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New Macbook Pro 2011 [All You Need to Know]

As anticipated, Apple has refreshed its Macbook Pro product line with some significant updates. The new Macbook Pro is powered by Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, Thunderbolt - next generation high speed I/O technology, AMD Radoen HD graphics processor and FaceTime HD cameras.

Macbook Pro 2011

There are three models available, 13, 15 and 17-inch. Each model supports different set of features, let's have a look at each model in detail.

13-inch Macbook Pro 2011

There are two 13-inch models and they are available with Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The lower model features 2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive. The price tag is $1,199. Improved model has 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 CPU and 500GB hard drive, the RAM remains the same and the price also shoots up to $1,499. Unlike other models both of these models don't feature AMD graphics processor.

15-inch Macbook Pro 2011

Like 13-inch there are also two 15-inch models and unlike 13-inch, both of these models get Core i7 processor and AMD graphics processor. The cheaper model is available for $1,799 and it features 2 Ghz quad-core Core i7 processor, AMD HD6490M graphics, 1GB of VRAM and a 500GB hard drive. The second model is available for $2,199 and it features 2.2 Ghz quad-core Core i7 processor, AMD HD6750M graphics and 700GB hard drive, RAM stays the same.

17-inch Macbook Pro 2011

In the end we have a solo 17-inch model. This model has same set of features as 15-inchers, the only difference is its screen dimension and off course the price tag which is now $2,499.

Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt Macbook Pro

Some details on Thunderbolt for those who are wondering what it is. Thunderbolt is next generation high speed I/O technology developed by Intel and brought to market in collaboration with Apple. It supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single port. Thunderbolt promises up to 10GB throughput in both directions, to and from your Macbook Pro. It's 20 times faster than USB2.0!

Macbook Pro 2011 Unboxing

Enjoy the unboxing of amazing new 15-inch Macbook Pro.

[via Engadget]

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    Jess3 years, 9 months ago

    that, do not expect to do any suoeris gaming on this little guy. The built-in Intel graphics chip has hard time handling even 5 year old games and is actually slower than nVidia chip on the previous generation Air. – Expect to get about 4-5 hours of mixed use out of 7 hour battery. That’s what I average while doing some Photoshop and web dev work, browsing, listening to music and viewing a few video clips. Now, the negatives Well, it’s one negative really, but it is something I find extremely annoying. The laptop gets VERY hot when CPU usage approaches 50% and the fan kicks in full-blast at 6,000+ RPM. I first noticed the excessive noise when I was transferring my data and applications from the time machine backup upon initial setup. The fan stayed on entire time, CPU temperature was approaching 90C while being only 30% utilized. I continued to experience high heat/fan noise issues throughout the week. Sometimes it was during routine web browsing where some of the websites contained Flash elements. Starting Windows XP in Parallels would immediately set the fan in motion, again, sometimes hitting 6,000+ rpm. Playing Civilization IV, a fairly old game, had fan going full blast entire time with CPU again reaching 90C. Apple’s own Cosmos screensaver brings the CPU temperature up to 80-85C and the fan up to 4500-5000rpm. The most annoying thing none of these tasks were taxing the CPU at more than 50%! I did a fair bit of research on this issue. There are multiple discussions on Apple, MacRumours and other forums about excessive heat and fan noise. Also, many report increased heat on their older Apple laptops after upgrading to Lion, so perhaps (fingers crossed), there’s a patch on the way that will improve thermal management somewhat. The thought about returning the Air for refund did cross my mind, but I decided to keep it in the end. I am not a gamer and doing my work (web/mobile development) is not very taxing on the CPU, however, I do not think it is unreasonable to expect relatively quiet operation on such premium laptop with only 50% CPU usage. I can only hope that Apple is listening and looking to remedy the problem.Help other customers find the most helpful reviewsa0Was this review helpful to you?a0 | a0