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5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible laptop!, 25 Oct 2011
Just got this laptop a few days ago from the Apple store not on Amazon but I am a usual Amazon customer so heres the place for my review ;)
First off, the thing that comes to everyones mind, The price and whats so special...?
You could say its over-priced and you wouldn't be wrong. You could say its great value for what you get and you wouldn't be wrong... In a nutshell, technically thinking, the price doesn't sum up what you get In terms of specs but then again, Its a Mac, your paying for the name, quality, OS and a long lasting good all-round laptop here.
Im new to Mac's and this is my first but have used a Mac in College so have some experience.
Starting up is as quick as bullet, no waiting around ages or watching animations of Windows flying around the screen. Its on within 15-20 secs and straight into the desktop screen with everything at the ready to be used, no waiting for the computer to warm up with a further minuet or so for everything to get readied up.
Performance wise, Its breathtaking. Fast, very fast, at pretty much everything it does. No lagging and waiting around to find things or start up applications.
Mac OSX seems to use the best of its resources and uses them well. The 4gb RAM can handle pretty much multitasking demanding applications at ease that Windows would need more RAM to run multiple things smoothly.
Im not PC or Mac pro but know a decent amount and can see a difference a mile off.
With the Mac, everything seems to work hand in hand and the OSX has a clean & slick look and very easy to use although it will defo need some getting used too.
Navigating around the Mac OSX is a breeze and with many touch gestures to use via the mousepad, its very easy to switch applications, programs and web pages.
Visually, Its incredible. HD videos look amazing and games play with stunning graphics and as smooth as silk depending on what you play of course.
Photos look like no other, vibrant, colourful and brought to life.
The battery lasts very long, its not a lie, it does last ages depending on what you do. For example, today I charged my Macbook up and then browsed the web, listened to a good amount of music and played some GTA on it and it lasted me about 5 hours, my old HP Laptop probably couldn't have done 2 hours.
As for the Macbook pro itself. Its beautiful, sleek and smart looking with a nice illuminated Apple logo on the back.
It comes with a nice changer with a feature called Magsafe. The clue is in the name, its an L shaped charger that magnetically connects to your Macbook to prevent any accidents caused by anyone tripping over the charger cable.
This is a life saver to me, The amount of chargers that have broken due to the cable being tripped over or yanked. Its nice and will definitely save you once in a while.
There are of course negatives to this laptop but not much deal breakers.
The price of course will definitely make you look twice. Its not cheap but as said, its what you receive as a whole package and the quality of it is what makes it. Its more of an investment too, this laptop is definitely "Future proof" and has the technology that will last a while and can handle pretty much most things with ease, also, Its built very well and isn't flimsy.
Gaming. Yes this laptop is ready to do to battle and handles online games very well and smoothly with high settings and HD videos are displayed in all their glory but Games in general aren't really made for the Mac. You might get a few new releases here and there but theres not much a big selection and not recommended for those whole love their games and want to play new games such as Call of duty simply because they're not made for the Mac.
Its a whole new world. Mac OSX will take a day or two to get used to but when you do you'll most likely like it. Im not saying convert to Mac like some of these online guys talk about with this PC vs Mac thing, Its just nice, new and easy to use and you'll probably find yourself doing most things on your Mac than your old PC/Laptop.
All in all here, the question still is, Should you fork out £1550+ to buy a Macbook pro? I'd totally recommend you to do so, you have to experience it to see what your missing.
Its a phenomenal laptop and very powerful, its ready for battle with its quad-core processor and dedicated graphics. As I said beforehand, The Mac uses its resources very well and what you might think isn't enough, probably is because the way its used.
I was thinking the graphics wen't enough but as I said, games aren't made for Mac. The processor might not sound enough but its used well and the Macbook pro is like the car from Back to the Future.
You'll never know till you try it, Ive had a few laptops in the last few years, all Windows based and all broke down.