Pros I have just switched from a PC to this MacBook Pro and I am blown away. It's so fast, easy to use and stay organized. The graphics and ability to highlight folders, have Hot Corners, Expose & Spaces, Apps on the Dock instead of the desktop. Great!
Cons Only a software issue. Quickbooks isn't truly compatible, the Mac version doesn't work properly and there isn't a QB Premiere which I need for my business. I am trying to go all Mac for my new business, but have to have 1 PC just for QBP.
Summary I have been a PC girl all of my life, my daughter has been a Mac girl since she got her first computer at age 12. She is now 18 and in College and over the years she has detested my PC making it very clear that she will never speak to me again if my next computer wasn't a Mac. When the iPad came out I bought her one and was blown away at what an amazing tool it was and the Portfolio possibilities it had. So I bought one. I fell in love with Mac's capabilities right then and there. From that point on I was desperately trying to find an excuse to 'HAVE' to buy a new laptop. I finally figured out a good excuse and went and bought a 13 inch MacBook Pro the basic model. Less than two weeks later they came out with the Second Generation. I was pissed because had the sales people at Apple told me I would have waited. Turns out they don't know until the day they come out. I called and asked for a manager and thought I was going to have to get nasty with him/her. He was very accommodating and informed me that since it was less than two weeks I could return my computer for the Generation 2 model, no problem. Not only did I exchange it but I upgraded to the 13" i7 instead of the i5. I realized I would be downloading a lot of pictures and editing software so I wanted the best system the 13" had to offer. I am very mobile so the 13" is a perfect size.
Not only have I converted from being a PC girl, in the last 12 months I have purchased (for family members & business) 4- iPads, 2 - iPhones, 2-iPods, 1- Macbook 13" & a MacBook Pro. My husband who is quite a bit older than me and completely lost in the technological world, has struggled learning how to use his laptop & desktop for work. When I told him I was buying an iPad he argued with me that I didn't need one, it was a gimmick, waste of money, etc. I bought it anyway and once he started playing with it he realized it was so much easier to use. Easier to get on line, easier to type (bigger keys) easy to organize, easy to find folders, just easy period. Plus he lost a thumb in a woodworking accident which has made typing very difficult but it doesn't seem to matter when working on an iPad. It was the first time in our 17 years of marriage that he asked for a piece of technology. Because of his ease of use with the iPad his next computer will be a MacBook. Some people find the transition between a PC to a Mac challenging at first but because I had the iPad first it made the transition to the MacBook a breeze. I can't believe I have gone this many years without a MacBook. I am anal about my desktop being organized and it is so easy with the Mac System. iPhoto is amazing, I have struggled with organizing my pictures on my PC. The first software I purchased was Microsoft Office (God knows you can't live without Office)! I haven't used it once. Pages & Numbers are amazing. It's good to have Office to make all my documents compatible but as far as new documents & spreadsheets I won't be creating them in Office. iWorks has gone far beyond my expectations. Plus you can email the documents/spreadsheets in any format you don't have to save it in a special format before you send it.
Not only does this laptop find Wireless Internet at the drop of a hat it finds printers without installing the printer software, even if the printer isn't Wireless. All you have to do is plug in the USB cable connected to the printer and the software is instantly installed. I have never had that happen before. No more searching for the software disks.
I am now fully converted, MacBook Pro 13" i7 - iPad - iPhone 4 including Mobile Me which is amazing. Having everything sync is like magic. Everything is so organized and my files are easy to find, color coded which I love, great exciting Apps (its like Christmas every time you find a new App you want to download). The keys are nice and big and spread apart which makes typing a breeze especially for people with big hands like me. The MacBook Pro is light & thin which makes it a pleasure to travel with.
My Wish List:
I wish you could change the colors of the folders instead of highlighting the whole line. Right now the choices are grey and light blue. It would be nice to pick any color you want for all the folders then have certain folders a certain color so they are easy to find.
I am in love with Apple Products and will never go back to the PC world. Frankly I don't know how I survived this long in the lackluster world of PC's when the innovative, creative, mind blowing Mac world has been out there this whole time. Thank You Apple
Pros Great processor, track pad, perfect size
Cons Drop of graphics card
Summary This computer hits the spot for me. i have never and will never play games on my computer, just never my thing. for watching dvds and youtube the screen still looks great, its not HD, but if you would have told me it was i would have believed you. For me not being a PC gamer, this works great for me as an all around computer. its perfect size is great to carry with you, and its so powerful i can use it for all my school work and photo/ video editing. To me this is everything i need in a computer, and i know i can rely on it for a long time.
Pros New power full CPUs
New thunderbolt technology
Cons lack of entertainment Techs like: blue ray & HDMI.
We don't have devices to support thunderbolt as much as others.
Summary The new 13-inch Macbook pro is now the most valuable 13-inch in the market & this model is even more power full than the last 15-inch models( more performance , smaller size)
Pros Fast start-up/shut down/load times; Quality Construction; Well spaced backlit keyboard; Ease of use; Mukti-touch keypad; Speaker quality; Runs cool and quietly; Snob value!
Cons US Keyboard (" key in wrong place!);
Summary Apple turns an avid 20+ year PC user into a fanboy! If Apple can manage to turn me into a Mac evangelist then there's no hope for any of you PC bods out there!Oh yeah, I forgot to say, last night I got a tingling sensation...on my hands, whilst the MBP was plugged in and my hands/fingers were on the palm rest. Having googled it, the usual (had brains would be dangerous) concluded it was an electrical earthing problem. Knowing this to be ridiculous, I found that the cheapo acrylic blanket that I had on my lap was causing a static potential on the case. Check your knickers if you have this problem and listen to your mum and buy good old cotton ones!
You may have noticed my cons aren't full of the spec pros, like processor or graphics. That's because tech should be invisible. Tech is an enabler/facilitator and this is certainly true of my new MacBook Pro 13in base model. Of course, I've had the usual transitional problems but having a brain and memory is actually all you need to make the switch...oh and some extra dosh!
I was fortunate because I received a 14.1% educational discount since I lecture at a University. I actually got a whopping 75% discount on the AppleCare extended warranty too. I paid £48 for AC which retails at £199 in the UK. I also took advantage of my discount and specced my 13in base to 8mb RAM which is actually 1333MHz SDRAM not 1033MHz SDRAM as the CNET review says. My total bill was £1185.40 which included a discounted Airline Adaptor (about to starts a programme of 7 trips a year to India to teach) AppleCare, and One to One (£79 in UK, but no discount applies).
One to One is excellent. After having my Mac for 5 days (two of which were bank holidays in the UK, I have attended 3 personal sessions and 2 workshops) One to One is a must have if you're a Mac newbie and the trainers are helpful, patient, friendly and knowledgeable. This certainly helps make the transition quicker since any niggles like "ah but there is no delete key! Stupid Apple!" becomes "hold shift and backspace! Stupid Peter!" Once you get the idea that the menu bar is the active programme and that Finder is like Windows Explorer you're away. I always say that driving a car (in the UK) is easy, once you have clutch control and remember to give way to traffic on the right it's simple. PC to Mac is similarly simple and painless since they use Intel processors now.
I said to the Apple staff in Covent Garden that from the moment that I ordered the MBP to that point in time it was a first rate experience. This is where Apple really score: there augmented product is superb. Customer service is second to none. My delivery was quoted as two weeks because of a custom configuration coming direct from China. It was then delightful to see a new delivery estimate of 7 days, especially since my old laptop was out of commission. Imagine my delight when it turned up a day early!
Having moved from HP to Mac there is no comparison. Indeed, my university which is the most research intense University in Europe often supplies laptops to Masters students (ours do real consultancy) and our IT services flatly refuse to supply HP laptops. My HP cost £820 (discounted from £950 (so not much less than base £999 Apple MBP 13in)) and in its first year it had 2 batteries. By the middle of the second year its battery lasted a pathetic 45mins and by the end of that year I was lucky if I managed to get 10 mins. Disgraceful, especially as when I asked my group of 4 Masters students about their laptops and 3 had HPs and all 3 had the same issue. Imagine my delight when yesterday I started work on my MBP at 0730hrs and at 1415hrs it was still showing 1hr15mins left. Admittedly I turned the screen down and only had Keynote open, but nevertheless 7 hour plus is the stuff of orgasms, let alone dreams after having a £950 HP lump of cr*p. Battery life is phenomenal and just what I need for what will become frequent teaching trips to India where the power supply mandates a Gold Series Belkin surge protector because it's so unstable.
The keyboard is superb, with the right weight and crucially the best spacing I have ever used on any machine. I am a slowish touch typist and I am so much more accurate with only the occasional look at the keyboard, necessitated by my laptop having a US layout with the @ key being where the " should be. However, that's a small gripe and worth it for the amazing backlighting which makes it feel like you are controlling a console on the Starship Enterprise!
The unibody construction is a work of industrial design excellence. True it's heavy, but that weight feels more like reassuring solidity than "arm bending fatigue" like my old 15in HP which having weighed them both was a full 2lbs heavier. The construction of the case feels like you have a £1000 laptop unlike the flimsy plastic of Apple's rivals. Another plus is that this laptop runs almost imperceptibly quietly. Again, the HP sounded like i was on the Heathrow flightpath. This was caused by the fan because my HP used to run incredibly hot. In fact, had I been a litigious American I would have and should have sued HP. One night I fell asleep with it on my lap and woke up with a burn on my leg from one of the case ridges. At no point have I found the MBP to be anything other than cool and I'm writing this with it resting on my lap which is covered by a goosedown duvet. Try doing that with a HP and you'd find the machine sounding like a 747 taking off and a nice burning sensation in your groin without the fun from the night before to pay off. (Never had that, but I'm a latent stand up comedian!)
The sound from the in-built speakers whilst devoid of a thumping base is definitely more than adequate and in fact acceptable to listen to music on, unless it's metal or drum and bass. However, the sound bounces off the screen and is directed towards the right height for your ears. It's clear with good definition and no tinniness, unlike, you guessed it, the Altec Lansing equipped HP I had.
A great delighting feature of the MBP for me was the discovery of the Dashboard and the mini-apps/widgets or accessories (as MS calls them). However, unlike Windows, these are downloadable and truly useful. I know that portal sites like Yahoo have had customisable home screens for years, but this is functionality on a whole different scale and without the need to log onto the internet. There are some truly useful ones like a currency converter (yes, India trips again, did you know that a senior IT programmer gets paid around $10,000 a year! Good job a can of Coke costs about 17 cents then!) Other great widgets are Apple Events (so I can get my money's worth on One to One), translation (though I'm certain it's not as accurate as Google translator) and being able to get Calculator at the touch of a button. (Though you can use Spotlight Search as a calculator by just typing the equation in!...more Mac multi-functionality)
The trackpad is a work of inspired genius from ballistic scrolling which matches the speed of "stroking" with the speed of on-screen scrolling to four finger expose or three finger previous page is a game changer again.
Like many PC users I have legacy files which I cannot be without. In my case Powerpoint and Word from 1998 versions of Office. My university will install the Mac version when I'm next in, but in the meantime I downloaded the free 30 day trial. Then I found out that there is a similar trial for iWorks, and may I say that it's a hundred times better than the equivalent MS products, though I haven't tried their Excel copy, Numbers. Pages and Keynote work with you and even a newbie like me could figure it out. I actually can't figure out Word and PowerPoint because yet again they've fiddled with the Toolbars when I just managed to figure out where everything was....well done Microsoft, you are helping everyone to migrate to Mac!
In fact, the slowness, lack of stability and the lack of function is primarily why I made the switch. I am sick of Windows which by making idiot proof they've complicated it beyond what is necessary. MS should stick to what they're good at.....Xbox and Kinect, failing that, hire some Apple programmers and give that OS a complete overhaul. Shamelessly rip off Apple,win a lawsuit and then get back on track. Until that happens everyone should buy a Mac. The price premium is worth the hassle-free, customer friendly, quality experience.
I am enthused and passionate about my Mac after 5 days. My girlfriend wants one now and I can't believe I waited so long to switch. I have benefitted from the educational discount, but apparently you can buy one for a student and register it in your name! Only problem is once that student sees your beautiful Mac they'll want one and they can't. The terms of the discount means that you can only buy one laptop and one desktop per year. Even at full price they are a bargain.
Buy a Mac and you'll put years onto your life by removing the stress from personal computing. If only Apple made cars and insurance policies then my life would be stress free.....Perhaps they should try making iWife too or more precisely iEx-wife!!
Updated on Apr 25, 2011
Pros Sandy Bridge CPU and Thunderbolt I/O port.
Unmatched Unibody construction
Best in class LCD screen, keyboard, and trackpad
Best in class OS with OS X Snow Leopard (and soon OS X Lion)
Runs Windows 7 via Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, or VMWare Fusion
Cons no discrete graphics.
Summary The aluminum unibody construction, excellent keyboard, and best in class trackpad make the MacBook Pro line an affordable luxury item. The user experience is in a completely different league when compared to similarly priced Wintel laptops. The addition of Sandy Bridge processors, 1333 GHz RAM, and Thunderbolt I/O make these the machine of choice for any serious content creation.