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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2010
Having spent £900 only 9 months ago on a Sony Vaio FW laptop with Windows 7 i found myself so disappointed with the battery life that i started looking for a replacement. As my so called laptop was only giving me around 2hours even with a replacement battery i started looking at my options and having just made an expensive mistake i wasn't prepared to jump in and make another one. Having had a Macbook before i knew i liked OS X and that they just worked, by this i mean i no longer had to spend time each week running Virus checks, Spyware scans, defrag and other maintenance tasks that made owning a Windows PC feel like a chore rather than a pleasure.

Yes Macbook Pros aren't cheap and can look like poor value on a comparison spec sheet but look beyond that and your realise that your getting a premium product with a great look and feel that is often copied but never equalled. Add to this the stability of OS X and the suite of tools provided such as iPhoto, Garage band, iDVD, Time machine etc. and it doesn't look so bad value wise. I also like the fact that if you want to update the OS Apple only charge a minimum fee and not the 3 figures you would normally have to pay for a Microsoft's latest offering. Whilst the battery might not last 9 hours i do regularly get 6 hours out of it which considering this is a fully fledge grown up laptop i think is excellent.

Only downside is no bluray but this can be got round by using an external drive etc.

It may be expensive but it's worth it in the long run.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2010
Let me break it down very quick rather then writing tons of stuff.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I pondered for weeks before purchasing the Macbook Pro; two visits to an Apple store to test drive the various models and a lot of consideration about the purchase price. Could I justify such an amount of money on a laptop whose spec could be beaten by many Windows7 OS laptops at half the price of the Macbook ? My problem was i was already a Mac OS convertee; I'd had a few months use on the older (white) Macbook and didn't want to go back to Windows and so my decision was made. Amazon were able to provide the 15" i5 for £220 less than Apple and so I ordered.

As expected, the Macbook arrives fabulously packaged and the treat of setting it up as yours is incredibly easily - even the wifi is up and running with 5 minutes of switching the machine on for the first time. It isn't noticeably lighter than any other laptop, but it is sleeker and the illuminated keyboard is almost crystal-like it it's appearance. Screen and keyboard brightness are easily controlled via the F keys. Apple have packed a decent set of stereo speakers into the aluminium unibody and there is generous space on either side of the touchpad to rest your wrists whilst typing. The battery life is very good and a full charge will last between 5 - 7 hours dependant on use.

The picture is quite simply the best I've seen. I installed VLC player and viewed a high definition mkv file (Celine Dion Live) and the picture was crisp, deep and in some parts almost had a 3D feel to it.
Programmes load in an instant and the responsiveness is second to none which I assume is down to the latest i5 processor.

If you're considering purchasing a Macbook, then please don't let the price put you off by comparing it to a lesser priced, Windows based machine. Apple have created a masterpiece with the Macbook Pro, not just in its incredible aluminium unibody, but the sheer experience of owning such an amazing machine. If you're new to the Mac Operating system it'll take you a day or two to find your bearings, but the more you use it the more you'll appreciate why Apple are able to charge such a premium for their products - it's the old saying - "You get what you pay for....." And especially so in the case of the Macbook Pro. All I can do is encourage you to treat yourself and invest in one of these machines - you won't regret it.

Once you've had Mac - you won't want to look back....!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2013
...but rather than replacing Bill Gates offerings every year or two, quality lasts. For web surfing, emails & the like, this is like taking the Ferrari to do the weekly shop. That said, it just works. I no longer have to know all the MS prompts, or metaphorically speaking lift the bonnet & do any tweaks via Folders, sub folders, weirdly suffixed files or reams of settings. It just works! If £1500 is too much for this peace of mind then do not buy it, but do not criticise me for this reasoning, because the lack of frustration using this piece of IT is worth every penny. As for reviewing this kit for what it was designed for (multi-media, heavy processing stuff), read the reviews by people experts in their chosen field. I am a happy customer. I did retrospectively add extra RAM. I did this because after market RAM is cheap & offers a significant performance improvement when multi-tasking or videos. DO NOT buy at point of sale as Apple charge a serious premium for OEM RAM
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2010
This is my first Mac after some 20 years with Windows, so I was very apprehensive buying this, especially considering the price. There seems to be much rivalry between some Windows and Mac users, but ultimately, a computer is just another tool to do a job. For years I've been unhappy with many aspects of life with Windows, so I eventually 'bit the bullet' after 6 months deliberation.

The hardware
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.

The software
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.

Summary
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2010
This is a superbly designed piece of hardware. Everything except a few applications migrated over quickly from old computer.
Battery life is maybe not as good as claimed though...
I love it.
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on 1 February 2015
maybe im just unlucky but the one I got looks like a child has dragged it up the street,underneath is scratched to hell, I can only think these maybe excompany computers used on location ,like on walls n things,very disappointed,i now wish I had sent it back but my daughter in spain is desperate for a applemac as she is doing her masters degree,idont think she will be happy with this.this is a second hand,maybe I should have ordered a reconditioned one,whats olso annoying is by the reviews it look I was just unlucky,every one else seems happy.i would have sent it back but my daughter wanted one quickly as she is at uni in spain,so I had to post it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2010
Although this was my first Mac, I decided to start at the top end of the range of MacBooks, with this MacBook Pro 15". The deal I got it on was great, but I would happily spend five times the amount to get it again. It handles everything in the fastest time possible, and it startles me how fast it goes after years on Windows computers. It was delivered on the day that was specified, shame that the Next Day doesn't mean Monday when ordered Saturday afternoon, but Tuesday was still fine.
I keep finding more and more great features, and I could not fault one bit of the machine, except that the screen is glossy, and although this isn't too much of a problem, I occasionally have to move position to stop the glare from the window behind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2010
A simply amazing product. I now kind of despise windows because of just how easy it is to use and already comes pre-installed too so was ready to go in no time. Everything is very simple to work with and it didn#t take long to get the hang of the shortcuts and differenct click options. I love it, a great product that's hard to beat!
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on 1 April 2012
i donot do reviews normaly but i thought this laptop warrented one this the best computer i have ever owned it is so quick and easy to use i will never go back to a windows pc ever again,i am coverted to macbooks from now on and look forward to many hours with my new one
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