Apple MacBook Pro - 15.4" - Core 2 Duo - MacOS X 10.5 - 2 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD

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Apple MacBook Pro - 15.4" - Core 2 Duo - MacOS X 10.5 - 2 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD

Carved from a single block of aluminum, the MacBook Pro is a true engineering achievement. Its patented unibody enclosure is the product of precise ma...

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Review of "Apple MacBook Pro - 15.4" - Core 2 Duo - MacOS X 10.5 - 2 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD"

published 04/01/2009 | lavender43
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Pro Large screen, backlit keyboard, aluminium casing, unibody
Cons Expensive!
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"Late 2008 Macbook Pro"

This review is being written by my son as this particular mac 'baby' is his new toy. ( I have his old one!).


I bought this macbook as a replacement for my 6 month old Black Macbook. Initially i was very impressed with the purchase. There is a marked improvement in functionailty over the standard macbook. The screen is a very nice size making it far more usable at a desk rather than on your lap. The battery life is very good when using the on board graphics adaptor (changeable via logout with the discrete graphics card), with about 4.5 hours with minimal usage. The basic underlying hardware is much improved meaning that it will run windows (vista ultimate in my case) via bootcamp much faster than previous generations with superior graphics and gaming. The backlit keyboard is a must have if you have ever had to work with minimal lighting (in a car perhaps) also the new LED is very bright compared to the old LCD screens. Running OS X 10.5 leopard on this machine really is a joy.

There are downsides however these include a marked decrease in performance when running windows virtually in Vmware Fusion (the black macbook is faster even with a similar 2GB RAM configuration). The performance decrease makes little sense but performs consistently badly on this macbook pro. Due to the thickness of the screen it can seem very brittle and requires a lot more care in order to prevent damage. The macbook discrete graphics adaptor appears to make very little difference to performance of any application on OS X. This may just be because I do not use it intensely enough on OS X. The macbook pro also appears to struggle with some forms of compressed videos such as DivX movies whereby there is tearing in the videos that I did not and do not experience on any of my previous Macs.

The screen also closes itself when viewed at an acute angle, for example on your lap whilst in bed.


I am giving this Macbook pro a rating of 4 stars, this is due the difference in price with respect to performance when compared with the last generation black macbook. I do not consider the £500 price difference to be justified by any gain in performance or functionality. It seems you are paying purely for an updated appearence and apple logo.

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  • duff108cs published 30/07/2009
    Nice review,thank you!
  • redeyes22 published 05/01/2009
    great review aggy
  • mumsymary published 04/01/2009
    sounds good
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Product Information : Apple MacBook Pro - 15.4" - Core 2 Duo - MacOS X 10.5 - 2 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD

Manufacturer's product description

Carved from a single block of aluminum, the MacBook Pro is a true engineering achievement. Its patented unibody enclosure is the product of precise machining. From the thumbscoop to the now-you-see-it-now-you-don't sleep indicator, no detail is unaccounted for. The end result is a notebook that's not only breakthrough, but thin, light, polished, and refined. The unibody also makes MacBook Pro more durable than ever. So you can throw it in your briefcase or messenger bag and pull it out at an airport, at school, at the office, or on location without a second thought. Every MacBook Pro has a pristine LED-backlit display with wide-angle viewing and a color gamut usually seen only on a desktop display. So whether you're watching a movie or making one, you've got the perfect canvas. The ultrathin, seamless glass enclosure makes the display strong and durable. And because it's power efficient and free of mercury and arsenic, this display is greener than ever. Each MacBook Pro comes standard with a large hard drive, so there's plenty of room for your photo libraries, video projects, and files. MacBook Pro also features ample high-speed memory, so you can run more applications at once and quickly access your data and media.

Product Details

Product Description: Apple MacBook Pro - 15.4" - Core 2 Duo - MacOS X 10.5 - 2 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: MacOS X 10.5

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz / 3 MB Cache

Memory: 2 GB DDR3

Storage: 250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD-Writer DL

Display: 15.4" LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT / GeForce 9400M - 256 MB GDDR3

Networking: 802.11a/b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR , Gigabit Ethernet

Battery: Up to 5 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 36.4 cm x 24.9 cm x 2.4 cm

Weight: 2.5 kg

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: MB470B/A

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Apple MacOS X 10.5

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 3 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Front Side Bus: 1066 MHz

Memory

RAM: 2 GB ( 2 x 1 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 4 GB

Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Speed: 1066 MHz / PC3-8500

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots:

Storage

Main Storage: 250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) - fixed

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)

Display

Type: 15.4"

LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

Resolution: 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )

Widescreen: Yes

Features: Glossy

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT / GeForce 9400M - 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM

Camera: Integrated webcam

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Input

Type: Trackpad, backlit keyboard

Features: Multi-touch touchpad

Communications

Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

Battery

Technology: Lithium polymer

Capacity: 50 Wh

Run Time: Up to 5 hours

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 1 x ExpressCard/34 ( 1 free )

Interfaces: LAN ¦ FireWire 800 ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 ¦ Mini DisplayPort ¦ Microphone input ¦ Headphone/SPDIF combo jack

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Apple QuickTime, Apple Mac OS X Mail, Apple iChat, Apple iCal, Apple DVD Player, Apple Address Book, Apple Safari, Apple Dashboard, Apple Spotlight, Apple XCode Developer Tools, Front Row, Photo Booth, Apple iLife '08, Apple Spaces, Apple Quick Look, Apple Time Machine

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), aluminum enclosure

Included Accessories: Cleaning cloth

Localization: English / United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 36.4 cm

Depth: 24.9 cm

Height: 2.4 cm

Weight: 2.5 kg

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 0 - 90%

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