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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for.,
This review is from: MacBook Pro 15inch 2.4GHz (Intel Core i5, 4Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB, SD card slot, Intel HD Graphics, up to 9 hour battery life) (Electronics)I bought a MacBook Pro to replace my old but fantastically reliable iMac G4. I'd purchased that particular machine over 5 years ago and it's never let me down so I knew I could buy Apple again with confidence. Okay, the high end macbook pro is more expensive than a windows laptop but the user experience is just infinitely better and I have faith that it will stand the test of time. I'm no computer expert - the macbook pro does heaps of stuff that I'll probably never use - but I do know that it's a wonderful piece of kit and the Intel i5 processor lets me do multiple tasks at lightening speeds.
Out of the box it feels strong and solid and the 15.4" screen is crisp and clear, just as you'd expect. I almost went for the 13" model but I'm glad I spent a little bit extra. You might as well if you're forking out this kind of money. My only gripe is regarding the 9hr battery life. I use mine mostly for movies and playing music and I don't think I've had anything like 9hrs from a full charge yet so beware of this if you take it on a long journey. This may be a little unfair as the screen is bound to sap more power if you're watching iplayer as opposed to writing an email but even so, I think 9hrs is unrealistic. That's basically the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars.
In brief, if you want a powerful, sleek and reliable laptop that you (hopefully!) won't need to upgrade for a long time, you can't go wrong with this. It's a cracker.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product,
This review is from: MacBook Pro 15inch 2.4GHz (Intel Core i5, 4Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB, SD card slot, Intel HD Graphics, up to 9 hour battery life) (Electronics)I went from a Core2Duo Macbook Pro to this. They are both considered to be the entry level models for the year that they were built in. The performance on this one is a bit faster for some programs and considerably faster for others. The construction however is MUCH better than the one on the previous. This is basically the sturdiest laptop that you can find and this does include the old Thinkpads that used to be indestructible. The computer seems a lot thinner than it actually is and there are quite a few little improvements that put a smile on my face. For one the ambient light sensor has been moved to the top of the screen which basically means that now it actually works a lot better and certain lighting conditions do not make my screen flicker. The Apple logo on the back now has been covered so that when you have bright sunlight at the back of the screen it does now show on the front of your screen as well. The audio port no longer has a slight hiss to it and the list goes on. There are some things to get used to, like the lack of a physical button and the fact that the touchpad is so huge that every once in a while you manage to touch without realizing. The inertial scrolling is very nice and works much better than the software hacks out there. For one you don't have to calibrate this one because it simply works perfectly.
One though, the battery is NOT 77.5 watt hours but rather 69 watt hrs. It does not really last for 8-9 hours unless you are watching video's the whole time. It does however last about 5-6 hours and that is really good since we are talking 5-6 hours of regular work. The notebook is also much cooler than the one that it replaced and this one you can actually keep on your bare legs. The camera is also improved and works quite well even when the lighting in the room is pretty bad. I must say that this is probably the best built in camera that I have seen. The power cord is also made from a new rougher material and should make it last a bit longer. Also the laptop takes less time to charge the battery (about 2 hours for a full recharge).
The Amazon price is simply unbeatable and makes the computer quite reasonably priced considering the quality that you get. I would greatly recommend this to anyone who has a Macbook older than an year and 1/2 and has the spare cash. It is a well worth upgrade and unibody is really something else. The only negative thing is that the edges are quite sharp and it takes a couple of days to get used to feeling on your hands. But you do get used to it and it stops hurting your arms. You could also get a shell (Speck) which will make it feel much like the older notebooks.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moved over from a PC - it's a dream to use!,
This review is from: MacBook Pro 15inch 2.4GHz (Intel Core i5, 4Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB, SD card slot, Intel HD Graphics, up to 9 hour battery life) (Electronics)I just hate going back to work and using slow running Windows PC's again after this purchase. It took a little getting used to the different interface but it's certainly growing on me very quickly.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Laptop - Premium Price,
I looked at all the options - mini, desktop, laptop (13", 15", & 17"), i5 or i7?
I reviewed what I do - music, surfing, photos, emails, and a few spreadsheets & letters.
I already have wifi in the house.
Based on this I went for the basic Macbook Pro 15" 2.4 GHz i5 core - it is bang up to date in its operating system, graphics and hardware specs so it will last me more than the next 5 years without the need to update. Did I need the extra juice from the 2.53 or 2.66 - not for what I am doing. Did I need the 17" - just felt a bit too big. The 15" just felt a better size for carrying around from room to room and outside. I heard the i7 might give off too much heat, so I went for the i5.
The MacBook Pro out of the box is a delight. Smooth Aluminium. Quick set up with all your software there for emails, surfing, photos, movies, music... Easily found my wifi - enter password and off you go. Although I did leave it for a few hours to get all the software updates.
I love the multi-touch glass trackpad that is new to these models, it makes the mouse unnecessary. When you go into System Preferences - Trackpad, you can edit your 1, 2, 3, 4 finger functions and see a live video demo for each. Plus the trackpad is larger than what traditional you see on a laptop from other manufacturers. The keyboard is fully lit enabling work in the pitch black if necessary.
The Mail fetched my email no problem there. Safari surfs the internet no hassle there. The firewall can be easily configured through system preferences.
iTunes is loaded on and you just need to create an account to link to the store, easy. If you need to load your CDs from scratch then select auto CD eject through iTunes - Preferences - When you insert a CD? Import CD & Eject (this saves a lot of time). The music plays surprisingly well with the speakers either side of the keyboard. The initial volume is quite low so I advice you to adjust this in System Preferences - Sound.
Battery life is really long, estimated to be 30% better than the competition when running under full harsh conditions of a battery test by the Govt Computer news in the US, at 5.25 hours the best performance out there. Impressive. You could watch 2 movies without a recharge.
Great: battery life, performance, easy-to-use interface, ergonomics, & trackpad. I love it. Buy one now if you have the money and for peace of mind Apple products hold their value.
Other options? The cheaper polycarbonate Apple at half the price MacBook Pro 13inch 2.4GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo, 4Gb RAM, 250Gb HDD, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, SD card slot, up to 10 hour battery life). The Asus UL30A for lightweight long battery life but not that powerful. For Blue Ray HD you need to look at the Sony Vaio VPCF or Dell range of laptops.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This rite here is a real machine.,
Boots super fast.
Shutdown super fast
Amazing battery backup.
Super thin yet super power full.
No more warring about virus or buying of antivirus.
super thin HD screen.
Literally I feel like kissing my laptop every time I use it.
I was a windows user for more then 10 years. And I was sick and tired of viruses, and buying antivirus.
After reading so much about mac's and its OSX, i decided to buy one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what all laptops should be like,
The build quality is first class with these unibody machines. It doesn't creak and it feels like a quality product. The display is crystal clear and easy to clean with a dry tissue - no smudge marks remain to distract you. The keyboard illuminates in low light conditions and the keytops don't wear out like on cheaper machines. The lack of extra keys is not a hinderance and the simplified keytops make it easier to use. Worried there's no # key? Try [Alt]3. Your fingers glide efffortlessly over the touchpad with no sticking, and the large size makes it useful - I've actually thrown my external mouse away. There may not be as many external ports as on other machines, but this too has not been a problem - USB hubs are cheap enough if you need more ports.
This was my major worry but it's very easy to learn. OS X is rock solid, and on the rare occasions when a program does misbehave, the kill task feature actually works! You don't have to choose between, Home, Premium or Ultimate editions and it is packed with features, but you're not overwhelmed by buttons and gadgets. Everything is there but the interfaces are clean so you can quickly achieve what you need to do. The smooth scrolling in all directions with the touchpad is a joy and so easy to zoom in or out once you've discovered the 'gestures'. If you need to get at something on the desktop which is hidden by open windows, slide 4 fingers upwards and it's like throwing open windows off the desk. Slide your fingers downwards and you pull them all back again. Do the same gesture again and you can easily see all open widows to select the one you want. Close the lid and the computer goes into standby instantly. Open it and you are on the Internet in about 2 seconds. It'll stay in standby for about a month I think, and will only hibernate when the battery gets too low.
You can install Windows using Boot Camp if you have programs that are only available for that platform. This means you must restart the machine to select which operating system to use at boot time. However, I prefer to run Windows as a virtual machine inside OS X using Oracle's free Virtual Box software, so I have the best of both worlds without restarting. This means I don't need anti virus software as Windows never connects to the Internet, thus Windows programs run quicker. I use the free OpenOffice software for working with Office documents and haven't bothered installing MS Office on Windows XP in the virtual machine because I can't be bothered with all the CD keys and software activation rubbish.
If you feel like I did about life with Windows and are prepared to pay the extra to be rid of the annoyances, have a play with a Mac first at your local Apple store. They're pricey but you get what you pay for. The hardware is very high quality and if it lasts twice as long as your previous machines, it'll be worth it; not having to migrate data so often. My Mac has lots of software installed now, but it hasn't slowed down the way my Windows computers did. If you're worried that you'll not get along with OS X, remember that you can still run Windows, either via built-in Boot Camp or inside OS X using Virtual Box. I felt I was taking a gamble buying this, but I'm glad I did. I've now switched and I confess, I'm not going back. Sadly, I still have to use Windows at work.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Mac and why you shouldn't buy the 500Gb version,
Why Buy The 500Gb Version?
This is simple. The specs are identical for 320gb vs 500gb machines except for the hard drive and processor. The speed differences between them are so small in my mind the additional money is not worth it, but the bigger hard drive is. It is so easy to install hard drives in these unibody macs that you are much better off buying an internal 2.5" 500Gb drive from Amazon Toshiba MK5055GSX 500GB 2.5-Inch Internal SATA HDD - I suggest this simply because I know it works. If you are worried about if you have the skills to do this read on - it's easy! (see vs non uni-body pros section)
I was the proud owner (technically still am) of a dual core 2.4ghz macbook pro, but after just 3 years of daily use the motherboard was fried. Sadly this is not uncommon, and a friend of mine, also owning a similar spec pro, recently had the same problem. The problem with them, and with this mac as well, is that they are not great at re-distributing the heat they generate. There are no vents to push hot air out, and if you use your mac in clam-shell mode this is compounded, as the only open space on a unibody mac is the speaker grills. It is worth bearing this in mind when buying one, and I would suggest if you can find applecare at a competitive price (shop around as there are sellers offering deals) it is worth it. A new mother board is a lot of money. So I no longer take the Pro to watch iPlayer in bed, as the Duvet acts as a warmer which clearly something this machine does not need. I also religiously use a laptop stand with cooler fans - just not having the whole back of the mac in contact with a wooden desk seems to help too.
Why it's Awesome:
Clearly these machines must be awesome as despite this I've just bought another. Even though my last Pro had a much shorter life than I expected, it was a much more pleasant experience than my previous foul-mouthed PC days. Unlike PC's which fill me with rage every time I get near them, the mac is simply bliss. Although I'm always left wondering if I could have made-do with macbook rather than the macbook pro - but I use a lot of photo editing software simultaneously with things like dreamweaver and many others, so probably need the power. The software is great, and the performance fantastic, and they are gorgeous - what more could you ask for?
VS non Unibody Pros:
The unibody design is a thing of beauty and practicality. It feels so much more robust than my old machine and also significantly thinner. It also means that it is difficult for dust to get inside the machine. So whilst it causes some heat issues, it reduces the likely hood of dust causing component failure. It also means that when you are taking it out and about with you, it is better equipped at dealing with the harsher treatment a laptop inevitably gets. The new track-pad is great, but I must admit I prefer the old layout with the trackpad and the buttons - although the gesture control is handy (no pun intended).
The best thing, in my mind, about the unibody design is how simply they have made it to add and to remove a new hard drive (as mentioned earlier). If you tighten and loosen a screw then basically you can install a hard drive. They even give you the instructions on how to do it the owners manual. I already had a 500gb drive from a previous machine so I simply took it out and popped it in the new Pro. Thus I now also have a handy 320GB spare drive. All you do is take the back off by loosening a handful of screws and then you are looking at the hard drive. Take off the black restraining bar on the side by unscrewing two screws and lift it off. Simply disconnect the SATA lead from the top of it and lift it out. Take off the four screws on the sides of the hard drive you removed, add them to your 500Gb drive and follow the steps in reverse. Simple.
The only down side, and reason for 4 stars is that you can no longer replace the battery yourself. If it goes you will have to take it into an authorised centre and get a new one put in. On the plus side I get about twice as much time on new mac vs the old one, although no where near the 9hours.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Machine - well worth the money.,
The switch to using the Mac OSX operating system was fairly painless as it is so intuitive and easy to use. As others have stated, it boots up in about 12 seconds and closes down in about 2 seconds. I used to see people on TV shows just closing the lid mid-use and think to myself, well that will cause a problem when they start up again. Well not with this. Close the lid, open it up a week or more later and it will start where you left off. Amazing! The Mac is so much a joy to use that the only downside is that I find I am wanting to go online more than ever. Everything is just so quick and easy. No more waiting for video on Youtube to buffer - just click play and it's like watching a DVD. Websites open instantly and navigating is simple and effective using the fantastic touch pad.
When I first got it I realised it had no bid brand security software installed (other than Apple's own protection). I looked into buying one and then (after a bit of research) discovered I didn't need it. No viruses currently exist that target Mac's so it is secure already and no longer am I spending ages updating software. I did a lot of research to get the best deal and found it here on Amazon. Although stock seems to be very limited, I bought mine from this site for £1220 when the high street stores were (and still are) selling it for £1499! If you want a new laptop and can afford to pay the premium I would say go for this as it is worth every penny. I would give it 6 stars if they were available!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!!,
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny,
I have been using this MacBook pro for over 3 months now and I'm still just as impressed with it now as when I initially bought it, which is rare isn't it? I use this MacBook for work and for heavy multimedia usage, and at times I will have several memory and processor intensive applications running at once without any issues. All of my previous PCs (desktop and laptops) have always packed a punch to begin with but have became sluggish over time, there are ways around this I know but if you're like me and simply like to open the box and get to work then this is your best bet. I've spent far too much time in the past fixing problems with PCs so this was really a breath of fresh air. There are more powerful MacBooks out there but so far I haven't regretted not paying the extra. I was really happy with the price, especially when you see how much you save with Amazon compared to buying from an official store (I walk past now and think 'fools!').
My only issue is for work, Office is a necessity but 2008 has numerous issues (let's see how good 2011 is), so my only advice would be if you're buying it for work and don't plan on using graphic / audio software then this may not be for you. Also, if you're a software developer you may find yourself installing Windows via bootcamp within your first month! However if you're like me and you are all about multimedia software then a mac is definitely the way forward, it really helps your creativity when your machine ticks over perfectly without issue. Oh and one more thing, if you want games don't bother, just get a console!
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