The MacBook Pro 2011 was released on February 24, 2011 as a second generation to the original MacBook Pro which debuted on January 19, 2006. The MacBook Pro replaced the PowerBook G4 and is available in 13”, 15”, and 17” sizes. Each MacBook Pro 2011 model is available with various Intel processor speeds such as the 13 inch is available in 2.3 GHz and 2.7 GHz, the 15 inch model is available in 2.0 GHz and 2.2 GHz and the 17” 2.2 GHz.
One of the best features of the MacBook Pro 2011 is that you can configure the hardware and choose additional accessories to ensure that you select the computer that best fits your personal needs. You can also choose the factory standard models which cost an average of $1,200 and up for a 13” to up to $2,500 for the 17” model.
The 17” model comes with 2.2 GHz Quad core Intel Core i7 processor which is four processors on one single chip, but you can upgrade the processor to a 2.3GHz Quad core Intel Core i7 for an additional $250.00 if you choose. Memory is important as it will determine how quickly your MacBook Pro 2011 can run multiple applications. You can choose between 4 and 8 GB for your model. Four GB RAM is standard while 8GB costs an additional $200.00.
When it comes to choosing a hard drive for your MacBook Pro 2011 you can pick from a variety of sizes dependent upon the model you selected. The 13 inch 2.3GHz comes with a 300GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm and you can increase the hard drive for a price. The highest hard drive you can select is a 512 GB solid state drive for an increase of $1250.00. The 15” MacBook Pro 2011 comes with a 750 GB Serial ATA Drive @5400 rpm and can be increased to a 512 GB solid state drive for an additional $1,100. The 17” MacBook Pro 2011 comes with a 750 GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 RPM and can be increased to a 512 GB Solid State Drive for an additional $1,100. You can also upgrade to a 128 GB Solid State Drive for only $100.00 and a 256 GB Solid State Drive for an additional $500.00.
Like the hard drive, the type of display you choose for your Apple MacBook Pro 2011 can be customized. You MacBook doesn’t come with a display but you can purchase the 27 inch Apple LED Cinema Display which features built in iSight camera, microphone and speakers for approximately $1000.00.
The MacBook Pro 2011 can be upgraded with a variety of pre installed software that enhances user’s experiences. iWork is a word processor that you can choose to have preinstalled on your new MacBook. Having your software preinstalled helps save time and ensures that when you receive your new MacBook Pro 2011 as it will ensure that you are ready to use your new computer from the start. You can have iWork installed for approximately $50.00 or choose the iWork Family Pac for $69.00.
Another software program that you may choose to have preinstalled on your MacBook Pro 2011 is Aperture 3. Aperture 3 will help you edit, manage organize and store photos. This program costs approximately $199.00.
Those who want to edit videos and make their own movies can do so with Final Cut Express 4. Final Cut Express 4 costs approximately $199.00. Logic Express 9 will enable you to make your own music and audio tracks. You can add Logic Express 9 to your Mac Book Pro for approximately $199.00.
One of the best deals that you can get is the Home and Student or Home and Business Edition pre installed on your computer. For $119.95 you can choose the Microsoft Office Mac 2011 Home and Student Edition or the Home and Business Edition for $199.95.
New MacBook Pro 2011 owners should consider protecting their investment with the AppleCare Protection Plan as this will protect your computer up to three years. The AppleCare Protection Plan costs approximately $350.00.
The MacBook Pro 2011 is the perfect choice for those who want a computer that will handle documents, gaming, photos movies and creating audio. With fast speed and dual core Intel processors uploading and downloading is easy.