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Yes, the Macbook is a very expensive product, and it does cost a lot to buy, however it is worth every penny. I've had my Mac for about 4 years now, and I have had no complaints. Everything is perfect and I've come across no viruses. The App store has a wide range of apps made to meet anyones needs and you also have the amazing programs such as Garageband or iMovie. A downside is that you cannot run windows programs, however that can easily be solved with Bootcamp. Sometimes my Mac becomes a tad too slow, and it's quite frustrating, however the simplicity of the Mac ensures that you can set it back to factory settings, which makes it work like its a brand new laptop, whereas on Windows it is quite hard to reinstall the OS. You do not have to constantly upgrade whenever a new version of the OS comes out as the OS is usually available straight away. Great product, I love it, I don't know what I would do without it.
I bought this Macbook Pro from John Lewis (more expensive, but a free 3 year warranty included) in preference to the newer Retina Macbook Pro or the Macbook Air. While it may seem counter-intuitive to buy an older product while achieving only a 10% price saving, I think there are three very sound reasons NOT to buy the newer model....
Firstly, the display - the Retina is beautiful when you are about 6 inches away from the display, and the quality is amazing. However, when in normal use (sitting at a desk) you are at such a distance from the screen that you won't notice the difference.
Secondly, future proofing. This model of Macbook Pro is the last that is modular i.e you can take it apart and swap RAM and hard drives very easily. The new Retina models have everything soldered to the motherboard - so you will never be able to boost performance in a few years. This Macbook supports up to 16GB RAM and it is a common modification to change the hard drive for a SSD (solid state drive) giving a huge performance increase. You can even remove the Superdrive and put it in an external enclosure, and put a second hard drive inside the machine for increased storage. Such changes are impossible in the Retina or Air models.
Lastly, repairability. A website called ifixit.com gives the Retina 1/10 for repairability, as all the components are glued and soldered in place - a construction method that Apple presumably chose to decrease the physical size and weight of the Retina and Air. If your battery fails in this machine, order a new one, take the bottom cover off and change it. If the same fault occurs on a Retina, you have to battle with very strong adhesive - not really a job for the owner. The same is true for most of the components in this machine - they are easy to obtain as spare parts and easy to replace.
NB - Superdrive - this is almost certainly the last model of Macbook that will come with a CD / DVD drive.
I'm simply delighted with this machine - it's current performance is great and I know I can improve it hugely in the future if I feel the need. Everything just works - printers, internet connections etc all work without the need for install disks, drivers, settings etc. I love this machine!
I bought this laptop which I have found a fantastic purchase. This computer is lightening quick and looks great. It is lightweight and easy to transport around. I find it incredibly easy to use but if your not used to apple products then it may take you a while to get used to Apple's functioning. However when you do you'll find that it is set up to be as simplistic and easy to navigate as possible. People used to talk about compatibility problems with microsoft products such as word etc but these have now been resolved and it is compatible with all everyday programs such as word/powerpoint/excel etc.
I have never had any problems with the compouter. Its is as powerful as any desktop that I have owned and it has never crashed on me. The battery is good and lasts several hours. It doesn't take very long to re-charge. It's screen is really good quality and I love wayching movies or sky go on the laptop because of the cytal clear picture.
It looks really good and it has a desirability and feel good factor that other brands of laptop just can'y rival. It's simplistic design and easy to use format make it really cool and you definately get a feel good factor when using it in public.
It is pricey and you definately pay a premium for Apple products. However this desirability and strong brand mean that you can sell it on at a good price and can get good value at part exchange.
The world of electronics has been redefined by Apple. First with the iPod and later the iPhone, Apple's computers, once only used by a niche have now become ubiquitous.
I made the switch to Mac in 2007 and haven't looked back. This is my second Apple laptop and I couldn't be happier. This machine is powerful enough to handle anything I throw at it, from photo editing to music production, and simple enough to use that my mother can check her email in minutes with a few simple clicks.
If you have never used a Mac before don't worry: the system is incredibly intuitive and easy to use.
In addition to the great hardware and software, you get a beautifully designed machine. The aluminium case is durable, but you may want to protect it with a specially designed outer case. The keyboard is backlit and the spacing between keys means typing is more efficient and accurate. And the magnetic charger is a stroke of genius.
On the downside is the price: an equivalent Windows PC model would not set you back as much as one of the Apple machines, but that ties with Apple's strategy of marketing its products as highly desirable luxury items. Still, you get what you pay for: beautifully constructed, with a sleek and durable aluminium case, a bright and vivid display and an intuitive and customisable user experience. In addition, all my interactions with Apple customer support have been extremely pleasant. More than can be said for some of the big names making the competing Windows machines...
And also, be prepared to replace the charger after a few years of use (genuine replacement chargers were around the £80 mark last I checked).
But all in all, this MacBook Pro is everything a laptop should be and more!
Having only used windows before I was unsure whether, like many people, whether I was willing to make the jump to apple, a totally different operating system. However, having bought the macbook I have never looked back.
Firstly, the macbook pro range all look brilliant - the aluminum case being both stylish as well as durable. Whilst it is not the main reason, if you are paying a lot for something it is nice to have something which is aesthetically pleasing.
Also, the mac is so well thought through, there are so many shortcuts, which mean that you can do more in less time. In addition to that, all the software that is apple made such as the "ilife" (film/photo/music programs) and "iwork" (word processing/spreadsheet/presentation programs) integrates brilliantly and is very simple to use. I have used garage band to record some of my own music and within 15 minutes had got to grips with all the functions of it.
In the past, apple computers have been seen as being more expensive than that of windows. This is true to some extent, however a dell of similar features to a 15" macbook pro, is approximately 100 pounds cheaper. This may seem a large difference however if you consider windows vista operating system, which i found harder to use than mac os x, it seems worthwhile. Also on the cost side apple offer a 15% discount for students which is very good as it reduces the cost significantly, that added to the fact there is student discount to be had on things such as applecare (extended hardware warranty) and rebates available make the apple very tempting.
Of course the only problem is that there numbers are far less than that of pc's so many games are not available on them or are more expensive, however they are more than able to cope with the newest games released. And the promised 7 hours on the new macbook pros is somewhat dubious, however they still get a got 5 hours of normal use.
In short, the apple macbook pro range are very fast, reliable and cleverly thought through. For me they provide a strong alternative to windows laptops and i think that personally they are better, just more simple to use and simpler the more you use them.
We are very much familiar with the word 'laptop'.They are visible almost everywhere, more often in movies and TV advertisements. And this Apple's MacBook Pro is very much synonymous to it.This Apple product is much apple in itself.With a minimal design and perfect finish, this Book claims a lot more than just an attention.
The new new Pros is heavily inspired by the MacBook Air casing and some internal changes. New graphics chips, completely new motherboard design and a radical new trackpad.The great news about the product is its budget oriented price and the method of its production. The MacBook Pro is carved out of a solid block of aluminum, making it yet lighter, stronger, smooth and the top of all more environment friendly machine.
Although the MacBook appears to be very slim and vulnerable. But i would suggest people to change their mind immediately, because its really as tough as shown in advertisements.And this can be easily felt while pressing the keyboards.
The glass coated trackpad adds its beauty with a perfect style. The trackpad is forty percent larger than the old ones and works even better.The in-built mouse buttons are smooth enough to handle.And its not all, the trackpad comes with a privilege of four finger swipe, just like the multi-touch enabled iPhones.Isn't this great...
The stunning bright 17" LED- display sports a shiny,piano black colour, much like the iMacs. Right now we have only one choice of glossy,which suffers from glare in brightly-lit places, and is downright irreverent for most graphic designers.
The latest updates of the hard wares have been installed under the hood and genuinely much improved.Core2 Duo processor and faster internals overall with faster memory and a faster front-side bus are just capable enough to handle all that a user crowds.It integrates two graphics Nvidia processors- and integrated chip that is also used in the new MacBook and MacBook Air, and an Nvidia 9600M GT with 256or 512 MB of discrete video RAM.The two chips are provided for better performance. The laptop works on the integrated chips by default, which can be switched by the user to the more powerful 9600M GT, if more graphics clarity is required.
Its very handy with high-configuration-requiring soft wares.With this model, Apple also made it easier to access some of its internal hard wares. So a user has future option of upgrading with drives and memory as well.
The battery life depends on its usage. If less power hungry graphics card is used, then the system gives a satisfactory and double performance than the more power hungry one.
Now time for the conclusion,
The price isn't attractive enough for people with nominal budgets.Its meant for the well-heeled people.'''A missing Blue-ray drive could have claimed its expensiveness'''. The new addition of mini Display Port isn't much success to it, since Apple failed to bundle an adapter for the conventional DVI along with the accessories.'The model is also heavier than the usual models.
The Apple MacBook Pro can be a right choice for those who don't need extra graphics card and smaller screen.
Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch,
2.40Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo,
2.4Ghz Hi-res 160gb 7200 rpm,
160Gb Drive FAST 7200 RPM drive,
17" HI-RES 1920 x 1200 WIDE SCREEN,glossy display.
You can also read my review on ciao.com