Apple MacBook Pro MC118B/A (Mid 2009) reviews and prices: 15.4" Laptop computer

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9.1 out of 10 based on 20 reviews.
Apple MacBook Pro MC118B/A (Mid 2009) with Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Mac Os X. DVD drive, 7 hours of battery See full product description

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Ben, Brighton General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Brilliant build quality and lovely to use
Bad points:
A little bit down on connections, though usually an option via an adapter
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Mar 2010

Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Battery is fantastic, quick enough for most jobs even vary large photoshop files. Starts up and shutsdown very quickly.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Mar 2010

Stefan, Manchester

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Design
Bad points:
Price
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2009

James, Leeds General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
After having a PC laptop with only one speaker I was surprised at how good the sound quality was with having a speaker either side of the keyboard.

Lighting behind keys.

Does everything I need a computer to do. This purchase was as a replacement for a desktop machine.

So easy to set-up and get running.
Bad points:
Slightly heavier than expected.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Dec 2009

Chris, Cornwall Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
No more windows crashes, takes a few weeks to get used to the way a mac works, but when you do, there is no going back, everything is designed to be more about the software you are using, and not about the operating system, which is what windows has become.
Bad points:
none... well, there are a few little bugs, but only in third party software, such as my belkin network hub, which used to crash in windows as well, and my HP multifunction, has intermittent crashes, but thats not an Apple fault.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Mar 2010

Simon, Basinstoke Music, gaming or video fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Once you choose Mac, your never go back... a statement that I live and breath by now!!! An absolutely amazing bit of kit 10/10
Bad points:
None so far!
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Mar 2010

Gavin, Tewkesbury Business user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent Battery Design, Clear LED Backlit Screen, Good looks!
The multi-touch glass trackpad is great.
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 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jan 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 15.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1440 x 900 (WSXGA)
Operating system Mac Os X
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 320
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P8700
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.53
Number of USB ports 2
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Battery life (Hours) 7
Weight (kg) 2.49
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 16:10
Width in cm 36.4
Depth in cm 24.9
Release date 2009-07-06
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Manufacturer's Description

Precision aluminium. The new gold standard. Carved from a single block of aluminium, the MacBook Pro is a true engineering achievement. Its unibody enclosure is the product of precise machining. From the thumbscoop to the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t sleep indicator light, 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. Unibody Enclosure Every MacBook Pro starts life as a single piece of aluminium. The longest-lasting Mac notebook battery ever. Built right into each of the new MacBook Pro notebooks is a breakthrough battery that lasts dramatically longer and does so without increasing the size or weight of MacBook Pro. On a single charge, the battery in the new MacBook Pro lasts up to 7 hours (8 hours on the 17-inch MacBook Pro)1 and can be recharged up to 1000 times.2 That’s compared with only 200 to 300 times for typical notebooks. Advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging allows the battery to maintain charging capabilities longer and determines 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. Breakthrough Battery A built-in battery powers MacBook Pro for up to 7 to 8 hours on a single charge. Graphics in full force. The MacBook Pro reaches a new level of high-speed, high-end game-playing power. Not to mention pure performance for graphics-intensive applications like Aperture and Motion. The power-saving NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor inside every MacBook Pro is great for everyday performance, while delivering long battery life. The 17-inch MacBook Pro and select 15-inch models include the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics processor, providing you with turbocharged performance for the most graphically intensive tasks. A display of brilliance. The moment you open your new MacBook Pro you’re greeted by glorious, full screen brightness. But that’s only one gleaming quality of the glossy LED-backlit widescreen display. It offers a 60 percent greater colour gamut than previous generations for richer, more vibrant colours. And anything you view — including the ultrathin display itself — is a spectacular experience. The seamless glass enclosure makes this display strong and durable. And the display is power efficient and mercury- and arsenic-free, so it’s greener than ever. Even the keyboard is advanced. The rigid aluminium 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. It all just clicks. The first thing you might notice — or not notice — 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 up and down a page. 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. Everything fits. Each MacBook Pro comes standard with a large hard drive with up to 500GB of storage capacity,3 so there’s plenty of room for your photo libraries, video projects and files. Or you can choose a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive, which has no moving parts for enhanced durability. 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. Think fast. Inside the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at up to 2.53GHz, with the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro reaching speeds up to 3.06GHz. The processor is based on groundbreaking 45-nm process technology and advanced Core microarchitecture. With the 1066MHz frontside bus and 3MB of shared L2 cache (up to 6MB for the 15- and 17-inch models), MacBook Pro runs applications faster and more efficiently than ever before. Ports with possibilities. Every 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 (three USB 2.0 ports on the 17-inch MacBook Pro) and a FireWire 800 port for connecting faster peripherals. The Mini DisplayPort is a perfect fit for the Apple LED Cinema Display. MacBook Pro even recognises what you plug in, so you don’t have to install new drivers. 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 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro is a new SD card slot, so you can edit and share your photos and digital video on the spot. 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.4 MacBook Pro automatically finds available networks and allows you to join them with just one click. Bluetooth capabilities are 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. 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.5 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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