Product Type: Apple laptops
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Apple MacBook Pro MC700B/A
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Apple MacBook Pro MC700B/A
Advantages: Screen quality, very fast, great software, well made, sturdy, looks great.
With my old Dell "brick" coming to the end of its life, I decided to invest in a new laptop. And invest it certainly was; it's certainly true to say that these things don't come cheap. Everyone's biggest grievance against Macs is that they are so pricey, and I can understand that; spending between £850-1150 on a device seems extortionate. That said, since buying it, I can honestly say it has been the single greatest product I've ever owned. Straight from arrival it's been easy to use, quicker than any computer I've ever used, well built, stylish, useful, the adjectives could go on. So let me focus my review a little and tell you specifically what I think are the best features, before pointing out the few slight weaknesses.
Firstly, it's superbly made. Unlike almost any other laptop, it's made of metal and this makes it feel significantly more sturdy. I carry it around with me all day in a bag, and I have no worries that such an expensive item will get ruined. That's not to say, don't get a case - do, but it's fallen off my bed before to absolutely no damage. It also looks far nicer than any other laptop; I know some people may be put off by this slightly vain outlook, but don't worry, it's not just style over substance.
The screen is superb; for someone who takes a lot of photos it's brilliant because they come up in brilliant resolution; it's clear, fresh and big. Some people may be tempted to go for a 15 inch version, which I have also used, but frankly, I think it's better to choose this one, at least in terms of screen size, because it's not so significant as to hinder your viewing capacity, but it makes it more portable - it's not much bigger than an A4 sheet of paper. The keys are backlit, which is a lovely feature; great if you're working late or want to browse in the car at night time. But of course, is this really worth a significant amount more than other laptops with similar specs?
The joy of Apple (and something their legal team has worked hard to protect) is that you run Apple software, and you can only do so on a Mac. This software alone is worth the price tag - it's superb. I'm using OS Lion, which, in my eyes isn't as good an improvement as others have been, but it's still the best yet.
My only slightly concern with it is that the battery life seems to have been slightly reduced when running OS Lion rather than Snow Leopard as I was on before. It's not horrendous by any means: I used to be able to get between 8-10 hours, depending on how bright me screen was, and now I can get between 7-9: still pretty damn good, and I suppose the reason I'm ever so slightly disappointed is because I had this high standard before, only so see it ever so slightly reduced. Frankly, had I not pointed it out to people, they'd probably not have noticed; it's only because I use it all day without a charger that I'm so conscious of how much time I have left.
The only other slight weakness with this 13 inch version is the speakers. They're built in between where the screen joins the keyboard, rather than being in the sidebar next to the keyboard. This means that they don't really seem to be facing you, and so the sound isn't brilliant. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but by comparison to everything else, it's not perfect.
Nonetheless, this is a superb piece of kit: if you are considering buying it, do so, I'd recommend it over the white Macbook if you take photos, like to watch films and do stuff at the same time, or if you're lazy and never close programs because it is just that little bit faster and seems sturdier. In terms of ports it has two USBs; perhaps could do with one more, but not a massive issue for me because there is also an SD Card reader which is great. The Thunderbolt port I am yet to try out, because there aren't many products which use it out there yet, but on paper it's very fast, so could be useful if you're a professional importing a lot of data.
All in all, another brilliant product by Apple; this is the laptop you should aspire to having; this review has only highlighted what I consider the best features; there are many other good things about it; inbuilt camera, fast start up times, great gestures on the scroll pad, something very few laptops have, making it work almost like a tablet or iPhone... I could go on. Anyway, SUPERB!
Summary: The ultimate laptop.
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