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What’s in the Box:
Upon opening the box of the early 2011 Macbook Pro, we find everything that is to be expected. Along with the DVDs and manuals we find the Magsafe power adaptor, AC wall plug, power cord, cleaning cloth and of course the Macbook Pro itself. This years model ships with Mac OS 10.6 and iLife 11 which includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb and Garageband.
Three flavors to choose from:
Within the 15in models we have three levels from which to choose:
2.0GHz Quad-Core i7 CPU, AMD RADEON HD 6490M 256MB GPU ($1799 US)
2.2GHz Quad-Core i7 CPU, AMD RADEON HD 6750M 1GB GPU ($2199 US)
2.3GHz Quad-Core i7 CPU, AMD RADEON HD 6750M 1GB GPU ($2499 US)
The line gives us three options in regards to the display
Standard Resolution 1440 x 900 Glossy Display
1600 x 1050 Hi-Res Glossy Display (+$100 US)
1680 x 1050 Hi-Res Anti Glare Display (+$150 US)
It should be noted that all options maintain a 16:10 Aspect Ratio with the Hi-Res options yielding a sharper text and 36% more pixels providing more screen real estate. Whether to go Glossy or Anti-Glare depends on the user. Glossy provides vibrant colors great for enjoying movies and other media while the Anti Glare (featuring a silver bezel) is wonderful for doing photo/video work.
This installment’s CPU is all about power, the Quad-Core 2.3 GHz i7 CPU has four physical cores and will intelligently overclock up to 3.4 GHz (single-core applications) with Intel “Turbo Boost”. It features hyperthreading utilizing your four cores as eight threads. We also find a 50% increase in speed from the previous Dual-Core i7 2.8GHz Model ( Geekbench nearly doubled!!! 10164 compared to 5910)
In terms of design, we see no major changes to the physical structure of the 15in Macbook Pro. The aluminum unibody design remains unchanged with dimensions of 14.35″ Wide by 9.82″ Deep by 0.95″ High, weighing in at 5.6 lbs. It features a Multi-Touch Trackpad with both a physical click and tap to click functionality. It is also equipped with a backlit keyboard, an 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+RW/CD-RW) and on board stereo speakers with a subwoofer giving you the best quality you could expect from a laptop, reminding us that we should never underestimate the usefulness of some good headphones.
New features on the 2011 15in Macbook Pro include a Facetime HD Camera which will capture in 720p at 30 FPS for video, an improved built in microphone located next to the Facetime HD Camera and the new Thunderbolt High-Speed I/O.
In this year’s model’s we see featured the new Thunderbolt I/O, which was previously called “Light Peak” developed by Intel. This high speed I/O features PCI-Express and Display Port functionality which means it can be used with Displayport, DVI, HDMI and VGA displays. Thunderbolt provides transfer of 10 gigabits per second which puts it at 20x faster than USB 2.0, 12x faster than Firewire and 2x faster than USB 3.0! It also has two independent channels that can supply power to two devices (up to 6 can be daisy-chained). An array of Thunderbolt devices are currently in development and should hit the market by Summer 2011.
x2 USB 2.0
SDXC (up to 64GB support)
Battery Meter (push to check level)
Conclusion & Final Thoughts:
This installment of the Macbook pro is definitely worthy to upgrade to from the previous iteration. It is insanely fast for a laptop and is great for all around media production (HD video, Photo edition, Music Production). As far as which configuration to go with, the 2.2GHz upgrade is a no brainer because of the speed bump and better 1GB graphics card (better for 3D rendering: Motion, After Effects & Gaming). Hi-Res is also a definite upgrade for sharper text and more screen real estate, whether to go with Glossy or Anti-Glare again depends on your application. If you are planning on using this for Audio/Video production you might want to think about upgrading to the 7200RPM HD or SSD for better performance and 8GB of RAM for smoother multitasking.
what's up you guys sent here with geek tools donate and welcome to this video on boxing of a nother MacBook Pro this is the 2011 MacBook Pro here 2.2 gigahertz quad-core processor 4 gigabytes of RAM but of course we will be upgrading to 8 gigs in this video and a high-resolution display not anti-glare we also have a 500 gigabyte 7200 rpm hard drive now you guys should know that my previous MacBook Pro another top-of-the-line model did suffer some bad water damage and that was a year old MacBook Pro I just didn't want to deal with it I've had some slight problems with a keyboard and the screen keeps on flickering so I said you know what I'm not gonna replace any of my parts I still have a MacBook Pro in the closet which it's gonna stay there for a while and I went out picked up another MacBook Pro once again this is a 15-inch MacBook Pro and here's a box we're gonna do this live no editing so it's gonna be all interesting we have the unibody i7 and the thunderbolt port the picture with the MacBook Pro open and the Apple logo cool so I'm gonna use my handy tiny multi-tool and grab myself a knife here go ahead and slide this to reveal well to open up the box I'm just gonna like the camera down now if the audio quality is pretty crappy it's because my microphone is over here and I'm talking this way so I do apologize for that uh here it is MacBook Pro it's really heavy box by the way I was surprised about how heavy this box was since I did have the original MacBook Pro I'd really been expected to be so heavy so here it is all wrapped in this plastic here I'm gonna put that to the side I don't have any space I'll put it on my lap the power bar which has this nice little cover on it cool the extension cable and the brick sits I think this brick is a bit smaller than the previous generation and it does have that really nice new design to the tip just like the previous and uh yeah nothing really much sleep here the pamphlet is a lot bigger with the instruction meadow so we'll have a look at this open it up somehow yeah okay it's it goes all the way through um so let's have a look here as normal we have a cleaning cloth apple stickers of course one-year limited warranty of course I did order out care with this machine and all the instruction manuals and I don't believe they included drivers I mean not drivers but uh software not software what am i smoking they're lying with this package so we'll have to see how I'm gonna get lying to be installed on this machine so that's all that's in the box for me well packaged like always an apple style everything is to one side and let's have a look at the macbook pro once again this is the 2.2 didn't hurts quad-core processor four gigabytes which will be eight gigabytes after we open up to this sulfate wrapping here alright let's take the condom off slightly well a better package in the previous generation MacBook Pros there it is in its glorious aluminum unibody design well open it up right now but of course I will be taking out the RAM before I put it up there it is 15 inch glorious display has that MacBook throw over there that our keyboard nice overall so we're not even booted up right now we're gonna switch out the memory so we're gonna go ahead and grab my handy dandy tool kit here and this toolkit is very good because it has the t6 screwdriver and also a bunch of other different types of screwdrivers if you guys are wondering what the t6 screwdriver does it is a special screwdriver to gain access two special components in this computer and I do have a screwdriver available if I need to take up such things as the logic board or anything else in general so just take these screws out there fast forward this part all right after removing all the screws or just pop up in the lid which is fairly tight and you just need to use a little bit of force inside this machine as you can see we have the battery here two fans to cool down the machine the RAM module is here there is a keyboard connector here for the backlit there is a keyboard and trackpad at connections over here the main power connection there display connection hard drive connection the optical drive connection here and the eye sight HD webcam connections over here so that's all cool now I was thinking because I've opened up my previous MacBook Pros that you can switch up a logic board and just basically instead of buying a whole new computer you just switch out the logic board and put in whatever specs you want but I'm looking at this new design it it can't really be done I see some parts of the machine that is slightly different so if you guys were thinking about that like I was you cannot do that so I got everything open I'm just gonna go ahead and take out the old RAM modules now these are crappy flimsy Ram modules just gonna do you guys a quick look here at what they do they're okay but they're not what I want obviously I want to go with the fall awesomeness so I'm gonna upgrade it to eight gigabytes of memory the memory I have right now is the Corsair laptop memory I don't know exact whatever eight gigabytes 1333 1333 yes that is correct megahertz clock speed and these guys out here there's one of them and there's another one so to install them to make sure you have the tips in correctly just basically slide them in like so make sure they're fully in all right same as for the top one and that should be all so I'm going to put the computer back together and here we go fast forward all right so we got all the screws back on here is once again the memory modules that just took out pretty flimsy pretty crappy looking and we'll have a look at the i/o first before in box it here's the aisle we have the power Ethernet firewire and this is a new Thunderbolt port 2 USBS SD and the audio you also have a battery indicator here wholly charged and will boot this machine up and see how it goes so make sure everything is in frame here put it up here and everything should be good hopefully that's a good sound like that sound a lot then there's the Apple logo I know it's a little late to get this model since I bet the new ones are gonna come out in a couple months but I really don't care you guys so don't postpone or slow and don't ask me if you guys can have my old MacBook Pro you know I won't give it to you uh so yeah here it is booting up nice another first blew it up is always slow so we'll see how's that HD webcam which I'm really excited about and the battery on my camcorder is running out so I'm just gonna really try to go quickly here alright alright some long loading time that's exactly what I want and there's nothing on the screen interesting ah there we go English yes I speak English I am in Canada I have a u.s. keyboard now these lips I use wireless network I'm gonna say I'm gonna continue not yet continue don't transfer I agree and I'm gonna not register yet count information sorry yo master Sonny oh ask me for a password okay Jesus come on alright so um that's pretty much it's just creating my account we should be in line and I don't want to take a screenshot well you guys could see my camera setup for how we're at it there it is the canon vixia hf s 20 great camcorder I don't want to take the picture I'll go with the hawk cuz I'm awesome like that and Jesus I don't care alright scroll right that's great start using Lion and that is it we are in Lyon where all my brand-new 15-inch MacBook Pro hope you guys enjoy the unboxing and a ram upgrade video if you guys have any more questions or comments don't hesitate to post a comment below email me sunny at master CENTCOM it can visit my website deep tours dotnet and that's pretty much it please rate comment and subscribe and you guys have a great day peace out