Apple MacBook Pro MB990B/A (Mid 2009) reviews and prices: 13.3" Laptop computer

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9.1 out of 10 based on 148 reviews.
Apple MacBook Pro MB990B/A (Mid 2009) with Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz Dual Core Processor, 2GB of Memory and 160GB Storage on Mac OS X Leopard. DVD drive, 7 hours of battery See full product description

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sarah, claverham General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great sped and design. Beautiful colour. Great that I can use windows on it too, being an ex pc user.
Bad points:
Shame I con't understand apple as well as I should....the booklet could be more explicit for dummies!!
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Mar 2010

Gerry , Wales General home user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Visuals
Bad points:
Bad Battery
Overall rating 6.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Mar 2010

carl, manchester General home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
everything
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Mar 2010

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
its a mac, the end
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Mar 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Looks great, amazing functionality.
Bad points:
Crashes a bit too occasionally for my liking. Battery drains quickly.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Mar 2010

Natasha , Dubai General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I have never used an Apple Mac before and it is easy to use, very user friendly. The best Buy! I would highly recommend it.
Bad points:
Although battery life should be 6 to 10 hours, after the first month it is 3 to 4 hours. One negative is that it can't remain connected to a power switch while you work or it overheats, which means you charge it, then let the battery deplete then charge again.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Apr 2010

John, Ipswich Often on the move

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Awesome design: I still smile every time I use it.
Rapid start-up
Bad points:
Some features are not easy to find
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Apr 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 13.3
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Mac OS X Leopard
RAM (Gigabytes) 2
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 160
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P8400
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.26
Number of USB ports 2
Connections Firewire
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Card reader Single Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 7
Weight (kg) 2.04
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GEF 9400M
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 256
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand nVidia
Chipset series GeForce 9400M
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 36.4
Depth in cm 24.9
Release date 39995

Also known as: Apple MacBook Pro 13in (Mid-2009)

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Manufacturer's Description

Aluminum unibody enclosure, advanced longer-lasting battery, brilliant LED-backlit display. MacBook Pro has been precision engineered down to the smallest detail.
Precision aluminum. The new gold standard.

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.
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MacBook Pro battery indicator MacBook Pro battery performance
Unibody Enclosure

Every MacBook Pro starts life as a single piece of aluminum. Watch the video
The New MacBook Pro
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The longest-lasting Mac notebook battery ever.

The new energy-efficient architecture in every MacBook Pro, along with automatic graphics switching in the 15- and 17-inch models, gives you dramatically longer battery life. On a single charge, the battery in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro lasts up to 10 hours (8 to 9 hours on the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro).1 And you’ll get up to 1000 full charge and discharge cycles — that’s nearly three times the lifespan of typical notebook batteries.2 Advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging allow the battery to maintain charging capabilities longer and determine the optimal way to charge the battery’s cells. Because the battery lasts up to five years, MacBook Pro uses just one battery in the same time a typical notebook uses three. That makes for less waste. And that, in turn, makes for one environmentally friendly battery. Learn more about the battery
NVIDIA
Powerful graphics, two ways.

MacBook Pro gives you more options for high-performance graphics, starting with the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics processor in the 13-inch model. It’s up to 80 percent faster than the previous generation and is even more energy-efficient for everyday tasks like writing email and surfing the web.3

The new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models give you even more power for graphics-intensive 3D games and pro applications, and longer battery life for everyday tasks like checking email or surfing the web. Depending on which application you’re running, these models automatically switch between the blazingly fast discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M processor and power-efficient integrated Intel HD Graphics. So you don’t have to compromise performance for battery life — and vice versa. Learn more about graphics on MacBook Pro
A display of brilliance.

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. Ready for something even more brilliant? The 15-inch model is now available with a high-resolution 1680-by-1050 glossy or antiglare screen that gives you 36 percent more pixels.
Even the keyboard is advanced.

The rigid aluminum keyboard webbing has been cut precisely to hold the keys. And the keys are curved to perfectly fit fingers. The result? Pure typing bliss. The keyboard is also illuminated, so when you’re in low-light settings, such as airplanes or conference rooms, you can always see what you’re typing.
Backlit Keyboard

An ambient light sensor activates the illuminated keyboard in low-light conditions. See it in action
It all just clicks.

The first thing you might notice — or not notice — about the MacBook Pro trackpad is the button. The entire trackpad is the button, so you can click anywhere. Without a separate button, the spacious trackpad gives your hands plenty of room to move on the large, silky glass surface. Use two fingers to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling. Pinch to zoom in and out. Rotate an image with your fingertips. Swipe with three fingers to flip through your photo libraries. Swipe with four fingers to show your desktop, view all open windows, or switch applications. If you’re coming from a right-click world, you can right-click with two fingers or configure a right-click area on the trackpad. The more you use the Multi-Touch trackpad, the more you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.
Multi-Touch Trackpad

Execute gestures on a spacious and smooth Multi-Touch trackpad that’s also the button. See it in action
Everything fits.

Each MacBook Pro comes standard with a large hard drive offering up to 500GB of storage capacity,4 so there’s plenty of room for your photo libraries, video projects, and files. Or, for enhanced durability, you can order a solid-state drive with no moving parts. Choose 128GB, 256GB, or even 512GB. MacBook Pro also features ample high-speed 1066MHz DDR3 memory, with support for up to 8GB of RAM, so you can run more applications at once and quickly access your data and media. Configure your MacBook Pro now at the Apple Online Store
Nothing but speed. And more speed.
Intel Core 2 Duo

The MacBook Pro lineup starts with advanced Intel Core 2 Duo processors running at up to 2.66GHz. And things only get faster from there. The 15- and 17-inch models now feature the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors — the fastest dual-core processors on the market — which reach Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.33GHz. With up to 4MB of shared L2 or L3 cache, MacBook Pro runs applications up to 50 percent faster than before.5

  • 13-inch
  • 15-inch
  • 17-inch

MacBook Pro 15-inch ports
USB icon
Ports with possibilities.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is iPod, iPhone, digital camera, and external hard drive ready. If it has a cable, there’s a place for it. You’ll find two USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port for connecting faster peripherals.
USB icon
Mini DisplayPort.

The Mini DisplayPort delivers a pure digital connection to external displays — even large 30-inch displays — quickly and easily. It gives you plug-and-play performance with the Apple LED Cinema Display and supports VGA and DVI, as well as the latest multimedia standards such as DisplayPort and HDMI.6
SD Card icon
From camera to computer.
In an instant.

Transfer your photos and videos to and from your MacBook Pro just as fast as you’re able to take them. Built into the 15-inch MacBook Pro is an SD card slot, so you can edit and share your photos and digital video on the spot.
802.11n Wi-Fi
Your studio to go.

With the latest 802.11n wireless technology built into MacBook Pro, you’re always seamlessly and effortlessly connected to the wireless world out there, at home, and at work.7 MacBook Pro automatically finds available networks and allows you to join them with just one click. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so brilliant accessories can become your wireless accomplices. With a built-in battery that lasts longer than ever before, you can do everything you need to do, where you need to do it.
MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Burn DVDs superfast.

After editing and applying the finishing touches to your home movie masterpiece in iMovie and iDVD, use the ultrafast 8x SuperDrive on your MacBook Pro to burn it to DVD. And because the SuperDrive also writes to double-layer discs (DVDs with nearly 9GB of space), it’s great for backing up data.
iChat screens
Be everywhere at once.
iSight Camera

Cleverly integrated — almost hidden — at the top of the MacBook Pro display is an iSight camera. Use it with iChat, and you can be anywhere without actually being there. Video chat with up to three of your friends, share a video with a colleague, or present to a client.8 Use iSight with Photo Booth for fun photo effects. And there’s no need to waste valuable primping time installing software or configuring the camera. Like everything Mac, iSight just works.


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