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Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Sandy Bridge 13.3" Review (2011 Model)

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Apple

Specifications, Packaging, Included Extras

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3" 2.3GHz Technical Specifications (Taken from Apple's website)

  2.3GHz MacBook Pro


2.7GHz MacBook Pro


Enclosure Precision aluminum unibody
Processor 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
L3 cache 3MB shared 4MB shared
Memory 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 8GB
Hard drive6 320GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm 500GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm
Slot-loading optical drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5
Video FaceTime HD camera; Thunderbolt port with support for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately)
Display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
Expansion One Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps), one FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps), SDXC card slot
Audio Stereo speakers with subwoofer, omnidirectional microphone, combined headphone/line in (supports digital output)
Networking 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
Wireless Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)2; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
Hardware accessories 60W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord
Limited warranty

and service

Your MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.
Apple and the global


Learn more about Apple’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and processes. The Apple Product Environmental Specification details the environmental attributes of our products.
Recycling Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization. Learn more about how to recycle your Mac.


Retail packaging and included extras

Apple doesn't stray from its marketing and branding strategies with any of its products, and the retail packaging for our MacBook Pro is no exception. Apple included a large studio photo of the MacBook to shows its style and sleekness. They didn't clutter the retail packaging with any additional case badges or other marketing fluff that you will see from other vendors.


The back panel of the retail packaging includes a gorgeous studio photo of the 13.3" display and the OSX 10.6.6 desktop. While many people aren't going to be looking at Apple's packaging to help determine if they want to buy their products (mainly because people can get a hands-on look at all their products via retail Apple stores), they still did an excellent job of creating a modern and innovative packaging that will attract consumers to their brand.


As I opened the retail packaging, I got my first look at the MacBook Pro and was a bit in awe of how well it was packaged and secured during shipping. The "Designed by Apple in California" was a nice touch and made me feel I was getting something luxurious and exclusive at the same time. 


After removing the MacBook Pro, the bottom portion revealed a 60W MagSafe power adapter, AC wall plug, power cord, driver/recovery DVDs, and a user manual.


Here's a close-up shot of the 60-watt MagSafe power adapter and power cord. This setup is pretty standard so we'll move on.


Here's another shot of what I saw when I opened the packaging that contained the driver DVDs and user manual. It seems Apple thinks of everything "differently" all the way down to walking users through the included documentation.


Apple also through in a simple screen cloth to wipe off any fingerprints from the display or exterior casing on the MacBook Pro.


Lastly, here are the Macbook Pro OSX recovery and driver DVDs, software license agreement/warranty agreement card, user manual, and two Apple stickers.


August 15, 2011 | 07:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi i wonder how I remove the keys at the keyboard on this model, please help me.

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