What is the 'ultimate' MBP?

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  1. mac-collector, Apr 12, 2012
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    Throughout the years there have been many versions of the MBP. Which in your mind is the definitive model. The first one that pops into your mind when you think "MacBook Pro". The original G4-design ones? The more recent unibody design? Or the first one to break the 3.0 GHz barrier?

    So the question: Which model (year/update), CPU and size?

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    The original question was, in other words, "What is your favorite MBP, and why?". But if you want you can use your imagination and say what you want in a MBP, but there are a lot of those threads out there.
    There is no right answer, it's just an opinion.
     
  2. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Are you talking about the design or speed?

    Speed: current.
    Design: An opinion.
     
  3. Frankied22 macrumors 68000

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    The 15" MBP I'm gonna be buying in a couple weeks :)
     
  4. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    - Stainless steel foam (sealed, of course) Unibody-construction (very stable, weighs "nothing").
    - 4 RAM slots (each 8 GB)
    - Ultra-thin BD/DVD/CD-drive
    - 3 USB 3.0 ports
    - 1 FW800 port for backwards compatibility with FW800 storage devices
    - 1 Thunderbolt 100 GBit/s port
    - One so called "retina" display
    - Matte display, glossy only as an option
    - Higher CPU-power if i disable the discrete GPU
    - ...

    My Early-2011 17" MBP has a i7-2720QM, which breaks already the 3 GHz barrier (3.3 GHz) in the Turbo Boost mode.

    ;-)
     
  5. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Late 2011 17in MacBook Pro
    2.5GHz Intel Core i7- 2860QM
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M + Intel HD 3000
    16GB RAM
    512GB SSD+ Optibay 1TB Samsung HDD

    This is probably the fastest MBP you can make
     
  6. mac-collector thread starter macrumors regular

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    Favorite design, for whatever reason: Best looking, greatest achievement, biggest update, best compared to competition at the time etc.
     
  7. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    The first Unibody MBP was impressive. Later, they had problems with the NVIDIA GPUs.
     
  8. chilly7 macrumors member

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    I think a model which let u use two CPUs, Two SSD, and 4 Memory slots and two videocards and will use a liquad cooling system for all of that and will be even on max perforanse supper quait that is an unlimeted Pro Mac laptop.

    p.s. I don't need super slim laptop the size of it can be even the size of Alienware laptops because i think it still will be very pretty portable
     
  9. jacg macrumors 6502a

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    I'm holding out for a new MBP, but I fear that the best option will be the current generation, as these may be the last ones which can be upgraded to contain two hard disks, one spinning for media, one SSD for general speed. Often in a rural environment without broadband, I'm not ready for the small SSD + cloud option yet.

    I hope I am wrong and a new MBP will be thinner yet still allow two hard drives. Roll on next Tuesday?;)
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The ultimate MacBook Pro is the one each user currently owns or uses. :)
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    This :)

    No matter which mac may be out there, my ultimate mac is the one I own
     
  12. chilly7 macrumors member

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    Have forgotten to mantion but it would be cool if Apple would offer a colour selection like other manufactors do. Dell, HP , Sony....
     
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  14. trajan2448 macrumors member

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    17" MBP, late 2011, 16gb ram, 240gb OWC ssd 6g Mercury extreme,
    It works like I always dreamed it should. Everything superfast, 99,9% glitch free. Cold Boot on to open browser 10 seconds.

    Of course in a couple of years this will be slow. that's tech.
     
  15. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

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    Not if you took two SSD's and thew them in a striped RAID setup, then you'd get almost twice the read/write speeds. It would be a rocket. :)
     
  16. jgz macrumors regular

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    from a design point of view, I liked that one:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. rovex macrumors 65816

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    My Powerbook G4 looks prepped for the bay some time soon. Not sure 'speed' can be accorded to it any longer.
     
  18. arctic macrumors 6502a

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    This!!!!

    Best keyboard in Mac history as well.
     
  19. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the ultimate MBP is the 2011 15" with a quad core i7, SSD, 8GB of RAM, and matte screen. ITs the perfect compromise between size and raw power. That being said while I think its the perfect combo I still bought a 2011 13" with a dual core i7 cause I will never take advantage of the power of the 15" and I like the 13" form factor.
     
  20. Frankied22 macrumors 68000

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    http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/1e5db407/l/0L0Scultofmac0N0C160A6320Cwin0Ethe0Eworlds0Efastest0E130Einch0Emacbook0Epro0Ewith0Ea0E1tb0Essd0C/story01.htm

    That's the ultimate MBP
     
  21. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

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    my ultimate MBP would be the latest 17" with the best upgrades available for it :D
     
  22. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

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    My ultimate would be the high end late 2011 15", high res glossy, with two 512GB Samsung 830 SSD's in a striped RAID setup, with 16GB 1666Mhz RAM. I'd also love a TBD to go with it.
     
  23. mac-collector thread starter macrumors regular

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    TBD? Track-before-detect?
     
  24. mcman77 macrumors 6502a

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    Docked it is a MBP

    Undocked it boots into iOS

    Undocked though it can also plug up to ACD and run like a mac mini....but if its a 15" pro then better than a mini.


    [​IMG]
     
  25. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

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    Thunder Bolt Display :)
     

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