Pros The new battery life
The huge hard drive
The graphics capabilities
the adjustable backlit keyboard
the track pad
Cons Ambient light sensor not as accurate as I would like,
I am nervous about the sealed battery in the long run
Summary I had purchased the late 2008 macbook pro, the 2500 dollar high end one, thirteen days ago and after several visits to the Apple store, I finally was able to exchange my old laptop for this new one. I love it. The battery life on it is incredible, often time surpassing Apple's claim of seven hours. Games play brilliantly and it runs doom 3 (yes I know, not exactly state of the art, but graphics intensive none the less) on full performance without a hitch. The aluminum frame feels sturdier than ever, and the hinge feels more durable too. I am digging in the new SD card slot for my camera as well.
Pros Screen - Great colors on a laptop screen and the LED backlight is awesome. Glare can be an issue.
SD Card Reader - good addition
Battery Life - I don't want to carry a second battery, I just want it to last and it does as advertised.
Cons USB Ports - 2 is just not enough
Mini Display Port - Just a way for apple to get an extra 30 bucks for adapters
Switching CPU's - I agree with the review. You shouldn't have to log out and back in.
Summary I too had recently purchased a 2008 version MacBook Pro and was heartbroken when the new ones came out. Fortunately one call to my Apple Store landed me the updated version with little hassle and the switch between computers made me a believer in Time Machine. Truly Seamless. But on to the computer...
This is far and away the best computer I've ever owned, desktop or laptop. The extra memory and larger hard drive is very noticeable over the previous model. I get very little lag running multiple programs and running Windows and Leopard simultaneously has been hardly noticeable.
Battery life is maybe my favorite feature between the new model and the old. I spend a lot of time just on the web or in word processing and I've had no trouble getting 6-7 hours. What I really like is how accurate the countdown timer is based on your program usage.
Design wise the aluminum body is well beautiful. My only beef is the rest area for your wrists. The edge is a very sharp precise 90-degree edge and it rubs/scratches a bit. Not the most comfortable when typing. The outside (monitor top and bottom are rounded and a little rounding here would have gone a long way in long-term comfort. Keyboard and mouse live up to the apple standards here that make it a joy to type on for long periods once you get use to the spacing if you're not already.
As mentioned in the cons I really think the USB ports should be addressed by Apple. 2 is lagging for sure. Also the mag safe power adapter is convenient but slips off a little too much for my taste and the mini display port while nice in size is just an annoyance unless you plan on paying a big premium for the Apple Display.
The screen and overall design is the final winner for me. It's a great screen with top line resolution and colors and contrast that I haven't seen on any other display. The whole computer is just so well built and solid feeling that it is worth the apple premium, especially at the new price points. Just go out and pickup some of the other notebooks and Apple blows it away.
This is definitely one of the surest purchases I've made. I sat on the sidelines a while trying to justify a new computer and the move back to Apple and the wait was worth it.
Pros Much better than any other PC I have ever used. Outstanding speed and the SD Card Slot comes in handy a handful of times. The amount of recharges you can do with one battery and the life-range of the battery is excellent.
Cons The sealed battery compartment isn't really a bonus; but that does deduct from all the goodness of the MacBook Pro.
Summary Best laptop ever.
Pros Super quality construction, good feel to the keyboard, awesome touchpad, chose the anti-glare screen and it is bright and clear, easy intuitive interface - really everything about the laptop is top notch
Cons Price much higher than a typical PC
Summary Used PC's for years and never considered a Mac until after recently purchasing an iPhone. The iPhone was so great and my research of reviews all pointed to a Mac when I decided to switch to a Mac. Only had the Mac for a couple of weeks but I really love it! Awesome construction, easy intuitive software - just an overall quality product. Was a very easy shopping experience at the Apple retail store.
The only thing for me was getting used to the Mac was a little bit of a learning curve. Easy to navigate and figure out by Mac 101 tutorials but just the same switching from a PC did take a little bit of patience. The salesman at the store recommended the classes and the one on one program. I am surely not a "techy" but was able to figure out how to do everything on the Mac that I needed to over the course of a weekend without any classes or live support.
I also was pleasantly surprised by the office software components that easily transfer between the Microsoft office and the Mac. No need to purchase additional software. I was able to e-mail myself Excel files from work, make changes and adjustments in Numbers, then e-mail it back to work. No issues with the spreadsheets switching between the software. No "saving as" - just seemed to know what to do with them. As I've mentioned before this Mac is very intuitive.
Very satisfied customer thus far!
Pros Excellent all around laptop! Why didn't I change years ago? This a an exceptional piece of equipment. Nice 15inch screen, excellent colors, back light keyboard with auto or manual on/off, great sound and nice track pad. Excellent battery life 7+hrs
Cons The screen swings towards closing when moved quickly - from picking up or from lap position. Takes sometime to get use to.
Summary I have been a pc user since 1996 - 13 years experience in pc repairs and pc building. I have a excellent backround using Microsoft products in troublshooting and consulting. I owned numerous laptops, pc's and custom built computers. I never thought of using or purchasing any Mac products until recently. In my search for a laptop, i purchased the Thinkpad t400s for around the same price - has nothing on this Macbook pro! To have a laptop that has tons of useful software, slot drive dvd writer, back lit keyboard, amazing 15 inch screen..my jaw is on the floor! This is an easy system to learn and it's fun. I feel like a big kid trying to sleep the night before Christmas! The sound is excellent, everything you need is loaded in this MacPro book. The aluminum chassis looks very good and keeps the Mac cool. When you turn on the Mac - wow your on your desktop in seconds, much much faster than a pc or laptop loading into Windows. Very fast and excellent graphics. If your in the market for a new laptop and you can get past the price - the Macbook pro is for you! Don't worry about the switch from Windows to Mac, this system is new user friendly- you can dual boot and add the new Windows 7 if you just can't get away from Microsoft. I can go on - but to make this short "This is by far the best laptop out today"