Pros This is in response to the editor. You question why Apple only gives 90 days of phone support? Because American ENGLISH (and understandable ENGLISH) support is expensive. Apple does not outsource and pay Inidians $3 an hour to trouble shoot.
Cons There is no con about Apple support, you get non-outsourced phone support that is less expensive than HP, DELL, ACER any of the powerhouses. HP costs over 80 for phone support in which they outsource and pay probably less than $3 an hour for support.
Summary Apple support is rated the best support ten years straight. HP, DELL, ACER, SONY, etc DO NOT OFFER FREE PHONE SUPPORT. If you have an issue with Microsoft Windows HP tells you that you are SOL and to call windows where they will fix the issue for $140 for one phone call. Apple is the only company that actually cares about their customers and it's reviewers like this that have never called AppleCare and support outsourcing to India and hurting the American economy, thanks guys!
"Great product"on by rc748
Pros Excellent interfase compared to PC-based O/S.
Cons A little pricey.
Summary This is an excellent product all around. Other than that it is a bit pricey, it is a great product overall.
Bought an Apple 15" notebook and I think they are great, although rather pricey. I especially like the user interface compared to the standard PC one. I did have a hard time finding a simple sleeve for it as I like to put in a sleeve and then put it in my bookbag, purse, locker, whatever. However, found a small company that makes a pretty good sleeve for this unit and sells them for only $8.95 with free freight at www.nuvo-tek.com.
Pros High resolution display (1680 x 1050) is of very high quality. The boot-up time is only about 30 seconds. Great design. Easy to carry around. The trackpad is easy to use. The built-in iSight camera is very handy. Very fast Core i5 processor.
Cons Short battery life, not the 8-9 hours that Apple claim. Glossy display acts as a mirror, I can see my face sometimes. Heats up to about 70°C quite quickly. I paid 2100? for this.
Summary I got this MacBook in August and I have used it everyday. Not once has there been a single issue with anything. I use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator CS5 and not once has the computer crashed or showed signs of slowing down. I can have 5-6 applications on and it does not slow down, the only issue is that is heats up quickly. If someone is going to buy a MacBook Pro, my only suggestion is to buy the one with the High Resolution display with the Antiglare, because I do find it slightly annoying to see my face all the time, however a lighter background picture on the desktop should suffice, if you do not want to pay the extra cash for an Antiglare display. Overall, I love this computer and I have not seen a single issue with it, however with a 2100? price tag, no problems should ever occur any way.
Pros I bought this exact computer refurbished for $1699 a month or two back, to replace a 1 year old Macbook Pro 13" that I handed off to my wife. I find performance and quality to be second to none.
Cons None so far.
Summary I am a PCB designer and software developer, and find that this runs my board design tools (Altium Designer and Altera Quartus II) under VMWare Fusion better than my desktop PC - a Dell quad-core Xeon - does under native 64-bit Windows. For cross platform software development under Linux and Windows, running one or more virtual machines for those platform tools is a snap. Daily work using either iWork, Adobe Creative Suite CS3 or Office 2008. All in all I find this to be an excellent desktop replacement that you can take with you, and the Core i5 processor has done everything I throw at it.
For those sitting on the fence, I highly recommend considering a Mac notebook - even if its just the lowest cost Macbook. I was looking to spend $2000 of my own money on a notebook computer in 2002, and had it down to a Sony Vaio running Windows XP or an Apple iBook G3. I ended up going with the iBook for $100 more at the time, as it could run Mac, Windows and Linux software as needed using Virtual PC. The native iLife apps that come with all Mac's outdo any video editing or photo management software software that comes with the PC. I've spend hundreds on video editing tools for Windows and nothing comes close to iMovie for casual video editing.
The iBook G3 I bought in 2002 was replaced (under Applecare warranty) in late 2003 by an iBook G4 due to a defect in the motherboard. Apple then cut me a check for $180 as a refund on the unused portion of the 3 year extended warranty! So I got a new computer and money back! And that replacement from December 2003 is still working, although showing its age, and is in use as a family web surfing laptop.
For what its worth, my buddy who bought the Vaio in 2002 has been through 3 or 4 laptops since then, and is now finally switched to a Macbook Pro himself!
All in all, you get high reliability and ease of use with the Apple hardware, and in my experience they outlast equivalent Windows computers.
Pros It's lightweight and has an excellent battery life.
Cons Randomly fails to start (then you have to go through a check list of items to get it to come on), Apple store claims nothings wrong with it. Makes a "ping" noise that occurs every 10 minutes or so (from the heads landing on the hard drive).
Summary Worst computer I've ever owned (either PC or Mac). The "ping" noise is embarrassing in quite meetings! I spend hours some mornings trying to get the thing to come on (who knows what's wrong with it)--I've owned it for less than a month so it shouldn't have this problem. In case it crashes, I have decided to take out the 3 yr insurance plan so I'll be covered because I don't expect it to last. My last laptop is 7 years old (Fujitsu LifeBook) and outperforms this new MacBook in every aspect (except start-up time and battery life). I'm so disappointed I've decided to cut my losses and give it to my daughter (she can play with it until it dies) and purchase a new LifeBook. What a waste of $1,000.00!