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Packed with cutting-edge technologies, the latest Mac
Book Pro is the most powerful & longest lasting 15-inch notebook money can buy.

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Excellent performance


Next-gen Thunderbolt technology


Powerful, automatic switchable graphics


High-quality Face
Time HD camera


Great keyboard & touchpad

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Last year when táo bị cắn dở updated its 15-inch Mac
Book Pro, it packed a core i7 CPU và switchable graphics into the company"s iconic unibody aluminum chassis. Táo is upping the ante again, this time with Intel"s second-gen bộ vi xử lý core processor, AMD graphics, a high-definition webcam, và Thunderbolt, a new high-speed connection that can transfer an entire HD movie in less than 30 seconds. Plus, this powerhouse still delivers excellent battery life. Táo kept the price the same as before (starting at $1,799; $2,199 as configured), so how much more vì you get for your money?


The 15-inch Mac
Book Pro sports the same carved-from-a-single-chunk-of-metal unibody thiết kế as before, with a sturdy aluminum chassis & rounded edges. The overall look is classy & modern, though it makes upgrading individual components (such as the RAM and hard drive) difficult, as the entire bottom must be unscrewed.

The 15-inch Mac
Book Pro has the same dimensions (14.4 x 9.8 x 1 inches) và weight (5.6 pounds) as the previous version. While we definitely felt the extra heft while carrying the machine home, it did fit in our messenger bag, which is more than we can say about most 15-inch notebooks. The Dell XPS 15, for example, weighs a pound more và measures a bulkier 15 x 10.4 x 1.3 to 1.5 inches. Regardless, the Mac
Book Pro will take up an entire airline tray table.


The 15-inch Mac
Book Pro held up well during our heat test, where we play a Hulu video at full screen for 15 minutes. The space between the G & H keys registered 90 degrees Fahrenheit, & the touchpad measured just 83 degrees. However, the back rear bottom of the notebook reached an uncomfortable 106 degrees.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Similar khổng lồ other Mac
Book Pros, our unit featured a shallow keyboard with black, isolated keys that provided solid feedback when typing URLs và writing documents. The keys are backlit, a feature that can be activated manually or by the ambient light sensor, which will illuminate the keys when typing in low-light situations (such as a darkened plane cabin). While we were typing in a dark room, the soft glow enabled us lớn see the keys clearly.

Click to lớn enlarge was the first company lớn introduce mouse buttons integrated into the touchpad itself, và while others have imitated this feature, the Mac
Book Pro"s touchpad remains the best. Not only is it huge--4.1 x 3 inches--but we could easily execute multitouch gestures like pinch khổng lồ zoom, rotate, and swiping four fingers down khổng lồ see all mở cửa windows (Expose).

Display và Audio

As before, we loved the bright & crisp 15.4-inch display on the Mac
Book Pro. Its resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels is adequate, though we suspect many photographers & other creative pros will opt for the 1680 x 1050-pixel option ($100). When we watched videos streamed from Hulu, reflections from the glossy display weren"t overwhelming, though it"s nice khổng lồ know there"s an anti-glare option--though only for the higher-resolution display ($150). Still, colors were bright, blacks were deep và dark, và viewing angles were excellent both vertically & horizontally.

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Speakers on either side of the keyboard provided very good audio. At full volume, Beyonce Knowles" vocals filled a small room. Higher tones were crisp without sounding distorted; lower notes, such as the bass line in the song, had enough presence, though we would prefer a little more punch.

Thunderbolt & Ports

The newest addition lớn the Mac
Book Pro"s ports is Thunderbolt, formerly known as Light Peak. This connection, which shares the same port as the Mini Display
Port, has theoretical throughput of 10 Gbps. This port also carries up to 10 watts of electricity, so you can use Thunderbolt peripherals, such as external hard drives, without having khổng lồ plug in an extra source of power. Thunderbolt will also let you daisy-chain up khổng lồ six devices, so you can have several hard drives connected to an external monitor, which should please movie editors who lượt thích to use larger displays. While there are no peripherals that yet tư vấn this interface (the earliest will be this summer), táo provided a demonstration where it was able to duplicate a 4.42GB folder in 10 seconds. That"s a rate of 452.6 MBps.

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Otherwise, the ports remain the same: On the right side of the 15-inch Mac
Book Pro you"ll find the 8X Super
Drive and Kensington lock slot. Built into the left side are two closely placed USB 2.0 ports, Mini Display
Port (shared with Thunderbolt), a Fire
Wire 800 port, the Mag
Safe power nguồn port, and headphone and mic jacks. The memory thẻ slot has been updated to lớn accept XDHC cards, which means higher speeds & capacity.

Time và HD Camera has updated the webcam in the 15-inch Mac
Book Pro to tư vấn a 720p video. Also, the Face
Time app, first seen on the i
Phone, now comes pre-loaded on the Mac
Book Pro. It defaults to lớn portrait mode--a carryover from its phone days--but you can switch it khổng lồ a landscape view. While it"s capable of sending 720p video, the system will only send a high-definition stream if the recipient"s notebook can handle it. In a Face
Time call to another Mac
Book user, we both saw bright, vivid colors (the yellow on our caller"s shirt really popped), and images were crisp and smooth.

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Like Windows-based notebooks, táo is updating its laptops with Intel"s second-generation bộ vi xử lý core processors. Our 15-inch Mac
Book Pro came with a 2.2-GHz Intel core i7-2720QM processor và 4GB of RAM. After installing Windows 7, we ran PCMark Vantage in Boot Camp & saw a score of 7,648; that"s tops in the 15-inch notebook category, whose average is 4,764, & about 1,000 points higher than the previous Mac
Book Pro (6,699). The only systems that scored higher--and cost less--had SSDs: the Lenovo Think
Pad T410s (11,264) và the Sony VAIO Z (9,475). The15-inch Mac
Book Pro"s Geekbench score of 10,874 was double the previous generation (5,422).

Booting into Mac OS X 10.6 took the 750GB hard drive a speedy 44 seconds, the same as the previous generation. In OS X, we duplicated a 4.97GB thư mục of multimedia in 2 minutes & 20 seconds, a rate of 36.4 MBps. That"s about 12 MBps faster than the category average.

The benefits of the built-in media encoder on Intel"s second-gen chip core processor were also evident when we transcoded a 114MB MPEG-4 lớn AVI using Oxelon media Encoder. It took the new 15-inch Mac
Book Pro just 37 seconds, 10 seconds faster than the previous model, và 45 seconds faster than the average. We then used Cyber
Link Media
Espresso lớn convert a 5-minute 1080p clip to an i
Pod cảm biến format. The program, using the AMD GPU khổng lồ accelerate conversion, took 1 minute and 24 seconds khổng lồ complete the task. That"s 46 seconds fasterthan the category average.


For the latest generation of Mac
Book Pros, táo khuyết has switched from Nvidia to lớn AMD GPUs. On our 15-inch model, the Nvidia Ge
Force GT330M chip was replaced with an AMD Radeon HD 6750M & 1GB of DDR5 memory. However, lượt thích the previous generation, the 15-inch Mac
Book Pro features switchable graphics--this time with an integrated intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU.

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As with the last generation of Mac
Book Pros, users no longer have to log out or suffer through a few seconds" delay while the notebook switches chips; the changeover is now seamless and instantaneous. Unlike Nvidia"s Optimus technology, which routes everything through the integrated GPU (but produces the same result),"s method shuts off the GPU that"s not in use. In this manner, táo bị cắn dở claims better battery life while still delivering more horsepower when needed. When software senses that an application is using graphics frameworks such as chip core Graphics, Open
GL, or Quartz Composer, it will turn on the discrete GPU. Users can also disable automatic switchable graphics in the Energy Saver control panel, but doing so will cause the discrete GPU khổng lồ stay on at all times.

On 3DMark06 (running in Boot Camp), the discrete AMD GPU scored 10,359, which is more than double the category average (3,559) & about 3,250 points more than the previous 15-inch Mac
Book Pro. It beats out dedicated gaming rigs such as the asus G53Jw, whose Nvidia GTX 460 GPU notched 8,640, but it"s in a virtual tie with the HP Envy 17; that machine"s ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 GPU powered the system khổng lồ a score of 10,482.

Not surprisingly, the Mac
Book Pro"s gaming performance is nothing khổng lồ sneeze at. With graphics set khổng lồ maximum và the screen resolution at native, the machine notched 43 frames per second in World of Warcraft; that"s well above the category average of 27 fps, but below systems such as the asus U41Jf-A1 (62 fps); khổng lồ be fair, that notebook has a discrete Ge
Force GT 425M GPU with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, but a lower-res 1366 x 768 display. The older Mac
Book Pro notched 69 fps at the same settings, but WOW has become much more graphically demanding in the intervening year.

Battery Life

We never expect stellar battery life out of 15-inch notebooks, yet that"s where the 15-inch Mac
Book Pro really stands out. On our máy vi tính Battery chạy thử (continuous website surfing over Wi-Fi), the notebook lasted 5 hours & 25 minutes; that"s an hour và a half longer than the mainstream average, and almost equal khổng lồ the ultraportable average, but it"s below the expected 7-hour runtime hãng quotes; we will retest this system and update the review.

Book Pro saw its endurance increase lớn 8 hours & 23 minutes.


While we tested the most expensive pre-configured version, offers three different configurations of the 15-inch Mac
Book Pro. The base model--if you consider $1,799 a base price--comes with a 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel vi xử lý core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, & Intel HD Graphics 3000 & AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB of đoạn clip memory.

All the models are customizable; users can select up khổng lồ a 512GB SSD which itself, at $1,200, costs as much as a 13-inch Mac
Book Pro. A 1680 x 1050 display is $100 extra, & one with an anti-glare coating costs $50 on top of that.

Software & Warranty

One of the best value adds that táo bị cắn dở offers is the software package on its systems. The15-inch Mac
Book Pro includes"s i
Life ‘09 creativity suite (Garage
Band, i
Movie, i
Photo, và i
Web), Front Row, Photo Booth, and its Time Machine backup software. This year"s additions, brought over from the i
Pad & i
Phone, are the ứng dụng Store, which makes it even easier lớn discover and tải về new software, và Facetime. While we"re glad the Mac
Book Pro doesn"t have any trialware on it, we would lượt thích to see a word processor that"s a little less rudimentary than Text

Click lớn enlarge"s standard warranty remains: one-year limited parts-and-labor and 90 days of toll-free, 24/7 phone The
Care Protection Plan, which includes three years each of parts-and-labor coverage and phone, costs $249. Khổng lồ see how táo bị cắn dở fared on our Tech tư vấn Showdown, click here.


You"ve got to credit táo for finding a winning formula and tweaking it in just the right places. The new 15-inch Mac
Book Pro not only outperforms its predecessor, but also just about every other notebook by a fair margin. It has the same svelte design, yet incorporates next-generation Intel and AMD processors as well as Thunderbolt for high-speed data transfers. As always, though, hãng products command a premium: $2,199 is a steep price to pay for such performance. By comparison, a Dell XPS 15 with the same processor, but 6GB of RAM, a 7,200-rpm 750GB hard drive, Nvidia Ge
Force GT540M graphics (and 2GB of video memory), a 1920 x 1080 screen, Blu-ray, a Skype-certified 2-MP webcam, & a nine-cell battery, costs about $700 less. Still, that system is much bulkier, weighs a pound more, and, even with the larger battery, doesn"t last as long on a charge. As always, if you want the best, you have to pay for the best.

Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm) Width: 14.35 inches (36.4 cm) Depth: 9.82 inches (24.9 cm) Weight: 5.6 pounds (2.54 kg)1

Connections và expansion


Safe power port Gigabit Ethernet port Fire
Wire 800 port (up lớn 800 Mbps) Two USB 2.0 ports (up khổng lồ 480 Mbps) Thunderbolt port (up khổng lồ 10 Gbps) Audio line in Audio line out SDXC thẻ slot Kensington lock slot


Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible công nghệ bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless giải pháp công nghệ 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)


Stereo speakers with subwoofers Omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille) Audio line in minijack (digital/analog) Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog) for táo khuyết i
Phone headset with microphone

Environmental Status Report

Book Pro is designed with the following features to lớn reduce its environmental impact:

Highly recyclable aluminum & glass enclosure Mercury-free LED-backlit display Arsenic-free display glass BFR-free PVC-free3 Energy Efficient Ethernet Reduced packaging volume Meets ENERGY STAR Version 5.2 requirements Rated EPEAT Gold4

Acoustic Performance

DECLARED NOISE EMISSIONS in accordance with ISO 9296

Sound power nguồn Level LWAd (B) 1 B = 10 d
Sound Pressure màn chơi Operator Position Lp
Am (d
2.0 GHz 2.2 GHz 2.0 GHz 2.2 GHz
Idle 2.9 3.0 20 19
Hard drive accessing 2.9 3.0 20 20
CD drive accessing 3.4 3.5 30 26
LWAd is the statistical upper-limit A-weighted sound power cấp độ (rounded khổng lồ the nearest 0.1 B). Lp
Am is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at the operator position (rounded to the nearest d
B). 1 B (bel) = 10 d
B (decibel).


Glossy Antiglare 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy or optional antiglare widescreen display with for millions of colors resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, và 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, & 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched

Graphics and clip

AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory on 2.0GHz configuration; or AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory on 2.2GHz configuration hãng intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5 Automatic graphics switching Dual display and đoạn phim mirroring: Simultaneously full native resolution on the built-in display and up khổng lồ 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors Face
Time HD camera Thunderbolt port

Thunderbolt digital đoạn clip output

Native Mini Display
Port output DVI output đầu ra using Mini Display
Port to DVI Adapter (optional) card vga output using Mini Display
Port to card vga Adapter (optional) Dual-link DVI output using Mini Display
Port khổng lồ Dual-Link DVI Adapter 30-inch táo Cinema HD Display (optional) HDMI audio and clip output using a third-party Mini Display
Port to lớn HDMI Adapter


Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement) Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, và drag capabilities

Processor và memory

2.0GHz or 2.2GHz quad-core Intel core i7 processor with 6MB shared L3 cache; or optional 2.3GHz quad-core Intel core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory; two SO-DIMM slots up to lớn 8GB


500GB or 750GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive, 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive6 8x slot-loading Super
Drive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD

Battery and power7

Up to 7 hrs wireless web Built-in 77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery 85W Mag
Safe power nguồn Adapter with cable management system Mag
Safe power nguồn port

Electrical and operating requirements

Line voltage: 100V khổng lồ 240V AC Frequency: 50Hz to lớn 60Hz Operating temperature: 50° lớn 95° F (10° khổng lồ 35° C) Storage temperature: -13° khổng lồ 113° F (-24° khổng lồ 45° C) Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

What’s in the box

Book Pro Display cleaning cloth 85W Mag
Safe power nguồn Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord Software DVDs Printed & electronic documentation


Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes i
Tunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, i
Chat, Safari, Address Book, Quick
Time, i
Cal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools) i
Life (includes i
Photo, i
Movie, i
DVD, i
Web, Garage

15-inch Configurations

2.0GHz Mac
Book Pro (MC721LL/A)
2.2GHz Mac
Book Pro (MC723LL/A)
Enclosure Precision aluminum unibody
Processor 2.0GHz quad-core Intel vi xử lý core i7 2.2GHz quad-core Intel core i7
L3 cache 6MB shared 6MB shared
Memory 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; up to lớn 8GB
Hard drive6 500GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm 750GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm
Slot-loading optical drive 8x Super
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 30005 & AMD Radeon HD 6490M with automatic graphics switching Intel HD Graphics 30005 và AMD Radeon HD 6750M with automatic graphics switching
Graphics memory 256MB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5
Video Face
Time HD camera; Thunderbolt port with for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, và HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately)
Display 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
Expansion One Thunderbolt port (up khổng lồ 10 Gbps), one Fire
Wire 800 port (up khổng lồ 800 Mbps), two USB 2.0 ports (up lớn 480 Mbps), SDXC card slot
Audio Stereo speakers with subwoofers, omnidirectional microphone, audio line in minijack (digital/analog), audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
Networking 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
Wireless Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)2; công nghệ bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
Hardware accessories 85W Mag
Safe nguồn Adapter, AC wall plug, nguồn cord
Limited warranty và service Your Mac
Book Pro comes with 90 days of không lấy phí telephone and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the
Care Protection Plan to lớn extend your service and tư vấn to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the
Care Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone from hãng technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by technicians using genuine táo parts. For more information, visit tư vấn or call 800-823-2775. and the global environment Learn more about’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and processes. The táo Product Environmental Specification details the environmental attributes of our products.
Recycling takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization. Learn more about how to lớn recycle your Mac.


Time Capsule

Time Capsule is a full-featured Air
Port Extreme base station with a built-in hard drive. Back up wirelessly & create a Wi-Fi network with one device.

1TB or 2TB server-grade hard drive Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11n 2.0 USB port for connecting a USB printer or USB external hard drive

Configure lớn order

750GB (5400-rpm) hard drive 500GB (7200-rpm) hard drive 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive Up to lớn 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 1680-by-1050 high-resolution glossy display 1680-by-1050 high-resolution antiglare display táo bị cắn dở Remote táo khuyết Mini Display
Port lớn DVI Adapter táo Mini Display
Port to Dual-Link DVI Adapter hãng Mini Display
Port to đồ họa Adapter Mag
Safe Airline Adapter
Care Protection Plan Aperture Final Cut Express xúc tích Express i


táo bị cắn dở LED Cinema Display Air
Port Extreme Base Station Air
Port Express Base Station táo bị cắn Wireless Keyboard Magic Mouse táo Keyboard with Numeric Keypad táo khuyết Mouse Actual weight varies by configuration và manufacturing process. Wireless internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point và Internet access; fees may apply. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with Air
Port. PVC-free AC power nguồn cord is available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, và Venezuela. Mac
Book Pro achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S. And Canada. Memory available khổng lồ Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 384MB. 1GB=1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.