Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro Laptop Circa 2011 : Quadcore For Masses

Apple has replaced the Core 2 Duo processor in the old 15-inch Macbook Pro laptop with a quad core Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2GHz, the Core i7-2630QM which has 6MB L3 cache and a TDP of 45W, the same across the range.

The laptop, which is available from £1549, also has 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, an AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5 memory with automatic graphics switching (toggles with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 on the Sandy Bridge chip).

The other features are pretty standard, a 77.5Whr Lithium battery that can provide enough juice for 7 hours worth of browsing (that's down from 8 hours on the previous model), a 15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy or optional antiglare widescreen display with a resolution of 1440x900 pixels, two USB ports, Firewire, SDXC card slot, Facetime HD camera, backlit keyboard, trackpad, Thunderbolt port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

There's another more expensive model at £1849 which is basically a smaller version of the 17-inch Macbook pro with the only differences between the Express card slot instead of the SDXC slot, one additional USB port, the bigger battery and the 17-inch full HD screen.

As for the rest of the range, the new laptop comes with the precision aluminium unibody chassis, Mac OSX Snow Leopard, iLife and a free FaceTime HD camera.