Pros Very Powerful, Includes iSight and Frontrow, High Screen Resolution
Cons Expensive When Compared to Similar Laptops
Summary I got an opportunity to use a MacBook Pro for a day and I thought I would share my opinion.
Setting up the MacBook Pro is very simple, just like all Apple computers. Within a few minutes, the system was ready to run. The first thing you notice is the screen. In high resolution, the pictures is simple amazing. If you need high resolution for video/photo editing on the go, this is the laptop for you.
Like the iMac, performance received a significant boost. It is a very powerful computer. I reccommend upgrading to at least a gigabyte of RAM. At 512mb, multitasking can get a bit sluggish.
The keyboard is very comfortable and is backlit. The touch pad is very big and easy to use. I really like the touch pad scrolling. I am primarily a Windows user, so the one button was a bit hard to get used to. But you can connect a USB mouse if you want.
The built in iSight camera is very nice and quite handy. I like taking a picture of myself in PhotoBooth, using an effect, and making it my MSN Messenger (for Mac) display picture. Like the iMacs, the MacBook Pro also has FrontRow. It is a very nice idea, allowing you to listen to music, view picture slideshows, watch videos, and play DVDs. A small remote controls the whole thing. The remote doesn't have a storage area on the computer itself, making it a bit less portable. Also, I'm not sure how useful FrontRow will be on a laptop.
OS X is a blast to use, making tasks like ejecting CDs almost "fun". The built in iLife programs allow you to play and organize all of your pictures, music, and videos. You can burn high quality DVDs and even edit HD movies. Also, there is a web site creation program, though it lacks versatility.
Most people will need some type of word processing software, so iWork is almost necessary. For a mere $50 (with student discount) you can get a text/graphic design program in Pages and a presentation maker in Keynote. Pages can also function as a basic word processor and even a spreadsheet. Both programs are fully compatible with their Office counterparts.
Though it is an expensive, it is simply the best laptop I've ever used. You get tons of functionality and the included software makes up for the higher price when compared to a Windows laptop. After all, Apple includes almost all the software you would ever need to use right on the machine. Just be sure to get iWork or a similar program.
Pros Fast Processing, isight, magsafe
Cons Haven't found any yet
Summary I been using my Macbook Pro 1.83 with my Lacie 160 Gig external harddrive for about 1 day now and I can say its the best computer, let alone laptop I ever used. I am new to OS X and it is so easy to use. If your thinking of running Office 2004, it runs great like Steve Jobs stated at the Macworld conference, its very snappy and no slow ups. The performance is great, I got around 4 hrs with energy saver on, bluetooth, and Airport off. The is a fast machine I can tell you, you'll notice the power once you get going. If your going to do a RAM upgrade, a #0 philips screwdriver is needed, these screws where the RAM compartment is are like eyeglasses screws, very small. The isight and front row are awesome. I just did the caliberation of my battery and this magsafe technology is very cool. It does what it says and is easy to get in place. I have no complaints, no right speaker is louder than the left, or any vibrating noise that people are complaining about, this is a all around perfect machine and Im pleased with my purchase. Well this about covers all aspects of the computer, if your thinking of buying one, I would recommend this to anyone.
Pros Incredibly fast, universal binary programs are surreal in speed.
Cons Gets sassy at times w/ Rosetta, no firewire 800 or Dual Layer DVD-RW
Summary Let me say that this is my first mac, ever since the times of the ole green and black glory days of the macintosh. I have previously shunned macs because of their price and lack of support from many third party vendors but now I see why apple has an almost fanatic fanbase. The macbook pro booted up for me almost instantly, it booted up while my year old windows based notebook was showing me the windows xp loading bar.
I got the only macbook available the 1.83 ghz, and I will go so far as to say that 512mb of ram is too little for such a beautiful system. I will say that it's kind of putting a MacLauren F1 on a fixed track that only spans 400meters. That being said, I have ordered 2gigs of ram from crucial and I cannot wait to see how this baby cooks.
You can read how the techs stack up in other sites, and I am just going to say that the macbook has seemlessly fused with OSX "Tiger" and much like everything apple makes, is elegant and simply makes sense.
Pros Speed, Graphics, Style, Size, Screen
Cons Price, Battery (sort of 4 hours is good for me)
Summary I would rate this a 9 out of 10 because of the price and battery, however due to the super low ratings apple haters usually put up even though they have never probably used a mac I had to balance it out with a 10. (this is coming from someone whose used only PCs for about 10 years)
So i received my macbook pro a couple days ago and like another reviewer said, it literally loaded within 30 seconds or faster. I pressed the power button and when i looked back it was loaded. The Screen is so bright its amazing. It doesn't hurt your eyes like some people have said, it just is so crisp and combined with the video card makes for stunning photos and dvds. I purchased it with an upgraded 512+512 ram=1gb, and it has been more than sufficient. I definately suggest this upgrade (or better), for a processor this fast it would be a shame to slow it down with not enough ram.
The isight built in is a great feature. Isight before was $150, so when you think that this is integrated into the laptop it brings the price in my mind down by $150 (or vice versa think the powerbooks were $150 more). So its not a bad deal, especially with allthe software. I was a PC user most of my life, and everyone knows how expensive it is. Software makes a PC hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars more than the sticker tag. So when one looks at this new macbook, take that into consieration.
Now the battery gets a decent 4 hours, i havent tested it fully but I feel i could turn down the brightness, turn off the bluetooth and add atealst a 1/2 hour if not more to this. 4.5 hours is definately more than enough for me. I can find an outlet by then.
Lastly, like most apple products, it looks amazing. The sleek, titanium casing like the powerbooks makes this the coolest looking laptop on the market hands down. I also really enjoy knowing i wont have to worry about viruses or this system crashing.
Looking for the best laptop on the market? This has to be it
"I just got mine!"on by Chrisnwokc
Pros 3.5 hour battery, iSight cam, DUAL link DVI-I output, Gigabit Ethernet, 4+ times faster than previous 15" G4
Cons Waiting for Universal apps to hit the market. Shouldn't be a long wait.
Summary Mine is the base model with no upgrades. 1.83 Ghz Core-Duo, 512 MB RAM, etc... Here are a few notes on the 'pros' I listed.
Some people have been complaining about the battery life, not me. As with any laptop, battery consumption depends on how you use your machine. If you're in a program that uses the hard drive a lot, use the wireless device built-in, using firewire, and have the display at 100% brightness (you'll never need it that bright), then yeah, any battery is going to be drained quicker. Same with the MacBook Pro. I got over 3 hours use after the first full charge and I had the wireless going, burned a music cd and was doing all kinds of app testing.
The iSight built-in camera has a great picture for being a 'webcam'. I let a friend of mine watch me goof off for a while from his AIM connected PC while I was in iChat. Couldn't be easier to use, nothing to configure. It comes on instantly.
DUAL link DVI-I ... The MacBook comes with a DVI-to-VGA adapter (digital to analog). Worked great in either mirroring or extended desktop modes on my 19" LCD monitor. The DUAL part of the DUAL link means that it can support resolutions up to 2560x1600 (no plans to buy a 30" apple display yet, but at least I know my MacBook would handle it perfectly). I'll test it on a nice projector at my office this week. I'm sure it will be flawless.
Gigabit Ethernet. 10/100/1000 Mbps networking. No need to explain this. Needs a gigabit-capable router/switch and another machine with a gigabit NIC to use the full throughput. I'll be testing that out soon too.
And last, but certainly not least. The Core-Duo is a vast improvement over the G4 I used to have. The speed at which native apps run is just amazing. You click them and they are running. The Duo handles as many open apps as you'd need and doesn't slow down.
Now the con... Adobe, MS and MANY other venders have already pledged to have Universal versions of their apps ready soon. Having said that, I didn't notice Photoshop or MS Office running slow. They run as fast as they did on my G4 Powerbook. Maybe not as fast as they could be, but you won't loose productivity over it.
All-in-all, this is by far the best laptop I've used for it's time and place in the world of computers. Nitpick all you want, memory card readers, firewire 800, etc... They would be nice, but for a few extra bucks (and a few is relative to the $1999 spent on my MacBook) I can buy a USB card reader, USB/Firewire TV/HD tuner, S-video adapter, etc.