The Macbook Pro can be described in three words: Rapid, Reliable and Reasonably priced. The latter may seem curious to those who have done a double-take at the four digit price tag and swiftly looked elsewhere. However, the reason the Macbook Pro is reasonably priced is because of its reliability. They are worth the investment because unlike cheaper alternatives, they survive the test of time. Before I moved to Apple, I had a Dell and a Compaq; both of which lasted me less than a year and then a Sony which lasted me two years. All of them were riddled with problems during their lifetimes. I have owned this Macbook for over a year now and have not had a single problem. I am expecting it to last me over five years as the build quality really is unparalleled (for example in contrast to the Dell Studio 15 - the worst build quality I have ever seen on a laptop; £600 and lasted a few months). The sleek aluminium body not only looks attractive but feels durable. However, I would recommend getting a case because it is unfortunately quite easy to scratch.
Aside from its reliability, the Macbook Pro excels in its ease of use. The trackpad is innovative and straightforward with simple but effective shortcuts. The keyboard is of the so-called "chiclet" design; that is, the now very popular flat keys with a space between each. I personally prefer this to the concave design but this is of course subjective. Its ease of use extends to the OS X which is stylish and fast. To give an example of why Apple lead the way in presentation and ease of use; let's say you are writing a DooYoo review in full-screen mode on your browser. Swipe left with four fingers on the trackpad and the screen will slide back to the desktop. Swipe left again and you'll slide into the widgets screen. Use what you need and then swipe right twice to get back to your review. Moreover, the dock is tidy and useful and getting used to navigating OS X takes no time at all due to these features.
With the i7 model I have not noticed any difficulty in speed when dealing with multiple demanding programs (e.g. video editing). Equally, using numerous web browser pages all with multiple tabs each is easily managed and is especially useful for students who are continuously researching. Further, the battery life is impressive (I would say six hours is realistic) so heavy-users will enjoy not having to plug in so often.
Lastly, a note on the screen. This model (i.e. the late 2011) has a resolution of 1280x800 and looks great; HD films are impressive and for a 13 inch screen, you're not going to find much better. Unless of course, you get the new retina display model boasting 2,560x1,600 for the 13 inch model, which pretty much blows away this model's screen. In my opinion, it's worth forking out the extra £250 and getting the retina model over this, especially if you plan to watch films or edit videos.