Pros + Build quality unibody construction
+ Very cool led backlighting keyboard keys
+ Satisfied with mountain lion, everything runs fast and animations are fluid
+ Intel Core i5 runs very fast with minimal heat
Cons - Aluminum frame scratches a little too easily and the glossy screen picks up fingerprints/oil
- Screen glare makes working in sunlight basically impossible
Summary After owning my MacBook for a month I finally feel ready to review it accurately. Let me start off by saying that I was highly reluctant to spend so much money on a laptop. I've always been a Windows guy so I've known that you can buy laptops with equivalent specs to Macs for a good deal cheaper. Though after comparing different laptops I was not able to find one that had a satisfactory build quality. The closest I could find were laptops made by Asus, but even then I read of too many build quality issues that made me uneasy. Ultrabooks made by other companies had good quality, but by then they cost just as much as the MacBook but with lower specs. So I decided to take the plunge with this MacBook after demoing it in a Apple Store. Here are the things that made me confident with my purchase:
Build Quality - Seriously, you can't beat a unibody construction. While other laptops creak when you pick them up due to the various plastic components screwed together, the Macbook feels firm. The only thing that initially concerned me was that the lid would slightly creak when you closed it. Running waxed dental floss through the hinges solved this.
Trackpad and Keyboard- This extra large trackpad is heavenly to use. Having the whole trackpad function as a giant button is a lot more comfortable to use. Plus two finger clicking as a replacement for the right click button is surprisingly intuitive. The keyboard keys are well spaced and the led backlighting is very cool.
Power System - I regularly get around 6 hours from the battery, which I am more than satisfied with. The magsafe plugin system is more handy than I thought it would be, and there is a neat led battery indicator on the side of the notebook that makes checking the battery level with the computer off easy.
OS X - Mine initially came with Lion, but after upgrading to Mountain Lion I am even more satisfied. Everything runs fast and animations are fluid. I love the multi touch features, which again is something I initially didn't think I would really need. It took me a little time to get used to using finder after being accustomed to windows explorer, but I am confident now in my ability to navigate through files just as quickly as in Windows.
Dual Booting - I have a few engineering programs that only run on Windows so I decided to install Windows 7 through bootcamp. Because it boots natively from the hard drive, it runs just as smoothly as any other Windows laptop. Remember folks, this computer doesn't have any magical internal components. The Intel Chipset is the same used in any other laptop and thus Windows runs just the same with the proper drivers installed.
Chipset - The Intel Core i5 runs very fast with minimal heat. The Intel Graphics 4000 is more than adequate for most applications.
I could even run Portal 2 on maximum graphics settings and play 1080p video without it breaking a sweat. The fan almost never revs up to an audible level. This is in part to the aluminum body being a giant heat sink. So yes, the laptop body can get warm at times. But it is never uncomfortably warm when I use it on my lap. Ill probably upgrade the RAM and the harddrive to an SSD in the future, but for now they are fine.
So all in all I am very happy with my purchase. I am officially a Mac convert and will use this laptop for a very long time.
Also, all the Windows "gamers" who are trashing Macs need to gain some perspective. Yes, I can get a Core i7 laptop with a dedicated graphics card for a lot cheaper than the MacBook. But I decided to spend the extra money to get a better engineered laptop with some nifty extra features.
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Pros Crisp, Clean, Upgradable, Fast
Cons Expensive Accessories.
Summary Bought the 2012 13" Pro as my first Mac ever. Had previously only touched a Mac maybe 2-3 times in my entire 32 year life. Decided on the 13" Pro model b/c you can upgrade it, DVD drive, more ports, and I liked the beefier feel of it over the Air. Maybe that's just the PC user in me. Anyway, it's a smooth powerful and intuitive computer!! After NEVER using a Mac for more than 5 minutes in my life I was comfortable after only an hour behind the wheel. The feel of the solid case, keyboard, and screen size are all comfortable on the road as well as at home. Everything is designed to be at your fingertips and just a single keystroke(dimming,open apps,volume,pause/play) or swipe away. Including the trackpad gestures are simply easy to learn and make the entire system quickly navigable. It just works with ease and in style.
"Didn't let me down."on by bdf1997
Pros Trackpad sensitivity and performance,
Mountain Lion is easy to use and intuitive,
Keyboard has excellent travel,
Performs with little lag,
Screen is bright, has wide viewing angles,
Battery life is great (about 5 1/2 to 6 hours average-never below 5)
Cons Glossy screen attracts fingerprints and dust easily, and is not the easiest to clean,
The aluminum case attracts smudges and scratches a bit more easily then I would like,
Trackpad can be a bit finicky when changing from two to three finger inputs.
Summary I've been saving up for this computer for months, and i was afraid that I had overplayed it in my mind, that there was no way this computer could possibly live up to my expectations that i had created. Well needless to say it has done the impossible. The screen is beautiful regardless of the mediocre pixel count, battery life is superb (Around 5 1/2 to 6 hours), the trackpad is nothing short of amazing, Mountain Lion is incredibly easy to use, and the size and weight of the computer (while not ultrabook like) is great for day to day use, especially considering the upgradability the Pro possesses over the Air. In fact, the main reason I got this computer over the Air is the upgradability aspect. In 3 or 4 years, when the Air will require a RAM or hard drive upgrade, a new system would be required, while with the pro, you sacrifice a pound and a half in return for a longer system lifespan. If you're considering this laptop, don't hesitate, you will not be let down.
Pros MacBook Pro (last years model)
Doesn't bog down
Is faster than it's competitors
much better looking too
Cons Price? Not really. You get what you pay for.
PC has more games.
Summary I have both a PC (Dell's 17" XPS with 3D display - 2012 model with 3rd gen i7, rigged out with 16 GB of RAM and 3 GB of NVidia Video) and a MacBook Pro 13" 2011 model (everything came standard with 8 GB of RAM).
Both are very nice, but my MB Pro boots up faster and it's applications (like Adobe Suite) loads faster than my PC. My MB Pro has never crashed, not even once. As for my PC, I can't even let it go to sleep, because sometimes it may wakeup and sometimes not.
I'm neither a PC nor an avid Apple fan. I like what both has to offer. MB Pro for work (because it's simply reliable), and PC for games (the library of games are important to geeks like me).
Pros faster, more memory, more connectivity than air
Cons its heavier, but not by much
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