Pros amazing computer, perfection once again from apple!
Cons applications... needs more.
Summary Now first off, i have to give a huge round of applause to apple for making me this laptop ^_^
There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, and apple is ahead of it's years (yet again), and i will get to why i gave it a lower rating of an 8 in a minute...
I always have to do some sort of comparison between rivaling companies, so here it is.
For Apple: iMovie HD, iDVD, and GarageBand all pre-installed.
For Microsoft: Windows Movie Maker pre-installed.
There's a massive difference between Windows Movie Maker and those 3 programs.
Using the iSight camera, I can quickly make my own videos and add music to them with iMovie HD.
Then I travel over to GarageBand, give my video a score and add in little "Zings" and "Crickets" (hehe).
Then, on to iDVD where I give my video/s a menu screen, end credits, and then burn them to dvd.
The end result is a professional looking DVD, which can rival prfessional made DVD's.
Now, with Windows Movie Maker it's a whole different story.
Simply load your videos, add some music and end credits and POOF!
You're done, and it makes for a quick, personal home video.
Most applications on Apple are built to do more things, and sometimes even be simpler than Windows counterparts.
And i honestly don't see why so many people hate apple.
I mean seriously, you can't honestly say that Windows is better than Apple.
The only reason that Apple owns 3% of the market, and not 97% is strictly because of the price of their machines and available 3rd party applications.
Apple has always ben about innovation, and Microsoft has always been about money.
3rd party applications is what kills the Macintosh.
Even though most 3rd party applictions nowadays are available for both Macintosh and Windows, everything is "Windows Reccomended" meaning that if you have a Macintosh, you will get a previous version of the application.
Also, games have an impact on the Macintosh, but i don't care for pc games so... meh.
Which is the reason I am giving the MacBook Pro an 8/10.
when judging a computer, you can't just judge the computer itself, you have to judge everything about it (which is why i don't understand how pc's get rated so high, hehe).
If i were just judging the computer, i'd have to give it a 20/10, because it is just splendid.
That BS about how 3rd party applications (that run on the MacBook Pr) like photoshop run "twice as slow, while 1st party applications run twice as fast" is a complete load of BS.
My photoshop doesn't run twice as fast or twice as slow...
It's in the middle.
It runs at the same speed as any windows pc.
the thing about 1st party applications running twice as fast is very much true though.
If you want a working computer for animation, imaging, video, publishing, etc... then this is the computer for you.
If you want a gaming computer, or one just to have fun and surf the web with...
get a pc (but please don't get an AMD, those break down like flies).
Really, if you just want a fun little computer, don't spend $2,500.00 for it.
Or you can just wait 'til next year when apple releases their Multi Core systems that run all 3 OS's (Windows, OSX, and Linux) meaning that you can switch OS's simultaneously, taking away the application problem with macs.
I got this mac to be able to work on and do stuff with, but if I got it as a generic computer...
I wouldn't be very happy, but since i did get it to work i'm very pleased with it.
Believe me about the AMD thing, I know so many people that had problems with them, and I've had one... I even made a pretty ********* review about it, lol.
That would just about cover it all, so thank you for your time.
Pros Fast, looks like a million bucks, suits my needs very well.
Cons New Intel Processor will not run Virtual PC, screen is brighter, but sensitve to the angle that you look at it.
Summary Summary: I am very happy with this laptop. Let me start by saying I actually own this machine. I sold my 15" Powerbook to buy this computer, and am very pleased with it. It is a great looking, fast machine that suits my needs very well.
Hardware: This particular version of the Macbook has a 7,200 RPM, 100 gig hard drive, and ships with 1 GIG of RAM. I originally bouth a MacBook with a 5,400 RPM, bit I can tell the difference in speed. Not mcuh, but noticeable. The screen is defintetly brighter than the Powerbook, but you have to be looking straight into it. If you sit at an angle- say at your desk- I notice that the Powerbook had less directionality to it. This can be good or bad: if you are in an airport, it gives you more privacy, if you are at your desk, it can be a bit annoying. The machine definetly boots faster than my powerbook (which also had a 7,200 RPM drive). The camera is awesome: I use it a lot to Video Conference with my parents in South America. They use a PC with AIM and I use Ichat. They always tell me that the image they see is crisp and very good. The keyboard feels great, and the whole machine just feels very well built. I love to use it, and my wife is always borrowing it at home. And I will admit I love the looks of it. Is it worth a few extra bucks? you bet! Every time I take it out people just look at it, it does turn heads. Try that with a PC! :}. The trackpad is bigger than the Powerbook. I donloaded an AWESOME $7 utility called "1-finger snap", from old jewel, which allows you to have 2-button mouse functionality with just one button!. You hold the trackpad for 1 second, and the right button menu shows up! Great and useful trick! Have to admit that this is a very convenient function that Apple needs to build standard.
Software: The iLife Suite is a well thought out product. The machine comes out of the box with very useful and EASY to use applications that most people need: iPhoto, iVideo, iMusic, iDVD, etc. Everything works very well without complications. I have also added the classic Office Suite, since this is a useful set of programs. The stuff just works GREAT witout having to read manuals or configure complicated menus. Check out this setup: All my music is in my iMac. I have an Airport Express router hooked up to my entertainment center. I can actually access the music in the iMac from my Macbook, and have it play in my stereo's living room. It was SO EASY to set it up. My printer, installed the software, plugged it, IT WORKS! The next time you buy a peripheral, check out the installation instructions. Have you noticed that the Mac instructions are always very short compared to the PC's? It is the simplicity that makes these machines user-friendly and practical. They are very well integrated with the software.
Overall: I am very happy with it. I have my Windows XP work laptop, and although it runs well, it is just not my cup of tea. I know gamers love PC's, they seem to do that very well. But since I don't game, I don't care. I do have an Intel IMac and love it too. After several years of using Dell PC's, I made the switch last year and I could not be happier. With these Macs, you just do what you need, with the PC's, you are always fixing, configuring, and having security problems. God bless Bill Gates and Microsoft, they ahve done a lot for us, but the flow of innovation out of Redmond as of the last few years is just not as exciting as the stuff coming out of Apple's tent. For work, my company issued PC. For home, work at home, and play, my Mac, hands down. Macs are only nominally more expensive than PC laptops. Price a Dell or a Sony Vaio with similar features, and you will see that by the time you put everything the PC needs, you are breaking even compared to a Mac. If you want a simple to use machine, packed with a lot of useful applications, this may be the computer for you.Updated
Being the constant tinkerer I am, I installed Boot Camp and then Windows XP in it for kicks... It flies! I'll write more about it once I have more time to fool around with it. I just get a major kick from being able to use BOTH OS's in my laptop!
Pros Design, great software included, wide-clear screen, isight camera, fast !
Cons runs extremely hot
Summary This is a great computer with a great set of features and software, but its use is hampered by the heat on the left side of the keyboard. It is unbearable !
I took it to two Apple Stores and in both occasions the "geniuses" told me that the heat generated was under spec ! Makes me wonder, did I buy a high-end laptop or a barbecue grill ? Well, I still have it, and had to buy the ILap, which makes it bearable to have it on your lap without toasting your nuts. For $2,500 I'm willing to keep it and burn my wrists a little bit, just because Apple says its ok, I can take the pain, it would be good for me (Right...)
This is my first Mac and I expected a high quality product, instead, I got a beautiful laptop with performance issues that makes you wonder if Apple is all about hype and no substance. This just makes me think that PCs and Microsoft were not that bad and evil afterall.
Finally, I have to admitt that this is a difficult review to make, because I really like the concept of this laptop, but just can not forgive the fact that for this kind of money they are selling a product with this kind of issues.
Pros beautiful; lightening fast; stable; powerful
Cons short battery life; heats up
Summary after 1.5 years of use, I still love this machine. It's a pleasure to work on, always looks and feels good, and gets any job done fast. However, the $2000 price tag was too high; with only 1gb ram, 120gd hdd, and extremely short battery life (now, I'm lucky if I get 2 hours), I could've had much better specs on a much smaller budget. Still, it's a beauty and a pleasure - and I'll buy the same next time.
Pros backlit keyboard, speed, style, camera, & OS X (MAC Tiger)
Cons none, except it's so cool many will want to get a 5-finger discount
Summary I am a "switcher" from the PC (many years, personally & professionally) to the Mac. My MacBook Pro is the newly updated 2.2 Ghz Dual Core Intell with 2 Gigs of Memory and the new LED back-light of the display, all of which works together like a dream! The "Tiger" OS X.4 is especially user-friendly, speedy, zero hangups, and Apple provides so much support/software that I feel pampered. I would not only highly recommend this EXACT laptop, but would suggest you RUN, not walk, to your nearest Apple Store...