Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop

by AOOBA on 2012/05/06

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  • 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
  • 500GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm, 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive, 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 15.4 inch LED-backlit display, 1440-by-900 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with automatic graphics switching and 512 MB dedicated graphics memory
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard Operating System

Product Description
The new MacBook Pro 15-inch models set all-new benchmarks for Mac notebooks. The 15-inch MacBook Pro feature Intel Core i7 processors, which boost performance up to 50 percent(1) and reach Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.33GHz. Next-generation NVIDIA graphics bring high performance to everything from 3D games to photos and videos. And the built-in battery lasts up to 10 hours (8 to 9 hours on the 15-inch models).(2) (1) Up to 50 percent faster compared with previous-ge... More >>

Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop

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Robert R. Birge September 17, 2010 at 11:27 PM

I have had this computer for three weeks now, and waited to write a review until I had fully tested it. The first one arrived with a bad keyboard, was sent back to Apple for replacement. The returned macbook pro however suffered from daily freezes at which point the keyboard and mouse were locked out, but processes continued and within about 5 minutes control was restored. This turned out to be a very common problem as fully documented on the Apple web site. Fortunately, Apple released an update to Snow Leopard (10.6.4) which solved the problem for most of us.

This computer is incredibly fast, especially if one has fully loaded it with memory (8GB) and ordered a solid state drive. But even without the SSD and standard memory (4GB), it is the fastest macbook pro ever made by nearly 30%. I love it.

I recommend users order this computer with 8GB of memory if at all possible. The extra memory makes a big difference in performance and is not that much more expensive. In addition, this computer comes with two options for screen resolution. I got the high resolution display with anti-reflection, and it is a joy to work on. Now when I go back to my older macbook pro with standard resolution, I notice and am bothered by the difference.

Other reviews have listed some of the advantages of this computer, other than speed. So let me list some of the issues:

1. Graphics intensive applications generate lots of heat. When graphics is switched to the faster chip (this is automatic unless you choose to always use the faster chip in the energy preferences), the computer gets hot. Not so hot that you cannot use it on your lap, but approaching that level.

2. Computationally intensive applications also generate lots of heat. Running any program that simultaneously activates multiple cores and the fast graphics chip is the perfect storm, and this computer gets really hot on the bottom. Now you cannot comfortably work with it on your lap. If this is going to be a typical situation, get a cooling pad. I am using the logitech N100 and it completely solves the problem, but at added expense and battery drain (it uses the usb port). But I am often running calculations in the background, and for that, a cooling pad is essential. I anticipate it will also be important if you use this computer for gaming.

3. The battery life is highly dependent upon usage. The high speed graphics option is great unless you are running on battery, then it is a serious drain. Unfortunately, the software engineers did not provide an option to always use the slower graphics chip when on battery. This is an important option which should be implemented in a future release even if it means some applications will not be able to run at all. The battery issue is a flaw that prevents this computer from being a good travel computer. You cant change out the battery, and if you are traveling and the battery gets low, you simply have to close up shop or find an outlet. These are very hard to find, and the airlines often do not provide outlets on the seats or in their waiting areas in the airports.

Despite the above issues, which forced me to give this computer 4 stars, I love it. It is the best notebook computer I have ever used, although I will take another macbook pro when I travel because of the battery issues. The speed of this computer is comparable to a 3 GHz desktop Nehalem Mac Pro. The i7 chip is indeed a powerful processor and all your applications will run about 30% faster than on previous Macs.
Rating: 4 / 5

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Abhay Kulkarni September 18, 2010 at 1:43 AM

This was my first Mac. It arrived only after a couple of days. Packaging was immaculate as always. The Apple box itself was awesome.

Setting up a Mac and getting used to it was a breeze. Apple has so many tutorials that it is really easy to get to know things. OS X – is awesome. Within a few minutes I was up and running. Configured my mail, expose, spaces, dock. Downloaded XCode, Chrome and I was up and running in no time.

So why a 4 star instead of a 5 star. Couple of reasons:

1. Running a software update brought down 1.2 GB of updates. Thank god I am on a broadband. Still it took about an hour. With the recent known vulnerabilities, I did not want to run a Mac that had known exploits.

2. The hardware itself is amazing – simple design. But I was expecting I will get the “Clarksfield” family of i7 processors which are quad core. But instead, got a dual core Arrandale. Not only does it have 2 cores instead of 4, it also has 4MB of L2 cache instead of 6 or 8. I would appreciate if Apple and Amazon both were clear about this. Apple Appstore also does not mention which i7 we will get. I suppose we can blame Intel for this – they make it believe that i7′s are all quad cores – but they are not.
Rating: 4 / 5

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Shvets Valentyn September 18, 2010 at 4:13 AM

As much as I wished Apple did more changes in the new models of Macbook pro still this one is perfect in many ways: it has great design, high performance, outstanding display. Still it has a few minor imperfections: it heats a lot. I use it mainly at home and almost always it stands on the table but if I actually put it somewhere close to skin it just burns intolerably, so it’s hard to call this a LAPtop :) , the the curves near the trackpad where the niche for opening is (don’t know how this part is called))) well for some reason they are made so sharp that they sometimes leave marked on my hands while using trackpad. Other than these remarks it’s absolutely great.Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop
Rating: 5 / 5

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Flor Navas Carro September 18, 2010 at 6:20 AM

I own a Sony Vaio Z series 2.66, SD, Blu ray 4 GB ram Wind. 7, also I ve always have used Windows, I still love may old computer but, since I bought my Iphone I ve learn that apple software and hardware is really great, there are no problems at all, it is always ready to use, if you are still thinking to buy this Macbook STOP… just buy it you wont regret, i did it and I will buy more of this babies for my family specially one for my mom.

First I was really afraid to do the change, this first Mac Laptop but in less than 1 day Im a NEW MAC LOVER, when I was a anti-mac guy, but I was wrong, the price is nothing compared to what you get. If you are tired of buying a laptop and that in 5 months it does not work the same as when you bought it, you need to buy this laptop, it is always ready to WORK AS THE FIRST DAY YOU BUY IT!

SORRY WINDOWS 7, YOU ARE GOOD BUT MAC IS BETTER!!! I give you my word, just do it you wont regret!
Rating: 5 / 5

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Cecelia September 18, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I just switched (May 2010) from Windows7 to the Mac 15″ PowerBook Pro (i7). This machine is a dream!

Boot time after a complete shutdown is about 30 to 45 seconds, even with tons of software. Shutdown is maybe 10 seconds! You can close the lid to put it to sleep, open the lid and voila! No waiting! (My one-year-old top-of-the line Win7 laptop grinds away, installs updates, gives me constant popups saying I have to deal with this or that–by which time I’ve forgotten what I was going to do when I turned it on.

It’s fast! It’s clean! Once you get used to the interface it’s delightful that it stays out of your way. Everything works. I get 5-6 hours of graphics work done without a recharge.

I’ve even found a substitute for OneNote that works for me: Scrivener.

It’s intended as a writing program, but I like it because I can get in quickly to save notes, import a web page or image or sound file, and organize everything easily. For longer projects it’s thoughtfully designed and intuitive to use. It doesn’t have the colors and tabs of OneNote, but has all the functionality. Amazon doesn’t sell it, but they should. MacWorld just voted it one of the must-have apps. ([...])

One complaint about the PowerBookPro is Airport. I get dropped offline when I’m a little distance from my wireless router, even though my Windows machines find the network easily. It’s annoying and needs a fix. Restarting the computer often helps, and since restart is so quick…well, still 5 stars from me!
Rating: 5 / 5

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