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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Met All Expectations, and Beyond!

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy switch from Windows

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A College Student's Best Friend

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    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!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Satisfied Customer (New Mac User)

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Noticeable difference for previous Macbook pro 13

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Laptop. Ever.

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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    4.5 Stars

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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    13" Macbook Pro

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very nice laptop for home and small business use

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    The 13" MacBook Pro is overall a very nice PC. After using a 15" MacBook Pro for a while, I do enjoy the portable size of the 13" and the lighter weight. The previous 15" models had (and may still have on the current models) a heavy screen, and could not be used tilted up (for example, if you are using in bed, the screen is too heavy to stay open and will close). The 13" screen is lighter and does not have the closing problem. Also, the size of the 15" was just the right size where the palm rest edge (which is a little sharp since it is aluminum) would be uncomfortable on my wrists. The 13" does not have this problem either. The screen is very nice and bright but does have high reflectivity. The colors are great. I have yet to see the advertised 10 hours of battery life, but the battery life is overall pretty good. To get the 10 hours as advertised, you would probably need to keep the laptop on the lowest brightness and do word processing or very basic applications – even watching videos on YouTube would reduce this to below the 10 hours. Of course, it comes with Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard which is a good OS, and is reliable and stable. Setup is a snap as with most Apple products. A few things I would like to see on future models – - More USB ports and on both sides. All ports are on the left side, and this can be inconvenient depending on your work environment. There are only two USB ports. - USB ports should be spread apart more. Since most USB Flash Drives are larger than the actual port, it pretty much impossible to connect two at the same time unless a USB extension is used. The multitouch trackpad is one of the best things about the computer – it makes navigating web pages a snap and easy and fun. The momentum scrolling feature is very nice, and I would like to see this offered on other computers including Windows 7 computers. If you intend to install Windows on this computer using Boot Camp, do not expect the 10 hour battery life to be even close. You can count on probably three to four hours at best in Windows. From what I have gathered, Mac OS X uses much less power at idle and has a much more aggressive power saving scheme compared to Windows. Some have written it off as poor drivers for Windows, but to me it appears that when Mac OS X is not being used or an application is not being loaded or saved, the hard disk seems to stay pretty much idle. It may shut down some hardware in the background to save power as well. At least on Apple computers, the Mac OS X does beat Windows in battery life by 50% or more. The keyboard is backlit and has a nice feel to it. I still prefer a ThinkPad keyboard over the MacBook’s keyboard, but overall it is nice. One thing to consider regarding this computer is that even though it is a MacBook Pro, it does have shared video memory, and a lot of it. 256MB of your RAM is taken out for video. While Mac OS X reports 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) will only use about 3GB of that RAM. Typically the 64-bit version of Windows should see 3.75GB of RAM on this system, but that is not the case. It is upgradable to 8GB, so if you are a power user, you may consider upgrading it to 8GB. The computer boots the 32-bit kernel by default. If you are a power user, you can change this to boot to the 64-bit kernel by default and the computer works just fine. The only application I have personally encountered that has a problem with this is the Verizon VZ Manager software – it will complain that it is not yet compatible with the 64-bit kernel. All other applications including the latest offerings from Parallels, VMware Fusion, the latest Adobe applications (CS5 suite) and Toast 10 all work in 64-bit kernel mode just fine. Although the battery, hard disk, and memory are not “user accessible” all is needed is to remove a few screws from the bottom of the notebook to replace the battery or perform upgrades which is a simple process.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    What a Pleasant Surprise

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    I only gave this five stars because I can't give it more. I'm a lifetime PC user, but after my last PC overheated regularly and within a year and a half burned out its motherboard I caved into the popular support for Mac that swarms incessantly around me. My hope was that this machine would last for five years instead of 15 months. This hope cannot be fulfilled until 2015, and so there is an asterisk next to my review pending durability outcomes. But I've gotta tell you, I've spent only a week with this device and I've already told my wife it's my second favorite thing in our apartment, next to her. (We don't have children.) The machine is simply beautiful, both inside and out. It is smooth as heck in its most mundane operations; the screen is sharp as anything, is great about dimming to save power but bouncing right back as soon as you are back to work. I sleep it instantly, and it wakes just as quickly. It cycles through all my favorite photographs, one minute at a time, for my wallpaper. It has great time-saving features in its browser that let you one-touch about 15 of your favorite websites (I'm a web-maniac). I'd never heard about any of these things. I just heard their customer service was great (not so with my last PC) and their products durable. That's about all I wanted but boy did I get more! No, I don't work for Apple or sell Macs (though I'm also having a love affair with my new iPod Touch). I am just blown away by this machine and cannot help myself but to log in and write a review. So, durability pending final judgment but if you are shopping for a laptop just go out and buy a friggin MacBook Pro, you will fall in love too if you like fast, smooth machines that do exactly what you want better than you could have asked it to, and with style to boot. P.s. iCal (a calendar feature on the Mac) is just fabulous too and has me scheduling my days one task at a time for the first time in my life.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    so far, so good

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    For the past three years, I have been using a 17 inch HP laptop to do most of my work. Over this time, it has had an array of problems including a motherboard malfunction, hard drive crash, screen hinge crack, poor battery life, overheating, and an OS crash. Luckily I had a warranty plan, but I still had to pay 300-400 dollars over this period in additional expense for backing up data and etc. Since I was going to college and needed a more portable laptop, I decided to get a macbook pro. So far, I am really impressed. It boots up up extremely fast and within seconds I am able to start up programs. The battery life is excellent so far. I doubt it goes up to 10 hours, but I think this will easily give you 6 or 7 hours, better than most laptops. I can charge it up and use it most of the day without a charger. The charger itself is also really neat. It is compact and much easier to store compared to the clunky PC chargers. The laptop makes no noise at all or overheats, even with the more demanding programs. The screen produces amazing color and is very bright. The keyboard is easy to adjust to and lights up so you arent pressing the wrong keys in the dark. The trackpad took me a little time to adjust to with using the right click and scroll but I eventually figured it out. The design of the laptop is very simple and stylish to me. It doesnt have all the gimmicky looking buttons and etc like with PCs. The one con I found with the laptop is the price. It is pretty expensive compared to most other ones on the market especially when you take the specs into consideration. PC laptops today will have more hard drive space and better processors for the price. But despite this, I recommend this macbook in the long run because it will save you time, money, and headaches spent over PCs. Even if you still like windows, you can download bootcamp and run it alongside Snow Leopard through a partition on the hard drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best portable laptop for all users

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    Originally a Sony 14" user, when it died I paid for the upgrade to a MBP. Was going to use two laptops, a Dell Studio XPS 13.3" and a MBP for music and movies. After purchasing the MBP the transition was a little slow but after the download of a few key programs like Firefox I will no longer be purchasing any other computer again (unless I decide to get a netbook). Comparison to other laptops This is the best MacBook Pro ever produced. Perfect balance in size and power. I've used the 15" version and didn't like the larger size, the screen is bigger but the trackpad feels out of place and the keyboard seems small for the size of the screen. The 17" 15" and 13.3" all have the same keyboard and trackpad, but it feels more natural and easy to use on the 13.3". I had issues using the trackpad and keyboard simultaneously on the larger models. The 13.3 is also small enough to basically do all the functions that I wanted the netbook for. I doubt I'll be buying a netbook after owning this computer. Super light, super slim and still has the cd drive. Details about this specific model I wanted the Core 2 Duo, didn't want a cheap i3 or low end i5, maybe once the next round of processors get put in the MBP it will be more worth it. The Core 2 Duo also has a longer battery life, but I'm sure the next upgrade will come with more efficiency and more power. I hope apple give the 13.3" a i5 or i7 option, I wouldn't recommend the i3. I also like the Nvidia graphics as some of my software needs Nvidia specific. I thought the screen resolution was going to be a little bad, but it looks really good, its no 1080p but any higher and things would be really hard to see. Its very easy to add on additional monitors with the display port output. You can either mirror the screens or extend and set the custom resolution for the add on really easy through system preferences. General Tips. I only bought the Pro because I wanted the aluminum body, but if you if don't need that, save the money and get the normal MacBook, It's identical. I didn't want the MacBook Air so I won't comment on that. If your a student this will be the best purchase you can make computer wise. The faster processor means more power but also less battery life. I'd recommend this model over the one step up that has a bigger hard drive and faster processor. Windows Users. Boot Camp is amazing. A few of my programs only run on windows so you can set up boot camp if you have a windows product key. Starts up slower in boot camp but runs faster then any windows 7 laptop i've touched so far. If your going to use boot camp alot your going to want a different mouse, all the drivers work great but the scrolling and click and drag are a pain to use on the track pad (only in windows). Beware of using boot camp and VMware fusion on the same partition. There are some issues with activation. Look at VMware's website for help. Upgrades. Soon I'll be adding the Seagate Hybrid drive to get 500G and also 8 gb Ram. But these aren't needed for a normal user. I have a lot of music and run many programs at once. No issues with speed so far but would like the upgrade anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Can't be beat

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    Though it's an excellent laptop, I'd need to vent my irritation with Apple for withholding some advanced features instead of letting us Mac-folks partake in the 'latest and greatest' parties. Case in point- the i5, i7 refreshes coming out almost a year after everyone else. Their refusal to give us blu-ray or 4G connectivity....or even include a remote, display port adapter, or any other sub-$50 goodie that we end up paying for later. Come on Apple, I just bought the Lexus of computers, don't I at least get a free car wash? That being said, Apple is unsurpassed in the build quality of their laptops. The displays are absolutely gorgeous, bright, and vibrant. I'd prefer a little less glare and it'd be nice to get a higher resolution like the Sony Z series. Performance is solid and excellent. Interestingly, the Core 2 Duo is faster in some things than others. When put side by side with another i3 laptop, same RAM, same HDD- all of Adobe's CS5 applications open faster on the Core 2. However, there's a [barely] noticeable lag when opening Office applications. 13" is perfect for travel and light work, though if you're going to be doing a lot of spreadsheets or graphics work- I'd opt for the 17" pro or something with a 1600x900 resolution. Whether using Mac OS X or Windows after experiencing the trackpad on your Macbook, you'll never want to touch another trackpad again. Macbook trackpads are heavenly! No more playing Twister with your fingers while trying to zoom in or resize a graphic. Macbook trackpads are spacious, and the multi-tough gestures are smooth as butter. Two fingers to right-click, 1 finger tap to left-click. The keyboard is also spacious, and you can feel the quality of the buttons with every keystroke. Backlighting will keep you from fumbling in the dark on late flights or dark hotel rooms. Speakers are nothing spectacular compared to other laptops this size, but the integrated (and easily visible) volume and track function keys are great to have. Portability is excellent at 4.5lbs and under 1 inch thick- these laptops fit right into your bag and are comfortable to hold on your lap for extended periods. And who can complain about 10hrs of battery life? Before booting this up, get a 640GB hard drive from Newegg and swap it out on day one to ensure you have plenty of space for everything you need. You won't regret purchasing a Macbook Pro. Yes, they're expensive- but no other brand comes close to the quality and luxurious feel of Apple's laptops. They'll last you easily a few years and they keep their resale value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Wow...

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    So, let me start off by saying I've been a PC user my entire life. Mac's were always things that I knew were being used in the Art Department or by people who worked on Yearbook. Over the past year or so, I have ran into people who switched to Mac and never looked back. I had an opportunity to "test drive" them and was pretty impressive. After multiple conversations with the Apple Solutions Consultant that was in my local Best Buy store, I decided to pull the trigger last night. I went with the 13" model just because I wanted the portability, longer battery life, and I knew I was going to be using it for major HD video rendering or high-end graphic gaming (that's what the Xbox360/PS3 is for!). I also couldn't justify the extra $600 just to move up to the 15" with the i5 processor. For my needs (e-mail, Internet, word processing, photo viewing), the Dual Core 2 Duo met my needs and was within my budget. From the moment I took it out of the box, I was extremely impressed. Apple has certainly took some time to really think about design and user experience. I was online within literally :5 minutes. The boot-up time on this is absolutely incredible. The rich, high-resolution screen is perfect, and not knowing ANYTHING about a Mac, I was able to figure out mostly everything I needed to know within the first :15 minutes. The tutorial videos on Apple's website are very nice. Bottom line - if you've been thinking about switching from a PC to a Mac, rest assured, it will be one of the best decisions you make. You won't regret the purchase. And yes, I rated the price 4 out of 5 stars just because they are a little pricey, but well worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great computer I can't leave at home

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    I needed a Desktop replacement after my tower gave out and for some reason I decided to go to this 13" screen to be my main computer..... and I couldn't be happier! I just plug this into my 22" Monitor and the speedy MacOSX performs just as well on this dual-core that my Dell did with Windows 7 with a quad-core. Design: very durable. The Material this Pro is made out of seems a lot nicer than any PC Specs: Like I said this performs a lot better than any computer I've had in the past. I can throw anything at it (and I do), Pictures, video editing, schoolwork. Size: I know 13” is small (especially for a desktop replacement) but with an external monitor, who cares. But sitting on a lap or on a desk in front of you it looks more than big enough (this could be because I’m used to my Lenovo 10” tablet now)… plus this is a great size if I want to unplug the external keyboard, mouse, and monitor to take it with me when I take photos and video. Supplied software: The software that comes with this machine is greatly welcomed compared to what Windows comes with. Though the picture, video, and music software is nowhere close to professional grade software I’m used to (CS5) but does the job for beginner and even intermediate media designers. Screen, keyboard, and mouse: If you can’t see yourself spending the extra money to jump up to a Mac the beautiful screen, responsive island backlit keyboard, and fun multi-touch mouse is worth the extra money to me alone. Downfalls: sharp edges. Typing on the keyboard becomes uncomfortable after extended use due to the sharp edges that your wrists rest on. Only other thing is that if you are using this for document creation Apple doesn’t provide any kind of word processor (such as works for windows), but iwork is cheap compared to office. Overall this is a genius design with performance that backs it up. Even though this is supposed to be my new desktop I find it very hard to leave it at home.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    New Mac User

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    Well, after being a lifetime PC user, it was only a matter of time b/f I switched to a Mac. I've got a few close friends and they all seem to light up when I even mentioned the thought of getting a Mac however, outside of simple "point-&-click" features on the Mac, no one could actually tell me why I should get one. So here I am typing this review on my new MacBook Pro and I'll tell you here are the things I really love about it so far... Lets start with the phrase "it just works." To be more specific, when I press that power button, 30 seconds later I'm able to start working (or playing) depending on my mood. I don't have to wait for all the useless background noise of the hard drive churning to open programs in the task bar or useless widgets. When I launch a program, it just opens, it doesn't just sit there. I already had a wireless network set up in my house so when it was time to connect to the internet, it asked what network I wanted to connect to, then it automatically found the printer on my network and asked me to select the brand from a drop-down menu and it automatically loaded the drivers. The Mac is just so simple and easy to use I don't know why I waited so long to get one. Not to mention, it came packaged w/everything I actually wanted (with the exception of Office or equivalent) but no problem; instead of paying another $149.99 for Microsoft Office if I had a PC, I only paid $79.99 for iWork which is just as good for half the price (not to mention I can save my documents as Word or Excel anyway). I don't have to worry about my hard drive being cluttered w/useless games, adds and promos that I would have to eventually uninstall. Battery life is a definite plus as my MacBook Pro doesn't die after 1 hour of usage. Oh, and did I mention when I select "Shutdown" it does just that "shutdown" it doesn't second guess my selection or continue to run programs or even give me that strange square box w/the message "end program" after I've already said "shutdown" several times. I'm still discovering the ins and outs of the Mac OS but so far I like what I see!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Entry-Level Apple Laptop

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    I know that everyone thinks Macs are overpriced and overrated, but once you get past the initial expense you'll find that they're worth every penny (besides, there's always the financing plan that Best Buy offers). The 13" MacBook Pro is portable, durable, and very capable. It has a 10 hour battery life when you're doing web browsing and word editing, making it perfect for the classroom or office, and in terms of gaming and movie playing it'll have a battery life of just over 5 hours. It's also very energy efficient, running on a quarter of the power it takes to run a 60 Watt lightbulb. It's graphics aren't bad at all, for the lower end of the MacBook Pro spectrum, easily capable of running StarCraft II and other games with comparable graphics. It's also very capable of doing moderate video editing (although you may need the performance boost of the larger MacBook Pros for heavy duty mobile video editing). The operating system and user interface is very intuitive, and the large multi-touch track pad is amazing. Typically, when I purchase a new laptop I always end up using an external mouse for convenience. However, the multi-touch gestures and large tracking area make having an external mouse unnecessary (unless you're gaming). My only disappointment with the 13" model is that they're the only ones in the MacBook Pro line up without an i5 or i7 processor and dual graphics cards, however the trade-off is that you achieve a longer battery life (of about 2 more hours). Still, this laptop is perfect for all day use at school and work. They also have a longer service life than other computers (I have several friends who still use the older Apple PowerBooks). Furthermore, Macs are becoming more and more compatible with Windows files and documents making it that much easier to just make the switch to a Mac.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    17 year IT Professional, MAC convert

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    As an IT professional of over 17 years, all of my computers have been PC's. As you see by my username, I just bought the Asus G73 that has the best graphics card money can buy in a laptop. Well, after 2 weeks, the graphics card died and the computer would not boot. I take immaculate care of all of my computers. That makes the 3rd PC this year! that has died on me. I bought a 13 inch white macbook for my daughter and she has been busy on it for months with absolutely 0 trouble. No viruses, no lockups, nothing. So I went and bought this Macbook Pro 13 inch, the updated version for 2010. I play World of Warcraft occasionally and run some other programs. This laptop is just a joy to use, no worries about the problems that plague PC's. Now for some of the new users that are reading this, Apple makes their own operating system for the Mac and it just works. Windows is made by Microsoft and is installed on a variety of brand name laptops and PC's, that is the start of all of the trouble. Apple knows exactly what it is designing the software for. The only worry I have on the mac is that it does get warm while playing WOW, around 83 degrees celcius. Now I have heard that is fairly normal, so I sure hope so. I work as an IT Director over all of the servers, switches, routers, voice, etc. and use Microsoft everyday. That doesn't mean I have to in my home environment let me tell you. I will never, ever go back to another PC as long as I live. Macs are a thousand times better than any PC out there and don't let anyone tell you any different. For those of you that say "You can't run PC programs or games on a MAC!" WRONG! I have VMWare Fusion installed on the mac that lets me run Windows at anytime with the click of a button. You also have Bootcamp in case you want to boot into Windows completely. You can do anything in that environment. Buy the mac, spend the extra to get one, you won't be disappointed and will wonder why you ever went with a PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Look at "Big Picture" in overall cost / Vs PC !

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    Bought this when my daughters PC crashed (3rd yr. college). Went to Best Buy store ( always buy there no matter what). Talked with sales rep ( knew what he was talking about). After discussing options (no gateway or dell, both ripoff companys) that left sony and toshiba. We got to talking about problems with PC's after 3 to 5 years and paying for updated windows, anti-virus,ect.... He said I know your budget, but let me show you the Apple Mac ( don't know the first thing about them). My daughter said that is what they use at her college, and this one is cut out of a block of alumium (found information online). After he explained about the all the free updates and the cheaper Apple software (same thing as MS Office) I did some quick math, and saw that yes, the initial cost is more, but this thing is designed to go for 10 years or better ( vs 3 to 5). In the long run this is much cheaper. I really liked the alumium case. Still bought a soft case ( added protection). My daughter loves it, and likes it much much better that her HP. People at Best Buy ARE looking out for your best interest.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    iPad or MacBook Pro? MacBook Pro for me!

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    I went to my local Best Buy to purchase a 3G 64GB iPad and walked out with this instead. While the iPad is an excellent tool, for my needs it did not do what I needed it to when travelling - running business applications, secure e-mail, etc. The selling points for me are the CD drive, illuminated tactile keyboard, hard drive space and Boot Camp which allowed me to install a full version of Win 7 -- as a matter of fact this thing runs Win7 better than my new PC! Graphics are very good, OS X combined with iWork is great - allowing the flexibility to work in an OS X environment and save documents in a MS format -- it's every bit as cabable as MS Office 2011 for Mac for daily tasks and less expensive too. Battery life is outstanding for a laptop -- make sure you calibrate the battery during initial set up for maximum life. Also the introduction of the App Store for Mac places business and personal applications a click away. Without a doubt this is the most feature rich and versatile business tool at my disposal. It wasn't cheap, but it's worth every penny paid. It's an amazing device. FYI the folks at my Best Buy (both floor reps and Geek Squad reps) were as knowledgeable as any Apple Store I have visited.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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