Product Type: Apple laptops
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The Best Laptop I Have Ever Owned
Apple MacBook Pro MC700B/A
Member Name: DanB7290
Apple MacBook Pro MC700B/A
Advantages: Great laptop, perfect way to get into Mac
Disadvantages: Not for the skint
This is what convinced me to permanently change from PC to Mac. Everything about it is just better than the various PCs I have owned over the years. It's made from higher grade materials, aluminium instead of plastic, for instance, giving it a real premium feel. The internals are the best they can possibly be, rather than being built to a price, I get the impression Apple build to a spec, then decide the price afterward, it's a much better philosophy. The fact that Apple design and produce both the hardware and software means everything, and I'm going to use that classic Apple cliche here, "just works". You don't need to defrag every 5 minutes, you never see a Blue Screen of Death. You tell it what you want it to do, and it just does it. The backlit keyboard is a great idea, makes it much easier to use in low light situations. Of course, to save battery, it can be turned down, or off completely.
I am running Mountain Lion, the latest version of OS X. Make sure you download it, as it's amazing. So much slicker than the hashed Lion it replaces (Lion really was Apple's own Windows Vista), but by far the most used feature on mine is AirPlay mirroring. It'll show the entire screen, and play any sounds, on an HDTV via an Apple TV box. Brilliant for watching longer videos online, or if you just fancy using a bigger screen.
Speaking of which, if you use other Apple products, everything works together like a dream. I have an iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Apple AirPrint enabled printers, all hooked up to an Apple AirPort Express router. And they all work together seamlessly. iCloud means that I could start writing a document on the laptop, then finish it on the iPad on the way home.
Size wise, 13" just feels right. Perfect size to haul around Uni all day, yet not too small that you can't use it productively when you're there.
All in all, the perfect laptop, I can't think of any reason you would choose anything else at this price point.
Summary: Great entry level Apple Laptop, does everything brilliantly, albeit at a high price
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