200
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:85

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25 / 0.5
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
On-board graphics adapter model: No

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:SSD

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:79
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Number of hot keys:12
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Trackpad

Memory

Internal memory:3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking Type:10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 180000
Operating altitude:0 - 120000
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

CD read speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
Disc types supported:CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, CD, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM write speed:8
DVD-RW read speed:6
DVD-RW write speed:4
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6
DVD+RW write speed:4
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

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

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:85

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:T9550
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.66 / 2.93
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:T9550
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series
Processor socket:Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Stepping:E0
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:37130
Processor code:SLGE4
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:FCC15B B, UL60950-1, CSA22.2 60950-1-03, RoHS, CE, IEC/EN60950-1, CCC, KC / iLife
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 Capacity:320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 320

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.5
Height:0.984
Weight:6.59
Width:15.5