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I was given my MacBook Pro 17" a few months ago, when it was around eight months old.
I've been a "PC Person" for about 15 years, and have always dismissed Macs.
However, I'm now a (partial!) convert. The quality and feel of this laptop is absolutely stunning. I spent £15 on ebay and painstakingly stuck protective stickers on every key, the trackpad and surrounding areas, the base, the battery and the lid! I don't just consider my Mac to be a computer - it's more a proper possession and I'm certainly treating mine like a piece of art!!
Being a PC user, I'm used to slow startup and shutdown times. This Mac has blown me away on that front. I haven't timed it but I think from pressing the power button from cold, the computer is usable within 45 seconds. Shutting down takes 3 seconds (it was 5 seconds with Leopard, but I've just installed Snow Leopard and it's now 3!). That 3 seconds is every time, guaranteed - no silly errors, no programs failing to respond etc.
Spec of this one is Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz, 4GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, GeForce 8600M GT dedicated graphics, DVDRW, 17-inch screen.
The screen is amazingly bright and clear and has the same resolution (1680 x 1050) as my PC's 22" monitor - so, needless to say it's clear, crisp and bright.
The speakers too are fantastic - a really powerful sound, easily the clearest and loudest from any laptop I've come across.
I find the batter life is fine. From a full charge, using the internet wirelessly, and the screen brightness around medium, I'm getting around 5 hours easily. The charger gets *extremely* hot though and I have to make sure it's on a hard surface.
All in all, this Mac has changed the way I look at them (Macs). I needed to learn a bit about them as I'm running an IT sales and support company and was having to turn away Mac-owning customers!
They're expensive, yes, but if you can afford one, get one!
As fond as I was of my old Toshiba, once I'd experienced the ease of using a Macbook Pro, I was hooked. First off, the design of the thing gets you hooked. It's so sleek and elegant - there's nothing cheap about it. The aluminium cover, rounded edges, integrated speakers and hard-wearing sliver plastic keys all carry the hallmark of Apple's devotion to quality design without compromise. The light-sensitive key-pad, which lights up automatically in dimly lit conditions is a neat touch! The 17'' screen is great for watching DVD's, streaming video and editing photos. If you can stretch to it, definitely go for the larger screen. The slim-line design doesn't make the larger screen models feel bulky and uncomfortable to carry around.
Once you've switched it on (and it starts with minimum fuss, unlike waiting for Windows to boot up) it's so easy to navigate. Even as a Window's user I found OS X 10.5 quite straight-forward. I'm a big fan of the little things which make day-to-day stuff easier - iCal, Stickies, Address book, the built in camera. I've been impressed with how intuitive I've found the system - and by how well the 2.5GHz Processor can handle multiple apps. It's a joy to use - especially after a PC!
The Apple Mocbook Pro is an impressive machine - mine has been going strong for overt 2 years now and is running as smoothly as the day I first laid eyes on it, and what a beautiful sight it is to behold!
Apple's design features are a must have for anyone who has a creative job or just wants a responsive, easy to use and visually pleasing piece of design kit that leaves any Windows powered machine in the dark. Once you have experienced the joy of a fast, non-buggy, "system 32 error"-free Apple machine you will never go back, trust me!
I must mention one issue with this particular aluminum model, in that it can get VERY hot, consequently the battery kind of blew out (literally, with inflated plastic bags and such) after 18 months of (solid, pretty constant) use. However, a replacement was easily sourced and we are now portable once again.
The most powerful laptop money can buy. Simply amazing. This thing can out power most peoples' desktop machines and yet it is very portable. The 17" TFT screen is fantastic, great for watching DVDs and TV shows. Not to mention Apple's new operating system, OS X 10.5 or better known as Leopard. Leopard make using your Mac even easier than before, and with some very cool new features, such as Time Machine. The 250GB hard drive is more than enough space for all your files and can be increased if necessary. If you've never used a Mac before then you are missing out. Makes windows look rubbish, which it is. Of course it comes standard with all the great programs, such as, iPhoto, iTunes, iCal and a lot more. Another great feature is the built in webcam, called iSight. Makes instant messaging a much better experience. Also could be used for video meetings etc. Overall an absolute masterpiece and well worth the money.
The latest Intel processor, a bigger hard drive, plenty of memory, and even more new features all fit inside just one liberating inch. The MacBook Pro has the performance, power, and connectivity of a desktop computer. Without the desk part.