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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    LOVE my Mac. Wish it was a bit more user friendly.

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    This is my 3rd MacBook. I got it on sale and saved several hundred dollars. Once I got used to Mac, I much prefer it to the PC. My first MacBook never got a virus in 2-1/2 years. My second somehow froze, HD crashed -- but had most backed up on the cloud. This one got hit with malware after a month, which didn't harm anything but was a bit of a pain. The Geek Squad chatted me through it and got rid of it and tweaked my Virus Protection. As long as I back up, I'm good. This one is smaller and lighter than my last -- I finally gave up the disk drive. I had to admit to myself that I almost never used it. This fits in a medium messenger bag and I carry it with me wherever I go. I'm happy with the screen, resolution, everything. And today I just connected it to my wireless network via Apple TV (kind of an adaptor that lets you mirror your computer TV screen). I can now play Amazon Kindle Fire movies and personal videos on my 54" TV screen, look at pictures, presentations, etc. (Apple TV does a lot of other things, but I'm just talking about what it does with my Mac.) When I say I wish it was a bit more user friendly, there are things, e.g., that I find easier to troubleshoot on a PC, etc. Regardless, I'm staying with Mac.

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

    Great computer for grad student-ninja

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    Love this computer--meets all needs for school and personal life. Plan to keep it as long as my last mac, 8 yrs!

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

    Finally Switched From Windows

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    When my seven year old Windows machine started acting sketchy (an HP running Vista that performed flawlessly until recently), I decided that it was time to consider making the move to Apple. After finally having a smartphone for the past year (yeah, I know, I'm old and cheap), and loving the quality of it, I decided now was the time to make the change. Yes, the iPhone 5s convinced me to try a MacBook Pro...that and my wife also has an iPhone and and iPad, so the continuity of similar platforms was appealing. Was the change easy? Absolutely. Were some things a little difficult to figure out? Yeah, but that is what Google is best at. This machine is fast, light, cool running and a real pleasure to use. I have given up my cordless mouse for the great track pad Apple has developed. I have not missed the optical drive...yet. The SSHD is great. The fast boot time is wonderful. I did have some reservations about downsizing from a 15 inch screen to a 13, but it has not been an issue. I may never give another dollar to Microsoft. I know, I sound like an Apple fanboy, but at 57 years of age I'm not that passionate about anything. I would make this change again in a heartbeat.

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

    The best of the best

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    So, my journey to finding this computer was a long one. Needless to say, for the first time in quite awhile, I am truly satisfied with a tech purchase, something that I see lasting for at least a few years. My primary need for a device stemmed from media consumption: news websites, social media, Netflix, etc. I started a few years ago with a Chromebook that just wasn't enough (lacked the offline experience I wanted), then sold it. Tried a few different Android tablets with add-on keyboards, but it just didn't do it for me. I had always been a Windows-guy, and though I found the Apple products appealing (multiple iPads, iPhones, iPods in my purchase history...), I had trouble justifying a purchase that was easily close to double what I'd pay for a Windows equivalent. But--equivalent is not what I got. There is no Windows PC that matches the experience of running a Macbook Pro...and anything that comes close is priced just as high (or higher) than Apple's product. My review involves the following elements: - Tactile experience - Visual experience - Computer performance - Physical Aesthetics - OS Experience TACTILE EXPERIENCE: On a Macbook, the touchpad and keyboard experience cannot be matched, save for maybe e some Logitech products. Dell and Lenovo are also coming around--but the best "hands on" experience is still Apple. VISUAL EXPERIENCE: Retina displays are very good. BUT...they are not by any stretch the best thing you can pack into a 13" screen. I spend most of my time with the display scaled to show a simulated 1680x1050 resolution, which is the "smallest" I can make the text and images (or, conversely, the "largest" I can make the screen). There are days when I drop the resolution down to the native suggested resolution, especially if all I'm doing is watching Netflix. But make no mistake: the display is crisp, clear and gorgeous. Performance in sunlight isn't the best, but no glossy screen will perform well in those situations. COMPUTER PERFORMANCE: Most of the time I spent researching this purchase was concentrated on whether or not I should upgrade the RAM and Hard Drive. I went with 8GB RAM and the 256GB SSD, and have been nothing but pleased with the decision. In the past, I purchased a Macbook Air with 4GB of RAM and the experience left me wanting a bit better performance, so I ended up returning that computer. The best way it can be explained is this: because Apple controls every aspect of the manufacturing process for their products, the hardware has been optimized to use the processor and RAM in an efficient way that outperforms similar specs with Windows-based machines. In that sense, 4GB RAM should have been just fine. Fortunately, I got this on sale so was able to maximize the upgrade versus additional cost. I would suggest "future proofing" yourself with at least a bit more RAM, but keep in mind that Macbook Pro's can always be upgraded at a later date (not so much for the Macbook Air's). PHYSICAL AESTHETICS: This is a bigger deal to me than it should be. The machine itself weighs in at just under 3.5 pounds, and considering the body is 100% aluminum (NOT PLASTIC), there is an obvious premium feel to the unit. I carry it and my work computer with me every day, and between the two don't feel it's too much weight. If you're stuck between this and a Macbook Air, it's a no brainer to me to go with the Pro...it is more money, but barely adds any weight, gives you upgradability in the future, and if I'm being honest, is a much cleaner design...I don't care much for the "wedge" look of some ultrabooks. It's a beautiful, simple, elegant design that I want to be seen carrying. That's important to me. OS EXPERIENCE: Real quick here...I know this review is for the machine, not the OS, but they go hand-in-hand. As a life-long Windows user, I've had no difficulty adjusting to a different OS. Also...OS X Yosemite is awesome, especially paired with an iPhone running iOS 8.1. Anyway, there are a few Windows shortcut keys that I still find myself using, but beyond that, I'm loving what Apple has put together. If you're unsure...spend some time at an Apple store or at Best Buy playing around with it...it is a fun experience.

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

    Power to Spare, great for students!

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    As far as value to performance goes this one's the perfect MacIntosh for the average guy, it's got the retina IPS display (reason 1 over the air), HDMI output another lack for the air ( you could use an adapter, not a fan though), it's also got 8gb of ram stock vs the air's 4gb (for future updates the pros going to have the upper hand), and lastly often overlooked both the air and pro may have i5 processors though the pro in an ultrabook body gives the clock speed that rivals alienware intro models vs the air that rivals the ultrabook lineup. Air may have better battery life though for me the compromise was to high, this by the way was my first Mac and wanted a no compromise experience as once you've chosen there is no option to upgrade components! Just to be safe and ready for the future I did go with the 256gb model as in my experience falling short would be a big risk.

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

    GREAT INVESTMENT

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    I LOVE MY MAC BOOK PRO! I WAS INITIALLY APPREHENSIVE ABOUT SWITCHING FROM A PC TO A MAC, BUT WHEN MY PC SLOWED TO A SNAILS PACE I DECIDED TO MAKE THE LEAP. I FIRST HAD AN IPAD, THEN I GOT AN IPHONE. I REALLY LIKED THE FACT THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR SETTINGS SUCH THAT THE 2 DEVICES ARE IN CONSTANT SYNC MODE, SO I FIGURED I WOULD REALLY FEEL THE BENEFIT OF HAVING A MAC LAPTOP SO THAT ALL OF MY DEVICES WOULD BE ON ONE ACCORD. MY EXPECTATIONS HAVE BEEN SUPERSEDED. MY MAC LAPTOP WAS ABLE TO SYNC WITH MY OTHER 2 DEVICES WITH GREAT EASE FROM THE MOMENT I TURNED IT ON. I ALSO ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE FEATURE THAT ALLOWS ME TO SEND AND RECEIVE I-MESSAGES, TEXT MESSAGES, AND PHONE CALLS FROM ALL OF MY DEVICES. THEREFORE I DON'T NEED TO BE TETHERED TO MY PHONE WHILE AT HOME BECAUSE PHONE CALLS AND MESSAGES WILL COME TO MY COMPUTER. I ALSO LIKE THAT I CAN SURF THE NET ON 1 DEVICE AND CONTINUE IN THE EXACT SAME SPOT FROM MY OTHER DEVICES. WHILE THE MAC BOOK DOES WEIGH MORE THAN THE MAC BOOK AIR, THE WEIGHT IS NOT BAD AT ALL, ESPECIALLY FOR ALL OF THE FEATURES YOU HAVE TO SACRIFICE TO HAVE THE AIR. ALTHOUGH THIS MAC BOOK PRO MODEL DOES NOT HAVE A BUILT IN DVD-RW DRIVE, YOU CAN PURCHASE ANY EXTERNAL ONE. I PURCHASED AN LG BLUE DVD-RW DRIVE FOR $40 VS THE APPLE BRAND FOR $79 AND IT WORKS PERFECTLY OVERALL, APPLE COMPUTERS ARE MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY. I DON'T HAVE TO CLICK ON DROP DOWN MENU AFTER DROP DOWN MENU TO ACCESS ANYTHING ON MY APPLE PRODUCTS.

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

    Terrific all-purpose laptop

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    This product replaced an older MacBook Pro. The performance improvement is amazing, between the increase in RAM, processor upgrade, and the SSD storage. However, I find the transition to the current touch pad a challenge and continue to prefer using a mouse. The reduced screen size, while featuring improved resolution, is smaller than I'm used to and a challenge when viewing spreadsheets. Nevertheless, given the performance benefits, plus the substantially reduced cost compared to my mid-07 machine, I have no hesitation recommending this computer to fans of Apple products and their design.

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

    Better than I thought (Lifelong PC user)

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    I bought this for graduate school and the battery life is as good or better than advertised at 9 hours. The trackpad is incredibly easy to use, and the gestures make me more productive by allowing me to easily navigate between programs and browsing in general which I thought would be a hassle on such a small screen. The laptop definitely gets taxed while streaming high qualify video or opening really large excel files but it runs very smoothly and loads extremely fast if you're just using it for school use, which is what I'm doing. I reserve my Windows computer to handle the heavy video streaming and playing games. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and am glad to be able to type my notes in class again. Also the difference between the air and this is only half a pound, but the screen upgrade is absolutely worth it, and 9 hours of battery is more than enough for me though I was nervous about not having the 12 from the air at first.

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

    Just what I wanted...and more.

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    Having grown dissatisfied with the limitations of my iPad, it is a pleasure to have a real computer that is small, light, and easy to carry around. It re-charges quickly and will work hard for hours.The clarity of the screen image makes it easy to sort and edit photos. The availability of numerous free apps provides the ability to learn what it can do without laying out a heap of cash. I'm only sorry I didn't buy it months ago.

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

    One of the best laptops I have owned

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    I bought my first Mac simply because I wanted to use something different than I use at work, which was a Macbook Air. The machine far exceeded my expectations. Since my wife needed a new laptop, I decided to go with the Pro this time. While the battery life is not at the same level as the Air, it makes it through each workday with juice to space, and the retina screen is very easy on the eyes. If you are looking for a low maintenance machine, and are ok with the premium price, then I recommend this without reservation.

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

    With Apple, you get what you pay for

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    My parents and I have been using, and unfortunately repurchasing (every three to four years) Windows-based computers since I was a kid. Now that I'm a student, I was seeking a computer that would last through undergrad, med school, and beyond. My brother has had a MacBook Pro for ten years and it runs like its new. So I decided to make the switch betting my money on this Mac. I can't express how much more fluid and simple OS X is compared to Windows. At first it was like learning a new language, but after one day I found it's more user-friendly than Windows. So for anyone who's nervous to switch, DONT BE! Apple products are designed to make things simpler for the consumer. The notebook is physically superior in terms of craftsmanship compared to any other brand I've had. It makes NO sound. I play games that are highly demanding of the graphics hardware, and the Intel-based graphics card displays the 3D games beautifully, rendering the games at frame rates that shocked me while remaining silent and cool to the touch. No over heating, no noise. All of the software runs beautifully. Multitasking between email and Internet webpages is actually enjoyable because I'm so used to the lagging of Windows and OS X runs with ZERO lag. The 13-inch screen is fine for me. I do watch movies on it, and yes I was worried about the screen size for this purpose, but don't fret, the fantastic Retina display makes up for size. I suggest the notebook to ANYONE. Basic users may want to look into the MacBook Air as they are more practical for everyday use, but for students, mid-level gamers (YES, GAMERS), small-business owners, and any other people who use their computers for more than just email and Internet, look no further than the MacBook Pro. It's light, quiet, durable and worth every penny. If you have an iPhone, you'll love this even more. You can text other iPhone users and answer calls directly from your Mac. How awesome is that? To be honest, I have less headaches since switching to Mac from Windows, and I'm never going back. This 16-year Windows user is having less of a struggle learning how to use a Mac compared to just simply using a PC. To sum it up, if you want a computer that works like-new for a long time, you should look into this notebook. And windows users, don't be nervous, be happy and get a Mac.

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

    Terrific product today and years ahead

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    After years of using PCs, the last few of which using Apple & PC based machines side by side, I have finally succumbed to moving full time to Apple computers. The MacBook Pro in 13" is the best solution for me ... almost as light as an ultralite notebook but more durable, Retina screen is sharp, and the products just work & work for years. My PC based machines (other than the former IBM ThinkPad series) all seem to need replacement in 3-4 years but the Apple machines last twice that. Your mileage might vary but, once you learn the Apple shortcuts and some of the other trackpad tools, you will never go back. Good luck.

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

    Fast

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    I have two Windows PC's and two Windows laptops. They are all very slow to boot. My main PC takes several minutes to boot to a usable state. I know this is partially my fault because I've loaded so much junk onto it, but still, even when it was brand new, it still couldn't boot to a usable state anywhere as fast as my Macbook Pro does, and the PC is a quad-core i7, compared to a dual core i5 for the Macbook. The Macbook does have a solid state drive, and I intend to install one in my PC one of these days soon. I turn on the Macbook and within a matter of seconds, once I click on my user icon and enter my password, it is ready to go. I love it. It is a bit smaller than I'm used to, and I'm pretty clumsy and ham-fisted, but I solved that problem by plugging in a Logitech mouse and keyboard combo. The battery in my Macbook lasts forever, too. My Windows laptops can't come close to what the Macbook does battery-wise. The Mac OS is pretty straight forward. I had no problem upgrading it when the latest version came out, and it's not all that hard to get used to. I'm not at all sorry I spent the money on this, and I highly recommend a Macbook Pro to anyone who thinks they'd want one.

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

    So Glad I Switched To Apple

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    I have been a lifelong user of Windows OS computers. However, the new Windows OS is horrible. I hate everything about it, so I decided to try a Mac instead. I love this Apple laptop. The OS is much more similar to what I am used to, so I don't need to learn a whole new OS. The laptop itself is light and easy to travel with. I don't need to use a stylus with it. I don't care that it doesn't have a touch screen, removable keyboard, or whatever. I tried that stuff with a Surface and those features did not improve my online experience. They were annoying rather than helpful. I love the Mac mousepad b/c I can use two fingers to scroll up and down easily. If I brush it by accident while typing, it doesn't fling the mouse across the screen so that I start typing some other place I did not want. The Surface mouse was so super sensitive and big that I spent more time typing in crazy places and less where I actually wanted to type. I do not think I will go back to a Windows OS computer ever again. I love this Mac Book.

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

    I first bought the MacBook Air 13"....

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    At first I fell in love with the MacBook Air 13". I loved its weight and tapered design. It seemed like it was perfect for me and my needs but after the first couple of hours of staring at the screen on the Air I started to get the worst headache. I had a lot of trouble differentiating between texts and background. So....long story short: The screen is really a downgrade. Holding my iPhone 5 at the same distance was easier to read. Also all of the text is very small by default. So I exchanged it for The MacBook Pro Retina. I was really sad to see the Air go, really. It was a tough decision especially because I, at this current part of my life, have no need for all the power that the Pro provides but at least I will have my options open in the future, should they change. I noticed that the MBPr gets a tad bit warmer underneath than the MBA, but it has just been something that I have been keeping an eye on. It really is the perfect computer. The screen is gorgeous, and I really like the black trim around the screen rather than the light grey, seems to make it easier to focus. Sound quality is great, for a laptop of course. It's really not all that more heavier than the Air either. It's a beautiful little piece of machinery and I'm not going to lie...I think I've become a little obsessed.

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

    Awesome laptop

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    My wife has been on the fence about making the switch from PC to Apple for a few years now and recently decided to take the plunge. After talking with the Apple rep. in Best Buy for a while we were convinced to give the Macbook Pro a shot since we already have iPhones and iPads. Getting the laptop set up was a breeze. My wife was completely amazed with how effortless it was to set up the new laptop without knowing much about the Apple OS. It starts with a wizard that helps you transfer all of your data files from your Windows PC/laptop over to the Macbook. I'm pretty sure this wizard assumes that you have your data files (docs, music, photos, etc.) stored in the default Windows locations as I don't believe it would have worked if you were using non-default storage locations (I could be very wrong though). After transferring her data files and finishing the configuration wizards, she was off and running. Overall the laptop is very easy to use and navigate. If you're not very tech savvy, this process may take a little longer but between Apple's web site and YouTube there are a ton of videos and how-to information to get you acquainted with operating a Mac. The integration between Apple devices also amazed my wife. Everything from working with documents, to iMessages, to phone calls and FaceTime. All of these functions can occur on any of your Apple devices at any time. I must say I'm a little jealous and would probably be switching my laptop to a Macbook, but the price tag hurts a little so I'll have to wait a bit to let the sting go down a bit before making the second switch.

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

    Great Laptop; Awesome Display

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    I've had MacBook Pro's pretty much since they were launched, and have been a Mac fan since the late '80s. While that may date me, there is nothing dated about my new laptop: it is a technological marvel. Thin, lightweight, with battery power to spare. And the display! I scrimped on the previous Retina offering the last time I upgraded deeming it unnecessary as I don't use my Mac to watch too much video. What a mistake! Even though the video is superb on my MBP, charts and graphics, Excel spreadsheets...heck, even email all seem to pop just a bit more on the retina. I have a lot of my friends tell me MBP's are too expensive; but once you realize EVERYTHING you need is included (memory, wired/wireless connectivity, sturdy design, battery life, functionality, etc), the price point seems a bit more reasonable. Of course, the glowing Apple logo on the cover is worth $100 easy...

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

    Worth every penny

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    Macbooks are an investment. If you have money to spend at will then the price will not be a problem. If you are like me, a student, and need to budget, believe me this is an investment. The MacBook is absolutely beautiful. The design is great and the display is one of a kind. It's a powerful machine! It is very lightweight and the battery is a beast. To charge it full it does not take so long. The best thing about MacBooks is you get what you paid for. This is a premium machine for a premium price but you will not be having to buy another computer for 3-4 years. This technology will not be obsolete until a long while

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

    Lightning Fast!

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    This is a great machine. Lightweight and thin. SSD and lots of memory really make this machine fly. Spend the extra $ for the larger SSD, or you'll kick yourself. The retina screen is nice to have, but now that I'm used to it, other screens look fuzzy. Have not tested out the lightning ports.

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

    Sleek, Sexy, and Powerful

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    Of course with such a high price and lack of many features, the retina models can be a hard sell for some. For me personally, I had not used the disk drive on my old laptop in a year, all technology is moving into 4K resolution, and the power of these machines is immense. I do not recommend this to everyone who wants a new, fast computer. There are non-macs that are equally as powerful, but I wanted to move into the mac world and get the power, beauty and simplicity out of my computer. I mainly use it to edit my gopro videos and other editing so i need it to eat through processing my films and other data, while juggling twenty other things and it keeps up very well. I'm coming from a $500 dell laptop (four years ago) so this step up is a monumental leap so take my review with a grain of salt. Enjoy selling out to mac! (But never Iphones...screw Iphones)

    I would recommend this to a friend
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