Review Roundup for New MacBook Pro 2011 – Verdicts Are In

Since the new MacBook Pro 2011 line was announced and released last week we’ve been bringing you details, many of them surrounding the new Thunderbolt (Light Peak technology). Yesterday we rounded up all of our latest stories about the MacBook Pros with news of features, insights and more and today it’s time for a review roundup with the first reviews now coming in.

One of the most comprehensive reviews we’ve seen is by Michael A. Prospero over on Laptop who’s had his hands on a 15-inch MacBook Pro configured with a 2.2GHz Intel Core quad-core i7 processsor which comes in at $2,199, although the 15-inch basic model costs $1,799. The Pro reviewed also has 4GB of RAM, SATA Hard Drive, Native Resolution of 1440×900 and that Thunderbolt port that everybody is talking about. It also has the new HD webcam enabling FaceTime in HD and was said to have an impressive battery life. Prospero gives a really in-depth review covering every aspect you could think of such as Design, Heat, Keyboard, Touchpad, Display, Audio, Thunderbolt, FaceTime, Performance, Graphics and much, much more.

Overall the review is impressed with not only the performance of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but also many features such as the powerful graphics, the new HD camera, excellent keyboard and also touchpad, and as expected, the new Thunderbolt technology. Minor drawbacks were seen as the price and also how warm the unit runs, but overall the MacBook Pro refresh for 2011 was viewed as being “packed with cutting-edge technologies” and the review even went so far as saying that it was the most powerful 15-inch notebook out there. The review score was 4 out of 5 stars.

Another review is by James Rivington over on Tech Radar who has published a preliminary review with a fuller one to come later. Rivington also got his hands on a 15-inch version of the MacBook Pro, also using the 2.2GHz Sandy Bridge i7 processor. One of the big plus points noted was the big step up in performance and Rivington also appears very excited about the Thunderbolt addition as well as noting the HD camera for FaceTime in 720p.

Finally we’ll turn to a review by Cisco Cheng over on PCMag who rates the new MacBook pro with 4 out of 5 stars. This interesting review used exactly the same 15-inch version of the MacBook Pro again and there was a big thumbs up for the latest Sandy Bridge processor and also the AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card. Cheng also appeared impressed with the Thunderbolt technology though of course there are not yet any Thunderbolt peripherals available to test this properly, although they are now on the way. Other big positives were again the HD camera along with the backlit keyboard and there was a special mention for the Glass Clickpad, which was said to have “no equals.” Negatives were seen as the lack of Thunderbolt peripherals as mentioned above and also again, the price. The bottom line says it all really and most reviews seem to agree with Cheng when he says “The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt) is the fastest, most technologically advanced laptop to grace our Labs benches.”

Hopefully this has given you a good overview of just how good these new MacBook Pros are. Will you be heading out to buy one and what for you is the best new feature? Alternatively you may feel that the price is just too much? Let us know your thoughts with your comments please.