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I bought my macbook pro for work with my music technology course. I had used some old macs before so I knew what I was getting. But then I bought the machine and I found the operating system wonderful! I wished I'd bought a mac before. The free software is all very useful, it includes things like photo and video editors, handy tools like a dictionary/thesaurus and more productive tools to work with. I found that Apple are amazing at putting in little ideas that make life so much easier! The light up keys for example are a handy idea for internet browsing in bed or working in the dark (very handy for DJs!). I chose the Macbook Pro model over the cheaper macbook white model for three reasons. The first was because there was amazing offer on at the shop I bought it from, the second was because of the aluminium body (I'm clumsy!) and the third was because this model has firewire (where-as the Macbook White model only has usb) which is important for me as a music technology student. Overall, I love my Macbook Pro, it is most probably my best investment! I recommend this model of Macbook to anyone involved in multimedia, media or music work.
The Macbook Pro is an amazing laptop. It has a crystal clear screen, with bright display. Its design is aesthetically pleasing, and it is compact, with, for a laptop with this kind of processing power, a very reasonable and lightweight design.
The first thing you notice is how quick it is to startup - the software takes far less time to load than your typical windows PC/laptop. The user interface is also much more intuitive, balanced by the trackpad - swiping your fingers across this in different combinations moves the screen - for example, swiping three fingers across the pad scrolls to the next page of a document, and moving two fingers apart or together in a pinching motion resizes the text.
The Macbook Pro also comes preloaded with software - iLife is a standard package - allowing you to make movies and DVDs form imported photos. The beauty of Apple software is that everything integrates seamlessly, so if you have an iPod, iPhone, iPad etc, then this is definitely the laptop for you!
I've just bought the 13-inch Macbook Pro and am absolutely astounded by its quality (I suppose you expect it for £1000 a piece!). Where to start? The screen quality, first of all, is absolutely brilliant. It seems to have a colour and quality which you don't get with a lot of other laptops, and makes it great for watching DVDs / looking at photos / doing generally artistic things. The Macbook also seems to have a heavy focus on the likes of photos and videos, with Apple's iPhoto already installed.
The layout of the icons / features is also must more advanced than Microsoft software. The icons are displayed in a line at the bottom of the desktop, and it's really simple to navigate around the laptop. At first, the one downside was that it obviously didn't have the Microsoft programs (word, excel, powerpoint) which I can't seem to live without. However, Apple does offer some alternatives, and you can buy Apple editions of the programs if you're really desperate. So, thumbs up!
It appears to me that the download and working speeds are both fantastic. The quick download speed means that it's a great laptop if music is important to you, and the iTunes program runs a lot more quickly than it does on my Microsoft laptops. It's also very impressive how quickly all of the programs / internet load, and it a real credit to Apple.
I've also been really impressed by the battery life. Despite it being more of a home-laptop than a work-laptop, it's always lasted the whole day when I've taken it to work (a good 8-9 hours work). In general, a pure piece of quality which is worth every single penny!
I bought this laptop for my university studies as it was recommended by the lecturers and my peers. The laptop is very nice to look at and is well designed packed full off pleasing features. One of the biggest improvements for me was the inclusion of a firewire port which is great for speedy file transfers especially if they are movies.
The improved graphics cards are also a nice inclusion allowing me to play high quality games during my days off!.
Iv'e never been much of a computer literate person so it was refreshing to use the intuitive Mac software as opposed to windows, it was very easy to learn and helped me produce higher quality word documents and clever presentations.
I found when typing on the keyboard it was fluid and rather quiet when typing. The black colour with backlit lighting looks great and classy. Also it is possible to adjust the intensity of the lighting.
Another great attribute the laptop has is the back up capabilities, the 'time machine' is a convenient way of making sure all the files and important stuff on the laptop are saved in case something happened to the laptops hard drive. The laptop is light and durable at a very reasonable price which is brought down even further for students as Apple offer a great student discount on its laptops.
The introduction of the unibody aluminium structure was a positive introduction, where it is basically made out of one sheet of the metal with specific holes created for the likes of the keys and track pad. The casing is beautiful an shiny with smooth angled edges being a true example of Apples design philosophy's. However the molecular structure of the metal means that knocks to the casing could cause dents and chips. This can be countered by buying a rubber case for the device or clear plastic sheets which I bought and can be stuck on the laptop easily.
My Laptop came pre loaded with the standard software such as iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband among many others which are fun and easy to use. There is also now an App store geared completely towards applications for Macs.
I use this as my current computer and it's the best I have ever had! I am a huge Apple fan and have owned an iMac, eMac and Mac Mini before getting this. I thought it'd be very useful at university as a portable laptop. In the end it proved to be very useful and was worth buying. I'm glad I bought mine when I did as it now costs £1000 for the 13" screen version, which I have, however I'm still happy with my slightly older version's capabilities.
The design of the laptop is great. A lot of people wonder why Apple's products are so expensive, but it's because so much effort goes into making them. This laptop was designed especially to have a unibody into which the keyboard would fit. This unibody is basically an aluminium shell with inner compartments and precisely cut holes on the outside to allow the keys and touch pad to be exposed. It is built to perfection to fit everything in so it still looks great on the outside. The aluminium casing looks lush and is of great quality with lovely smoothed edges and a slightly shiny appearance.
The one problem with the aluminium is that although it's light, it also is quite malleable so a little knock here and there may dent your laptop and even cause inner damage. I'd advise getting a case or skin to keep your laptop in, such as the one I bought from Targus. The keyboard has black keys with white writing on them. The keyboard is lovely to type on and very smooth - the keys are very 'low key'! The only problem I had is that not long ago, the letter 'O' started coming off the keyboard when I typed. Probably thanks to the non-complex or good design, I was able to click the key back into place and I do so every time it decides to pop off, which is not very often at the moment. I will get this fixed by Apple when I next go to a store!
The laptop originally came with the Snow Leopard operating system for Mac OS X and also a one year guarantee, although you can buy an Apple Care scheme for a bit more, which will have your laptop covered for longer and also entitles you to help and advice. This operating system, which I have reviewed separately is very fast and has loads of little features added to the laptop. The laptop comes with all the applications such as Safari, iTunes, iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, iCal, Preview and more. You can download a lot of applications for the Mac too and it's more compatible than people assume when comparing it to a Windows computer.
The multi-touch pad is extraordinary and works very well. It looks like no other keypad and works like no other too. It's quite large and slap bang in the middle of the laptop on the front half - it looks very neat. It is sensitive to touch in many ways. You can touch it with a finger to click, but the whole thing is a button too, so you can press it down anywhere and it will click this way too. With a bit of help in your System Preferences (settings), you can learn a lot of the touch pad abilities. You can go forward and back on internet pages with a swipe of two fingers either way. You can touch with two fingers to right click. You can scroll with two fingers up and down. You can pinch photos with your index and thumb and zoom in and out, as well as spinning them with the same fingers. You can also view Expose (all windows at once) with a swipe of 4 fingers downwards. You can hide all the windows with the same swipe upwards. With 4 fingers swiping to either side, you can quickly switch between applications. It's full of features and makes the computer so much easier to use!
It's very fast in general with a 2.26 GHz processor. The screen is wonderful too and so vivid. I have used a desktop computer after this and the screen looks pixelated compared to my laptop - that's how amazing the quality is, even for a 13 inch. The 15 and 17 inch versions have superb larger screens. The screen has a lovely black surrounding to it, which contrasts nicely with the vividness of the screen. The MacBook pro logo lies at the bottom of the screen. The screen brightness can be adjusted on the keyboard which is useful, and it also adjusts automatically to the room lighting to provide optimal brightness, not to hurt your eyes. The keyboard is the same with it's ability to light up so you can use it in the dark but save power when the lighted keyboard is not needed. The brightness of this can be adjusted. There are plenty of other useful keys such as the one to view the dashboard where you can use lots of handy widgets such as a dictionary, translator, notes, weather and flight status and more. You can control all your iTunes music from the keyboard too, which is handy if a song comes on which you don't like!
The outside of the laptop is all aluminium and there is a white Apple logo on the opposite side to the screen, which folds down to softly rest on the laptop base, thanks to the sleek rubber rim around the screen. This apple logo lights up when the laptop is in use, and also changes brightness along with the screen.
The computer is extremely easy to use once you get used to it. Macs aren't too different from Windows but they take a bit of getting used to. They are very capable and ideal for media with applications such as iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD. You can purchase some brilliant applications too. Garageband is superb for making your own music too. The computer is a lot easier to use than a PC and it's much quicker too. Having a good internet connection and speed is always beneficial but it's undoubtedly very fast. You can perform multiple tasks at once and I think my computer only froze once when I was overloading it with downloads and many applications, windows and tabs open. The computer can switch on and be ready to use (depending on whether you have a login screen or not) within 30 seconds! It can shut down within about 5 seconds of you pressing shutdown - it's all very impressive. It also has energy saving methods such as sleep mode, which you can set the computer to automatically enter once it's not been used for a certain amount of time. This half shuts it down and utlises a lot less power. On the topic of power, the battery in this laptop is excellent compared to other laptops. It will last about 6 hours with some regular use if it's fully charged and you turn the brightness down a bit. It charges quickly to around 80% in a couple of hours and will take a few more to reach 100% but if you are using it at home or in the office, it's best to keep the power cord connected. The cord is a special 'MagSafe' one, which connects to the laptop magnetically. It's very strong when you want it to be but if you accidentally pull it out, your laptop won't go flying onto the floor - simple but effective!
The computer has 2 USB ports, which are useful for iPod/iPhone charging and printers or other devices. It also has an SD card slot, where you can input your camera card to upload photos to iPhoto. iPhoto then works in conjunction with Facebook for example so you can upload your photos there in a flash. iPhoto also has facial recognition and a lot more. It's all so quick and simple that it just works, so well! All the applications and the computer itself are full of such fantastic features - most of which I don't even know about. The computer speaks to you too, which is a unique feature carried on from the original iMac. You can also command it to do things like tell you the time or close a window - this doesn't work brilliantly but it does work. The computer also has a audio jack hole along with an Ethernet port and one for speakers. On the opposite side is a security feature - a hold for locks. I found this very useful and it worked well with my lock at university. Besides this is a CD/DVD drive. You can burn CDs and DVDs with this laptop, which is great for making CDs for the car or your own movies.
This laptop also has a built in camera just above the screen. It is somewhat hidden by the black surrounding and this introduces the whole 'iSight' feature. You can use the application 'Photo Booth' to take pictures of yourself using the camera. You can even edit the backgrounds and stand out the picture so it adjusts before standing back in and finding yourself in the middle of an ocean or on a rollercoaster for a snap shot! It's very clever technology and great fun. You can take advantage of the many camera effects too. With a built in microphone on the aluminium base, which is of superb quality, you can be doing things such as audio and video calls with no fuss. The microphone is truly brilliant - very clear and audible as I have heard from other friends, whereas they sometimes appear to be muffled on their laptops! The microphone is so sensitive that it can even pick out background noises like a television easily - my friend used to sit on Skype listening to the live debates with me watching it as he didn't have a TV - it sounded like it was coming from his computer, that's how clear it is!
I could go on forever - this laptop is just full of fantastic features. All the quality is there in the design, the features, the screen... everything! I bought mine for around £772 thanks to the 15% student discount, which makes Apple's computers quite tempting for students with a bit of extra cash! Otherwise, you'll have to pay quite a bit more to get your hands on one of these. It's so quick and easy to use and actually a joy to use. I've never had any problems with it - the security is excellent and built in with occasional updates so you don't have to buy AVG or Norton or anything like that. The speed of the computer lasts as viruses or anything rarely affects it. It's certainly worth investing in one of these, whoever you are.
Thanks for reading!
Macbook pro is the high end range of laptops produced by apple. with such good specifications in laptop form you can't overlook this awesome piece of equipment questions you might be asking are: Why should i buy a mac? why should i get this macbook model instead of the others? and is it worth the money?
i couldn't do this review without facing the much asked question Mac or windows? This is down to preference and what you use your computer for. a mac is by far easier to use and doesn't get viruses and problems on the level a windows computer does. After about ten minutes of playing on a mac to find out the very few differences Macs have to PCs you will fall in love. Windows computers are for people who are very into computers. people who play games on PCs need a windows computer as gaming for mac is a bit lacking. also if you are really into computing you can easily prevent viruses and upgrade your computer over time but this takes knowledge that i dont have and i know a lot of others don't have. This is why in my mind mac wins every time.
all the macbook series have been really awesome have been really good laptops but this is about the best you are ever going to need. This macbook has all the stats of most very good desk top computers. Unless you are doing some serious computer usage then you really should never need a computer more powerful than this machine. As far as home usage and lower level design work and other small jobs this will be you're ideal laptop.
this laptop is really expensive and this is not a decision to be made lightly but for the power of a desktop computer with the freedom of a laptop you really shouldn't need to look much further than this Computer. If you are like me and are on the computer for a good portion of the day then you'll have a new best friend in this macbook and it will be totally worth the money.
Let me start off by saying that I adore my Macbook Pro. I am absolutely sincere in saying that, unlike any PC I have previously used, I have never been annoyed or angry at my Macbook Pro. I have never, ever wanted to hurt it, or throw it out the window. Why? Because it never, ever crashes.
Everything about Macs is totally user-friendly. If you need to do anything, the easiest way to do it will usually be the most obvious way. Dragging things into different folders, onto the desktop, or wherever you want them to go is as easy as pie. ITunes, iPhoto, Preview, iCal, etc are all very useful little programmes and do everything you could possibly want. Stickies is another great programme - it gives you little yellow stickies on your computer screen on which you can type. Great for keeping organised, and fantastic if, like me, you adore making lists.
The one thing lacking as far as software goes is a good equivalent for Microsoft Office - this is easily solved by buying Office for Mac, an investment well worth it.
Front Row is also amazing - basically your own private cinema, where you can view movies and tv shows you have uploaded onto your mac.
All in all, what I love about my lovely Macbook Pro is how amazingly user friendly it is, and how it does EVERYTHING I want it to do. And how it makes me smile by never crashing, and also how pretty and shiny it is. Superficial as it may sound, the backlit keyboard makes me happy, as does the neatness of the disk drive - you don't need to open anything, you simply slide the CD in. And what do you do when you want to remove the CD? You drag it to the recycle bin icon. It's that easy.
The battery life is up to ten hours if you're not doing much and if you have the light turned down reasonably low. (Bear in mind that my Macbook is actually close to a year old, the newer ones have even longer battery life.)
So if you want to be happy every time you turn on your computer, get a Macbook Pro. I don't know anyone who has one and doesn't adore and revere it. And no, I promise I don't work for them!
I have had one of these laptops for almost a year now and I can honestly say that it is the best laptop I have ever used. The greatest thing for me is the multi touch trackpad. I have to use a dell and a thinkpad at work and I have to use a mouse as the trackpads on these machines are next to un useable. However the trackpads on Apple laptops have always been a joy to use and this one takes things to a whole new level with the use of multi finger gestures. I use two finger scrolling and three finger swipes in Safari all the time.
The construction of this laptop is also fantastic. In comparison to my previous plastic Macbook the shell of the machine is extremely stiff and this gives the machine a quality feel which is unlike any other laptop I have ever used.
At £900 I would consider this laptop to be extremely good value for money.
So i decided that after starting university i needed a new laptop (mine was bust anyway) and with my first installment of my student maintenance loan safely in the bank i had some extra money.
After countless hours of researching the market and whats available for when money i bought this product, the MacBook Pro
When i purchased the Mac it was just after the new Snow Leopard had been released and i was very pleased to know that it came as standard on all new Macs.
Snow Leopard is very easy to use, slick and attractive. In my opinion it's miles better than the it's Windows 7 counterpart; Windows 7 feels clunkier and stone age compared to the space age Snow Leopard
Is it easy to use?
If you've owned a Mac before you will dive into the MacBook Pro like tying your shoelace; for anyone who hasn't used Macs unique touch pad design it will take a little bit of getting used to but ultimately will be as easy as 1 2 3 before too long.
The desktop layout is easy to use and thanks to the Dock you can have all the programs you regularly use easily available; another key feature is installing software. Instead of the minutes of loading time wasted like on Windows, you simply pop the CD in and copy the image into a folder on the hard-drive for instant install
The Unit itself?
The actual laptop is very stylish and good looking as most of the Apple products are; it's light and has a though exterior so i think it can take a few knocks (I'm not going to test!)
The Processor is very quick and if you're used to a slow old laptop this will be a welcome breathe of fresh air; the RAM supplied is 2GB which does the job fine but i opted to shovel in an extra 2GB to spread the load when I'm editing film and keep it going for longer
So is it value for money?
Well not overly to be honest; like most apple products it's overpriced for the spec and you could find a laptop for the same price with about 20% increase in the spec however if you have the money to spend then it will do pretty much whatever you want it to do fine. A big bonus for me is the OS as I'm pretty sick of Windows and using the MacBook you really get the sense that you're using the best technology in the market
Final Verdict: Defiantly worth the buy, quality product if you have the money to spend and you won't be disappointed with it
I have had the Apple Macbook Pro for around 8 months and I LOVE IT!!! Not only is the machine beautiful and stylish but for every day tasks such as surfing the net and listening to music it is perfect. The operating system of Snow Leopard is easy to use and simplifies things. The multi-touch pad is a must have and soon became something I couldn't live without. Easy scrolling and switching of task with swipes of your fingers is genius. Windows 7 is merely trying to keep up! The fact Apple is also largely virus free means little worry or disc space filled with an anti-virus software that isn't generally that good anyway. Now onto the Pr itself. For photo and music editing this is another excellent feature. Photoshop runs like it was made for the laptop with little lag or upset. The large scroll pad and easy integration into Mac OS is a dream for anyone wanting to edit. And the battery still last up to 6 hours even while playing games. WONDERFUL MACHINE :D
I have always had mac/apple products so am a big fan!
I bought a new macbook pro around 6 months ago and yet again it hasn't let me down. I only had to get rid of my old one as I managed to spill a whole can of coke on it and it couldn't be saved sob sob!
The quality is amazing and the laptop is so easy to use. All the little extras are what makes them worth it. The way that the light adjusts on the screen however you position it, the way that the icons can be moved around without having to close down apps and files.
It looks amazing and is very chic. Mine is white which I thought would cause some wear and tear issues. However since the newer macbooks have been released, the finish has been changed from a matt finish to a gloss so they are much easier to keep clean and scratch free.
Overall macbooks cant go wrong (unless you spill a can ok coke all over the keypad!!!) (oops!)
I've always used Windows based PCs and laptops. This was my first MAC and the transition was painless. When you switch on, you are greeted by a migration and setup wizard and within a few seconds you up and running.
So why did I buy one?
Yes it's a whole heap more expensive but it's sleek and sexy, performs well and if you shop around you can get it at a good price. Normally Apple fix the price but Amazon did the unit at £798 two months ago and Dixon's had to price match it!
I got it for the creative elements. I love DJ'ing and MACs are respected. Also, the i-software that comes with it like iPhoto and iMovie are so easy to use and produce great results. On the subject of being creative, I have a goal of wanting to learn to play an instrument this year, GarageBand (included) is the way to go. Video tutorials, which are free, teach you how to play and it even has a built in metronome and guitar tuner. You can also purchase training videos from the pro's themselves e.g. learn to play Roxanne from Sting himself (well actually his video tutorial).
Yes, sure there are some different ways of using it compared to a PC but once you get used to it you wonder why you don't have these features on a PC as well. One weird thing is that there isn't a delete button only backspace and they layout is American so the @ is above the 2. Otherwise, it's can be viewed as a sleek beast willing to perform for you! Battery life is good, hard drive is 160Gb but easily upgradable to 500Gb, many videos on how to do this as long as you can use a philips screwdriver that is! The trackpoint is out of this world. I've become so used to it and the multi-gestures that I forget that PCs don't have it, what a shame.
The best way I can describe the move to a MAC is... "Pretend you know nothing about how to use a computer, turn it on and it's simple." Coming from a Windows PC environment, it takes a bit of getting used to. Also, there are somethings that you may find easier or software you may still need to run in Windows. Have no fear, you can use BootCamp (dual boot for MAC and Windows OS). Or simpler still, use VMWare Fusion 3. The setup and installation is a breeze, very interactive. All you need to do is worry about whether you want integrated or less integrated. In plain English, that basically means do you want to share you documents and data with the VMWare environment e.g. see your MAC documents from the Windows WMWare environment. If you are worried about viruses or spyware, this is a consideration but remember, there is always protection which you should be using anyway!
Not a big fan of the iPhone - don't like touchscreens but the MacBook Pro is fantastic and I would highly recommend it! The only reason I give it 4 stars is the fact you can't change the battery, now come on Apple!
I can only praise this laptop. As a PC user in the past, I am so impressed with Apple. It really feels like everything is quicker and more efficient than it was on PC. When I switch the Mac on, it is ready to use within about a minute - maybe even less! Features like Time Machine (for backing up) are a real bonus too. I was worried as a new Mac user, but found with a bit of time (only a week or two) I felt really proficient in using it. I would say though, that it helps if you know other Mac users who might be able to help you.
It may seem shallow, but I really love how the MacBook Pro looks. It is so sleek and cool, and more importantly perhaps, very light weight, and fairly slim. I put it in my handbag, and don't feel like I am carrying around a massive weight.
Another feature which really impresses me is the excellent battery life. They claim it lasts up to 7 hours, which it might if you were not using too many programmes, but I find that it easily lasts 4 - 5 hours with out charging, which is great if you forget to bring the plug!
I got a student discount on this, I think it was about 17% online through the Apple Store website. By ordering it from a computer on my University's network, the education discount was added.
I bought my Apple Macbook about six months ago and received 10% student discount as I purchased it from the Apple store. I originally owned an old Time PC and had never had a laptop before. As I am a student in a creative field I knew that Apple were the industries leaders with Adobe and wanted a laptop that would compliment these other products such as Illustrator and Photoshop. When I took my laptop home I was so excited! The graphic designers at Apple have really thought about their product and the design, right down to the minimalist box and packaging. I was shocked when I first plugged the laptop in to charge because the plug was magnetized and pulled into the socket. Every feature has been so thought out and it is so intuitive! The laptop has backlighting on the keys so you can type in the dark. The screen dims or brightens automatically depending on the lightness or darkness of the room you are in. You can click anywhere on the mousepad instead of having the usual two buttons on standard Windows laptops. Two fingers on the mousepad scroll down a page and three fingers move the webpages away so that you can access the desktop. The laptop has a dual graphics card so you can even play games and they aren't jerky and the graphics are good. (An example of games I have tried are The Sims 3 and Morrowind). My laptop NEVER crashes and all of my programs are clean and tidy. Webpages open in Safari very quickly and the nifty homepage shows all of your most visited pages so you can access them easily. I still haven't quite fathomed how to organise my files and folders properly but to be honest I haven't read any instructions, most of what I know has just been from using the laptop. There isn't much software that comes with the laptop but a friendly staff member from Apple recommended that I download 'Open office.org' from online and it has everything that Microsoft Windows has but is free! I have used this and haven't needed to buy another program.
There is a strange sensation in my hand when I use the laptop when it is plugged in, like the laptop becomes live and sends a current through my body. I googled this and other people seem to have the same problem. I am not sure whether this is an issue or whether it is harmful. The battery life is average, I can work on my laptop for about 2-3 solid hours before it starts running low. It's not a good idea to wear a metal watch or jewellery as the aluminum casing can scratch. The laptop is easy and portable enough to carry and travel with, I do this every alternative weekend.
Since using the Apple Macbook Pro I can never go back to using a Windows computer. Other Apple products compliment the laptop perfectly such as the silver iPod. The design is sleek, seamless and beautifully engineered. Bluetooth enables me to upload photo's or voice recordings from my mobile phone. The only drawback to this laptop is that there are some programs that are not compatible. My digital camera doesn't work with my laptop but this is not down to Apple, it is the other company's who do not offer the software as they favour Microsoft as it is the market leader and is perhaps more 'mainstream'. Apple have introduced 'Parallels' which allows you to run Windows and OS X, and can choose how much memory you give to each one. This is perfect if you want to use Windows to upload photo's or use OS X for using Illustrator or Photoshop.
I recommend this product to people who appreciate quality, style and class. A very powerful machine, with integrated webcam. Fantastic design features that work. I have very little complaints with this product, I will certainly be a fan of Apple for years to come and look forward to new products being introduced.
The systems details are as follows:
2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
Backlit Keyboard (British) & User's Guide (English)
I had owned 2 other laptops before I bought this Macbook pro 3 months ago when I got into university. I was a little bit afraid as some people said that it was hard to use, which made me hesitate for a few days but I was so in love with the design and the look, owning a Macbook had been my dream. And I didn't regret buying it.
It seems to be more expensive comparing to other laptops with similar Technical Details but if you can afford it, you should definitely go for it. I had student discount so I bought the 2.53GHz one at £999. I was a bit unfamiliar at first but once I got used to it, it's great. It starts up and shut down in seconds, unlike Windows and the graphics are amazing. I haven't got any trouble at all. The multi-touch pad is an incredible invention, you've got to love it. You don't need to worry about purchasing anti-virus software or whatsoever, which is pricey and definitely slows ur computer down. The Mac runs smoothly without making any sound and it isn't too hot.
And in my opinion, you shouldn't bother to buy Office for Mac as it often crashed, iWork is a lot cheaper and has a lot of features. However, sometimes the files aren't compatible with Microsoft Office but you could try to run Windows parallel. If your work involves working with designs a lot, you should absolutely own a Mac. Unlike on Vista or XP, Adobe PS CS4 runs very smoothly on my new Mac.
I'm not sure if because it's 13-inch Macbook or not but the max battery life for me is about 5 hours, and if you have quite a few programs running, it would be around 3 hours. Good enough for me!
Overall, I am happy with my decision.