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Best laptop I've ever owned
Apple MacBook Pro MB986B/A
Member Name: Larrabee
Apple MacBook Pro MB986B/A
Date: 18/06/10, updated on 27/06/10 (55 review reads)
Advantages: Simplicity, reliability
Disadvantages: Cost, both initial and for repairs etc
I've been using Macs since university and I would never go back to a PC! This macbook pro is easy to use, reliable, and beautiful.
The operating system is very user friendly, its simple to find your way about the computer and the spotlight search engine will track down anything you can't find yourself. The finder application for navigating your way around the contents of the computer is very useful and easy to use and in my opinion a massive improvement on the windows system. One thing I love about it is that you can customise how you choose to view the contents of your computer depending on what seems easiest for you, thumbnails, a list, a filmstrip. Personally I like the columns approach!
One of my favourite things is the 'system preferences' application where all your settings are laid out simply in one place so its very easy to make changes and fix things that might be bothering you. Everything from printers, to networks, to user accounts, the options to adjust them are here are and are clear. Hey that rhymes!
The trackpad is very helpful, the variety of functions is much more comfortable than the old fashioned click and drag system and is less painful on the hand muscles after a long session on the computer. No repetitive strain injury here! You can scroll down or across by swiping with two fingers, you can click with a soft tap anywhere on the pad and you can zoom in and out by moving two fingers together or apart. You can also set up you trackpad so that the bottom corners function as a traditional left and right click, you'd do this in the system preferences application I mentioned earlier.
I particularly like the illuminating keyboard, it senses when there isn't enough ambient light to type by and backlights with a soft glow that isn't at all offputting and is very useful. You can also adjust the brightness of the screen easily on the go by using the F1 and F2 keys, which is handy because you don't have to stop what you're doing to make the changes to keep your screen comfortable for your eyes in changing light.
The hard drive is huge, plenty of room to store everything you may need, more than adequate memory even for video editing and the quality of the screen is excellent, although I recommend getting the anti-glare version for a little bit extra (I think its around £40 more) as the standard screen will reflect any light which I would find annoying.
The battery life of the MacBook Pro is great, I get about 6 hours of continuous use from the battery before needing to recharge and there are power saving options that you can adjust according to your needs which can make this longer or shorter. The power adapter and cable itself is a great feature. The power cable has a 'magsafe' feature which means it automatically pops out of your laptop if it is tripped over or pulled, so only the power cable comes crashing to the floor not the whole laptop!
As far as value, I think this spec of Macbook currently costs about £1300 and the question is, is it worth it? Well, it depends how frugal you want to be I suppose! If you're happy with the way a PC laptop operates and just use it for e-mail, Microsoft Office and web browsing I guess you don't strictly need a MacBook Pro. But for people who want to edit video, sound or photos or don't mind spending a bit extra to have something special than I say go for it.
Oh, I almost forgot, Macs don't get viruses so you won't need to worry about paying for security software or live in fear or clicking a dodgy link.
Summary: Worth the extra expense, but be careful with it!
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