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Apple MacBook Pro (MD102B/A)
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Apple MacBook Pro (MD102B/A)
Advantages: Small, fast very upgradable and cheaper to do so yourself than via Apple.
Disadvantages: GFX card a little weak and Mountain Lion is starting to get a little cluttered.
I've bought my Macbook Pro, at the Height of Retina Frenzy. Some people say I am mad but there was, and is, a plan. The Macbook Pro Retina is a nice machine, it's thin, it's sleek, it is sexy - but once you've bought it you're stuck with it. Unless you've got pockets that are as deep as Donald Trumps Wig is awful...Unless you were involved in a historic hit and run accident that after a bitter and protracted court case awarded you, the victim, with enough money to buy the top of the line MacBook Pro Retina...What do you do? You can't upgrade the memory. You can't upgrade the hard disk. You can't even play a DVD and when any of these components break down all you're left with is a very expensive, admittedly stylish, paperweight. I bet that wasn't factored into the EU ECO ratings. No, if you're smart then you buy a Non-Retina Macbook Pro. Why? Because you can upgrade the memory. Because You can upgrade the hard disk - whenever you want and it's easy to do. You can even remove the DVD drive and install a second Hard disk or Apple forbid...a Blu-ray player and not even void your warranty. Stick that in your HDMI port and smoke it.
It's the little things that make a Macbook Pro worth owning. The sleek uni-body aluminium casing that stays cooler (with every day usage) than a ice box full of well...ice. The marvelous multi-touch trackpad that still can't be beaten at any price and recognizes when you're simply resting on it and politely refrains from sending your cursor into Windows 7 style epileptic madness. The backlit keys with autosensing adjustments increase in brightness as the sun sets whilst you type your self published meta-physical transcendental kindle epic. The ease of use, the weight, the Intel quad core i7 speed and the battery life (8 hours I've got out of it on one charge) all combine into something truly remarkable.
...and then there's something else. Something that Mac fan boys with their blind devotion to Edwardian moustaches simply couldn't grasp - The Macbook Pro runs Windows 8 like Microsoft wished it's own Surface device would - sure it doesn't have a touch screen but Apple's trackpad works a treat (caveat here - I am still using the Beta - I haven't tried the Release version yet). The 15" version does comes with a better graphics card (GT650m at 512mb or 1gb) but you can edit fine on this and still play Portal no problem.
All said and done it's a great machine even if you don't like to tinker, but if you like to tinker it's also cheaper to do your own upgrades than pay through the snout. There is a however a slightly disturbing feeling you get when looking at Retina MacBook Pro owner. A sort of malign pity, the kind one reserves for stupid dogs and children. Don't worry it doesn't last long - At least Retina owners will have something to wedge the door shut when the zombie apocalypse comes.
Summary: Great portable. If you can do stretch to 15inch(no pun intended) if gaming or heavy GFX is your bag.
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