Apple MD311LL/A 17" MacBook Pro Notebook, Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 2.4GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB 5400 RPM HDD, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

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The 17" MacBook Pro from Apple is a powerful notebook computer with an innovative aluminum unibody design. It is loaded with advanced power management features and an integrated battery, which work together to provide up to 7 hours of wireless web browsing. You may notice an unfamiliar logo next to one of the ports on the left side of the system. This is Thunderbolt, a high-speed interface that can move data at an amazing 10Gbps, which is double that of USB 3.0. The Thunderbolt port also doubles as a display output because it shares the same physical form factor as a Mini DisplayPort. You can daisy-chain up to six devices, so you'll be able to connect high-speed external storage and an external Apple LED Cinema display via the same port.

The computer's 17" display features LED backlight technology and a glossy finish. Its 1920 x 1200 native resolution gives you ample screen space to work with. You'll be able to output to an external display at up to 2560 x 1600 via Thunderbolt. Any Mini DisplayPort-compatible display will plug in without the need of an adapter. If you have a display with DVI, VGA or HDMI input, you'll only need to purchase an adapter cable (i.e., HDMI-to-Mini DisplayPort) for connection.

You'll be able to communicate with friends and family thanks to built-in support for FaceTime chat. The computer's FaceTime HD camera supports 720p HD video chat via the included app. You can make video calls to other Mac users with FaceTime as well as to anyone with an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or an iPod touch model with a built-in camera. The system is powered by a quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor. The computer is loaded with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 750GB 5400rpm hard drive and a SuperDrive DVD burner. You'll be able to connect to the Internet with ease via 802.11n Wi-Fi or wired Gigabit Ethernet. The MacBook Pro also features built-in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, which allows you to connect wireless headphones, keyboard, mice and other compatible peripherals without a hassle.

Graphics are handled by integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics, which gives you the best of both worlds in regards of battery life and performance. The MacBook Pro uses integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics for everyday use, such as web browsing and word processing. It is also capable of HD video playback. The computer features a comfortable backlit chiclet-style keyboard, which features space between each key for improved accuracy and comfort when typing. It also sports a glass Multi-Touch trackpad with a clickable design. Rather than having a separate button for mouse clicks, the entire surface of the pad is clickable. This increases the active surface area and allows you to quickly click without having to maneuver to the bottom of the trackpad.

The trackpad also fully supports Multi-touch gestures. You can tap the trackpad with one finger to click, tap with two fingers to right click, scroll through documents using two fingers, pinch to zoom, navigate through Safari or iPhoto with three-finger left and right swipes or use two fingers to rotate a photo or PDF. iLife '11 has a complete suite of digital creativity applications. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife '11 will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos and compose original music. iLife '11 includes iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.

The 64-bit Mac OS X Lion features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive Cover Flow navigation, the powerful Spotlight search tool and Quick Look document preview. You'll be able to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac, if needed.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast (27),Good power output (20),Long battery life (16),Lightweight (14),Quality display (14),Quiet (14),Comfortable keyboard (13),Easy to set up (8),Easy to use (7)
Best Uses:
Graphics (12),Business use (11),Web browsing (10),Upgrade (9),Video (8),Word processing (8),Music (7),Educational purposes (3),Multimedia (3),Replacement (3),Photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Tech savvy (12),Quality oriented (10)

Apple Macbook Pr Features

  • Multi-Touch Trackpad - It Just Feels Right: The Multi-Touch trackpad has no button because it is the button. That means there's more room to track and more room to click left, right, center and everywhere in between
  • A Display Full of Bright Ideas: At the top of the screen, they hid the built-in FaceTime HD Camera so you can see your friends and family in beautiful widescreen and as little of the camera as possible. The camera is even thinner than the one found inside the iPhone 4
  • Magnetic Latch: Because the magnetic latch has no moving parts to snag, jam, or break, even opening and closing your MacBook Pro is a pleasure
  • Easy Access to Connections and Ports: The connections and ports on the MacBook Pro, such as the MagSafe power, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB, SDXC card reader and audio in/out, are all smartly integrated on the same side of the notebook
  • MagSafe Power Adapter: The power cord is held in place magnetically, so if someone should happen to trip over it, the cord disconnects harmlessly and your MacBook Pro stays put safely
  • ThunderBolt Port: Thunderbolt lets you connect high-performance devices and high-resolution displays to a single, compact port. It even supports Mini DisplayPort devices, such as your Apple LED Cinema Display or an HDMI adapter for your television
  • Next-Generation Quad-Core Intel Processor: The 17" MacBook Pro now features a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor. With 3.6GHz Turbo Boost support and 6MB of cache, this CPU allows the computer to perform up to twice as fast as the previous generation
  • FaceTime HD Camera: Get more of your friends in the picture with crisp, widescreen HD video. The new FaceTime HD camera gives you three times the resolution of the previous camera, which is perfect for brilliant LED-backlit display, along with improved low-light performance
  • A Long-Lasting Battery - Charge Less, Do More: The MacBook Pro delivers amazing battery life even with more powerful processors and faster graphics. An energy-efficient processor architecture with an integrated video encoder help improve battery life
  • It's Very Well Connected: When you're out and about, the latest 802.11n wireless technology in the MacBook Pro makes it easy to get connected just about anywhere. The MacBook Pro automatically finds available networks and allows you to join them with a click
  • Ports With Possibility: With the new Thunderbolt port, you can daisy-chain as many as six devices, including your display, to create a full-fledged workstation. 3 USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port let you connect your iPad, iPod, iPhone, digital cameras and external hard drives
  • Burn DVDs Superfast: After using iMovie & iDVD to edit & apply the finishing touches to your home movie, use the 8x SuperDrive on the MacBook Pro to burn it to DVD in no time. Since the SuperDrive writes to double-layer discs (DVDs with nearly 9GB of space), it's a great way to back up data as well
  • Quad-Core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 CPU: The MacBook Pro uses an Intel refined chipset. It performs up to twice as fast as the previous generation. It can breeze through demanding tasks like editing HD video, compiling audio or rendering a multilayered image file
  • Faster Single-Chip Microarchitecture: Whether you're watching a movie, updating your blog or editing photos, data has to travel from place to place to be processed. The latest Intel Core architecture puts the processor, cache, memory controller and graphics engine on a single chip
  • Turbo Boost 2.0: Turbo Boost 2.0 is even more dynamic and efficient. By shifting core frequency in smaller increments than before, it allows the processor to manage performance without sacrificing efficiency
  • Hyper-Threading: Hyper-Threading is now standard on every MacBook Pro. This technology allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core, so OS X recognizes eight virtual cores on a quad-core processor and four on a dual-core processor
  • Integrated Memory Controller: With faster access to memory, each core can get right to work on your data, rather than waiting for it to arrive. That's why the new Intel Core architecture uses an integrated memory controller to connect fast 1333MHz memory directly to the processor
  • Energy-Efficient Graphics: The graphics processor also automatically increases clock speeds for higher workloads. An integrated video encoder enables HD video calls with FaceTime, while an efficient decoder gives you long battery life when you're watching DVDs or iTunes movies
  • Mac OS X Lion: At the heart of every MacBook Pro, as well as every Mac, is Mac OS X Lion. This operating system is both easy to use and incredibly powerful. It's built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation and engineered to take full advantage of the technologies in every Mac
  • Performance and Expansion Never Before Seen on a Notebook: With 10Gbps of throughput in both directions, Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800
  • High Performance on Display: Thunderbolt I/O technology provides native support for Mini DisplayPort displays. It also supports DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and VGA displays through the use of existing adapters. So you can connect your Apple LED Cinema Display or other existing display
  • Efficient Power Supply: The MacBook Pro includes a highly efficient power supply that reduces the amount of power wasted when bringing electricity from wall to your computer. Lower power consumption reduces energy bills & lessens the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
  • ENERGY STAR Qualification: The MacBook Pro meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA in their ENERGY STAR 5.2 qualification. ENERGY STAR 5.2 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer's typical annual power consumption
  • Advanced Power Management: Mac OS X activates sleep mode on already energy-efficient LED-backlit displays. And it balances tasks across both central processors and graphics processors. OS X never misses a power-saving opportunity, no matter how small
  • EPEAT Gold Rating: The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, evaluates the environmental impact of a product based on how recyclable it is, how much energy it uses and how it's designed and manufactured

Apple Macbook Pr Specifications

2.4GHz Intel Core i7
L3: 6MB
System Bus
Type: 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 4GB
Graphics Card
Type: Hybrid Graphics System
Installed: AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM Dedicated; Intel Graphics System HD 3000 with up to 384MB DDR3 SDRAM Shared
Display Type
Display Size
Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
1920 x 1200
Hard Drive
Installed: 750GB 5400rpm
Optical Drive
8x-Speed Slot-Load SuperDrive
1x Thunderbolt
3x USB 2.0 (A)
1x FireWire-800 (9-Pin)
Display Output
1x Mini DisplayPort via Thunderbolt port
1x Integrated Stereo Speakers
1x Integrated Omnidirectional Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
Expansion Slots
1x ExpressCard/34 Slot
Flash Media Slot
10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Operating System
Mac OS X Mavericks (64-bit)
Type: Full-Size
Pointing Device
TouchPad with Double-Tap, Drag, Four-Finger Swipe, Inertial Scrolling, Multi-Touch Control, Pinch, Rotate, Tap, Three-Finger Swipe, Two-Finger Scrolling
Built-In Lithium-Polymer Providing up to 7 Hours per Charge (95Wh)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
15.47 x 0.98 x 10.51" / 39.29 x 2.49 x 26.70 cm
6.6 lb / 2.99 kg

Apple Macbook Pr Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


I love this computer

I use this for school. After so many failed PC notebooks, I actually have something that works! It just works.

Reviewed by 43 customers


A great computer with a hefty price tag


from Los Angeles

The Macbook Pro is a well designed and really nice machine. I docked it one star because it's almost impossible to upgrade later, so you have to load it up when you buy it, which is very annoying.


Pretty much perfect.


from Omaha, NE  -  Tech Savvy

Slim, light, great screen, very fast. Really no shortcomings, except it isn't cheap - but after using it for a while, I think you get what you pay for in this case. I use it for a lot of things - software development (Xcode), photography (Photoshop and Lightroom run incredibly fast on this thing), and I run Windows in both VMware and via Boot Camp for some work stuff. Easily the best laptop I've ever had.


Very happy with this product!


from Sherbrooke, Quebec  -  Multimedia Professional

I just had to review my new Macbook Pro 15.4" retina laptop before I went to bed. My new Macbook pro came shipped to my place today and I was so happy. It is an amazing peace of machinery. It is very well made aluminum body and glass track pad and is pretty light. Not a cheap made plastic laptop like my previous HP. I've used PCs all my life and I have to get used to the new Mac. I am so used to using a PC that I am having a hard time doing a lot of things that a PC does. Compared with my previous 4 year old PC this is extremely fast no freezing and folders and programs open up in a flash. I highly recommend a Macbook Pro for professionals. Very fast shipping as well, even though the representitive said 4 to 6 business days, it came to my place in about 3 days. Very happy.


Just an awesome laptop


from Louisiana  -  Tech Savvy

Funny enough, two of my colleagues have already asked about the notebook during meetings. I needed a small laptop to take with me everywhere; 8GB RAM is good enough, the display is wonderful. Open it and it runs; I never switch it off. I can share apps between Macs (my home computer is a MacMini with 16BG RAM): Photoshop, Lightroom, essentially all original Mac apps I only needed to purchase once, MS office I got from work for free. I would recommend buying the attachment for LAN. The notebook is small and weighs very little, it can easily be used without a mouse, although I always have one for desktop use. Flat base means only two USB connections; use of a bluetooth mouse would be an option. The flash storage makes it incredibly fast. I would not store large numbers of photos or music on it; it's not made for that purpose. Of course I'd like it to be cheaper, but it's worth the money. I give 4 out of 5 stars, because no product should fit the description "it does not get any better". Ever.


Light and fast


from Portland, OR

I was in the market for a new MacBook Por and Adorama had an unbeatable deal. Not only did they have the best price, but also 3 years of AppleCare for free. What a deal. The MacBook Pro is amazingly thin. The whole computer is thinner than just the keyboard half of my old MacBook Pro


Excellent laptop; super customer service


from Granger, IN  -  Tech Savvy

I purchased this for my daughter who is headed to college. She needed something that would last 4 years and with a minimum of hassle (aka the disaster that is windows 8). Since I have a similar MacBook myself I knew she would get an outstanding laptop so it was really a no-brainer. The only choice she had to make was btw. the air and the pro w/retina. They are very close in price so the choice is between a little more performance and a nicer screen vs. lower weight. She chose the pro but either would have served her fine. A week after we ordered the mac I noticed a new promotion that included 3 yrs of AppleCare for the same price that we had paid (already $100 below list price so equivalent to the Apple educational discount). I emailed customer service @ Adorama asking whether we could get that also since we had only just received the mac. I had anticipated some kind of insistence would be required but was pleasantly surprised when it was shipped right away. Of course this is the what one would expect any decent company to do but sadly it is rarely the case these days. I will be a return customer.


What a Notebook should be!


from Glastonbury, CT  -  Tech Savvy

Excellent performance, great display (retina), the right combination of size for transporting and use. Solid construction. A well designed machine!


Great Laptop Computer


from Santa Monica, CA

I use it for home use, transferring photos from my Nikon D800E camera, the detailed of sharpness and gamut of color is really great. It is a good machine for programming my game app.


Awesomeness for the Price


from Phoenix

An awesome MacBook Pro for a little over $1K. Can't beat the price or quality.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Product


from Kansas  -  Tech Savvy

Used for photo editing as well as general use. An amazing product that so far lives up to its reputation. For starters, wonderful engineering and design. Great size -- thin and no residual wish that I'd purchased an 'Air' version. Plus, the screen size feels and appears much larger than 15.4" -- feels more like a 17" screen. Very ample, but still compact enough to carry easily. Have recently loaded a number of photo editing programs onto it. Seem to work well and extremely fast. Happy I got 16GB RAM and 516 Flash -- may come to wish I'd gone for the !GB Flash. Just starting to work with it. But, very happy with it so far.


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Questions about this item:

Michael P  Does this model have the antiglare screen?
Andrew R  Unfortunately no, this unit has a glossy screen.
Steve S  Does this Mac Book have two(2) memory ram slots to hold 8 GB per slot, for a total of 16.0 MB?
Andrew R  Yes, this unit should have to slots (8GB max each). 16GB is the max for this unit. Memory upgrades would need to be performed by the purchaser as we do not offer custom configurations.
Jere S  Can we transfer all my wife's MacBook "Stuff" from her MacBook to the new MacBook Pro or do we have to re-install things like Microsoft Office and wireless printer software???
Andrew R  Some settings and applications may be transferred, there is a migration utility included. Some software/settings may not transfer depending on the age and OS version of the old MacBook.
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