Pros Speedy CPU, amazing screen (matte option), low heat buildup due to large size (more surface area=more heat dissipation), glad you can upgrade to 8GB of RAM although 4GB is enough for me personally at the moment, Mac OS 10 is my biggest selling point.
Cons The keyboard is more recessed than other Apple laptops, meaning if you don't sit at just the right angle you will put end up pressing your wrists into the edge. I don't really blame Apple for this...it's just a massive laptop.
Summary Honestly, the only reason I purchased the 17 inch was for the screen real estate. I didn't upgrade the CPU or RAM in the build to order options, so I'm running the i5 2.53GHz with 4GB of RAM. It is a speedy Macintosh, the best laptop from them I have owned (my oldest is a G3 Lombard). Anyway, the screen is beautiful in my opinion, though I'm not a creative professional so I don't have anything "scientific" to back up my claim. It just looks great compared to every other screen I've seen out there. I don't really game on it, so I can't comment there. The audio is the best I've heard on ANY laptop, period. The speakers are fantastic, and easily do in a bind if I don't have a stereo or earbuds with me. The battery life is very good, though I don't think it will live up to Apple's 8 hour claims. I turn off auto graphics switching though, that is probably why my battery drains faster than in Apple's tests.
I understand there are PC laptops out there that offer an actual 4-core i5 or i7 instead of the mobile dual core version (uses hyperthreading so the computer "sees" 4-cores). But I found those laptops to be too bulky, heavy (no, the 17 inch MBP is NOT heavy, if you think it is go to the darned gym!), and have terrible battery life. Also, they compromise on the screen quality, so it was another MacBook for me!
Pros Connection to the internet and web browsing. Equipment eye candy.
Cons very expensive that requires additional expenditure to do common chores. Will not connect to local netword (PC based) w/out additional purchase of Apple Hardware. Customer service with both Apple and B&H Photo Video was frustrating.
Summary Do NOT purchase! And do not purchase from B&H Photo Video.
Incredible Picture quality
Very User Friendly
Cons No blueray player
Summary My Friend Mac
The newest line of computers from Apple the Macbook Pro 17" may appear to have the same cosmetic aluminum unibody as its forerunners. But the major changes have transpired under the hood of this bad boy. This laptop is far more advanced than any other on the market today. I would highly recommend this laptop, especially to people that are interested in graphic design, photography, music production, or editing of any kind. Don't get me wrong this computer is perfect for just about anyone. It is incredibly user friendly and easy catch on to all the marvelous features the Macbook Pro line has in store for its customers.
Apple has finally has left the Intel Core 2 Duo processors in the dust, and moved on to the new core i7 processor. Meaning that the laptop will perform twice as fast as its predecessors, easily breezing through every arduous task such as HD video editing, editing photographs, and recording audio tracks. OS X Lion is specifically designed to use every last trace of performance from the processors. With this in mind, this new processor allows you to have more open programs running all at one time. Have you ever had your computer slow down when you have a couple programs running at the same time? With this new processor you will never have this issue unless you are insane and run a million programs at once.
Not only did they upgrade the processor to make it faster but they upgraded the graphics card as well. The new high performance Radeon AMD graphics card enables you to see more frames per second in HD videos and video games. This enables the video games to have more responsiveness and speed than ever before. To go along with this incredibly fast graphic card the Macbook Pro also has the newest technology in display. The older models had LCD displays; this new model has an LED display, which makes everything a lot more crisp and clearer than ever before.
If this isn't enough the Macbook Pro has a track pad (mouse) that is incredibly advanced for laptops. The track pad has hundreds of features that no other laptop company is doing right now. There are far to many features that the track pad can do to name them all. However the two fingered scroll without pressure applied, and the pinch to zoom in on the page or image features are by far two of my personal favorites.
As far as laptops in today's society the MacBook Pro is easily number one in my books. I will never go back to a PC, because the MacBook Pro computers run a lot smoother and are easier to use. I would give this computer a 9 out of 10 simply because it is insanely fast and user friendly. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 out of 10 is because Apple hasn't brought the blue ray player to their computers. This is the only feature that I feel needs to be incorporated. Although no other companies at the present time have blue ray players intergraded either. I would recommend this laptop to anyone because of all the features that no other laptops on the market have. There are so many features incorporated in this laptop that I could go on for days. This bad boy is a must have in every household go buy yours today!
Pros Big screen, great resolution, cool factor, speed.
Cons Still don't know how to import my music library & Apps from my Windows computer to this Mac!
Summary First off, I'm a guy that loves lifting heavy weights in the gym, so weight was never an issue for me. The issue was always screen real estate and a keyboard where I can type most comfortably and the MBP fits the bill. My only gripe is the inability to transfer or my lack of knowledge of how to transfer my iTunes library & Apps to this Mac, despite this fact I give this a "5" because I'm sure if I research enough I'll find the solution. should have made the switch faster but I always had access to Macs and it wasn't until this model came out did I feel a need to actually own one. Right on Apple.
Pros nice for just Mac OSX
Cons Terrible when you try and use Bootcamp or Windows or AppleCare.
Summary Here is my experience trying to get Windows running properly using Bootcamp... specifically trying to get the drivers for my Macbook Pro installed in my Windows installation after having lost the Mac OSX install CD that comes with the computer:
I have been waiting for 1 month to get an Apple installation disk sent to me in the mail, so I can install the MacBook Pro Drivers (trackpad, keyboard, wireless, videocard, iSight, etc.) on my Bootcamp Windows Installation. These are the steps I've had to go through so far, and still Apple has been UNABLE TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE for me.
1) I called AppleCare to find how to install drivers for my new Windows 7 installation on Bootcamp. I no longer have the Apple OSX Install DVD that came with my computer, so I was told to go pick one up from a Mac Store. (20 minutes)
2) I drive to the nearest Mac store, with my laptop, get there and am told that it is impossible for them to give me an installation DVD. It has to be sent from the factory and is custom to my laptop (what BS is that?), and so I have to order it from AppleCare. (1 hour and 30 minutes with driving and returning to my house)
3) I call AppleCare a 2nd time to order the installation disk. I tell them how I need these drivers ASAP and am told it should take between 3 and 5 days... most likely 3 days though. I ordered on a Friday or Thursday and they say expect it in the mail on the following Tuesday. (20 minutes on the phone)
4) 2 weeks pass an no Mac OSX Installation Disc. I call AppleCare to ask whats up. I speak to a representative, who says they are going to check and they end up hanging up on me. (15 minutes)
5) I call a second time? I speak with a representative. Am put on hold again and then am transferred to a more senior associate? Krista. And am told it is only just leaving the warehouse and to wait a few more days. (30 minutes)
6) Installation disc arrives 1 week later, I pop it in and the drivers are no where to be found on the disc. I call AppleCare. Hold for 15 minutes to speak with someone. I speak with someone, and he has to put me on hold to figure out how to install the drivers? 20 more minutes. He comes back and says Apple doesn't support anything related to Windows, and that all he can tell me to do is to put the Apple Mac OSX CD into my computer while Windows is running. DOESN'T WORK. I ask to speak with a supervisor. 10 minutes on hold, and then am disconnected. (45 minutes)
7) I try calling Krista with the extension she gave me, she isn't available. (5 minutes)
8) I call AppleCare again. Initial hold 10 minutes. Speak with Brittany, she has me put the disk in and out twice. Check all the folders multiple times. Restart the computer into Apple, check for software updates? I was completely up to date. Download a Bootcamp updater for windows? which is useless since I don't have the initial Windows Bootcamp for windows installed? because I'm supposed to get that from the MacOSX install CD which they sent me, but it isn't on there. She puts me on hold again for a Senior Advisor. I speak with the senior advisor, Eric, spend a half hour or so and he has no idea how to install the drivers. All anyone can say is that there should be a setup.exe on my MacOSX DVD that I waited a month for Apple to send to me. Finally hangs up saying he will do some research and will call me back. (1 hour and 20 minutes)
TOTAL TIME SPENT SO FAR? 5 HOURS and 5 MINUTES.
HOW LONG HAVE I WAITED TO GET THE ISSUE RESOLVED? 1 MONTH
IS THE ISSUE RESOLVED? NO!!!
I work as a consultant, and bill at $100 dollars an hour. So basically I'VE LOST $500 DEALING WITH APPLE CUSTOMER SUPPORT, and still no one can tell me how to get the drivers running properly for windows. All I'm told is that my MacOSX disc should have a setup.exe file, and because it doesn't all they can do is send me the identical disc again (Apple apparently makes it impossible to get the drivers for my computer at their Apple stores or over the internet)? so I can go on this Marry-Go-Round all over again.
A much better use of my time would have been to work those 5 hours, take my $500 and go buy a Windows PC.
If anyone from Apple reads this, they can contact me at email@example.com.