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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 6257 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Windows 10 Fan Has Seen the Light - Best Laptop

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    Zero7159
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    I am a longtime Windows fan, with Windows 10 being my favorite OS to date. In summary, I have seen the light. The MacBook Pro is the best laptop I have ever owned or used. Gaming aside, this is the best laptop you can get. Period. For gaming, Windows 10 or a console are the way to go. I have a gaming PC and that is not going to change anytime soon. For personal use, however, my MacBook Pro is now my computer of choice. I bought a MacBook Air for my wife during Best Buy's $799 Black Friday promotion. She loves it for casual email and web surfing. I tried it out and it grew on me. Fast forward a few weeks and I decided to trade in my iPad Air and Apple Watch 1 and I initially tried a Surface Laptop. I returned it less than 24 hours later due to wifi issues and instead picked up this MacBook Pro at the holiday special price of $1149. I have used it extensively for about a month and here are the Pros and Cons. Pros: -Drop dead gorgeous screen, Retina cannot be beaten -Fast, the Core i5 CPU has no trouble keeping up -Good battery life, I generally can go 8-10 hours of hard use between charges -Wakes up quickly, just as fast as your iPhone or iPad -OSX has grown on me, its very intuitive once you get the hang of it -Oversized trackpad is cool, as is the haptic feedback you get when you press it -Laptop is very high quality, the aluminum feels and looks great, nothing feels cheap -Speakers are the best you can get on a laptop, plenty of volume and depth and even some bass -Not too heavy, it was in my backpack for a recent trip I took and it was fine as far as weight -Most content I used on my iPad is available on the Mac, including Zinio, iTunes movies and shows and Outlook app -Getting and sending text messages and making and receiving telephone calls on the MacBook is very handy, works so long as the iPhone is nearby -Did I mention the gorgeous Retina screen? Cons: -Keyboard travel is very short, it takes some time to get used to it -No Netflix app for Mac - whats up with that, they have an app for Windows 10 -Power supply is big and buying a second one for your backpack for trips is expensive -Limited connectivity options, this model only has two Thunderbolt USB-C ports and a headphone jack -More powerful models can get pricey

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect laptop for on-the-go ANYTHING!!

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    JKRecon
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    I have always been an apple fan for a long time, i have waited for 6yrs to get my hands on a macbook pro, at first i was very skeptical, i built a custom PC to act as a "game rig", and it turned out amazing, price was double but totally worth it! It handled everything i through at it games, word processing for my side business at the time, editing of my pics and videos off my go pro, and it was lightning fast Core i7 extreme liquid cooled, 2TB HDD raid, 32gb of DDR4 Ram, Nvidia GTX 1080TI, 256GB SSD (for OS), ASUS R.O.G Maximus MotherBoard, 42in 4k LG curved monitor. Windows OS 10, Again i built this computer for a purpose to play games!!, I was thinking of going with a mobile (gaming PC) i.e. Asus, MSI, Alienware, but realized they were so big and bulky, picture like caring around a desktop everywhere you go, i sat down and thought to myself what is going to be the soul purpose of my laptop, to play games?.....Well no i built my desktop for that....word processing?...Yea every computer and tablet can do that now days....criuse the web?....well yea my tablet and phone are good enough for that....then i figured it out....i wanted something to handle a little of everything!....but not extreme...lightweight for ease of travel to and from class/work then i saw this macbook sitting there for display at my local bestbuy, i now thought wow price is doubled of a PC, Lightweight, powerful duel core i5 Processor Duo's are more stable for everyday use in my professional opinion, Quad cores are pointless, after a test you will see that quad cores don't even hit all the cores, at full load they will but at basic use they will only use 2, and some of the 8th gen duo's, have faster speeds with the boost feature then the i5 quads!, All-in-all i decided to go with my mac 13in i5 after seeing the beautiful display, ultra portable design, really bright backlight keyboard, and amazing touchpad!, for the price point of this small but powerful machine, very much worth it!, i will be using it for online schooling, picture and video editing with my go pro, and help with my new job. Don't let the HDD size trick you!!! Buy a portable HDD for mass storage and use google drive for everything else!! Computers don't NEED hdd space to function!! Take it from me just being honest!, I hope this honest review helps people out like some did for me i am big on real life reviews and specific ones as well, i will be doing a video review soon! Will update when it is up. Thanks everyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny

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    NoSoapRadio
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    This is my first MacBook. Prior to this I spent a lifetime on Windows and Linux computers. Those who raise the question of price (I did as well) should look at all the indicators, licensing renewals, longevity, resale value, etc. Here's what I can offer. - They keys are lower profile than my Dell Precision M3800 which threw me off at first, but now that I've put in about 40 hours of time, I'm typing faster and with less movement. - The batter lasts a long time. If I charge it fully and show up at the office at 8AM, I won't even think about charging it all day. I still bring my adapter every morning to work but I never take it out of my bag. I expect that from my Chromebook, but from a laptop with such a nice display, with rich colors, contrast and resolution, yea... I'm very impressed. I've been typing on this thing for the last 4 hours non-stop and it's currently at 88% capacity. - Updates! I already got the latest version of Mac's operating system that was released. Something I didn't realize, upgrades are included. If they come out with a new version of MacOS, I just install it, I don't have to buy it again. If I want to upgrade my Dell, I'd have to pay at least $100 for Windows 10. - The touchpad is not a button at all. It's just a flat piece of glass, but as soon as you turn it on, it acts as though it is a button. The main benefit is that there are no 'dead zones' on the pad. No matter where you press, it gives your fingers the same response. - The operating system is paired really well with iPhones. I keep finding more and more integration between my phone and MacBook, and in the most sensible places. - Macs include "Boot Camp", a program that will walk you through installing Microsoft Windows 10 right along side Mac's OSX. I did that right away just to see how it would go. It was flawless and windows ran rather nicely on the Mac. So now I have the best of both worlds, mainly using Windows for games like Lego Worlds. - The sound system is solid. Lots of bass, clarity, and full volume without vibrations or buzzing. I don't use my speakers much, but it cuts through the room when you're trying to listen to something in a noisy environment. - The webcam is solid as well. I was expecting a much taller walled garden, but what I see is a really good marriage of hardware and software, something that I think any company would want if they could pull it off. When I turn my MacBook off I miss it already. Maybe it's the Apple logo, or it's wonderful display, intuitive applications and features. I honestly don't know, but something about this MacBook just makes me really happy and no regret. And for the many Windows computers I've owned, I've never felt as content.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 13 inch MacBook “Pro” ever!

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    GoodNewsGuy
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    This review is really intriguing to me because this MacBook “Pro” is amazing for me and people like me that have a desk job like I have. I put the PRO in Quotation marks not because it is not a pro machine; but because pro has been confiscated by many to mean video/photo editing at 5K and 7K raw files. I call this mac a pro computer because professional means so much more than that. This computer is pro partly due to the fact that when combined with the rest of the Apple ecosystem everything from sending/sharing files to having all of your contacts and Apple products just work without fuss. Now, I know that the hero there is the software not the hardware; however, when combined, this computer can not be beat. When it comes to the hardware, the screen is gorgeous, the weight is perfect and the aluminum construction is top notch; but to mention that the keyboard is a pleasure to type on. Why does this matter to me; well it matters because my job requires a great deal of typing and interacting with docs of all kinds. The typing experience on this computer is simply amazing and puts it over the 12 inch MacBook in my opinion. This is where software and hardware come together to form something special. I have the base model which is up to the task with everything I have thrown at it so far. Everything even includes the one time I had to edit a 4K video at 60 fps. The major issue people point to with this computer is the inclusion of only 2 USB-C ports. I for one have not had to live the dongle life as almost everything I do happens with iCloud. Once the doc is saved on my computer, it is automatically saved to all of my other Apple products! I did purchase a USB-C docking station that has all types of ports in the back and connects my laptop to a 4K display, all with just one cable! In other words, I never find myself needing an SD card, Ethernet connection, USB port or Video Out port while out on the road. I only need those things while in the office and the docking station works great for that. In my opinion this is the best MacBook Pro for office professionals! Super glad that I have it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not deserving of 'Pro' but still a nice laptop

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    Jimmy
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    I want to start off by stating I teetered on returning this computer for days. It wasn't a bad performing machine, but I wasn't sure the value was there, and I say that as someone with 10 Apple devices attached to my id. I'm no stranger to the Apple tax, but I just didn't feel this computer was as deserving. Its also important to note that I purchased this laptop when it was on sale for $1049. Above this price and it gets even harder to justify. The truth is, however, what choice do you have if you want a MacBook these days? The MacBook Air is priced lower, but is an aged design dogged mostly by its pitiful screen. The MacBook pros with touch bars are wildly more expensive for their gimmick feature that has been a quantitative failure. These more expensive models also needle$$ly hold the extra ports and higher clock speeds hostage from the non Touch Bar models. I'm a touch typing software developer, I like having the row of physical function keys. There's also the 'Macbook' but its generally the same price for vastly less CPU power in exchange for high base storage space. I really considered that model but the 'Pro' was on sale at the time, 128GB is in my opinion ridiculous for a 'Pro' computer. I'm getting by on it, but this laptop is, for me, not my primary machine, I use it on the go, and then work mostly on an iMac at home. I dunno, its just not a great time for apple laptops at the moment. The USB-C revolution hasn't arrived yet. None of the iPhones can even connect to a MacBook without a separate cable purchase. The pricing seems high, even for Apple. The MacBook lineup is central in an unexpectedly, currently, disjointed ecosystem for Apple. I'm going to say 'Yes' to the recommend to a friend question, but the truth is it would seriously depend. I think most non-power users would be better served by the 'MacBook'. I think that the Air is past its time and the Touch Bar models are a gimmick, and if this is your only computer don't even bother with the 128GB model.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mac Book Pro 2017

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    tgnarly

    Ideal User for this product: This product can be used by a large variety of different individuals, ranging from a middle school student to a big business executive. Especially individuals who currently already own other Apple products such as an I-Phone or I-Pad. It has everyday features like access to the internet, apps, games, I tunes, I movie, etc. While also having more advance features for school, or even a professional career. Such as, being compatible with Microsoft programs like excel, power point, and word. Evaluation Criteria: Over the years I have used a number of different computers including both PC’s, and MacBook’s. I have learned that the key features to make a computer stand out are the display, processor, storage, and design. Pros: The MacBook Pro has many unique aspects that separate it from other computers on the market. The 2017 MacBook pro is equipped with a 256 GB SSD which allows plentiful space to store my projects, music, movies, games, and photos. Also, the computer has one of the fastest processors on the market saving those precious seconds on a busy school day. The most unique feature on the MacBook Pro is its sleek sophisticated design. The computer is very thin and light; while also, feeling sturdy. In fact, it is so light sometimes when I’m walking to class I actually get worried I forgot my laptop at home. Cons: The biggest road block I faced in my decision to purchase a new MacBook pro was the price. There are many other cheaper alternatives on the market. Although these cheaper versions of the product don’t offer the same features, compatibility, and sleekness of a 2017 MacBook Pro. In order for the mac book to get the elegant updated 2017 design, the designers decided to not add a disk drive to the product. One other annoying factor is that the New Mac Book is not compatible with Apples new headphones. Which have been out since November 2016, when the I-Phone 7 released. Overall: I Think the MacBook Pro is a well built, and well-designed product that really sticks out from the competition. I would 10/10 recommend anyone whom already owns an apple phone, too also purchase the MacBook Pro. The compatibility between the devices will help day to day life be more organized. The reason I gave the product only four stars was the issue with the headphone jack. One of the biggest pros of the owning a MacBook is the compatibility with the I-phone. In the future, I would hope to see them add another headphone jack that can be used with the apple headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Laptop for Work

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    Michael
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    I wanted to buy a new laptop for professional programming, and since Windows is too annoying (it does all sorts of things in the background without telling you) I decided to buy a mac. After some research I found out that this 8GB-RAM 128GB-Storage Macbook Pro is already good enough for me. First, some extra stats that are not listed in the specs, if you want to do the research: Resolution: 2560 x 1600 Storage taken by OS: 28GB Pro: 1. Good CPU & 8GB-RAM is very powerful for a laptop used for work. 2. SSD means super fast loading time. Opening a project with JetBrains IDEs (include: start IDE, load project, finish background tasks) used to take around a minute on my old laptop, but now it only takes a few seconds. I even tried loading a game (Stellaris) and the loading time is probably 5 ~ 10 times less than before. 3. Retina display gives a very good resolution for a 13 inch screen. Cons: 1. 13 inch is kind of small. Although Retina gives you a good resolution, the small font size is not ideal if you want to protect your eyesight. (I'm planning to get a secondary monitor; will update then) 2. There are only 2 USB-C ports, and you need to buy adapters for USB/HDMI or other kinds of ports. I bought a multiport adapter which costed $69. (see pic) 3. The bottom of the laptop is completely sealed, and there are only two small air outlets on the far side (see pic). The laptop got really hot during my test run with Stellaris. But since I will only use this laptop for work it won't be a problem for me - just something for you to consider.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I think I hate it

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    Amanda
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    I've used MacBooks for a little over a decade. This is the 4th I've owned, and my least favorite so far. What I love: I use my Pro primarily for photo processing. I love the retina display, reliability, processing power, and battery life. It's why I own a MacBook Pro. Specific to this version, I love that the speakers are now on right on top, and that the new charger does not use magnets. However, I don't want to give Apple a lot of credit for simply fixing their own bad designs. What I find annoying: This pro has two USB-C ports and a an aux port. That's it. No USB ports, no SD card, no DisplayPort or Thunderbolt Port. I thought I could live with it, but it's absolutely aggravating. I need a $30 adaptor to pull images off my SD card, another $30 adaptor to transfer them to my external hard drive, and once those two are plugged in, I'm out of ports. I can't even charge my computer while transferring images but that uses one of the USB-C ports. What I hate: The keyboard and trackpad. You use them for everything you do - and I hate them. The keys are difficult to press, too big, too flat, too close together - something. I can't tell you exactly what it is about them, but I hate them. And I hate the noise they make. Similarly, I hate the trackpad. I can't tell you what it is specifically about the Force Touch trackpad that makes me hate it so much, but I absolutely do hate it. At this point, I don't care if the machine is beautiful or powerful, it is almost too annoying to use, and that makes it fairly useless to me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Long Time Windows User

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    JohnB1970
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    In a nutshell. the best premium laptops on the market currently are this and the Microsoft Surface laptop (although long reliability is still questionable as of yet for the Surface laptop), with that said, I leaning towards the Surface since I'm more familiar with Windows but based on research that showed how easy it is to convert to OS X (Apple Migrant Software) and Windows software like Google Drive, OneDrive and Office 365 works perfect on a Mac. This was a no brainer especially with sale and students discount, since I mainly work in the cloud the small 128 gig SSD was not an issue and currently have 90 gigs of space open with all the apps I need for school and work installed. I been through many Windows laptop over the years and can tell you even some of other top ones like the Dell XPS, HP 360, Asus Zenbook will have some issues with quality over time, check the support forums. This is the main reason I joined the dark side and finally got an Apple product. How do I know this? Because I write long term reviews on my blog and YouTube, I post that info but I'm sure BB would not allow that shameless plug :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great All-Around Laptop

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    onehappybuyer
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    I am a junior in high school and my grandparents bought this laptop for me as a Christmas gift and I am in love with it. I have the iPhone 7 Plus, AirPods, an iHome, and an apple watch and this is a perfect fit for my apple products. The continuity between all of my products is absolutely amazing and I would totally recommend this laptop for anyone who has other apple products. I currently use this laptop for everyday tasks such as Netflix streaming, typing papers, playing music, etc, and do not need nor use all of the capabilities available on this laptop, but it works for me fine. I use google docs and the other google platforms for my school so I did not get the Microsoft Office platforms with this purchase, but I will purchase it in the near future for college. Anyone who wants to use this as a school laptop or college laptop, I would totally buy it as the capabilities would far exceed what you will be using them for. I love the noise that typing creates, I love the screen display and have no problem with there only bring two usb-c ports. Coming from an Lenovo laptop, I never used any of the ports besides the charging one and find that the two ports on this one is no problem at all. Overall I have no problem with it and would 100% recommend this laptop for everyone. Tip for PC to Mac users: Watch pc to Mac youtube videos to give you pointers, tips and minor alterations you can make to your laptop so it does not seem like a big change anyways.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro Experience

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    Valeria

    Apple has released one of its newest models, MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro has many features that anyone wanting to pick up a laptop would enjoy. Some features about the MacBook Pro, is the high resolution display. I have compared other laptops and a comparison I have made is, how clean and smooth the images are displayed. It comes in two different sizes and colors, such as the 13 inch or the 15 inch laptop coming in either space gray or silver. It also comes with different storage options, the 13 inch MacBook Pro comes in a 128GB or 256GB based storage, this is especially used for someone who would store a lot of information on their laptop. There are several options you can opt for, depending on your desired needs. I opted for the 13 inch with 128GB based storage in space gray MacBook Pro. I needed to invest in a laptop that would be useful for college and once I am out of college. It is super lightweight and can be carried around about anywhere. Another feature, is the stereo speakers, I love listening to music with high volumes so this was great when I heard the potential of the MacBook Pro. If you use your laptop and you are concerned about the battery life, it will definitely last you a good while, it lasts up to 10 hours of wireless web. This is especially great if you travel or use it a lot for work. Although, the MacBook Pro is a newer product that recently was released, it presents this downfall such as the affordability of the product. There are some other models more affordable that you would like to consider due to the price. MacBook Pro would be beneficial if you are looking at investing in a high quality laptop that will last you a good while. If you are a beginner and don’t know if investing in a laptop like this is ideal, let me tell you it is very easy to get adjusted and learn the basics. I recently bought it so I am still learning new things about the features and programs it has to offer. I am a college student right now and I know I will be using my MacBook Pro now and as a professional. I am positive you will enjoy this product as much as I do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Macbook Pro is still the best!

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    usanavysailor
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    I graduated high school back in 2011 and as a graduation gift before going off to college, I was given a Macbook Pro. I loved that thing and it never disappointed, whether it was the engineering coding program that it ran flawlessly or just typing a late night paper with the battery making it through the night. Unfortunately, the update in technology has taken a toll on the Macbook Pro and it had also been beaten up a bit on my end. I finally decided to upgrade and with Best Buy offering gift cards for the trade in of your old laptop, it was a no brainer at that point. Not to mention the geek squad support that is included. This computer is BEAUTIFUL! I didn't spring for the most expensive one because I do not need all of the storage, but I honestly can't even tell. The 13" screen seems bigger to be honest and when I play music just from the laptop it sounds phenomenal, not like a party kind of speaker, but for a couple of people out on the back patio, it does well. I have made the normal business documents, to facetime with family, to even play a couple of games and it does it all so flawlessly! I will say if an extra long battery life is your main thing and you are always on the go then I would tell you to go with the Macbook Air. The Pro does have a good battery life but if you are running any kind of demanding application I wouldn't count it lasting longer than a couple of hours. I recommend that you buy the USB-C to USB adapter because it only has the ports for the USB-C so if you have any devices that you used with any previous generation computer then chances are it was the normal USB connection and you will need to get an adapter. The macbook pro seems super light to me and very portable, but I would recommend some kind of case, because even though it is so pretty without one, it can be very prone to scratches. All in all, not disappointed at all and worth every penny! Oh and buy Applecare, I used to work at an electronics store and I saw way too many customers coming in after they broke their apple device and they didn't get applecare and the repairs always cost so much money when if they had only had applecare it would have been so easy and cheap! It is worth the piece of mind for such an expensive piece of equipment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for Work!!

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    Sdaily
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    I am a Real Estate Agent. I have this computer hooked up to a 29" ultra wide 4k monitor and it pairs PERFECTLY. At any time I will have about 6-10 documents or pages open and it shows ZERO sign of slowing down or lagging. The keyboard took a little bit of getting familiar with, but now I love it and feel very efficient when typing! One feature that was a total surprise to me is the Apple Watch "Unlock"! This is AWESOME! If you are wearing your Apple Watch and you go to open your laptop, it will automatically unlock the laptop! No codes, taps, or fingerprints required! Another great feature I didn't know about was how easy it is to switch from one Mac to another if you use iCloud. I literally put in my Apple ID info and everything instantly transferred from my old iMac to this laptop. Including website shortcuts, passwords, settings, screen savers, documents etc! I don't have the model with the touch-bar but I honestly didn't see the added value it carried for the extra $3-400 price point. If it's ever $150 more and you also get an additional 2 thunderbolt ports then I'd say it's worth it. Otherwise go with the base model and you'll be more than happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I wish I could love it

    Posted
    MichaelT
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    However, there is not much love left for this Macbook Pro. I have owned Macs in the past and I still do, I have an iMac which is fantastic, this device isn't the right Mac for me. Pros: Love thin layout, excellent display, nice and bright, mac OS Cons: It's dual core, why is any new Macbook Pro still dual core? Secondly, the fact they charge so much for RAM and Storage is kind of upsetting. No new laptop, in my opinion, should be sold with less than 256GB SSD storage. SSD storage isn't as much as it used to be, but a 256 gb storage option still adds another $200? The keyboard as I tested it in the store is very shallow, not satisfying for a user who likes a mechanical keyboard. Even the Toshiba Chromebook I am typing this review on feels like it has a better keyboard. Give us options Apple please! Make classic keyboard an option. The keyboard on my prev Mac Air was great! Why change something that is great? I understand the keyboard replacement, but at this price I don't want to be without my laptop for a bad keyboard. I want to love the Macbook Pro again. The new line seems to be a little better with slightly better keyboards and Quad Core, but I don't want a touch bar. Apple please stop giving us things we don't want. Create the things we want. Until then, I am a Windows laptop user. Some might love this device, but I can't pay this much for a dual core laptop with a keyboard that isn't comfortable to type on and may have issues in the future. To my knowledge, this gen keyboards haven't been fixed. If they have let me know =) -

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Subpar Compared to Predecessors

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    niniwah
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    While the MacBook Pro is still a capable machine, the quality of the 2017-present MacBook Pro is nothing compared to its 2013-2015 predecessor. I recently switched from an early 2015 model of the MacBook Pro to the 2018 version, and the first thing I noticed was how terrible the battery life is. I don't think the problem is mechanical either - if I am running very VERY simple programs on low brightness the computer will last a while, but as soon as I run more than one program (ex. having scientific journals open for reference while typing a paper), the battery life drains EXTREMELY quickly. When writing a final paper with many windows open, my battery drained 25% in 12 minutes. This level of drainage makes it difficult to be away from a power cord for long amounts of time, which shouldn't be the case for something this 'powerful' and expensive. I have heard that the Pro with TouchBar has a much more capable battery, but that is unfair to the people who can't afford to buy into the TouchBar gimmick. I'd rather have the same specs in both machines and have to pay more for the TouchBar than have to buy the higher end machine when I don't want the extra features. The only thing that is better about the 2017-present Pro is the speaker quality. Those are great, but verything else? Don't upgrade unless you can dish out the extra $400 for a TouchBar.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't believe I waited so long

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    JRoddy
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    I've been a PC guy for my entire adult life. Built, worked on, used professionally and for gaming. I got tired of my work laptop being so slow, and wanted a Unix kernel machine for some work related learning, and decided to try a Mac. I am delighted with my Macbook pro. Productivity is much improved, even over my 3 monitor PC setup. I Grant you that some of that productivity is due to having a faster machine to work on, but a large part is the desktop switching inherent to Mac OSX, and not having to pick up my phone ever few minutes to answer a text (since they show up on my Mac). Brilliant. There is no way around it... There are things you just can't do on a Mac they way you do on a PC. For my situation, that is a tiny price to pay outweighed by the massive upside. Pros: FAST. Light, easy to lug around. Decent battery life. Continuity features between iPhone and Mac (instant on personal hotspot, calls/texts on computer, application handoff). Sturdy. Amazing multitasking using multiple desktops. Amazing screen (even at 13") Cons: abysmal storage space. Lack of ports (only has 2 USB C connections and a 3.5mm jack). EXPENSIVE. Keyboard design issues (Google it, but they extended warranty coverage to 4 years for the keyboard). Accessories are expensive. Overall, I can't believe how great this machine is. I'm very disappointed my bias against Mac to keep me from this level of performance for so long. I cannot recommend a MacBook pro enough. That being said, skip this model and get the 256 gig SSD model instead. You'll fill up 128GB before you leave the parking lot, unless you're prepared to go with an upgraded iCloud storage account (not a bad idea anyway).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work when I needed it the most

    Posted
    Jillian
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    As a newly graduated high school senior I was very excited to purchase my first laptop with my own money. I thought a macbook pro would be a great choice, as they are "reliable" and look sleek. I purchased my macbook pro in July 2017. In early October 2017 the screen randomly stopped turning on. I took it to my school's on-campus Apple certified repair center, and they told me the backlight went out. They fixed it for me, free of charge as it was under warranty. It worked just fine until a few weeks ago, when during finals week I changed my laptop's protective case. It was a MOSISO plastic hard case. I removed the clasps on the top of the case, and immediately thin lines showed up on the left side and bottom of my laptop screen. The screen completely blacked out a few seconds later. After taking it to the apple store, the clinicians told me the LCD was damaged -- from removing a case. For a laptop that costs thousands of dollars, it should not be this weak. I have never put things on top of my laptop, and take extremely good care of it. Apple, from a fed- up college student that was convinced your products were the greatest on the market. I really wanted my Apple products to work, because they’re more appealing visually and socially. At the end of the day however, I just want to be able to call my mom. Parents, if you buy your students a MacBook Pro, be prepared to send them another backup computer when they need to do their work. My parents had to.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing laptop for anyone!

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    Jchevyman81
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this MacBook Pro for my wife who is in the process of getting her Masters in teaching. It has been a huge upgrade for her from what she was using. Being that we both have the iPhone 8 and my oldest son has the iPhone 6 it’s an even bigger plus since everything intergrates together. The Mac Pro is sleek and appealing to the eye. When you open it, you see a screen that displays a background of mountains surrounding a pond with deep, rich, and vibrant colors and detail. It almost looks like you could step right into the picture! Now, when you first start the Mac Pro up it will guide you through what seems like a very simple set up process. I soon learned that there is way more to do then just the “easy” set up it walks you through. I can see this being a small and frustrating issue, especially for people that aren’t use to the IOS running system. But there’s good news! Apple has amazing customer service. I called Apple with question and they walked me right through it. They were even able to screen share with me and actually point to things remotely on the screen to help me even quicker! Once set up my wife dove right into using it for school and is loving everything about the Mac Pro. It is an excellent laptop for anyone in college and offers built in programs such as “Notes” that will allow you to write papers just like you would on Microsoft office! The difference is you don’t have to buy a subscription to “Notes” and renew it every year like you do with Microsoft Office. The Mac Pro is a very smooth and quick running laptop. I’m so glad I made the choice to invest the money into one for my wife. Yes! It’s an expensive purchase but it’s worth it! I know her Mac will last her for years to come. I won’t have to worry about it freezing up or crashing like so many other cheap laptop and computers I’ve owned!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Design, Great Laptop

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    dionnosaur
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I'll start by saying that I do have a bias towards Apple products. I love the attention to design and the reliability of the software and hardware. I bought this computer specifically to be used for school and web browsing. It only has a 128 GB solid state ( my iPad has the same amount of storage). Most of what I work on is uploaded to a cloud service, such as iCloud or OneDrive. For what I need it do, it works perfectly. The keyboard feels good even if the keys are pretty flat. You get a responsive click that just feels good. The Force touch track pad works wonderfully and makes it feel like you are clicking when you in fact aren't. This model came with two USB C ports and a 3.5mm headphone port. I bought a USB C 'hub' that allows me to connect USB devices, an HDMI cable, a USB C port with which I can charge the computer. I don't love the lack of ports on the computer. Although it would be wonderful to one day have a universal connector that can perform various tasks, we're not there yet. The lack of ports is a slight inconvenience, not a cool minimalist design. Overall this laptop is great, and I would buy it again if I had to. I only weep for the days when MacBook Pro's were powerhouses equipped with sufficient storage and not fancy netbooks with decent processors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    Fjoji

    I am a regular Best Buy customer, love their pricing and products. My experience with this MacNook Pro laptop was just horrible. I bough the new laptop and when I was trying to set up like basic setup & iCloud, the fan start running, I was really shocked to hear that loud fan noice. Then later it become more louder and continuous, I took the MacBook to apple store and check with the technician, he told me that unusual for a brand new MacBook Pro to make loud fan sound in minimal usage. So I went back to Best Buy and exchange the item and got a new same MacBook. Back home , after few hours working on the laptop the Fan is on again. I was so disappointed to hear the loud fan noice. I am ok the light sound or intermitted fan sound, but this is just so annoying,and the whole body is heating up. Went back to store and return the laptop. Got my money back. For an expensive laptop like MacBook Pro it suppose to be quiet. I am not paying $1200 to hear fan noice when I am just doing regular work. And I don't think its just a coincidence this happen to 2 new MacBook Pro laptops.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend