Apple MacBook Pro MC725LL/A
A powerful 17 inch laptop
Who hasn’t yet heard of Apple? For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Apple occupies first place in the most popular and adored companies category today. The reason: superior performance, excellent features, speed, portability and much more. The team at Apple has launched a new laptop. Its name: Apple MacBook Pro MC725LL/A. Does this product rise up to customers’ expectations? We tested it and here is what we have to say.
Full-size backlit keyboard
We all know that, when it comes to looks, Apple shines. Their latest MacBook Pro MC725LL/A certainly rises up to design expectations with its precision unibody enclosure crafted from a single block of aluminum. The device measures 15.47″ x 10.51″ x 0.98″ and weighs 2.99kg. All these make the new laptop a thin and light one; we had no problem whatsoever when carrying it around with us. Apple’s latest product has a 17″ LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The device also features a full-size backlit keyboard and a glass trackpad that doesn’t include a button (for larger tracking area); this trackpad sports a technology called Multi-Touch.
Core i7 “Sandy Bridge” quad-core CPU
Let’s now see how the laptop does in terms of processor. The MacBook Pro MC725LL/A boasts a 2.2GHz Core i7 “Sandy Bridge” quad-core processor with 6 MB of shared L3 cache. With its help we could, during our test for this review, could easily create content, play 3D games and manage digital media. Furthermore, the Turbo Boost technology enhanced speed and thus improved overall performance. Another technology, namely Hyper-Threading, helps each core of the processor to simultaneously work on two tasks; multitasking was, therefore, a piece of cake. We also liked the fact that the processor offered faster access to the laptop’s RAM and the built-in memory controller easily connected fast 1333MHz memory directly to the processor.
The Thunderbolt technology offered 10 gigabits per second of transfer speeds in both directions. With the help of the Thunderbolt port we could connect USB and FireWire peripherals along with Thunderbolt-compatible devices via adapters. We moved data up to 12 times faster than with FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0. We also discovered that we had the possibility to connect displays that use DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA connections with an existing adapter and to connect the laptop to a high-resolution display from the same port.
Two video processors
The MacBook Pro MC725LL/A features two video processors: Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M (with 1 GB of GDDR5 video memory). The latter did a very good job whenever we played games. We loved the automatic graphics switching feature that determined which graphics processor an app needed and then smoothly switched between the processors.
As for operating system, the device uses, as usual, Mac OS X Snow Leopard; this one was very easy to use, fast and reliable. In terms of memory and storage space, we have the following: 4 GB installed RAM (1333 MHz DDR3, can be expanded to 8 GB) and 750 GB Serial ATA hard drive (with 5400 RPM).
7 hours battery life
The pair of stereo speakers with subwoofers and the integrated FaceTime HD camera both performed well in the time used for our review.
In the connectivity and networking department, the Apple MC725LL/A sports 3 USB 2.0, ExpressCard/34 slot, Bluetooth connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000), ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, FireWire 800 port and Thunderbolt port. The battery offered up to 7 hours of life on a single charge and the device shipped with 1-year limited warranty (extendable to 3 years with the AppleCare Protection Plan). What is more, the product meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements.
In short, the test and review conclusion it that the latest Apple MacBook Pro MC725LL/A is certainly a great pick if you want to buy a new laptop which won’t betray you when the Apocalypse comes.
|* 17 inch LED-backlit display, 1920-by-1200 resolution|
|* 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor|
|* High Speed Thunderbolt Port, FaceTime HD Camera, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard|
|* 750 GB Hard Drive, 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive, 4 GB DDR3 RAM|
|* AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory|
|* Type: Serial ATA|
|* Size: 750 GB|
|* Speed: 5400 rpm|
|Processor, Memory, and Motherboard|
|* Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7|
|* Hardware Platform: PC|
|* Number of Processors: 4|
|* RAM Type: SODIMM|
|* RAM: 4 GB|
|* Memory Slots: 2|
|Cases and Expandability|
|* Weight: 6.61 pounds|
|* Size (LWH): 15.47 inches, 10.51 inches, 0.98 inches|