Review Roundup: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2011)

Submitted by lalit on March 7, 2011 - 9:36am.

In February, Apple updated their MacBook Pro lineup with 2nd generation Intel Core processors, faster graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and new FaceTime HD camera. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 256MB AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199.

Both the models come with quad-core processors, but it’s the graphics card that actually makes the difference between the two models. Apple is clearly pushing customers to go for the higher-end 15-inch MacBook Pro, as the $1,799 model has AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics with just 256MB memory. However, the lower-end 15-inch model is no slouch and both the models offer best in class performance when it comes to benchmarks.

Reviews of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro have been very positive with most reviewers calling it an excellent, but pricey laptop. Cisco Cheng of PC Mag wrote in his review, “The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt) is the fastest, most technologically advanced laptop to grace our Labs benches.” Every reviewer has appreciated the performance, battery life, design and the new Thunderbolt port offered by the new MacBook Pro models.

Below we have added links to 8 best 15-inch MacBook Pro reviews posted online: