Apple - 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook - 4 GB Memory - 250 GB Hard Drive - Aluminum
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery TypeLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3 SDRAM
- Optical DriveDVD±RW/CD-RW
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingIEEE 802.11n
- Additional Audio/Video ConnectorsAudio line-in
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTrack Pad
- HDMI OutputNo
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformMac
- Included Software<li>iCal</li> <li>Mail</li> <li>iChat</li> <li>Safari</li> <li>iTunes</li> <li>Spaces</li> <li>Spotlight</li> <li>Front Row</li> <li>QuickTime</li> <li>Dashboard</li> <li>Quick Look</li> <li>DVD Player</li> <li>Photo Booth</li> <li>Time Machine</li> <li>Address Book</li> <li>Xcode Developer Tools </li> <p><b>iLife '09:</b> </p><li>iWeb</li> <li>iDVD</li> <li>iPhoto</li> <li>iMovie</li> <li>GarageBand </li>
- BBY Software InstallerNo
- Graphics ChipNVIDIA
- Backlit KeyboardYes
- Drive Capacity250GB
- Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 320M
- Memory Slots Total2
- Integrated MicrophoneYes
Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 413 reviews(413 Reviews)
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Met All Expectations, and Beyond!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I spent about 2 months researching computers before purchasing this one, and not once did a Macbook come to mind. The combination of an extremely high price of 1199.99 and the fact that it was incompatible with most of my software I use(d) daily (MS Office - Equation editor, MATLAB, AutoCad, Origin Pro) made me believe that a PC was the better choice. However, I became curious to the hype of Apple computers and decided to visit the store. THe MBP slowly grew on me as its unique features rivaled to nothing PC's had ever offered. The combination of it's whopping, 10-hr battery life that actually holds its charge, 2.4 GHz, 4G Ram, NVIDIA, all fitting in an extremely small computer, immediately caught my attention. As an engineering student, I bring my computer everywhere I go, and after purchasing the MBP 13' I literally go to class, finish my work at the lab, study at the library, and chill at a friends' house without plugging the computer into an outlet once. Other doubts that I had about the MBP was its compatibility with the programs I currently ran. Although some programs have mac versions that are 100% identical to the Windows edition, I was worried about investing even more money into buying these programs for Mac. I actually lucked out with my university, as I found out that they offered free software programs that was included in my tuition. Other public and private colleges do the same and I would definitely recommend looking into that if this is also a concern for you. All in all, this was not a problem that I still face today. The overall performance of this computer has met all my expectations, and has gone beyond what I've wanted from it. From the cool features like Expose and Spaces, to the included software like Garageband and iWork, I can now procrastinate with pride when I don't feel like doing work. Computational programs run fast as a desktop and it is easy transition from program to program. I even obtained a copy of parallels which allows me to run windows and mac simultaneously . I can literally run a windows program right next to a mac's and not have the computer slow down. The computer is seriously one or two generations in front of its competitors, and that is what sold me to buy this computer. You could buy a cheaper PC with the same specs, but the matter of fact is that PC is only expected to last for 3 or 4 years. By then, parts will begin to fail, and the OS will become slower and slower. After it fails, you'l probably shell out another 800 bucks on another computer. That's $1,600 on two computers. Or, you can buy a mac, pay for the high price, but also get the comfort that the apple care will keep your computer running solid for 3 years plus another 3-4 after it ends. Overall, you might save money for the long run sticking to one computer. My point is, I was really nervous buying this computer. Money is a high value to me, and simply throwing down 1200 dollars on a piece of metal simply sounds crazy. But this purchase was more than a computer, it was an investment. I've bought several computers before, and nothing has come anywhere close to this Mac. I would recommend this to anyone who can afford or save up to buy this product. It has seriously met all my expectations, and more.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Easy switch from WindowsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I purchased my MacBook Pro about a month ago. I was looking to replace a 7 year old Gateway desktop that has served me well for basic computing, and used my laptop from work when I wanted relax on the couch. As my wife knows, I am not an impulse buyer, so I research everything to death before I spend a lot of money. Because of this, I rarely have buyers remorse. I'm very Windows savvy, and I have to say that I've been very impressed with the Mac OS. I worked with Macs on off about 5-10 years ago, and was never a huge Mac fan, but I've become a disciple. Everything is so well integrated with iLife and iWork, and MobileMe is pretty great, too, if you have an iPhone. I now understand what other Mac users meant when they said "Mac's just work". I now dread going back to my windows laptop for work. I wasn't sure about making the switch, but I had so many Mac users praising them, and rarely heard anything from Windows 7 users. I figured if I was going to adapt to a new OS, why not buy the one I keep hearing rave reviews about. So here is what I love... Fit and Finish - is impeccable. Apple didn't go cheap on the hardware, which I appreciate. I'm willing to pay more if I am going to get a more reliable product. Plus the multi-touch pad is amazing...very intuitive. I never want to use another PC touch pad ever again. iLife - I don't necessarily love every aspect of it, but the integration with everything is great, and the facial recognition on iphoto helps organize and access all of your photos with ease. Battery Life - It lasts longer than any laptop I've ever had for work, which is where I need battery life the most. It seems to last forever, so my only problem is checking the indicator now and then to make sure I charge it every now and then. Here's what I dislike... iMove - not a huge fan of how iMovie works. It's kind of clumsy, and I think they designed it that way to upsell you to Final Cut Express. It's fine for making simple movies, but it would be nice if they had the old time line like you get in FC Express. It's great for a novice, but anyone looking for more advanced features will need to go with Final Cut Express. iWork and Office 2008 for Mac - I have both, and I'm not completely satisfied with either. iWork has well designed templates, great fonts, and other perks, but saving a Notes file to Word doc or Numbers to Excel, seems to create a few issues. Overall, I couldn't be happier. Everyday I discover more and more little surprises, and it makes me appreciate the work that Apple put in to their OS and hardware. You will pay a bit more, but it's worth the extra dough. I played with both the Windows 7 OS and Snow Leopard, and I would be experiencing buyers remorse if I had gone with a Windows PC. If you're having a hard time deciding what to do, go with the MacBook Pro. You won't be disappointed. My only problem now is that my wife has used it and now she wants one.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A College Student's Best FriendPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I just purchased my MBP Tuesday June 29, 2010. I ordered it online through the apple store in the afternoon and in was delivered to my home (free shipping) at 11:30AM. I was shocked it only took 3 days to deliver. I was on it until 5:30pm that night. First off, I am going to college in the fall of 2010 and I was having the worst time trying to decide between a pc and mac. I could get a 15 inch pc for 800 or a 13 for 1100. But I really wanted a mac, once I decided on that then I chatted online with an apple expert and they led me to get the base 13 inch. They were incredibly helpful and didn't try to make me think I needed the larger computer or better processor, they were very truthful. Once the mac was delivered to my home I was just playing around with all the applications, and it is extremely easy to use. I had windows 7 on my home computer and loved it, so was worried about switching. I knew shortcuts and how to easy fix things on the pc, and thought the mac would be so much different. But, it is very maneuverable and easy. Now for the size. For a college student (or anyone for that matter) 13 inch is absolutely perfect!! When you use it it seems large. There is ample space for everything. Nothing is squished to fit anything. The keyboard is great and the backlit keys are incredibly handy. The only downside was I needed to transfer my music to my new mac. I downloaded a program called senuti ( itunes spelled backward) and this program lets you transer 1000 songs to your new mac just by plugging in your ipod. It was so fast and easy to use that program. I had about 600 songs that didn't fit in the 1000 limit, so I transferred those using a flash drive. I had my first ichat last night, and it was very clear. If the person moves you can see pixels where it won't be clear. But it is very up to speed, there is hardly any delay. The effects were fun and while your ichatting you can share screens so you can see what is on the on the other person's screen, which was a cool feature. It was so easy to use and very fun! iphoto is the best application included on the mac. It will recognize faces, (which sounded absolutely pointless to me when I first heard it) But it was easy to tag the people and then it makes an album of them in the faces tab. It will be so handy when I want a picture of my boyfriend and I as my background I could just go to his folder and pick one. Very convenient. Although I'm extremely fond of the Aurora background which is the default of mac, so I don't believe the picture will be changing anytime soon. All in all, it is an amazing computer and within a day has already surpassed my love of pc's. I would recommend to anyone. Price is a little steep, but I used my parents and some graduation money to purchase. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Satisfied Customer (New Mac User)Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I got this laptop for Christmas (2010) and have been very satisfied with the purchase. I am a college student about to attend grad school and wanted a durable and stable laptop. I have always used Windows-driven machines and software. My last two laptops were an HP and Toshiba, both over 15" and rather heavy and average in most categories. Both also had some kind of malfunction or problem during my time of owning them (motherboard problem among others). I wanted a laptop under 14" for portability, yet I still wanted a powerful laptop for which I download music and movies and multitask (iTunes, Word, Web, etc.). I was looking for what most would consider a higher end laptop, expecting to pay at least $800 or $900. I had considered other laptops, but ultimately decided to go with the MacBook Pro (2010) 13" for several reasons. Among these were stability, battery life, appearance (I love the brushed aluminum, bright and glossy screen, and overall professional look), and graphics ability (I considered some moderate gaming and video playing). After constantly using this laptop for about about month now, I must say that I am rather pleased. I love the look and feel of the laptop and have not had the slightest problem. The Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) operating system was easy to understand and become accustomed to. I find it just as easy (perhaps easier) as Windows and installing and locating software (applications via the Finder). I am more than satisfied with the trackpad; it is very responsive (woking and performing the feature/task that I want 99.9% of the time) and I have been able to learn and take full advantage the numerous gestures. The black-lit keyboard is very convenient as well. I have moderately played several movies and games (Halo, Prince of Persia, and Call of Duty 4) on the laptop and have been pretty satisfied - the games play fine on medium-to-high settings. The battery life is consistently over 7 hours even after I upgraded the memory from 4G to 8G. The laptop is very light and the perfect size for portability. Other features like web camera, microphone, various ports, wireless, etc. have worked fine and been great to use and discovery. The software available for Mac (I have used Aperture, Mac Office, iWork and others, but have yet to play with iLife much) are great handle all my tasks. The speakers are fine and handle anything that I need to play aloud. There are just few minor downsides for the laptop (let's face it, electronics cannot be perfect). The performance, while great for most of my needs, could be just a little better; I was disappointed to see the Intel Core 2 Duo instead of the new i3 or i5 in the 13" model, but I understand the constraints and reasons for doing so. I feel the newer processors would help a little, especially with a boost for extraneous tasks, but I barely (if at all) notice a difference between this laptop and my friend's new HP Intel Core i5. The physical hard drive of only 250G may be slightly disappointing for many, but I have an external hard drive to store my movies, television shows, and extras so I still have enough room for a while. I am disappointed with the closeness and number of USB ports. There are only two (three would be nice if I was being picky) and they are right next to each other. I am unable to fit my USB Cruzer flash drive stick and external hard drive cable at the same time (I also have other USB attachments that I sometimes use). This problem can be solved by a simple external USB port (which I plan on buying soon). As expected, the price for this laptop is a bit steep, but I was willing to do so assuming I get the stability and ease-of-use that I have been told, have read, and have experience so far. Overall, I am happy to join the Mac family and have been very satisfied with my purchase. I hope this laptop lasts for most (if not all) of grad school (at which time, assuming I'm still this satisfied about it, I will get another MacBook Pro!!). I tried to review just about everything - hope this review was sufficient.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Noticeable difference for previous Macbook pro 13Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I recently purchased the previous version of the $1199 macbook pro 13in. Had it for about a month and this new one came out. Lucky for me I am a silver rewards member so I was able to return it with out any restocking fees and get the new model. As far as speed goes, there is a little noticeable difference. I play WoW a little and on old macbook pro I was getting 61fps and in same spot I was getting 70-74 fps on new macbook. Also, the new models transfer video and audio through the mini display port. So you can get the HDMI mini display adapter sold by Griffin and hook it up to your HD Tv or any other display device that supports HDMI. From my understanding, these new macbook pros don't take advantage of the newer usb technology USB 3.0 which I was hoping to see. As for the processor, its a little bump in performance and most people were hoping to see an option for the 13in to offer a i3 or i5. From recent statements released from Apple, the reason is they could not fit it in the laptop. They weighed their options and opted for faster graphics and better battery life. Even though I would have loved a much better processor in the 13in, I think they chose the better option with the graphics and battery life. This macbook pro offers a 10 hour battery life with regular use, (email, web browsing and such). After testing this, I didn't get a full 10 hours but more close to 8 hours which is still amazing and alot more then I did with the previous version. Love that they doubled the ram to 4gb from the 2gb that came with the previous version and bumped up the Hard drive to 250gb from 160gb. 160gb seemed out of place since the new white macbook gives 250gb. If you are a windows pc user and on the fence about switch, I can only recommend going to a local Best Buy that has a Apple rep and just let them give you a quick tour of the macs. I have always had this thought that windows was the only pc for me, but was I ever wrong. Now I have the best of both worlds because I just installed Windows 7 on it using boot camp. Other then that, I haven't noticed anything difference between the old version and the new version. I was very pleased with the previous version and the new version is only better so even more pleased with my purchase. The Apple rep was very polite and a pleasure to talk with. Same goes for the Best Buy employees I worked with. Sorry for the long post but wanted to give you my full opinion since I have some experience of the previous version and this new version. Hope this info was helpful in making your decision.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Best Laptop. Ever.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
After 20 years of PC use, I had had enough of viruses and general PC issues...Yearly virus protection costs, plus the costs of getting them fixed every few months due to virus protection not working, hard drive becoming cluttered, and numerous problems causing the PC to slow down, lock up, etc. Seems there was something constantly wrong with my pc's, even after they were fixed, decluttered, etc. Not to mention that I had to buy new ones every couple years. I decided to try a Mac. The salesman at Best Buy was very knowledgeable and showed me alot right at the store. The only thing that made me hesitate was the cost. I HAVE NO REGRETS!! Wow, is my pro snappy! It worked great right out of the box. Setting up email was a snap. It automatically recognized my wireless internet and wireless printer, no need to install software. And using a Mac is not all that different from using a PC. I'm really enjoying not having to bother with Anti-Virus software. The backlit keyboard is amazing, I have a hard time using a laptop that doesn't have this feature! My husband on his PC has issues with his flash player while gaming (amongst many other issues!), but I can play the same game on my Mac with no problems at all. The clarity of the screen is also noticably better than any pc I've used...VERY clear. iPhoto, iMovie are great programs for your photos and videos. Simple steps to upload to facebook. iMovie allows you to upload HD video from your camera, so no need for additional software there either. Even after putting over 10,000 pictures, many personal files, videos, etc on the Mac, it was still as snappy as the day I took it out of the box. Startup on the Mac is about 20-30 seconds and shut down is about 5 seconds....WAY faster than any PC. I would have liked to have a 15" screen rather than 13" but it was $600 more, and I just couldn't justify that. BUT, it is SO simple (2 fingers rubbed away from eachother on the trackpad) to zoom in, and you can zoom in many times. Then rub 2 fingers on the track pad in whatever direction you want the screen to move. So it's super easy to zoom in and navigate around the page, and zoom out (2 fingers rubbed towards eachother) again if you want. Also, I have had an (Excellent) experience with Apple Support that I must relay. I bought my Macbook Pro in February 2010 at Best Buy, also purchased the Advanced Geek Squad Protection. In November 2010, my Macbook LITERALLY went up in smoke. It was on, but closed, and not plugged in. For what seems like no reason it started smoking and shooting smoke and a residue out the port holes. Still don't know what caused it...but it even left a burn mark on my end table. The screen was melted quite a bit, and it would no longer power up. I called Geek Squad, who were more than happy to help me. But since it was still under manufacturer warranty (1st year), I called Apple too. Answered a few questions, sent them pictures. They could not BELIEVE what they saw in the pictures. The immediately assured me that it would be replaced with a new identical or better product. I mailed mine back to them (they paid postage) on a Friday. The following Friday (last week), I received my new one from them...wow, that was fast! Better yet, the new one was faster and had 70 more Gb on the hard drive, since my particular model was no longer made. They stayed true to their word and sent me a better product quickly. Also, Geek Squad assured me that since my Mac was still within the 1 year Manufacturer warranty, that they would transfer my Advance Geek Squad Protection to the new Mac. I will be calling tomorrow to do that...if it doesn't go well, I will let you know, but I really have no worries. At the time I was last on the phone with Apple, I ran short of time, so didn't get to talk with them about the damage to my end table, but again, they reassured me that they would make it right with me, and again, I'm not worried after my experience with them so far...will call them tomorrow and deal with that issue also. I am confident that this new Mac will measure up to the one I originally bought last winter...its been only 4 days, but it is definitely on track to do so. I definitely recommend the GS Advanced Protection since it covers accidental damage too. You just never know what can go wrong with electronics. Overall, this machine is top notch. Small, light, fast, great graphics, user friendly, and comes with nearly all the software you need for personal use. One reviewer complained that the screen is easily "smudged"...it is, but you don't see the smudges unless the screen is off. So it does not interfere with seeing the screen while working. Any glossy screen will smudge just the same. And when you weigh the costs...considering this machine should last 3 times as long as a PC (or longer), no virus protection costs, no disc clean up software costs, it pays for itself. Once you go Mac, you'll never go back!
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
4.5 StarsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
After being a PC owner since Windows 3.1, I finally made the switch over to Macs. I've always been hesitant because of the high price tag associated with Apple products, and the learning curve involved with switching, but other than LASIK, this is the best money I've ever spent. Pros: *The machine and software work together flawlessly. If you press the power button, the computer is on and ready to go. Theres no 1-3 minute wait time while the machine powers on and loads the operating system like on PCs. *The display is brilliant! I've never seen a better picture on a computer. *Durability - The unibody MBPs are made out of a solid piece of aluminum, making them extremely sturdy. Most other laptops feel cheap and plastic-y, but not these. *Comes loaded with great software, such as iLife, which includes handy little programs like iCal, iTunes, iPhoto, a great address book, etc. Also the mail system, and iChat are great. Anyone studying abroad or military members stationed overseas will love keeping in-touch with family members using iChat and the built-in webcam (iSight). *Has a Firewire 800 port, for quickly transferring files to another device or backing them up to external hard drive. *Advertised 10 hour battery life, but if you're constantly using it's more like 7-8 hours, which is still way better than 95% of laptops out there. Cons: *Only comes with 2 USB ports (although you can easily add a USB hub for cheap). *The 'super drive' is nice, but for $1200, Blu-Ray should be standard. *No HDMI port, which again, for this price is pretty ridiculous. *Still uses the Core 2 duo processor, instead of the i3, i5, i7. *Specs should be higher for a laptop this price. *Takes a bit for first time Mac users to get used to. Bottom line, the pro's far out weigh the con's. This is the best laptop I've ever used, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I paired the laptop with the Airport Extreme Base Station and a Comcast router, and the result is a lightening fast connection. The price for Apple products are steep, but they reserve that right because they put out superior products. If you're on the fence, go ahead and make the purchase. Try it out for 30 days and if you absolutely hate it, then take it back, but I think you'll love your new MBP. If you want a great book to help you get accustomed to your new Mac, I highly suggest "Switching to the Mac", from the Missing Manual series. I've been convinced, and am now a Mac user for life!
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
13" Macbook ProPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have been wanting a laptop for a long time. My personal preferences prevent me from buying cheaper products because you get what you pay for. My decision was between a HP DV6T Beats edition or a 13" Macbook Pro (this). My criteria for my choice were: Longevity (ranked highest) because you dont want to buy a laptop and have to replace it 1-2 years down the road. Performance for the size is amazing!! I read that the reason they didn't upgrade to the Core I3 is because there just wasn't enough physical space to put the processor, integrated gpu, and dedicated gpu. Battery life was another major deciding factor. the rated 10 hour battery life can be achieved with the monitor turned down low while surfing the interent. Thats what ~most~ people do anyways. Also, ive been raised in a PC world all my life, built my own actually. Thats why i decided for a chance. I bought the iPhone 4 and the ease of use and build quality are unprecedented. Same for this laptop. everything has a function that you actually use often instead of the stupid extras you dont. Simplicity. The touch pad is amazing. the ability to distinguish between 1,2,3, and 4 fingers is actually very amazing technology and the touch motions you can do on it are very convenient (ie while surfing the web three fingers to the left goes back a page and to the right forward a page. makes it a breeze to surf the web). The speakers are very nice for a laptop. they get the highs well and picks up some lows also which is very nice. i compared the difference of the speakers from the normal Mac book and this Mac book Pro. this sounds much better. Pro: Perfect size for on the go life of a college student. battery life is amazing The display is amazingly bright and crisp but...(read cons) The touch pad is amazing. nice, smooth, simple. Mac OSX is so easy to use. Simplicity at its best. Performance for this size is very good. everything pops up instantly and runs smooth. played Portal with all settings on high except AA set at x2 running at native resolution (1280x800) Cons:The display resolution is just like most other laptops. While playing a game i could actually distinguish the individual pixels but that's me just nit picking. The display also attracts fingerprints and blotches like crazy. maybe its just a small annoyance. Remember, even if there is one thing wrong with the product, even if it is ever so minor as smears, always stands out. while i know it was physically impossible for them to put a Core i3 it still would've been nice :) Overall i rate this product very high. like i said, I'm very picky when it comes to buying my electronics because you get what you pay for. Although i did put a few cons about the display, dont let that deter you from buying one of these if you have the cash and your in the market. Great product apple!! Keep it up.