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      04.11.2012 18:00

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      Pay now, save later.

      Many Windows enthusiast will happily debate for hours how much betters PCs are than Macs- but as someone who has used both and has no particular bias (for some reason, these people seem to take the debate super personally- as if their mother was a PC or something)...
      Macs are better than PCs. And this computer is an awesome little laptop.
      This is why:
      It looks great- sleek, class, you name it. The only bad thing about it's appearance is that I often fear someone will want to steal it when they see me with it on the tube or whatnot.
      It works GREAT-never overheats or shuts off, very rarely has ANY kind of problem- the ONE problem I had was my sound card messed up and apple changed it free of charge because it was 'their mistake' according to them.
      If you have an issue, you can almost always go the an apple store and get free advice from the wonderful and kind people that work behind the Genius Bar. I love those guys!
      One downside is that there is very little gaming adapted to Mac- yet you can play Portal, Braid, Limbo and other simple indie games fine so depends what you're looking for.
      As a simple, long lasting, well service and gorgeous machine-Macbook Pro's and wonderful.

      The only problem is that they are hella pricey- this being said, I'd say it's worth your money not to have to buy another one in 3/4 years time.

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      15.08.2012 15:36

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      Overall a very good laptop which I dont regret buying.

      I debated about buying an Apple Mac for a while due to the cost but eventually made my mind up on the 13inch Macbook Pro. It's a good little laptop, very stylish and solid, not made from plastic like most laptops!. The 13ich screen is great and more than big enough for what I need, very portable and easy to carry around. Typically when I brought it a few months later they brought out a new version, so a tip to anyone buying Apple, make sure you check the rumours to see when an updated version is out! The performance of the laptop has been ok but I only use it for internet and a bit of admin. I would recommend installing your own memory upgrades as the Apple price is expensive compared to if you buy it yourself. I had hoped the battery life would be better but it's not a huge problem. If you're used to a windows machine and worried about getting used to Apple, don't be as you soon pick it up after a while. You can install the Windows operating system as well which is a bonus. If you're a student, they offer a very good discount, so worth checking out before you buy.

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      02.04.2012 23:57

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      Get one.

      You just can't beat this laptop and I can't speak high enough of it! When I told people I wanted a Macbook, a lot of people mentioned how they don't run some windows programmes but I haven't come across anything yet. It looks better, performs better and even feels better than a PC.

      First, the styling. Where to begin with how gorgeous it looks, with the chrome aluminium body and the touches of stylish black around the screen and on the keys, I could look at it all day! Also have to mention the glorious illuminated Apple logo on the front, beautiful. The aluminium also benefits the design with ensuring it's lightweight for a laptop and easy to carry around. Although I do sometimes think if I should have got a Macbook Air, which is definitely worth a look into, with an even more streamless design. The lights for the screen are great and the keyboard lighting up is a godsend in dim, long nights in the library when I see PC users attempting to type without being able to see the keys!

      Performance. It's quick, beautiful to navigate and even doesn't get virus' like the PCs!! there is plenty of RAM even for a student like me and trust me I use it for everything at once: music, Facebook, word processing, internet research, videos etc and it still performs faultlessly. The storage is a lot but don't be fooled! If you love films and music like me then it will go quickly and I had to get an external hard drive soon after. One of the best things is the track pad, a genius piece of design with the motions to scroll, flick between programmes, enter the launchpad, its all wonderful. The camera and microphone also work great, especially on FaceTime and you can have a lot of fun in the photo booth app with all the special effects. Theres ports a'plenty here as well with 2 USBs, internet as standard, CD/DVD RW etc and even a new firebolt port, which is the new super fast connection device to hook up your TV or anything else! That was a major disadvantage to the Macbook Air, the lack of CD drive and internet port.
      Last little thing on the battery life, it can go quickly with movies but that's all, doesn't take much to keep the charger in really now does it?

      I had one little problem with the charger playing up and not working or a while, which was quite annoying so just be weary of this. Apart from that, can't complain as it is AMAZING.

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      20.02.2012 17:17
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      A nice laptop but there are cheaper models out there

      Today I am reviewing the Macbook Pro...

      I would give you all the techie specs and stuff but you can all find that pretty easily on the apple website so I am not going to bother with that and just tell you pureply what I think of this laptop.

      I really like the cosmetic appearance of the laptop, it stays with the apple theme of minimal and elegant.

      The trackpad is the best I have ever used it is amazing quality and the texture is really nice too. The keyboard lights up when being used, the only downside to this is, if some of the paint is peeling off the keys, the lights shines through it and shows it where as if it were not illuminated it would not be visible.

      The screen is very nice, it's really bright and everything shows up really clearly, the only downside is that it is not great for outdoors use.

      The audio quality is nice, obviously I cannot show you as it is a written review but it is clear and crisp.

      The main thing I think is a flaw with the macbook is the battery life, when I first got it, it was 6-7 hours but as I have been using it more it has dropped to 4-5 hrs which I think could be improved on. But there aren't many PCs that can do 5 hrs anyway so that's not too bad.

      There are many plus' and negatives to this machine, overall I think it is a really good computer but there are some downfalls, if you can justify spending the money on this computer then I say go for it, I'm sure you will be happy with it, but if you only want to pay for this if it is the best machine out there then I'd say there are some cheaper models around that can do the same thing essentially.

      I had never had a macbook before so I don't know if this is included on all models but I really like that on the of the sides there are some lights which indicate how much battery is left, I think that is a really nice little additional feature.

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        21.12.2011 08:53

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        A great Laptop that will provide years of service long after a Windows based laptop will have given

        I have always been an Apple man, since my iBook G4 I have never looked back. SO during the summer, I upgraded from my first generation macbook pro and I have not regretted it.

        Apple's student offers are fantastic and the entire purchase experience was worth the premium cost of a MacBook pro. Not only did I get 10% student discount, I got 2 x 10% student discount, as I was buying 2 MBPs!
        As a top tip, it is worth buying around the start of the new school year! they offer all kinds of back to school extras at this time, and I ended up with 2 $100 iTunes/app store vouchers!

        More about the MacBook Pro!

        I can honestly say that this is the best laptop I have ever used. The design is beautiful and catches eyes wherever it is used, the battery life is phenomenal for something with this much power. I regularly get 6+ hours from a full charge, which is significantly more than any other laptop I have owned and a VAST improvement on the previous generation of MacBook pro, which even after a battery replacement, I was lucky to get 1 hour out of!

        The keyboard on the new MacBook pro just feels right! the keys are responsive and have an auto backlighting system that works when its needed, not randomly like some others! The trackpad is super smooth and accurate with no misclicks experienced.

        Running multiple high demand applications is no problem for this unit. I have had at least 4 programs running simultaneously without any shuddering, or hanging.

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        09.12.2011 18:23
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        This is the best laptop out there, in my opinion. What a device!

        Firstly, I'd like to point out that I was rather cynical towards trying the 'Mac' system. Having grown up with the Windows system, and the Microsoft 'way of life' I had a certain disregard and bias against Macs.

        However, after starting university, and discovering Macs through the use of my flatmates, I am bewildered by them. They are extraordinary pieces of kit, and put Microsoft to shame. To start with, I couldn't get my head around some of the features, but after dogged perseverance, it become second nature. Macs are the future, and as more and more software becomes available on them, they will soon monopolise the market. The 17" is wonderful, but if you think that's too expensive then the 13" is still an extremely useful notebook.

        One word of warning: if you use a macbook pro for more than half an hour, that's it; you'll buy one, I am sure.

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          29.11.2011 20:33

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          BEST LAP TOP

          I have used WINDOWS phones for pretty much all my life until I got annoyed with all the system failures and crashes!
          I always looked down on macs due to their very high price, Yes i will admit it they are overpriced BUT they are worth it TRUST ME.
          1.THE RESTART TIME is extremely fast, my 1 year old mac book pro 2 duo 2.4 ghz restarts in about 50seconds, which i find to be amazing.
          2. MAC OS, compared to windows it is just purely amazing, nothing else could be said really, just simple and amazing.
          3 VIRUSES, no money has to be spent in anti viruses because chances are that you will never encounter a virus.
          4. Screen and Keyboard light: Most laptops do not contain a keyboard backlight, IT IS JUST SOO USEFUL !!
          Overall, even though its quite expensive I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, it will last you long and you will be very please with its performance!

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          10.11.2011 21:58

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          I would reccomend an apple branded laptop for anyone who is willing to learn how to use it.

          The Apple mac book pro has a lot of nice features and if someone is willing to learn how to use these features it wont be a bad laptop for him. Some of the features are, Imovie, Iphoto and so on. The laptop uses a whole different system then different laptops therefore it is hard to get hacked while using an apple branded laptop. The apple laptops are all unique and are not the same as any other laptops, these laptops have unique mouse pads, I would say that the apple mouse pads are easier because it is bigger and you can freely left click anywhere you want but on the left side of the pad, same goes for the right click. The problem with the laptops is that they are really over expensive, even though they are better and different than other laptops.Finally, I would reccomend an apple laptop for anyone who is willing to learn its unique and different features!

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          05.11.2011 10:32
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          An excellent purchase, I would definitely recommend it. I will always be buying mac from now on

          Having lusted after a mac for years (and saving endlessly) I bought an Aluminium MacBook when they first came out. I wasn't disappointed but after a mishap with a glass of water it was replaced by this MacBook Pro.

          The new Pro was even better than my first mac. The LED screen is even brighter, with better contrast and colours. The increased RAM makes it run silky smooth, the 2.4ghz dual core processor is super quick and graphics are like a dream.

          I do a lot of photo editing so having a decent screen is key. I can honestly say that I would never want to use anything but a mac for creative work ever again. The new LED screens are unmatched on any PC laptop I have seen. The mac OS is not only easier and simpler to use re:interface, but it makes using a computer much more simple generally. I can print to PDF in every program without needing 3rd party software, I don't need to install endless drivers and software just to use a peripheral that I've plugged in. Exposé and spaces are excellent tools that I now take for granted, along with many many more. The list of things I would miss if I were to lose my MacBook Pro is too long for here. It works like a computer should.

          I spent years training as an IT technician and I don't miss a single thing about using a PC for my personal computer.

          My hard drive is now very full with images, music and video, but for most 250gb is more than adequate. The mac has slowed somewhat due to being so full, but that is true of any computer.

          The build quality is as high as it comes. The metal construction feels solid, while not overly heavy. The 13.3" screen size is ideal. It is perfectly large for most tasks, but is incredibly portable.

          If you're hesitating over whether to buy your first Apple computer, don't. You will not look back.

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            07.10.2011 14:03
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            Excellent value for money if you can afford it

            The build quality of the Macbook itself is first-rate, encased in a durable hard-wearing silver polycarbonate which is much more robust than the plastic many other laptops are built with. The keyboard is set low into the laptop housing and has a pleasing tactile quality.

            Apple's notable triumph with the physical interface has been the trackpad. It allows you to control the cursor like most other trackpads but also allows you to zoom, pan and navigate in other ways by using different gestures like a two-fingered pinch or a rotating of the fingers.
            This is a great feature when using the Mac OS or applications developed by Apple, but hasn't been implemented widely by other independent developers. Apple are known for closely guarding their API and perhaps they'll lower their defenses in the future to allow everyone to enjoy these intuitive controls when using a variety of applications.

            Other nice features include a magnetic coupling for the power lead, which means if you or someone else trips over the lead when you're charging then the chance of something breaking is reduced as it just pops out. There are 2 USB ports and the usual ethernet and audio jacks.

            One drawback of the slim design means that if you want to connect to a projector or something using a VGA or DVI input then you will need an adapter as these connector types would have been just too big to fit anywhere on the Macbook.

            The battery life is very good, on a full charge it can last nearly three hours running at maximum performance. After six months of using it on a daily basis there doesn't appear to be any deterioration in the battery performance either.

            As someone who has to lug a laptop around the country for work one of the advantages is the actual weight of my Macbook. It weighs about half of what a Dell/Acer/HP laptop weighs, which doesn't seem like much but it really makes a difference when you're carrying the thing around in a shoulder bag all day long.

            With an Nvidia Geforce 9400M and 4GB RAM the spec is adequately equipped to deal with high-end CAD/BIM packages. Nvidia drivers are more reliable when compared to borderline-experimental ATI drivers so I went for a laptop with and Nvidia card in it.

            The Mac OSX operating system is well designed, one of the better additions to the Mac OS over the past few years has been the Dock, which pops up from an edge of the screen to offer you applications to run. This was Apple's answer to the Windows Start menu and taskbar, previous versions of the Mac OS only had a toolbar along the top of the screen and desktop icons to allow access to everything else.

            The Macbook Pro is more expensive than a Windows laptop of the same specification, but it does have a higher build quality. After heavy use over several months the display hasn't deteriorated, nor have any of the otehr physical components.

            I am a bit disappointed when I pay to upgrade to the latest OS and it has a negligible number of new features. The ones that do exist - such as the 'X-Ray' feature for folders - have to be unlocked through Terminal. This is one thing to consider when buying an Apple product - often you will be expected to pay for OS fixes that other developers will give you for free.

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            25.08.2011 17:54
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            well built good looking macbook

            I'm not a power user or a serious gamer. I just do the usual browsing, office stuff plus some use Midi gear, USB gadgets GPS, weather station. I'd had an eight year old toshiba laptop with Windows XP. I'd had my fair share of crashes and re-installs over the years. Anyway, it needed replacing because the case was starting to come apart and the screen hinge had broken.

            Buying a Mac is like coming out or joining a religion, even buying it in John Lewis , complete strangers were giving me words of encouragement and approving smiles. My Mac-owning friends soon got word and supportive emails flooded in. Surely, I had made the right decision?

            The OS-X environment is very clean - no pointless side bars, 30 free trials, security updates virus software & nagging that you get with a new Windows machine. Obviously, things like different control keys, shortcut keys no right clicking, no delete key take a bit of getting used to. I can cope with that.

            Most of the bundled software that came with the Mac I don't use. iphoto is too fussy :Windows picture viewer is much more straightforward. itunes is dreadful, the library and playlist management is bad: you're much better off with Winamp or VLC, both free. I use firefox from day one because the add-on Adblock Plus is so effective. I can't comment on Safari. Garage band is good, but if you're already into such things, you're not going to stop using Reason or Ableton live.

            Part of my choice was because of the excellent display and well designed keyboard and touch pad. In these respects, it does not disappoint. The scrolling and gesturing on the touchpad is great. Unfortunately for me, it does not work quite as well on Windows - but it's only a matter of time before someone figures it out and distributes it free!
            The sound quality is very good, even from the internal speakers.

            Some of the hardware spec is distinctly stingey: Only 2 USB ports. A media card slot that only takes SD cards. And bizzarely, one stereo jack that can be used for a mic or headphones.

            You'd get much more hardware for your money from say, a mid range Sony VAIO, which always seem nice solid machines. However, if you do this just invest in an OEM Windows 7 disc and do a clean install. Sony are one of the worst offenders for bloating out the hard drive with their appalling software.

            In conclusion, I like my Macbook pro, especially running Windows 7. I'm hoping the build quality and hopefully longevity will make this a sound purchase in the long term.

            Maybe I'll get my Mac-OS revelation in the end but after 3 months dedicated tinkering: it ain't happened yet!

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            22.08.2011 17:15
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            can be good depending on your preferences

            I had to decide between a windows laptop and a macbook pro and i wanted something that was rather easy to port around so i ended up settling for a macbook pro because when i compared the specs and the costs, it was more worth it to buy a macbook pro given the fact that on a macbook, you do not have to worry about viruses and spyware and all your windows software will work on a mac using bootcamp.
            However, Bootcamp can have it's disadvantages, it does mean you have to keep rebooting into windows or mac operating system and if you are going to be using mainly windows programs which i wasn't, you are better off buying a pc laptop as you are going to be paying 900 pounds for a macbook from the apple store with three year cover and if you are using windows mainly, then it really isn't worth it to buy a macbook, so it depends really on your preferences, if you only need to use one or two windows programs, then macbook is the way to go.

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              15.08.2011 22:48

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              I would recommend a Macbook to anyone

              I purchased a MacBook Pro about 18 months ago. I had always been a Windows PC user but based on several recommendations from friends I decided to purchase a MacBook. I went to the Regent Street Apple store and the people were fantastic. They showed me a lot of functions which certainly reassured me that I was making the best decision.

              So whats great about the Macbook? Where do I start? Design wise its sleek. The aluminium design gives it a feeling of being very durable. Performance wise its very fast. I still have a PC for work and the Macbook is probably twice as fast during start up. There are some great free apps on it. I'm a big fan of garage band and iphoto. Security wise I have every confidence that the Macbook is protected and safe.

              I always seemed to have to replace or rebuild my PC every two years but I feel the Macbook will last 4-5 years at a minimum.

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              31.07.2011 13:58

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              Excellent investment, beautiful design, fantastic software - a must for Apple fans!

              I have the 2011 MacBook Pro 13" and I absolutely love it! The beauty of its sleek, unibody design, combined with its reliable, efficient and advanced inner technology make it a must for Apple fans and an easy way to convert a Windows user. It has a simplistic design, although a huge variety of skins and cases mean that this can be changed to make your Mac more personal, and is fairly lightweight. I would avoid carrying it without the protection of a bag or cover (neoprene offers excellent scratch and light bump resistance) but so far my Mac has proven durable and strong. I would say that it takes a long time to get used to Mac software and desktop layouts if you are used to Windows, and it certainly helped that I had used an iMac for 3 years before purchasing this. Many software programmes that are included (iLife 2011) are the perfect solution for movie editing, website design and photo storage but even if you are not using more creative software, the OS X Snow Leopard operating system is in general a great format to work with. I would thoroughly recommend heading to an Apple Retail Store for a free appointment with a 'Genius' who can solve any problems or technological glitches (fairly rare - I never really see my Mac crash!) - just book online! Also, I would suggest setting up an iTunes account for access to the App Store and obviously to purchase through iTunes. Battery life is good, but I always carry my charger (which has an excellent magnetic attachment port) just in case!

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              05.07.2011 23:11
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              Great laptop for almost everything, but go elsewhere if looking for a gaming laptop.

              The new Macbook Pro is a great computer with an amazing design. It feels great to use and the magic trackpad is a great addition to an already brilliant machine. The size and weight of the system are as follows;

              Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
              Width: 14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
              Depth: 9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
              Weight: 5.6 pounds (2.54 kg)

              The screen is very vibrant and looks amazing with its LED back lighting. It has a sharp HD resolution and is very impressive. The 2.4ghz core 2 due on the other hand isn't so great. I would say it gets the job done. It is great for general use and light gaming but it struggles with serious gaming which isn't helped by the lack of graphics power in the 320m. The 250gb HDD is a great size and the 4gb of DDR3 RAM is more than enough. Battery power is also amazing.

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