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Simply the Best!
Apple MacBook Pro (MD313B/A)
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Apple MacBook Pro (MD313B/A)
Advantages: Everything works seamlessly, so easy to use, premium build quality.
Disadvantages: Doesn't support all programs natively, could be a little cheaper.
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.
Summary: Probably the best all round laptop in the world, certainly the best that Apple make.
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