Pros Weight, Sleek cool design, Illuminated Keys, Mag safe cord, Nice Bright Screen, oh and did I mention it's a mac running on intel?
Cons not awhole lot of APPS available for it.
Summary The last time I have ever used a Mac was in High School playing the old school Sim City, and that was that. I've always been on a PC eversince. I am an artist using Photoshop, Painter, and some occasional Premiere who loves to travel alot, so naturally I was really excited when I heard about the Macbook Pro. The Specs are just to good to be true. Anyhow enough of the specs, I'm sure you know them already. Instead let me give you guys my experience as a first time MACBOOK PRO user.
I come from a techy family (everybody has a laptop or some sort of LCD device with them) and I have to say the Macbook Pro has the brightess, most crisp screen I have ever seen on a portable device. I love the ambient light sensor...the screen dims automatically when your in a dark room, reducing eye strain.
The Keyboard is a good size, the sensitivity on them feels just right. I also like the lighted keys (which I believe has been available since the Powerbook days). I just wish the arrow tabs were a bit bigger.
Man..real estate is the word for this thing. anymore bigger and I can use my wacom pen. The double finger scrolling is just a blessing, I can't see myself opreating a touchpad without this feature...ever. The factory setting for the touchpad sensitivity is just perfect for me, not to slow not to fast. No complains in this department.
The MAG SAFE CORD. I really can't say much about this since I haven't had any real life cord trip accident, I just hope it works when that time comes.
The heart and soul of a mac, this is the reason why I switch to a MAC...the OS X. This operating system is just handsdown the best, most user friendly I have ever seen. Sharing files, networking, Print sharing, etc, has never been this easy. iLife just fits my digital lifestyle, from movies, to Pictures, to Front frow. It's almost been two weeks since I got this and I have to say, this is one stable Operating System. My brother got his Sony with Windows media center at about the same time as me and he has had several encounter with the blue screen of death already. I haven't encountered any froozen program or sudden crashes...and I hope I don't in the future. If you are a G5 user, and realy heavily on APPs like Photoshop, Final Cut, etc. then I'd say hold of till those programs are running native on the MAC/INTEL sytems.
On average my battery usually last two and half hours with screen brightness set to 4 bars and itunes running. Not bad for relaxing in the backyard, coffee house or doing stuff on the road.
I really don't know what the advantage of having an Intel core duo is (number wise), but I do know it's fast. loading iPhoto and iTunes is just a full if not a half a bounce away. Loading the OS. is fast too! you say Macbook Pro three times and bam! it's there. I rarely see the spinning rainbow cursor. I guess opting for the 7200rpm Harddrive helps with the loading speed too. The 256 Video memory is a real thrill for a digital artist like myself. The built in webcam is a nice touch, specially if your always on the road and would like to communicate with love ones. The Mini Control is pretty cool too, a good pair with FRONT ROW and showing stuff to clients.
Overall, my switch to MAC (Specially with the Macbook Pro) has been a pleasant one. Apple making their own software and hardware means better compatibility and less down time. It works the way it's suppose to, you get what you pay for...Period!.
"Pure Genious"on by callaghan001
Pros Fast, brilliant design, Excellent screen, Brilliant included software
Cons You could fry an egg on the bezel after a lot of work.
Summary I was a long time PC user and never really contemplated switching to mac until I saw the Mac book pro. Since recieving the laptop i have realised the futility of windows XP. My MBP (Mac Book Pro) has not once slowed down or crashed. The only time I had a problem was when I attempted to install windows XP SP2 through Boot camp. I recieved a blue screen of death followed by a restart, typical windows.
The MBP is brilliantly designed with the whole case measuring a awe inspiring 1" when closed. It includes an isight camera in the top of the screen and the display itself acts as a Flash when using the included photo booth programme.
iLife, Mac OS 10.4.7, Safari, Dashboard, and Photobooth are just some of the included brilliant programe. iLife is one of the best programes I have ever used. From itunes for music to imovie for all my home movies. Safari blows IE out of the water completely with its reliability and lack of error reports.
As you have probably heard from other reviews, the speed of this machine is unbelieveable. itunes launches in mere milliseconds while Mac OS itself launches in about 10-15 seconds.
Another interesting feature I found is voice activation. It seems like something out of star trek when you think of yourself saying from accross the room "Computer do X"
I find it personally handy to be able to say from accross the room "computer what time is it" and have the computer respond in a relatively normal voice.
The only con I could find in the MBP is the heat. When i was installing windows for example the heat was unreal. I would almost be sure an egg could be fried on the laptop case.
In conclusion, it is the best laptop I have ever had, and I have had quite a few. I would recomend this laptop for anyboady who is considering purchasing laptop either for PC or MAC. And for aybody who is undecided wether to stay with PC or switch to MAC just take the plunge and go MAC. I did and i dont regret it!
Pros looks, functionality, i guess it's pretty fast
Cons Runs hotter than expected, Speakers are sub-par but then again I've never heard good speakers off of a laptop
Summary Being a first timer over here, I can't really tell how much Apple has stepped up or hasn't stepped up with this computer. Having used PC's my whole life, I've always thought that computers and humans had to be mortal enemies, but with Apple computers are your friends! I'm not a hippie, I just like it when technology makes sense.
Pros This laptop is going to kill other competitors. Form is amazing.
Cons Compatibility with software and battery life?
Summary This laptop is beautiful in my opinion. The only downfall that I can see thus far is the compatibility with other software. Granted, through time there will be more Universal programs. However, until then, those of us with the laptop will just have to wait. My friend got the MacBook Pro, but I am waiting for the 17 in to come out, or i HOPE they get one to come out. Plus, the transition to the Intel Chips is going to help Mac with gaming so much. My friends MacBook has almost MORE power than another friends custom made PC....with the exception of HD space, but can be easily matched with an external HD. Thats cool.
Pros Speed, Display, MagSafe, iLife '06
Cons Case durability, lossy AirPort, mis-aimed iSight
Summary I've bought a new Mac per year since 1984, for personal use and for my small business. Here's my take on the MacBook Pro hardware after a week's use:
I feared that the smaller 15" screen would feel like a step down from my 17" G4 PowerBook, but the higher-DPI display makes it seem like a lateral move. No dead pixels, unlike my 20" iMac's display which arrived with one stuck on bright blue. I also like that the display's hinge is much stiffer than my G4, which had the tendency to flop closed when tilted forward. My only complaint about the display is some noticeable "tearing" when scrolling web pages in Safari.
The innovative MagSafe Connector is a godsend (in theory), considering I had spent $210 on replacement power adapters for the previous defective ones whose plugs had a tendency to fray and fall off under normal use. However, I've found it frustrating that the MagSafe falls out way too easily. All it takes is the upward pressure from a puffy blanket or comforter-- a layer I find necessary to keep the case from over-warming my lap.
Very impressive, overall. I'm not interested in Boot Camp as a scenario (until you can switch OSes on the fly), but Microsoft's RDC still works just fine for remoting into my PC running Windows.
This is my only Mac of three (plus one PC) that has trouble staying connected to my AirPort network. Whenever the MacBook falls asleep, upon waking it is unable to find my network (or any other) until a Restart. Very frustrating!
The MacBook appears to have the same painted silver finish on the case as the previous aluminum G4's. This means in less than a month of my skin touching the palm rest, it will become black and pitted. I can't believe Apple hasn't addressed this design flaw in over two years of consumer complaints. They didn't even include any protective skins, presumably because that would admit liability. I had to purchase a 2nd case top for my G4 at a cost of over $200 and it too started corroding in a month. In the face of Apple's iPod nano fiasco (where the finish scratches far too easily), you have to wonder how a company can continue making such correctable mistakes.
The backlighting is finally useful. It was far too dim on the G4.
The built-in iSight webcam is great. But, every iSight I've bought (including the one built into the iMac) is aimed off to the right. So you have to turn your Mac to the left to center yourself. Apple might be accounting for people not centering their displays to make room for a mouse on the right side, but that just doesn't make sense for a laptop. Worse, there appears to be no way to adjust the iSight to aim straight ahead.
I noticed the CD/DVD slot is moved down lower into the case. This should help prevent the problem of binding after the case takes a few jolts and dents. I had taked my G4 around the world where it took its share of abuse, and it became quit a trick to eject a disc without getting stuck on the upper case near the slot's opening. I'm not happy that the drive is slower than on the G4's, but after burning a backup DVD it wasn't too big of a deal.
If you're used to importing photos from a Compact Flash card via a PC Card adapter, forget it. The MacBook has a newer card slot so without a new adapter, you'll be stuck using a USB cable.
Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase. The price/performance ratio was a good value, even in the face of the inevitable 17" version. I also felt my 17" G4 was a bit large for a notebook, anyway.