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Buying one of these amazing laptops was by far one of the best investments i ever made. I say this because prior to this i had owned several windows laptops and they only lasted me as long as a year before i had to buy another one. i eventually got so annoyed with this and i started to look for a macbook. I noticed amazon had this model on offer and so i went ahead and purchased it. I purchased this laptop 2 years ago and has not failed on me yet. The i5 processor is extremely fast and handles every thing you throw it as well as the hd graphics.Not only does this laptop have some amazing specs but it actually looks great compared to ANY other laptop on the market to this date. The sleek aluminium body of the laptop gives it a status symbol equivalent to that of a rolls-royce (well maybe).
One of the most important things about a laptop/netbook is battery life. Now I've had this laptop for about 2 years as i stated above and i confirm that the battery life is really good and lasts about 7-8 hours (depending on what you use it for). I mostly use the laptop for surfing the web, watching movies, word documents and iMovie and the laptop easily lasts about 6 hours.
Other great new features on this laptop include the LED Backlit display, the illuminated keyboard, the trackpad and many more. The LED display is extremely crisp and is amazing for movies etc. The illuminated keyboard is also great for when typing word documents at night or in low-light rooms and last but not least the trackpad. The trackpad is a great new feature that most are still skeptical about but in my opinion once you use it for a couple of days you will absolutely LOVE it!
So overall if you want to save money and get something that WILL last longer, the Macbook is the way to go
My 13 inch Macbook pro is easily the best technology purchase I've ever made( as I type this from it's glorious backlit keyboard!!).
First and foremost the one thing that immediately strikes you is the speed of the machine - I timed it at approximately 30 seconds from switching it on to being able to use it, believe me its SUPER fast!
Browsing is also a dream, one click and the website you're searching just pops up almost instantly.
The huge 500gb hard drive is more than enough for me personally, and I can't imagine ever needing any more than that for storage.
Battery life is also brilliant.Officially around 8hours however I find I get about 4 -5 if I'm constantly using it.
Ease of use is certainly another plus point with the macbookpro, everything just seems to be there when you need it readily available.
Before I bought mine I was always accustomed to PC operating systems and was initially a little nervy investing so much money on something I wasn't used to, however having already been used to my apple iphone 4, I was confident the changeover would be seamless and I was not wrong! At first I thought it was just the size of the RAM at 4gb that was making the system so quick but having since used my mother's Lenovo laptop which also has 4gb, I now realise it's more than that - Apple just have a knack of creating operating systems which are smooth, easy and fast to use. The trackpad is another great feature which you may be a little concerned with getting used to, don't be because I have found that using a mouse is very strange now that I'm use to the trackpad - sliding up and down the page and swiping become normal and then using a PC mouse and its awful operating system becomes alien! If you're in any way concerned about not being able to use certain programs like flash player (I believe this is only an issue on the iPhone or iPad) ,I've never had any issues with this or indeed any other program I've tried to use.
So if you're considering the bold move to an Apple Macbook Pro my advice would be don't hesitate; the machine's build quality,reliability and ease of use will mean once you've bought a mac you won't go back!
***I'm not some computer savvy geek expert; I don't know the technicality of all the weird and wonderful's of my Macbook Pro but I feel correct in assuming most people do not understand every detail of such a powerful and modern machine! All I know is that I can review it on how it suits me, how I can work with it and I've done a little research on what to talk about so I feel fairly confident that I won't be rambling on about anything that's useful - just keep in mind, I'm not one of those Mac genius'! ***
I've had my fair share of laptop's, desktops and notebooks and it's come to my attention I am a disaster when it comes to technology; I download things knowing nothing about anti-virus protection or data limits on my broadband, I let my cats walk across it, I go in public with it and maybe spill some coffee on it and yeah, I've broken quite a few laptops in my past!
The first time I ever touched a Mac was when I bought an old cheap iMac from eBay hoping I could so some bits and bobs on it to help me with designing, but of course me being completely clueless I didn't know that the operating system I installed was too advanced for the iMac and as the iMac's Apple Care was expired all Apple told me to do is try to Google how to find out how to solve it, or pay £35 for advice from a Genius - who of course wouldn't do anything except talk to me on the phone, the problem wouldn't be fixed unless I paid £££!
Fast forward to now, after my I had a quick love affair with my boyfriend's old Macbook air or whatever (haha see I'm clueless) which my cat ruined with diet coke (my bad, to be honest) - I've had my best friend for 5-6 months now A.K.A my Macbook Pro!
I'm quite a snob when it comes to the appearance of technology - you could give me a Macbook Pro with a normal appearance of your usual laptop and I'd sigh and be reluctant to be out with it! Stupid, as this machine is so great for me, but hey I did say I'm a snob!
The Macbook Pro is silver all over, except for the black keyboard and frame around the screen. The keyboard has a feature where you can have a light appear under the keys, which is very useful if you're typing at night and it looks very jazzy. The laptop is thin and light compared to other laptop's, Apple is known for it's slim products, including their Ipod's and Iphones. On the front of the lid there is the Apple logo which lights up when the Macbook is in use, and shuts off when the laptop is shut down.
You have to be quite careful with general wear and tear as scratches and marks are extremely visible on the silver, however Mac provide a Keyboard Cleaner which has a little bristle brush where you swipe away dust, then spray their cleaner and wipe away with the foam/sponge like side of the block it provides. Mac also provide a Macbook cleaner, you simply spray the liquid on and wipe in one direction motions and smudges or fingerprints are gone - although it does not work too well on scratches, it dulls them down but you can still see them.
In my experience, mainly the bottom of the Macbook and the lid gets some scratches but not too noticeable. It all depends on how well you take care of it.
There are some funky little accessories for your Macbook, not provided by Apple or distributed by them but you can easily find them online on a site like Amazon.
Firstly, there's really clever stickers designed which you can put on your lid where the apple is. One I really like is the Disney Princess, Snow White holding the apple! There's also Stitch from 'Lilo and Stitch' eating the apple!
There are also multiple covers for your keyboard in a range of colours from neon pink to rainbow keys - however I don't know how well these work for typing and using the background keyboard lights, with.
***I am merely writing about apps or features I am aware of and/or own myself***
The Macbook runs on the MAC OS X operating system. My Macbook has duel core Intel Core i5 and the processor speed is 2.5GHz and although I don't know the technical side of this; I find that it's extremely fast and can handle me doing tasks from multiple demanding programs such as Photoshop or for editing videos and etc. On rare occasions I have innocent slowness or occasionally the mouse will freeze but in less than 2 minutes it will be fine again - there was a time that Chrome would freeze, Facetime would mess up and etc but I took it to the genius bar and they sorted it and now it works perfect again. The fact that it easily copes with many programmes working at one is brilliant for me, as a designer my mind bounces from one side to the other and I tend to do everything at once instead of doing one job at a time and my Macbook makes it very easy for me to do so.
My 13inch Macbook Pro has the Intel HD Graphics 4000 Processor and as stated on the Apple website; everything is more fluid and smooth, especially videos I watch and it doesn't drain the battery as I'd expect it to.
At first, 13inch sounded quite small to me and I would have much preferred the 15inch, but after using it and realising that it's really efficient and I personally wouldn't find much use for the 15inch. It's more compact and portable in my opinion and it's just a really smart, modern looking machine!
One of my favourite features on my Macbook - and my Iphone 5 - is Facetime. I can call anyone around the world who owns an Apple product such as an Iphone, Macbook, iMac, iPad and etc. I normally use it on my Macbook and it is fun, it's basically like Skype but with a better quality video and picture and much faster and doesn't crash - my only wish is that it would have a typing feature, so I use imessage to talk in private if there's someone in the room or whatever.
Talking about iMessage, I like the fact that if my phone has died or if someone isn't near theirs, I can send a message to another person with a iPhone and/or macbook, imac, ipad and etc and it'll appear to them. If someone texts me, I can see it on my phone and on my Macbook! It sends pictures and GIFs easily too, also documents and files!
The trackpad on the Macbook is extremely multi-use and I much prefer it to a mouse you plug in - or of course, use wireless. With the trackpad you can pinch and zoom on pictures or webpages, you can flick through pictures just with your fingers, you can click anywhere on it so no need for those left click right click buttons and it's just a super clever little feature; you think it won't be that much use to you but it really does make things easier and more convenient!
Apple states that the battery life lasts 7 hours; I don't particularly notice it lasts THAT long but it does last quite a while, it helps if you don't use the features like the keyboard lights and etc if you want to make the battery last longer, and maybe it's just me, but when I plug in and charge it, it charges very quickly compared to other devices I've used in the past. On the left hand side of your macbook, where you'd find your disc drive on the right hand side, is a small botton on the far end, you can click on it and there will be tiny dots illustrating how much battery you have left! It's very helpful if you're about to use your laptop on the go shortly and don't know if you need to bring your charger or not!
I use the Webcam frequently and I use the feature 'Photobooth' a lot, I love how you can change the scenery, add jazzy little things and when recording a video the sound is excellent too so the microphone is good. You can add your photo or video to iPhoto and iPhoto also pops up when I connect my iPhone.
I could talk and ramble all day about many of the amazing features the Macbook has, but instead I'm going to list my favourites that I believe would be useful if you bought a Macbook, and what you wouldn't get from another laptop or just not as good!
-Notes (the ones you can use on the iphone, too and you can sync them).
-imovie and iphoto.
The Macbook Pro 13inch is currently £999 from Apple (http://www.apple.com/uk/) and if you would find use of these features and would use it frequently and find that your current laptop or desktop doesn't perform like this Macbook, I highly suggest that you purchase one.
You get Apple Care with it, which lasts for 1 year from the time you buy it and I also suggest you buy the extra 2 year Apple Care after that, because even though it's unlikely that a major error will go wrong with your Macbook, but it happens sometimes and you don't want to be paying another load of £££ when you just paid £999 for it!
I don't think that a Macbook will be that useful to people who just use it to go online and save documents and just the usual 'normal' things, most laptops would be efficient enough for that. But if you're going to start a creative product or would find it helpful for your career then it's definitely worth investing in.
Mine is fairly new as I've had it 5 months, but it definitely works like it did when I first had it and like I explained at the start, if you buy the cleaning products from Apple you can keep it looking new and wonderful for a long time!
About a year ago, I decided I'd had enough of Windows laptops. The 3 years prior to that, I'd had 3 Toshiba laptops all running XP, and every single one of them broke without fail, usually after a year. So, on the advice of a friend, I took the plunge and became a Mac convert, plumping for a 13" MacBook Pro.
The first thing you notice about it is how well it's made. No cheap and nasty plastic casing here, it's all brushed aluminium, giving it a premium, robust feel that I just haven't felt with my old laptops. Opening it up, the fit and finish of everything is just, well, better, when compared to an equivalent spec PC (although at this price point, this is to be expected).
I love how the keyboard is backlit. In the past, working at night in low light conditions was irritating, and I ended up wasting a USB port on an LED light just so I could see the keyboard, but having the keys backlit by a white light is fantastic, and naturally you can adjust the brightness, or turn it off completely.
The screen is amazingly sharp, with a 1280x800 resolution, pictures look fantastic on it, and videos in HD quality can be properly appreciated. When I first got it, I thought it was a Retina Display, but seeing as the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display was only announced today, that wasn't the case, but it's very sharp indeed, and I compared it to the 15" version with Retina Display, and the difference is only noticeable when your eyes are less than 5 inches from the screen, a very unlikely situation.
Battery life was another big point for me. My old Toshibas, when new, would last 2.5-3 hours of constant use between charges, but this lasts up to 10 hours, depending on how bright the screen and keyboard backlight are set, along with how heavy you use it, but in all but really heavy use I couldn't get less than 8 hours out of it no matter how hard I tried, and even extreme heavy use (live streaming, downloading multiple files and writing essays, with screen and keyboard brightness both set to maximum) gives between 5 and 7 hours.
The size of it is just perfect. In the shop, I thought that I'd have been better off with the 15" version if I could have afforded it, but in the real world, a 13" screen is just perfect. It's big enough for almost anything (except watching movies at home when there are bigger screens available), a recent train journey from Aberdeen to London was a delight with this MacBook for watching films and TV shows; it's certainly better than using an iPad. I also use it for lecture notes at Uni, and it is perfect there. But it's not too big that it's a pain to carry round. It fits perfectly into my bag, and not being so heavy it's fantastic news for my back.
A large HDD makes adds up to making this a perfect solution for almost anything.
Let's move onto the software aspect. I bought mine in late 2011, and therefore it came pre installed with Lion. While many people used to Mac rated it poorly when compared to it's predecessors, I found it very good. It seems to be much more stable than Windows, I've never once had it crash on me yet, whereas with Windows it would crash every couple of weeks, regardless. It feels almost exhilarating knowing that you'll never see THAT blue screen again.
People have criticised the Lion OS to be too much like iOS, but rather than being a burden, I find this a positive. It makes it so much easier to use if you're coming from an iPad, iPod or iPhone, and it opens up Mac to a whole new customer base. Being one of those converts (I had the original iPad before I bought the MacBook, and this is partially the reason why I have it), it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
I upgraded to Mountain Lion as soon as it was available, and I'm glad I did. Everything seems somewhat slicker, and further compatibility with all my iDevices is very welcome, as is the full AirPlay mirroring with Apple TV. If you don't know what this is, basically rather than just stream videos and other media to the Apple TV from iTunes, it mirrors whatever is on your MacBook screen, in 720p on your HDTV (1080p if you have the latest Apple TV), and if it has sound, the sound will come out of your HDTV too. This is especially useful when watching a longer video or streaming a live event, while the MacBook screen is excellent, it seems a little silly watching a long video when there is a 32" HDTV a few feet away. Plus with iCloud integration, it works together flawlessly with my iPhone, iPod and iPad.
In conclusion, I would say this is the best laptop Apple make. Despite being a bit pricier than an equivalently specced Windows laptop, it does everything that bit better, so is worth the premium price. Only the most hardcore of users would see any benefit in a Retina Display or a bigger screen. The only downside is that some of my old Windows programs are not natively supported, but there are extremely simple ways (although not exactly cheap) around it.