Pros Look, this is a excellent computer for 99% of home users, thats what it was designed for and it suits its role near perfectly, its not a gamers rig, or a million terraflops wonder computer or even a sandwich press, its just a very nice home computer.
Cons I'll say it now and get it out of the way, i'm bias towards apple products,i see no real issues with the computer. that being said i'am aware that there are thing they can't do, and concede that some people don't like macs
Summary lets start with this is a terrible computer, absolutely woeful...
... if your buying it with the deluded idea that it isn't a computer designed for every day tasks and is in fact some form of supercomputer that could outwit deep blue in a game of chess, or cut through crysis like a warm knife through butter. It is a machine for your modern everyday user, the guy (or girl) interested in keeping in contact with friends on facebook, playing around with their photos and listening to music, watching movies, ETC. It doesn't include a couple of things that people love to bring up, no esata, no blu ray, no hdmi, no cheese grater, but those people often miss the point of apple product, and ignore the who the intended user is, then project themselves into a hypothetical situation where apple has stolen their hard earned cash and replaced it with a laptop they never wanted (and i suspect if it ever did include those features they wouldn't buy one anyway, on principal ) then they make there way to a tech site and write up an outraged review.
The fact is this review is useless, all the reviews a pretty much useless, because only two types of people read them, mac users or soon to be mac users that want a new computer are looking for a excuse to buy one, or windows users that feel for what ever reason apple has no business makeing things and this some how hurts them, and the only way to heal such a pain is with fire, flamebait filled fire. All in all my word don't mean much, but if think you'll enjoy owning and using the computer, then go ahead and get one, there nice machines that run well and are extremely well built, but i won't lie to you and tell you that there cheap, there not, and i won't tell you that your getting hardware you can't get from another company, because you can, but when it all boils down to it, the whole is more then the sum of its parts and by purchasing a mac, your getting an experience you can't get else where and in my opinion no dell or hp will match it.
Pros only 4.5 lbs, aluminum structure beautiful and sturdy, built in camera, backlit keyboard, screen colors are AMAZING, long battery life, touchpad like second nature, no bloatware :D
Cons cant think of any...
Summary Ok, starting out, this is my first Mac. I have wanted one since freshman year of college (2006). My first college computer was a 15 inch Dell inspiron clunker that got almost no battery life and was slow and huge, and well, a PC. I never realized how annoying PC's were until using Macs, and finally found the time, money, and model combination that fit me. I bought my Macbook Pro 13 inch aluminum unibody model in late july. It has the baseline specs as I saw no need for a larger hard drive when I have an external already and 2.25 ghz is almost twice the speed of my dell. The operating system was familiar to me through playing with my friends' macs every chance i got. After playing with this baby for 4 days, I am hooked...here's my initial comments :D
~THe backlit keyboard is so awesome and comes in much handier than you think. It makes it so easy to see in the dark, and the ambient light sensor turns it on/off, but the amount of light is adjustable with the F5 and F6 keys.
~The design is absolutely gorgeous. I initially liked the all aluminum design of the previous generation MBP but i like the feel of the non aluminum keys better and the black accents look sharp.
~The glossy screen is not as bad as some people make it out to be. The glass looks really sharp if you keep it clean, but it does get smudgy easily, so don't touch the screen if you can avoid it.
~The light sensor also adjusts the screen brightness to lower levels in lower light (also manually adjustable with the F1 and F2 keys, but this is one less thing you have to worry about and also helps save battery life)
~Speaking of battery life, this thing is phenomenal. Apple boasts 7 hours of battery life on a charge, but as I sit here typing this review with iChat, Entourage, iTunes, and 3 Safari windows going, the battery meter in my menu bar shows 7:59 after I have already been working on battery for about 30 minutes. My old Dell got 2.5 hours on a good day with no wireless on and only typing notes in class.
~Some people stressed concerns about the aluminum getting warm under heavy use. I used this machine on battery for about 3-4 hours this morning on my lap with shorts on and noticed no detectable heat at all, let alone burning hot aluminum. This machine keeps its cool under a lot of pressure :D
~The new glass trackpad is a breeze to use. Older Macbook users may or may not like the removal of the button at the bottom. The bottom of the trackpad physically clicks down (the middle somewhat, no movement near the top) and the entire thing clicks with the tap of a finger much like PC's if you select this option. Finger swipe options are incredibly accurate and so handy. Two fingers scrolls up and down, side to side. Three fingers swipes pages and photos, etc. side to side. 4 fingers up or down activates expose and to the side switches between applications that are open but may not be showing. Hot corners can also be assigned in System Preferences.
~Some people may find that the edge of the notebook is a smidge "sharp" compared to older models for the sake of aesthetics. I have small hands so this is not an issue with me as the edge sits halfway down my forearm, but for some with larger hands, this may sit uncomfortably at the wrist joint.
~Microsoft Office 2008 does not come standard, but a trial version can be downloaded for 30 days with no obligation to buy at the official product site. I found this software easy to use and Outlook users will find the switch to Entourage easy and pleasant. My Day is a desktop staple that acts as a mini Palm Pilot and is very useful.
~No bloatware comes on Macs!! I uninstalled NOTHING on this machine and have not even had enough time to learn how to play with GarageBand and iMovie. Also, the Apple site has thousands of Freeware and Shareware programs under "downloads" that make your Mac your own.
~Dashboard is so much fun and keeps your desktop clear of all the widgets which Google Desktop and Vista cram into one sidebar. Again, thousands of widgets available with more added every day. Pops open upon a click or a press of F4.
~All the function keys work without any of the applications clicked. I can have iTunes skip a song when the screen is nowhere in sight and Expose can be popped up anytime via F3 or 4 finger swipe up.
~Mac OS is such a breeze to use. It's pretty, fun to use and very intuitive. Things go where you think they should be and if they aren't, search for it in Spotlight. Time Machine i have yet to set up but is an awesome feature and is more useful in case you delete something more so than if the Mac crashes since Macs rarely crash (no viruses or virus scans!!)
~All in all, this is worth the upgrade from the Macbook. It's beautiful, it works hard and plays hard and seems like a hefty price tag if you are coming from the discount PC world where you get what you pay for if you buy a $400 model. This functions as a desktop replacement computer with a thin and light chassis. I will never go back to PC:D
Pros Mac OS X Snow Leopard, super fast, hard drive storage, small and sleek design, large trackpad, firewire, SD card reader, backlit keyboard, extra long battery life, NOT a Vista PC.
Cons Few software glitches switching over and miss my delete key
Summary My old Sony Vaio had crashed a couple of times and I was so ready to get a new laptop. The only thing I was sure of was that I did not want a computer with Windows Vista/7. The Apple store had their student promotion to buy a Mac and get a free iPod Touch so I figured why not.
I just bought the MBP a few days ago and love it already. This is the first Mac I have ever used and I was worried it would take forever to learn how to use but it is very easy. The first thing I had to do was upgrade the OS to Snow Leopard. This took about 45 minutes but every time it would reboot it seemed to go faster. I then transferred my files over and was pleased that this was straight forward.
I spent a bit of time setting up the system preferences I wanted for the computer. I really like the multitude of choices available and how everything is laid out on one tab as opposed to the different views of Windows settings. I was cautious about the trackpad because I did not know how it would work but now it is my favorite feature. I was able to customize the trackpad and now I cannot imagine using anything else.
The MBP only takes approximately 10 seconds to start up and 5 to shut down. This beats my PC which would take about 20 minutes to load up and 2 minutes to shut down which was so frustrating when needing to complete a quick task. After turning on the computer, Safari can load a page so fast that I do not have time to blink. The hard drive space is more than enough for my documents and iTunes. One additional thing that I have noticed is that this computer barely heats up after long use and stays very cool.
The only cons I have experienced are with moving my Palm Desktop and Yahoo! Site Builder software over. After a little research I learned that the Mac Palm Desktop software will sync with a PDA on Tiger and Leopard but not Snow Leopard. I mostly want this software for the calendar so I will use iCal instead and sync with my new iPod Touch. The Yahoo! Site Builder is strictly for Windows so I guess I will have to keep it on my PC and drag it out when I need to update my websites which is not often. The other thing that takes awhile to get used to is not having a PC delete key. There is a delete key but would be considered the PC backspace key. It will be hard getting used to highlight text or move the cursor to the end of the word I want to delete but is really not a big deal.
Overall, I am so happy to not have the headaches I had with my PC and am totally happy with my investment in this computer. I really appreciate the quality of Apple's products and am pleased to know that I will not be stuck with an expensive paper weight in 2 years.
Pros Faster processor, memory, larger hard drive, great LED screen, great graphics, etc, etc. Firewire 800. SD card reader. Great multi-touch trackpad. Mac OS X (soon Snow Leopard). Amazing aluminum design. Backlit keyboard. All at a CHEAPER price.
Cons Once you have one, you'll (most likely) never buy another PC laptop again.
Summary What's more to say? Everything's better for a cheaper price.
Latest Intel Core 2 Duo, with 1066 MHz frontside bus and 3MB L2 cache.
Latest and fastest 1066 MHz DDR3 memory.
Nvidia Geforce 9400m, one of the best mobile graphics units available.
New long lasting battery.
Backlit keyboard and large glass multitouch trackpad.
Amazing, light, and sturdy aluminum chassis.
LED high quality screen.
Firewire 800, SD card slot. Wireless N.
And best of all, OS X (with Snow Leopard coming soon).
Pros Ergonomic design, solid laptop, easy to use while on the go or at home
Cons I have MAC Book Pro 2.26 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB purchased in June 2009. Battery life tops out at approx 4 hours or under with low display lighting and keyboard lighting off. I will take it to Genius Bar to get this checked out.
Summary I use both Windows XP and Mac on this laptop via VMWare Fusion. Get the best of both. There are some things you just cannot do on the MAC and some you just cannot do on the PC. Do not regret at all buying the MAC except for the battery life.Took my MAC to the Apple Store and the battery check proved it to be not defective. In fact they showed me a neat feature. If you display the time instead of percentage for battery life you can see the life fluctuate as you are using different programs hence able to identify programs that are power hogs.
I also understand that the battery can be replaced but only by Apple. I do have the Care Plan so let's see what Genius Bar says.
Backups with Time Machine are awesome and so is internet connectivity.
Most folks do not realize that while Apple touts you do not need virus protection, one does need to have a firewall for privacy protection. I believe you can get Little Snitch to do this. Still have to buy this. I have been told you cannot create html based videos using most of MAC's software like Camtasia studio does and that's a big drawback. Easy to create standard videos etc. Very easy upload and integration with Youtube and other social media sites like Facebook.
Neat iChat feature let's you do video conferencing as well.
I did order and get the Snow Leopard but have still to load it so do not know if I will have any issues with it.
Overall a good buy except for the battery life....
Updated on Sep 9, 2009
I was browsing websites like CNN and watching the news videos which do consume more power. Now I can track my usage appropriately. I do have a lot going on my laptop and when I check the guidelines vs my usage I have no complaints at all.
I also upgraded to Snow Leopard and installation was flawless first time around.
My system is a bit slow to boot compared to when I first bought it but then I have a lot on my system.
I upgrade my rating to 4.5 stars out of 5. They loose .5 due to lack of privacy software.
Absolutely no regrets going with the MAC.....beautiful piece of hardware and great ergonomics and fantastic performance to date. Best of both the MAC and Windows via VmWare Fusion
Updated on Dec 21, 2009I have been using my MacBook Pro since July 2007 without any problems at all. Have VMWare running on it and have upgraded to Snow Leopard. Excellent buy, I have 4 gigs of RAM with 1 gig for the windows running under VMWare.