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Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (MC721, MC723)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 437 reviews of Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (MC721, MC723). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the screen and battery. The design and usability also get good views, but many are negative about the portability and price.

performance, usability, design, battery, screen

price, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (MC721, MC723) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (MC721, MC723)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (MC721, MC723) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: New Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch Notebook (Intel Core i7 Quad Core 2.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Up to 7 hrs battery life) - Launched February 2011New Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch Notebook (Intel Core i7 Quad Core 2.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Up to 7 hrs battery life) - Launched February 2011

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (MC721, MC723)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 user reviews of Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (MC721, MC723) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Comments about the screen and reliability are on the whole positive. The design and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the portability.

performance, usability, design, reliability, screen

portability

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro 15.4" Laptop - 500 GB HARDRIVE - i7 QUAD-CORE - MC721LL/AApple MacBook Pro 15.4" Laptop - 500 GB HARDRIVE - i7 QUAD-CORE - MC721LL/A

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner & Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)

 

More Power! As the final version of the Apple MacBook Pro 15, we'

Excellent Design and Craftsmanship; Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel; Decent Trackpad; Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility; Good Weight for its Class; Office and Multimedia Performance; Battery Life and Power Consumption

High Starting Price; Reflective Screen Restricts On-The-Go Use; Short 12-Month Warranty; Few Accessories; Non-Removable Battery

The biggest downside of the more powerful version is the excessively high increase in price. For the better hardware configuration, Apple is currently charging 400 Euro on top of the already very high starting price of 1,749 Euro. Mac users with high...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Felix Sold (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz Quad-Core, Matte Screen)

 

2nd Generation Intel Core i7. As predicted, Apple has just releas

Excellent Design and Craftsmanship; Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel; Decent Trackpad; Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility; Matte Hi-Res Screen (Optional); Good Weight for its Class; Office and Multimedia Performance; Battery Life and...

High Starting Price; Short 12-Month Warranty; Few Accessories; Non-Removable Battery

Because of the Sandy Bridge chipset defect, the release of comparable laptops is lagging. The successors to high-end notebooks like the Sony VAIO VPC-Z13Z9E or HP Envy 15 will make for some good competition once released.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner & Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)

 

Go with the Glossy Screen? After having thoroughly reviewed the n

Excellent Design and Craftsmanship; Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel; Decent Trackpad; Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility; Good Weight for its Class; Office and Multimedia Performance; Battery Life and Power Consumption

High Starting Price; Reflective Screen Restricts On-The-Go Use; Short 12-Month Warranty; Few Accessories; Non-Removable Battery

Two big considerations make us lean in favor of investing in the matte screen model: First, if you're planning to use the MacBook Pro for several hours every day, consider that glossy screens strain the eyes more. Second, using the laptop on the go,...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 review

 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the most affordable of Apple's high-end laptops. With the admittedly supercharged 15-inch version starting at a princely $1,799, the 13-inch model's starting price of $1,199 is the one many consumers will likely consider...

The CPU updates to the 13-inch MacBook Pro offer big leaps in performance. The machine has phenomenal battery life, and excellent ergonomics, keyboard, and large, smooth, multitouch trackpad are still among the best available. It also comes with 720p...

Graphics performance is slightly worse than last year's 13-inch Pro. The 13-inch screen resolution is still low compared with the MacBook Air. The Thunderbolt port is an unknown quantity until accessories become available. There are limited upgrade...

The new entry-level $1,199 13-inch MacBook Pro's significant CPU updates and fantastic battery life are nearly as good as what you get in the more expensive $1,499 version.

Mar, 2011

Recommended!

Expert review by: Hugo Jobling (trustedreviews.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 15in (MC723B/A)

 

Faster CPUs, more powerful graphics and Thunderbolt come together to make the MacBook Pro a compelling portable workstation.

Fast CPUs ; Good graphics performance ; Thunderbolt ; Beautiful chassis design

Expensive ; No Thunderbolt devices available at launch

If you can afford the admittedly high asking price, the MacBook Pro has a lot to offer. In terms of hardware, it's on par with any equivalent PC based laptop and adds in its own unique feature in the shape of ThunderBolt. The key point, though, is that...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Early 2011)

 

It's a hefty investment, but the combination of new high-end Intel processor options and AMD graphics makes the 15-inch MacBook Pro an all-round powerhouse, with the new Thunderbolt I/O port as an added bonus.

Powerful updates to the CPU and GPU ; Excellent battery life ; Still the best touch pad and gesture controls of any laptop

Upgrades can get expensive ; Thunderbolt is an unproven technology with as-yet no compatible products ; Still no dedicated HDMI, Blu-ray or other wished-for options

Via CNET

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Techmagnifier (techmagnifier.com)

Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 Review

 

Ever imagined a docking station for your MacBook? Well, this is not a dream anymore as brand Apple has indeed come up with the all new Apple Thunderbolt Display which would make the display of your Mac device utterly useless and kiddish.

Companies all round the globe have often come up with devices which have simply changed the way we lead our lives, as all those gadgets and devices have had a big impact upon us. The latest device to have made a similar opening is the all new Apple...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Zara Baxter (pcworld.co.nz)

MacBook Pro 15 (MC723X/A)

 

We reviewed Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro, running both its native Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows 7.

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: MickeyEP (cnet.com)

Great processing power, amazing screen, + small touches

 

The speed is amazing, handles my internet search brilliantly. The screen size is perfect and the laptop as a whole is easy to navigate, even for first time Mac users.

The only major cons are the price for the laptop and the accessories. Plus AppleCare is extremely expensive.

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: TechieZ (cnet.com)

"Great Dependable Machine!!!"

 

All in all a Great Machine!!! My machine Specs: 17-inch, Early 2011 Processor 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Memory 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1024 MB Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 APPLE SSD TS512C: Capacity: 500.28 GB

Can handle multiple programs running (Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver) at same time with no bog downs.

Wish SSD had a larger capacity

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

Battery Capacity:77.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):77.5
Battery life (max):7

Camera

Front camera:Y

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

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

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:15.4
Display Resolution:1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050
Display surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight:No / 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:0.256 / 1
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6400M / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6490M / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6700M / AMD Radeon HD 6490M / AMD Radeon HD 6750M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 1.024
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: No

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

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

Operational Conditions

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 / -25 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
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 / 8
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 / 8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / No

Other Features

Audio system:Stereo
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.3 x 9.8 x 0.949
Display:LCD
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Infrared data port: No
Maximum operating altitude:118110.2
Maximum shipping altitude:413385.8
Maximum storage altitude:177165.4
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V AC / 100 - 240V
Power supply type:AC - DC / AC/DC / MagSafe
Relative humidity:0 - 90
Type:Mac

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: 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
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
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:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i7-2635QM / i7-2720QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.30
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 2.3
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:i7-2635QM / i7-2720QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1224 / Socket 1224
Processor threads:8
Stepping:D2
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit:No / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:50067 / 53463
Processor code:SR00W / SR030
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No

Software

Bundled software:- iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools\n- iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book / PC-cillin 2011 Trial Version\nOffice 2010 starter
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.8
Height:0.949
Height (rear):0.949
Weight:5.6
Width:14.3