Apple MacBook Pro MC725ZP/A (Early 2011) Reviews

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Design 4.8
Processing Speed 4.8
Graphics 4.2
Expandability 2.8
Usability 4.0
Portability 4.8
Battery 4.8
Display 4.2
Total 4.3

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Review in Kakaku.com

  • Review by Japanese user
  • Sep 11, 2011
Design 5.0
Processing Speed 5.0
Graphics 5.0
Expandability 1.0
Usability 2.0
Portability 5.0
Battery 5.0
Display 5.0
Total 4.1

My first Mac -- a mix of satisfaction and frustration.

I was considering purchasing a desktop since my main laptop was starting to show signs of aging.
However, after seeing firsthand March 11th's great disaster and how desktops and displays fell from desks and broke at offices, I decided on purchasing a high-spec laptop instead.
Although OS is Lion, it leaves an impression that it's not as solid as Win.
In case of Win computers, the operating system seldom crashes when an application crashes, but the operating system of this Lion computer almost crashes when an application crashes.
It's like using a 98 era's computer and I have to be nervous.
Apart from the operating system, I think this can be a satisfactory computer from a view point of design or texture although this can't be said as a good computer on the whole because there are extremely good points and also extremely bad points from a view point of hardware function.
After all, I think dissatisfactory aspect appears due to its design and texture.
Since the price is twice as much the hp's 17 inch model, I think that existence value would fairly decrease if there is no superiority of the texture and design.
The most favorite point of this model for me is the screen graphic mode of 1920 x 1200. As below, I will try to evaluate each item after using this model about one month.
[Design] Compared to the display size (compared to other Windows notebook computers), I am fond of its thinness, lightness and smallness.
The AC adapter is nicely made and requires similar installation area to that of a 15 inch Win machine or so.
I am also fond of the battery charge lamp which is attached to the DC jack.
On the other hand, it is not easy to see the condition of this machine since all lamps which indicate status of devices are not located at the front side.

[Processing speed] I strongly thought, "It's not a 4 core 8 thread for no reason!" when I encoded videos.
With an app that handles multi-core well, this device's performance is beyond that of a desktop.
[Graphics performance] I don't play 3D games, so it's sufficient.
If this is an important trait to you, you might not regret it if you purchase a laptop or desktop specialized in graphics performance instead.
[Extensibility] This is the worst quality of this device.
I don't know how good it is compared to other Macs, but compared to a normal Windows notebook, it has no analog display port, no SD card slot, no HDMI port, no USB3.0 ports, the USB2.0 ports are only on its left side, only 3 of them.
No eSATA port either.
Thus, I can't use the fastest ports, displays and projectors I can connect to it are limited.
It's not reasonable to require expandability to notebook computers similar to desktop computers, but it's very inconvenient that all available connections on Win machines are never available on this machine.
[Usability] Other than delicate manipulations like editing photos and music, the big track pad is comfortable to manipulate together with my favorite track pad handling and Lion's easy handleability On the other hand, however, it's not easy to me to input characters because the big track pad thrusts upon the key position to the bottom of the display and the key position is apart from me.
At first I thought I would get used to this but I still haven't got used to this.
I think it would be easy to input characters if this were located at two key steps below. [Portability] It's fine because this is thinner and lightweight than 15.6 inch Win notebook computers or so.
The AC adapter is also smart and therefore is easier to carry.
I, however, seldom carry it, so absolutely compared to my previous main computer.
[Battery] If you're using it for repeated video playback, I don't know how well it fares, but for web browsing, document creation and presentations, it can be used for over 5 hours, easily.
Carrying an AC adapter is not needed.
[LCD] Looks clear, even if I look at the same photos (compared to my previous main device), they look much better, watching videos is pleasant as well.
Also, depending on the surrounding brightness, the display's illumination is automatically regulated, which I like a lot.
[Unexpected] The fan is loud!!!
The fan rotates 600 times to view GyaO video streaming.
And it's two fans.
In this hot August temperature with less air conditioning to conserve energy, it's way louder than my mom's laptop form the same generation or the prior device.
I can't watch videos in peace.
I don't mean loud as in noisy, but that the sound is really loud.
if I was playing a 3D game that utilizes CPU and VGA to the max or encoding a video, I'd understand.
However, i can't accept this sound with just watching a video.
Also, working fan signals a hot device, and when I touch above F1~F4 keys, the heat almost burns my skin.
This fault must have resulted from its slim build prioritizing design.
It's hard to input words so I'm considering connecting an external display, but imagining the heat released with the display closed frightens me.
[Overall review] This 17 inch model is attractive due to its easy handling more than that of a 15 inch Win machines.
On the other hand, I think this easy handling (smallness of volume) causes less expandability, heat and the noisy fan.
This model is a machine I can really taste heaven and hell, however tasting time of hell is shorter than that of heaven.
This means I enjoy happiness as a whole.
This is the final comment; above review is on the modified specifications from the original such as with two 4G memories and a SSD drive of 128G and I am using an old 750HDD drive replacing the original DVD drive.

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Review in Kakaku.com

  • Review by Japanese user
  • Feb 26, 2012
Design 5.0
Processing Speed 4.0
Graphics 3.0
Expandability 3.0
Usability 5.0
Portability 5.0
Battery 4.0
Display 4.0
Total 4.1

I purchased it as a Windows machine.

I was looking for the notebook WUXGA, but because there was no other choice, I purchased this one.
This is a compact machine for the LCD size.
CPU is 2.3G, LCD is non-glare and the US keyboard is BTO model.
After the purchase, I changed the memory to 16GB, and also changed HDD to 600GB SSD of Intel 320.
I use a i7-980X-based 4GHz self-built machine as the desktop computer.
Even comparing to this machine, the speed is comfortable.
RAW developper is also faster than I thought.

At first I mainly used Windows 7 but I gradually used OSX as well.
At the moment I seldom use Win.
Use frequency of my desktop computer decreased and usually I can achieve my purpose by this.
Regarding expandability of this one, I only wish I could use USB 3.0.
Other than this, I am almost satisfied with this one.

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Review in Kakaku.com

  • Review by Japanese user
  • Jun 10, 2012
Design 4.0
Processing Speed 5.0
Graphics 4.0
Expandability 2.0
Usability 4.0
Portability 5.0
Battery -
Display 3.0
Total 3.9

High performance notebook computer with a large-sized screen

Good points: A 17 inch 1920*1200 big screen that you don't see often.
With the glare screen, pictures and movies can be shown beautifully.
For 17 inches, it is very light with only 3 kilos.
With high processing power, the encoding of movies is fast as well.
Due to the Quad Core it runs pleasantly well, even if during coding other actions are performed.
Additionally to VM Fusion Windows also runts pleasantly.
(8GB memory was added).
Bad points: The viewing angle of the screen is narrow (especially top-bottom) and the screen's reflection is bothersome and my eyes get tired.
(If you buy it, it might be good to get an anti-glare screen.)
The fan noise is bothersome (it's a laptop so it can't be helped).
The housing gets so hot I can't touch it (around the upper left of the keyboard).
Even if you try to shut it down, applications (Finder, Safari) get in the way and there are quite a lot of times when it doesn't automatically shut down (it was my first MacOS, so maybe I was doing something wrong).
I was satisfied with the large screen and processing speed, but I got rid of it because I couldn't stand the glare on the screen and the fan's noise.
Before purchasing it, you should review the LCD and heat.

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Review in Kakaku.com

  • Review by Japanese user
  • Jul 22, 2011
Design 5.0
Processing Speed 5.0
Graphics 4.0
Expandability 4.0
Usability 4.0
Portability 4.0
Battery 5.0
Display 5.0
Total 4.5

It's the first Mac note in a long time, it's the first Intel Mac.

Ironically, while I was looking for a best Windows notebook, I reached this model.
It seems like most of Window's notebook have lost their originality as the result of severe price competitions and they can no longer display the originality in other aspects.
The most significant one is the Z of VAIO which will be released this summer.
It was all the more a shock because I had expected, and I was disappointed at the product feeling that Japanese manufacturing is marking the end of the golden age.
It was in those days that I choosed this large-sized MBP.
I tried it and I'm completely satisfied with it, if I don't take account of the portability :).
Currently, I removed the built-in optical drive and instead, I installed originally loaded 750GB HDD putting it into optical drive type HDD enclosure.
I also installed Intel's second generation Intel X25-M 160GM model.
I'm completly absorbed by its high-performance comparable to desktop PCs.
So, it's amazing that I can easily carry it.

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Review in Kakaku.com

  • Review by Japanese user
  • Aug 10, 2011
Design 5.0
Processing Speed 5.0
Graphics 5.0
Expandability 4.0
Usability 5.0
Portability -
Battery 5.0
Display 4.0
Total 4.7

One week since I switched from a Core2Duo MacBookPro 13-inch

(Design) It is built so precisely that there's hardly any space between buttons and body so that's great as always.
However, it would have been nicer if the finish on speaker had a little more twist.
(Processing Speed) I was expecting a lot on the difference between Core2Duo and Core i7 but I did not feel any significant increase in speed.
Of course it's faster, though.
(Graphic Capability I don't play game and cannot evaluate on this point.
(Expandability) As expected, I wish it had a SD card slot.
I look forward to Thunderbolt in the future.
[Usability] It has the same usability as usual.
It is easier to use than Windows 7 and Windows machines.
[Portability] Personally, I do not think it is a model for carrying around.
It feels like it would cause other people trouble if you used it on the train.
[Battery] Because I do not carry it about, I won't cover it in the evaluation.
[LCD] It is beautiful, but the 13-inch might be more vivid.
[General comment] Because I wanted to read large size e-books with two pages on the screen at a time, I switched from the 13-inch.
For this purpose, even the 17-inch was a bit insufficient, so from that standpoint, it was not a completely satisfactory replacement.
I also don't feel a great merit from the elevation of the processing speed right now.
Personally, I think the greatest merit is probably that when using Windows 7 through Parallels, it can now easily be used with the feeling of having one Mac window here and the other there.
I am also happy that startup for Windows became faster.
However, I feel that I don't know what to do with the 17-inch size, together with the case and the screen size.
More than anything (though I'm sorry this is subjective), I don't like how it's not cute because it feels like it's swaggering, saying "I'm the best model.
I'm fast, aren't I?
My screen's huge, right?"
Besides people who need high resolution and a big screen in particular (perhaps over 80% of users), I recommend the 13-inch.

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