"So far so great"on by mpzarde
Pros Sexy as heck, paper thin, great screen, nice keyboard, lightweight, and yet speedy
Cons Warms up your lap nicely (could be a pro in winter), limited upgradeability
Summary Just had mine 48 hours and I've never been so wowed by a laptop in all my life.
The thing came up easily, had it up and running in five minutes using the WiFi in my house.
I couldn't stop laughing when the setup Wizard actually took my picture using the built in iSight webcam.
Downloaded and and installed all my programs within a few hours and transfered files from my servers in another few minutes.
Everything is working great including Paralells used to support Windows work on the MacBook Pro.
Dell, HP, and all the others should hang their heads in shame, none of their junk comes even close.
In comparision I actually went to Dells Web site and none of their Notebooks had a separate discrete video card other than some of the Inspirons and comparing Apples to Dells (pun here) the Apple actually came out cheaper.
Upgradeability is limited, you can get more ram and better/bigger HDs and that's about it.
I give it 10 because so far it has significantly exceeded my expectations (based on my history with other notebooks I guess).
Pros Stable system, awesome visual experience...
Cons Wish they made this in a 13" so it was a tad lighter
Summary This is an absolutely stunning machine. I have never owned a Mac previously and after two different $2K Lenovo laptops giving me repeated "blue screens of death" and needing to be returned, I said that enough was enough. The bottom line is that this puppy kicks a PC's butt. I do have 4GB of RAM in this laptop but I also had 4GB in the other Windows machines too. This boots up in about 30 seconds whereas it took Vista about 2.5 minutes to load! Are you kidding? It was beyond ridiculous. If you are new to the Mac world, go to www.Apple.com and watch the video demonstrations of the current Mac software (iLIfe 08) and upcoming software (such as the new operating system - Leopard). It's absolutely amazing what Apple has produced. And ZERO compatibility issues for me! I was able to migrate about 12,000 old emails from Microsoft Outlook over to Entourage (the Mac equivalent) and Entourage works like a charm. And I have this program synched with a Blackberry.... again, absolutely no issues... so stop thinking that Macs are only for people with 10+ body piercings and go buy one of these. It is a fun, powerful machines that "just works," as the Apple site says. Enjoy!
Pros Great screen speed and capabilitys and oh, looks!
Cons I know of no issues or neede changes
Summary I got mine this week and all I can say is wow. It is a beautiful machine. I used a macbook for 8 months and moved to this machine. I love the screen. The brightness adjustment is fantastic and biy can it get bright! The aluminum case and design is also a major improvement over the macbook. I played a game this week that required the dedicated video - couldn't do that before. I loaded in Parallels last night and XP. If you are considering an Apple and aren't sure which one, go with this one. The 2.2 GHZ is a better buy than the 2.4GHz model. You'll spend $500 or so more for the Pro over the "middle-model" macbook and hopefully you can. You will gain a great deal for the money - memory, graphics card, etc. Oh, I also priced a Dell to compare a 1501 with identical specs with the closest I could find software addition (pseudo iLife) in the form of Photoshop Elements and CD/DVD burning software added on the site came to $1889 with their 10% off and free shipping offer. Compare that to the Macbook Pro with all aluminium designer case and ability to run both mac and windows, I am willing to pay the $110 more! The Apple laps are VERY competitive in price now for what you get.
Pros VERY fast, excellent wireless range & speed, ergonomic design, OS X just "works"
Cons None yet - just getting the feel for OS X vs. Windows file structures
Summary This is my first Apple computer since I received a IIe for Christmas in 6th grade, so it has been a while. I have been a PC user for the past 15 years, mostly because my job is finance-related and PC's seem to have the market cornered on business applications. I purchased the MacBook Pro after learning about the Mac's ability to run Windows and Apple's OS X, as well as the numerous features and upgrades that this machine possesses.
I couldn't be more pleased - it has exceeded all of my expectations. That is important when you are spending this kind of money on a laptop. The MacBook Pro runs circles around my Dell desktop, and the Apple software is much more intuitive than I ever expected. Safari loads web pages about twice as fast as Internet Explorer, and that is using a wireless Apple connection vs. a cable modem wired connection for my PC.
When you use Windows as long as I have, you get to know the file structure, settings and a good bit about trouble-shooting your own computer. It makes you feel like you have discovered the key to some complex puzzle. That is the only "con" to the Apple - there is no challenge in finding files and settings, and there are simply less troubles to shoot. Apple has made it so simple to use that you don't get any sense of achievement from figuring out how to fix and re-arrange things. Of course, that means you can spend that time actually using the computer and being productive instead of fixing things.
Honestly, if there is a more reliable, faster and better-designed computer, I would love to see it. I have not even begun to explore the full capabilities of the software, but I am very impressed by this machine. It's nice that Apple designs computers that work this well out of the box and allow users to spend their time using the machines rather than downloading all the third party software that a PC seems to require and then trouble-shooting the inevitable conflicts and bugs. The only reason I rated this products as a 9 instead of 10 is that I have not fully explored its capabilities yet.
Pros Great build quality, Georgous Screen, Powerful, Nice touches such as OSX, lighted keyboard, light sensor, and mag power adapter make for a super pleasant experience
Cons Gets VERY hot
Summary I have been using PCs for over 10 years and often contemplated apple. Never switched because I need windows for some apps and my gaming fix, but for this round of tech upgrades I figured Id switch to Mac. What an experience it has been. Using this machine is a pleasure. I cannot explain it. I have used Linux, BSD, and Windows, and for some reason they do not compare to OSX. I just love the operating system. The tweakability that its BSD/Unix heritage offers is a plus for me. Running windows feels like running windows 95. This thing oozes quality. Its the little touches that make it such a joy to own. If I sound like a commercial its only because my other laptops, a Dell and an HP, were trouble from the getgo and I am enjoying the change. Highly recommended (although a little expensive).