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Apple Macbook Pro 13" i7/8GB Ram/750GB HDD Running OSX Lion
Apple MacBook Pro MC721B/A
Member Name: James_Coburn
Apple MacBook Pro MC721B/A
Advantages: Run windows either in bootcamp or in VM, sleek, good looking, well built, runs quickly, no crashes!
Disadvantages: Expensive, Probably worth taking out insurance, if you drop it you'll probably never stop crying.
The 2011 Macbook Pro. I took the plunge and ordered this in February just after release. I was on the hunt for a replacement for my Core2 Duo Desktop which was fading into the background.
As you'd expect this machine runs like a slippery eel covered in KY jelly down a drainpipe. It is lightning fast.
The new Intel Sandy Bridge processor really kicks off, and applications run smoothly, the machine boots in under a minute, and shuts down almost instantly. I run adobe after effects, premiere, final cut, logic studio and other media production programs with ease. I can honestly say it runs like a dream.
The Intel Thunderbolt port is currently not really a huge thing, however displays are becoming available, and Thunderbolt hard drives offering VERY high speed date transfers will be more and more readily available. The future of storage?
This machine has the Intel HD3000 Graphics as opposed to last year's Nvidia chipset. While people will moan and groan it isn't that bad. I'm able to play Dirt3 in bootcamp just fine. Portal 2 runs smoothly. Crysis 2 was a little jolty to be fair, but overall it isn't a gaming machine. if you're after a performance machine in that field consider Alienware.
This thing is nice. Unibody aluminium chassis. glass touchpad. it looks good, feels good, and is good to use. i can't really say anymore than that. The keyboard is very comfortable. Apple also offer various mice if you prefer to use a mouse. i just use a cheap trust mouse for audio/video editing, but i'm considering the apple magic mouse.
As i'm sure you're aware Macs are used by many graphic designers, used in music studios, used for special effects in films, and many other things.
There are a LOT of applications available, via the mac app store, and online. companies like Propellerhead, Steinberg, Adobe and many others offer media production software for macs, which are pricey, but very, very good.
Overall if you're debating the mac vs pc issue and aren't sure i can end by telling you that i now find windows 7 to be clunky and odd. OSX Lion runs smoothly, and once you get used to it you won't want to go back.
And if you do...... just make a bootcamp partition and install windows anyway. You can't lose.
Summary: Beautiful machine. I highly reccomend it.
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