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Pros: Fast Duo Core, Big Ram, great Graphics Card
Cons: a little heavy, expensive
Hi guys, this is actually not my first Macbook, bought it about a year ago.
This laptop is a monster!!! Everything is so freaking fast on it. I have tried to install Windows 7 on it along with some latest computer games and the Autodesk Suite 2011 to test the laptop out to its limit, and I must say this laptop is limitless. :)
First, windows 7 runs real smooth, no awkward pause comparing to other high ends laptops from Sony, Dell or HP. The System Rating gives it a 5.9, which is a very good score for a laptop (Note that the System Rating of Windows 7 have the highest score of 7.9). Different tasks can be run with absolutely no flaw.
Second, some latest games were COD Modern Warfare 2, Starcraft 2 and Castlevania. I must admit that during the games (I put the settings of all games to High for the best result of graphics), there were some pauses and many times my laptop seemed to be stuck at specific screens (especially during an intense mission in COD or when I raid the other player with 170 marines in Starcraft 2). But in overall, you can't expect this laptop to be like a giant monster gaming machine, can you?
Third, Autodesk run so very smooth that I forgot I was working on a laptop. I hav run 3DS Max 2011 and Maya 2011 on it AT THE SAME TIME, and everything seems to run without any flaw.
SO, in many words, this is a worth-the-money laptop. When you pay over $2000 for a laptop, you expect it to be among the best. Well, I can tell you this laptop is among the best of the best. One more thing, I love the feeling of the keyboard, typing to you this review on it right now and I can't stop typing ... (lol)
I bought this MacBook last year, and have loved it ever since. The screen is beautiful and the whole hardware is perfect. The large multitouch mousepad works amazingly, I use it constantly (especially using 3 fingers to go back or forwards when browsing the internet). I like the backlighting of the keyboard, which comes in handy if you are using your MacBook in the dark.
The MacBook is the right size - not too chunky, but sturdier than the MacBook air, which is better in my opinion.
I have had no problems with my MacBook. The only problem with (any) Apple product is the compatibility with games etc. However, I do not play many computer games so it is not an issue for me.
I also have an iPhone and so together my contacts, website bookmarks, calendar entries, photos and music are all synchronised, although sometimes is takes a bit too long so sync with iTunes.
The MacBook comes with pretty much everything, and it really is quick to set up. Also I like that everything is linked together, i.e. Mail, iTunes, iPhoto etc.
If you are a general computer user and like to use your computer for browsing the internet, playing music, making home movies and photos then this is the computer for you - although other PC's would also be good (although maybe not as nice to use, in my opinion) and for a better price.
I admit, as a web and software developer I have avoided Macs in the past, until I had some travelling to do for work and needed something more portable. At the same time I was having all sorts of problems with my Windows 7 desktop replacement that made me think of all the time I have spent sorting out Windows and Office problems in the past. Quite timely as I went out and bought a MacBook Pro with Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz - RAM 4 GB - HDD 500 GB and I've never looked back!
It runs like a dream, it never slows down, I don't need virus scanning software slowing me down and I know it has a fan inside it, but I have never heard it. The carry weight of the 13" MacBook Pro is very light and the power pack is much smaller and lighter than I am used to (its just a bit bigger than a packet of playing cards).
This started out as a laptop to take on the road, but once I started using it it didn't take long for this to become my main work PC. The software for Intel Macs (like this) is superior in my view and I have not yet been unable to find equivalent software that does as good or a better job than the Windows software I previously used.
This maybe a small, light laptop but it packs real punch. It is fast and in my view multi-tasks much better than a similar spec'ed Windows laptop (the easy to use Snow Leopard Operating System is based on Unix after-all).
Plug this into an external monitor and the screen resolution jumps from the
1280x800 pixels of the clear and bright built-in screen to 2048x1152 pixels.
There are less updates to download and install and there is more bundled software. Plug in a USB Drive and the bundled Time Machine software will back up everything on the hour for example.
Battery life is amazing - with WiFi and Bluetooth turned off, a sensible screen brightness and the keyboard back-light turned off, 7 hours is easily achieved. Turn all these on and you'll get 5 hours, turn things up or play media or other intensive tasks and you will still get 3-4 hours - amazing!
You've got to give it to Apple. Design - 10, OS - 10, Included software - 10. What a computer. The Macbook Pro is the more expensive of the Macbook range. The Mac comes with Snow Leopard which is a refined version of Leopard. The new OS introduces several firmware updates rather than a lot of new features.
The mac comes with the iLife applications which if you are into Photography, Video, Music and DVD's you cannot ask for more. There is an integrated SD card slot for copying your photos to iPhoto from where they can be uploaded directly to any Social Networking site.
The ergonomic keyboard is possibly the best keyboard I have ever typed on. The gaps in-between the keys make all the difference. The built in iSight camera is superb for chatting to your mates on Skype and to date I have not come across any problems.
I could go on about the Bluetooth, integrated Wi-Fi, DVD-RW and the silky smooth display but these are all part of the Apple pack that you really will wonder why you ever even thought about buying a PC laptop. Obviously there is a hefty price tag on this model so my best advice is to go into your local apple store, have a go and find a Macbook to suit your budget and have a good hunt round on the internet for a decent price.
It's like Sky + in the fact that you'll wonder how you lived life without it!
I've had several Apples when younger, but when had to pay for a computer myself, went for a Dell...am SO happy now back to an Apple as though they are expensive, they are SO worth it! Apples are SO much more intuitive (no restarting by clicking 'start', then 'shut down', THEN 'restart'!, but just 'restart' straight under the Apple). I bought the MacBook Pro a few months ago as it is very light (easy to take to bed to work via wireless), professional looking (and working!) and has all the potential to stay with me for a LONG time (which it'll have to as it's a significant investment). The MacBook, like other Apples, doesn't require the tedious work of 'defragmentation' etc. I recommend an Apple especially for people with little experience and/ or interest in the technicalities of laptops (e.g. like wanting a car without having to know anything about what's under the boot). Can't recommend it highly enough.