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Apple's forging headlong into its next era with the iPad and iPhone, and it almost seems like the company's forgotten about its Macs at times -- note that this MacBook Pro arrived in somewhat unheralded fashion just few days before the iPad 2. But the new Pro is something of a wolf in sheep's clothing: although it's perfectly disguised as the previous MacBook Pro, there's no mistaking its raw, visceral speed once you start using it. It's twice as fast as the outgoing model, 2.5 times as fast as the model before that, and almost five times faster than the 11.6-inch MacBook Air... all while getting the same seven-hour battery life in the real world. It's hard to say anything bad about that.

9/10

The Good:
Extremely fast
Excellent build quality
Seven-hour battery life

The Bad:
Expensive
SSD not standard
No Blu-ray drive

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/04/macbook-pro-review-early-2011/

I bought a 15" MBP (although not the $2200 model Engadget tested) this past Sunday and I largely agree with this review. The thing is blazing fast.
 
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You can finally play HL2 Ep2 at native res! eek.gifrolleyes.gif

This was a joke by the way. Looks sleek, most certainly faster. Although it has the same problem as any other macbook:Overpriced.
Edited by paulerxx - 3/5/11 at 8:10am
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i picked mine up for a total of 1825 incl tax.

i7 2.2 Model, and it scores .1 higher than my overclocked Phenom II X4 at 3.7GHz in Windows Experience (yes i know, not a true benchmark, but just for perspective). eek.gif
 
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i picked mine up for a total of 1825 incl tax.

Care to share how you got such a nice discount? biggrin.gif:D:D:D:D If I can get the same price I'll be headed to the apple store like NOW!
    
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My GF has the 13" i7 model and it really is amazing. She got 15% off for student discount, but this thing is really great looking and performs admirably.
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ehhh tis a secret. Let me just tell you, Apple CR gets a thumb.gif from me cool.gif
 
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I can't believe with that price tag it doesn't come with a blu-ray drive.
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My GF has the 13" i7 model and it really is amazing. She got 15% off for student discount, but this thing is really great looking and performs admirably.
Do you know what the difference is between the i5 and i7 dual cores? Is it actually worth the price?
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Awesome. This is just a refresh, nothing new but SB.

Still probably overheats. These things are notorious for bad cooling.
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Awesome. This is just a refresh, nothing new but SB.

Still probably overheats. These things are notorious for bad cooling.

Nope, doesn't overheat. In fact, the cooling is hugely improved from her old MacBook (circa 2007), which was pretty poo. The new MBP really handles heat well, especially when being used on a duvet or something.
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