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MacBook Pro 13.3" 750GB, 8GB RAM
Apple MacBook Pro (MD102B/A)
Member Name: xtalishax
Apple MacBook Pro (MD102B/A)
Advantages: long lasting, efficient, makes everything easier, good resell value
Disadvantages: expensive, takes time to get used to
First of all I would like to say that this is the first Apple Laptop I have owned and after years of using Windows laptops I don't think I will ever go back to anything else :) I have owned this machine for around 5 months now, so in my opinion enough time has passed for me to write an adequate review.
There is no doubt that the MacBook Pro series looks visually stunning. From the chrome finish, to the backlit keyboard (which is extremely useful when trying to type in the dark bedroom) everything just 'flows' with this laptop. The 13.3" screen is big enough to enjoy all your movies, e-mails and web browsing on. Before owning my MacBook I had previously been using an 17" PC laptop and I did have some reservations buying the smaller size as I thought it would get in the way of my viewing experience. However I quickly became adjusted to the smaller size, not even noticing it now.
After doing a little research I have found that you can get similar PC/Laptops from other companies with the same sized hardrives and RAM for a lower price. So why would you spend more money for an Apple laptop?
I think firstly, higher end Apple products have a great track record of lasting for some time. I have known people who have had theirs for almost 5 years and are still satisfied with it. You might not have the latest spec or high resolution, however you have a laptop which you can rely on time after time.
In addition, if you already own other Apple products (such as the iPad or iPhone etc.) you will find that they will seamlessly work with each other, something which I always found a little more difficult with my PC.
You might however find that by owning an Apple product you will want to go and 'catch them all' and purchase an iPad or an Apple TV because they work so very well together :)
I think it's important to note that MacBook Pros have a great re-sell value. You won't get what you paid for it sure but many sell for about 50-70% of the RRP, much higher than you would get for a same spec PC.
The battery life on mine is around 4 hours if not charging, this is a lot less than the 7 hours promised by Apple but still a lot higher than I have ever had on a PC Laptop. This to me might be my only real criticism with the laptop.
I believe I cannot watch Blu-Ray discs directly with the disc drive installed however a quick Google search reveals that there are ways around this, by purchasing an external Blu-Ray disc drive. It does however come with an inbuilt SD card reader, which is excellent for transferring photos from your digital camers.
Other features include the 2 UBS3 ports, a headphone jack, Firewire port and a Thunderbolt port for which you'll need an external wire to make use of.
Having only ever used Macs here and there, I found getting used to the controls of a Mac quite tricky.
The different command keys on the Mac had me confused for some time, however once you sit down with the machine for a few days, you do start to get used to it.
I wouldn't therefore say that this is a machine that you can just pick up and go. It will definitely take you a few days if you are not used to Macs.
However I find the toolbar in Macs a joy to work with. Not only does this free up your desktop space (which means you can actually SEE the wallpaper you have decided to use) but it is easy to control what programs you want close by and which you don't.
I particularly love the keyboard functions at the very top. You have ones which allow you to brighten or dim the screen. Another quickly opens up all the applications you are using, giving you an insight and allowing you to work faster as you don't have to keep switching from one window to the other.
You also have full volume controls, great for when you quickly want to turn something down or even mute (essential for the library!) and your music start/pause, forward/backword commands.
>> Final Words <<
To summaries this laptop is the best investment I have made in a very long time, yes it is pricey but you will not have to buy another laptop for years. I highly recommend getting a 13" if you are looking to travel/use it for work and you will only really need a bigger screen if you are working on picture projects (such as Adobe Photoshop) as you might need the extra display space.
Summary: great laptop, you will not be dissapointed!
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