Product Type: Apple laptops
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Macbook pro 13" a hell of a price tag for a dvd player
Apple MacBook Pro MC700B/A
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Apple MacBook Pro MC700B/A
Advantages: great system, light weight, hundreds of features
Disadvantages: price, and power
A lot of people talk about how great macbook pro's are. I have one and their average in my opinion. It all depends on what you want to use it for. At the moment mine is nothing more than a glorified dvd player. I am an artist and I use a PC for all my designing because it's more powerful and can handle multiple programs at once; I also paid £500 for my quad-core PC and £1000 for my macbook pro 13".
If you want something that will keep your organised and allow you to surf the web, watch films and perform the most remedial tasks then i'd say go for it and buy a macbook. But for that £1000+ price tag you often wonder what your paying for. Like most apple products you pay for the name and the look; nothing more than a fashion statement at the best of times. It will not be your saviour when you have work deadlines, but it will allow you to fit in while your drinking coffee in starbucks.
The battery life is absolutely terrible and it heats up very quickly if you use it a lot; I usually get about 2-3hours at the most out of a fully charged battery. Also expect to go through your fair share of chargers and gadgets; what you'll really end up spending is £1300. I'm currently on my 2nd battery charger in 10months which cost £50 every time you want to replace it.
Apart from all the bad things there are some good points about the Macbook:
The operating system is great and has many little settings that you'll fall in love with; Its like a fantastic car with a rubbish engine. The 13" screen is big enough to do the job but it's a nightmare if you have to multitask and need more than one window open side by side. It's one of the lighter laptops around, which makes it easy to cary; but after paying £1000 for it i ended up cradling it like a baby wherever i take it. One thing that apple does have over most other machines, is that when the battery goes flat the machine starts up exactly where you work and you don't use your work; love this feature. It has multiple mouse features that allow you to navigate through the system easily.
In summary: I'd shop around for another laptop unless someone else is paying for it; in which case i'd say get it.
you could buy two sony laptops for the same price.
The spec for anyone interested:
Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm)
Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
Weight: 4.5 pounds (2.04 kg)
MagSafe power port
Gigabit Ethernet port
FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
SDXC card slot
Kensington lock slot
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5
Summary: a great machine for keeping you organised
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