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The latest addition to my family, my new MacBook Pro
Apple MacBook Pro (MD102B/A)
Member Name: Seven17
Apple MacBook Pro (MD102B/A)
Date: 14/08/12, updated on 14/08/12 (118 review reads)
Advantages: Fun to use, looks and feels better than a windows laptop, quite fast processor.
Disadvantages: Headphone port is terrible, Burning & reading discs is slow, NO LINE IN!!!
When carefully considering a macbook pro, i had to look at the speed and ram. The hard drive wasn't an issue, a nice big one would be a bonus but i decided on a new i7 2.9GHz purely for the speed. I would miss the instant start up of an iPad and needed that speed. This is pretty quick, startup takes no more than 20 seconds and from opening the lid of the laptop to getting into my account takes less than 5 seconds.
The burning and reading of the Apple SuperDrive is a questionable where speed is concerned because it takes ages to wake up the DVD drive when running a movie (and actually says "waking up DVD Drive") but for reliability and buffering quality it's very good. No issues with duff burns on the cheap Tesco CD-R's writing at 24x speed out of a disc possible speed of 52x (i keep it low to make less buffer mistakes)
The screen is alright, but i suppose once you've seen a retina display iPad it makes it look a bit dull where definition is concerned, however, i always remember that I had a choice between a built in CD drive or a retina display MacBook and i'll take the CD drive any day. Sound is good for a laptop, nice and loud but as is expected, bass and mid frequencies sound dull and lifeless. The headphone port is ok for mid's and high's but lacks oomph where bass is concerned. Fellow UK Garage and Drum n Bass lovers, beware...
There is no line in port on the MacBook and that really is a kick in the teeth but you can get round it. You can buy a sound card adapter/converter such as the Citronic AC-1 which will set you back around £30 but allows you to use the usb port as a line in port for an RCA Phono cable.
The MackBook has always been a masterclass in the eco-friendly department and while it uses less toxins in its screens and components, it also uses less power. It claims to have a 7 hour battery life but i find i get around 5 or 6 depending on what i am doing. browsing the web is about 5, watching DVD's or playing music drains it even faster. It normally takes around an hour and a half to charge fully, and that's while it is still in use, browsing the web, writing reviews for dooyoo etc etc.
There are a few things you need to learn if you're a windows laptop convert, and thats the fact there is no right click (CMD key is essentially right click) and learning your way around the permanently present apple bar at the top of the screen takes a little time. Other than that it's a beautiful and easy to operate machine.
Overall its an expensive (£1250) laptop that looks and works great, don't get me wrong its better than a windows laptop! but the headphone port is an issue, there's no line in, and the DVD drive needs to be a little faster for a full 5 stars.
Summary: Quite a good machine, despite those flaws i'd still buy this over a windows laptop in a heartbeat.
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