Pros + Great reliability on the software and hardware
+ Reasonable specs, good battery life, nice keyboard, and excellent trackpad, sleek looks.
Cons - No SSD, no discrete graphics, no 1080p display, and no touch screen
Summary For a premium laptop sold in 2013, the Apple MacBook Pro (13 inch, base model) is about as basic as it gets: no SSD, no discrete graphics, no 1080p display, and no touch screen. But Apple does not pretend it has any of these. What it does have is great reliability on the software side and hardware side, Apple's OSX Mountain Lion, the sleek looks Apple always delivers, reasonable specs, good battery life, nice keyboard, and excellent trackpad.
Now, the question is, who is this computer for? Those looking for a bargain laptop will shy away from the enormous price tag, and those who want to play the latest games do not ever use Macs. The average computer user will be served better by a Macbook Air, since it is faster (for basic tasks), lighter, and has a higher-res antiglare screen. The MacBook Pro 13.3 inch laptop is for those who want to use a Mac, but value performance and upgradability over weight and screen resolution. This Mac will last longer than any other simply because it is the easiest to upgrade and repair. Hard drives can be replaced, RAM can be added as needed, and the internal battery can be replaced after losing its ability to hold a charge. The processor is roughly 15% faster than the one inside the Macbook Air, which also extends this computer's usable lifespan.
The fact that the screen is fairly low-res for the price (MBP 13 has a res of 1280x800, while other windows laptops have a res of 1600x900 for the same price), really detracts from my personal experience with the computer. The retina display of my iPhone 5 has indeed spoiled me, and Apple should update the screen of the MBP 13 or bring down the price of the retina model. This, added with the fact that the speed of the hard drive is very slow for the money, detracts from the computer's value. Lowering the price by one hundred dollars would justify the hard drive and screen and make the computer a five-star purchase, but for the price, this is a four star (good) computer. Those looking to drop $1200 on a new laptop will have to decide if the upgradability and processor performance is worth the money over the sleeker MacBook Air. In addition, if Mac OSX is not something you enjoy using, then I would advise that you look elsewhere for a laptop.
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Thank for reading, and hope this review is helpful.
"SIMPLY SUBLIME!!!"on by stevemac7
Pros - Fast
- OS X
- Amazing Keyboard
- Easy to use
- Brilliant design
- Super quick charging
Cons - Runs hot
- Spinning "Beach Ball of Death"
- NOT inexpensive
Summary I couldn't live without my Mid-2012 MacBook Pro 15". This machine continues to amaze me - a year after I bought it. Simply an amazing, sublime computer. My biggest con is the heat. I wish it ran a bit cooler, I did purchase the SMC Fan Control App and it works very well at lower the temps when needed.
I love my Macbook Pro!!
Pros Fast! It has a very good display and fantastic battery life. With the i7 onboard, it plays anything and multi-tasks everything you throw at it.
Cons None so far.
Summary I upgraded the RAM and put a hybrid HDD in and my Mac is super fast! I will never go back to PC.
Pros Amazing screen
Cons There are absolutely no cons to the laptop
except for the fact that you watch certain youtube vids
Summary All in all, I love the Macbook Pro!!
Pros - Lightning Fast Bootup with SSD
- Lightning Fast File Encoding
- Great GPU
- Improved Keyboard
- Easy access to HDD and RAM thanks to Unibody design
- Superfast charging and long battery life
- Optic bay can be modified to accommodate 2nd Drive
Cons - Display is good but native resolution could be higher
- Cooling needs improvement
- Price could be lowered after the of Retina model released alongside
- Additional USB ports on the right side are appreciated
Summary This is my 2nd MacBook Pro after my 13" 2011 model and I bought the 2.6 i7 model. Yes, I know this one doesn't come with Retina Display and Flash Drive, but this still has beefy power for almost any kind of usage.omkar23, I play those games in BootCamp. I use OSX mostly for work.
Comparing to my 2011 model, thanks to increased memory speed, the 2012 MBP is smoother on bootup and file encoding, encoding and exporting HD videos in the new one feels so much snappier. I changed the main drive to Intel 520 Series SSD, and now bootup takes less than 10s and the OS is immediately usable after logging in. This couldn't be achieved in my 2011 MBP even with the same SSD installed in the past.
Gaming in both Windows and Mac is not bad too. Yes, this machine will never be better than an Alienware, but the GT650M GPU provided is more than adequate to run most of the new games like Need for Speed: The Run, Dirt Showdown and GTA: Sleeping Dog. I saw all can achieve at average 60 FPS with high setting. I am just a casual gamer and these results are more than enough for me.
What I think the major drawback of the legacy MBP is the cooling, due to the heat sink is placed just below the keyboard instead of directly touching the chassis as the Retina model do. The CPU and GPU would heat up very quickly and reach Temperature Junction if the cooling fans don't spin up with the temperature rise. A good fan control app is required esp. during gaming. Also for a laptop manufactured in 2012, I think the std resolution could be higher, 1680*1050 should be standard.
However I have never regretted with this purchase and I hope this MBP can keep up with years and years of intensive usage.
Updated on Dec 30, 2012
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