Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt

Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt

Summary: This MacBook Pro gallery shows off the debut of Intel's Thunderbolt, a controversy over the amount of thermal paste, and many other details involved in the laptop's construction.


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  • The main board can be removed with the heat sink still attached - allowing you to remove it without needing to appy more thermal paste.

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  • The main board.

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  • Removing the heat sinks. The main board has a large heat sink and two smaller ones. Earlier models only had one heat sink.

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Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt

    Have you ever opened up a typical Wintel notebook? They are generally not very well put together. I have opened up a few and was amazed that they did not fall apart on their own, as they generally have no internal structure. A MacBook Pro has a solid feel to it for a reason, the lower body is a single piece of Aluminum, to which everything it attached to. If you also check there are a few Wintel Notebooks that have the build quality of a MacBook Pro, and they cost just as much. A MacBook Pro has an elegant enclosure, while (for the most part) Wintel notebooks are just thrown together. Sure every now and then you?ll see a substandard MacBook Pro, but that it the exception not the norm. Also of note: the typical Wintel notebook is larger in dimensions with a lower screen resolution. They typically weigh more than a MacBook Pro and make more noises, in normal operation.
  • RE: Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt

    The Sony Z series looks pretty well built and some have a true HD resolution (1080). Prices a bit cheaper for similiar specs than the Macbook Pros.Don't know how they look on the inside though...
  • RE: Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt

    Depending on which Macbook you buy, you can buy 2-3 laptops for the price of a Macbook. So even if one falls apart, you have spares.
    • RE: Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt


      You can buy 50 or 100 hammers for the price of a PC also.

      Hammers are useful tools.

      Hammers rarely fall apart.

      But they are not as productive or useful as PCs.
  • RE: Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt

    I'd like to see a direct comparison between an Macbook Pro and a T series Thinkpad. I was a certified repair tech for Apple, IBM, HP and Dell. I've personally snapped two T1 drivers off in ONE thinkpad. And I've seen them drop three feet off a desk, without even cracking one piece of plastic on one occasion; by a co-worker. I'm not a big Apple fan, but have ALWAYS said Apple builds great hardware. If you ask what I spend my money on, I've owned seven T model Thinkpads. And I use to repair laptops three out of five days a week.
    • RE: Gallery: MacBook Pro teardown exposes Thunderbolt


      Would be interesting.

      My Niece bought a 17" Macbook Pro (silver model) at half price because it had been dropped off the display in the store - and the security cable had caught it - so the case was a little out of shape at the security hole.

      I believe the newer models are even more solidly built?