Pros thin and fairly lightweight, keyboard and media outlets make for no clutter, loud speakers, larger trackpad than before, sexy aluminum finish everywhere, clear and sharp displays, OS X Leopard is TOO easy to learn and use (easier than Vista)
Cons would like to have seen at least an additional USB Port, limited initial coverage (purchase of 3-year warranty a must), battery can get very warm
Summary This is only my second generation of an Apple computer. I finally upgraded from my first computer which was the iBook G4 1.42 Ghz PowerPC at 14.1 inches. This is a very welcome upgrade and I have not been disappointed at all since upgrading.
The keyboard is very ergonomic. All of the media options that have their own sections on other PC Laptops come integrated into the F-row keys of the keyboard, requiring only the simple press of a button to operate (no shortcuts necessary). I chose a Matte over Glossy display because I only require simple multimedia use. Either way, this display is bright, crystal clear, and very sharp. Keys on the keyboard are large enough for big fingers, stress-less to press, and relatively quiet. The laptop itself is only several pounds in weight and is about the size of your average college textbook, yet is only one inch thin all the way around. As a doctoral student I carry it around quite often and can easily fit in my backpack . The exteriors of these high-level laptops are also made entirely of durable aluminum (not plastic), given their surface a very smooth, satisfying, and classy feel to them.
Only thing I personally felt apple could have probably done to make this machine even better was to add an additional USB port. Only having 2 USB ports makes it picky when I choose to hook up my peripheral devices.
Overall, this machine left this user extremely impressed with just about every expectation met. It is a much more costly machine, but the quality and support you get for what you pay will not leave you feeling ripped off - very much worth it!
"Simply Wonderful"on by jmcalli
Pros Beautiful display. Durable shell. Rock solid performance from both the hardware and OS X Leopard. Runs over 4 hours on a charged battery. Excellent speakers.
Cons A minor learning curve for me with OS X and the Apple keyboard (I'm a former Thinkpad/Windows user).
Summary A beautifully engineered laptop. After a month of using my MacBook Pro several hours a day, haven't had a single lockup or crash. I certainly don't miss the Windows XP crashes. I installed Office 2008 and have had no problems accessing my old Windows documents. Added a 1TB Time Capsule and now have transparent, automatic backup as well as ultra fast wireless. I highly recommend this laptop. If you are hesitant to cut the cord from Windows because you have applications that only run under Windows, you can run Windows on this computer using Boot Camp or installing it on a virtual drive.
Pros Dedicated graphics ,OSX, Led lcd, Great keyboard
Cons Can get expensive
Summary The Macbook Pro is my only computer. It can handle anything I need it to do. The LED backlit lcd is a joy to look at. I have my wireless, webcam and mic built in. This makes it very easy for contacts online. Then there are the features that really make this laptop shine. Items such as backlit keyboard, magsafe power adapter, usb2,firewire 400+800, Gigabit ethernet, dedicated graphics. But the knockout punch comes from the operating system MAC OSX. No spyware , No Virus's, Good security. The same company that makes your hardware "Apple" makes the software as well. This makes integration as good as it gets.
Pros High speed multitasking, multitouch gestures, good battery life
Cons Still heats up a bit
Summary This is serious hardware, unbelievable speed for a laptop, or for any machine. Now, by speed i mean with OSX. with windows its a little glitchy.
In short, i would willingly pay more than i did for this thing!!
"Its Brilliant!!!"on by JFMoore73
Pros The tech aesthetics are phenomenal. Its thin and lite, the screen is vibrant full of color and clarity thats as impressive as the desktop iMacs. Its hard to believe that this laptop puts in just as much work as a dedicated desktop computer.
Cons Well, of course the price makes you do a triple take, but considering the look, the feel and the tech involved I have no real regrets. Learning the Mac OS is fairly easy, but sometimes I've ran into some snags. I suppose its a small learning curve.
Summary Buy a MacBook Pro and support the economy... :-)