30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2012
I have been wanting to get a macbook pro for a very long time but the price tag was a bit out of my reach but finally, after a lot of saving i bought one. my first ever mac and i am not disappointed at all. over the last few years, i have lost any faith i had of windows, the constant viruses and the whole system just freezing and crashing. it was time for a change. although i have only been using my mac for a few days now, the way the system and apps just work seamlessly together is not like anything i have been used to. theres no waiting for ages for your computer to find the files you need and open them, one click on the mac and bang its open up right there in front of you. and now with mountain lion, i have my notifications centre right there, so if theres any thing that needs my attention, im alerted to it. my mac didnt come pre-installed with mountain lion, but it was ok because i was eligible for the up to date programme which gives me a FREE copy of the software which was really nice of apple. i could just go on and on about how great this computer is and i will im still finding new amazing things. over all i would definitely recommend this computer if your tired of windows and wants a computer that is like steve jobs would have said is GORGEOUS!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2013
Thanks. I know laptops are being replaced by tablets etc, but for a writer and editor, this computer with a big screen is portable enough, lots of great features such as adjustment to ambient light, and except for the stupid Microsoft Office software, which will just NEVER get being intuitive and friendly right, it is the bee's knees.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2012
*NOTE* The macbook pro i am reviewing is actually the 2.6Ghz 8GBram model. I am reviewing on this page, because amazon does not think this version of the macbook pro is available yet, only for pre-order, therefore no-one can possibly review it. There isn't too much difference between the two, though.
I have a 2006 macbook, and this is the first mac i have had since then, (i had one homebuilt PC in between that) . My parents have a 1 year old iMac i5, and after using that a few times i thought i would go out and buy another mac, for portability, buy full size ATX can't exactly be taken on my backpack to college etc.. (although i did attempt to take it strapped to my bike, a bet.) Anyway, after using this machine for about 4 days, I can say that i am pleasantly surprised by it's speed. I have to say that it definitely is faster than the 3.1GHz iMac. They really have hit the nail with speed here. For example, Apple's ram is now 1600MHz, which is quite a vast improvement, making processes have no delay at all. Boot up time is very reasonable for a standard 5400RPM computer, I may upgrade to a hybrid, though, for super ninja speed. All applications open with extreme speed, and whilst in these applications, it is very slick about what i tell the thing to do. The multi-touch pad, although has been around for a while now, is an amazing feature, in almost any application. (i did not have this feature on my old macbook.) Doing common tasks is so much quicker. For example i have google chrome in 'Desktop 1' And a word document in 'Desktop 2' I can very easily change between these desktop's with a four finger swipe across. Everything is just a little faster for the user to do than on a windows machine, no matter how fast the PC is. The graphics - Although i am reviewing a different amount of VRAM than this model has (1GB not 500MB) It is the same card, and it performs very well, photoshop elements can play very smoothly whilst editing. Rendering time is much shorter on this machine than on any device i have used, and i am very impressed. There is really nothing that i can fault on the device. Battery life is about the same as previous versions. USB 3.0!! FINALLY APPLE! I have several usb 3.0 backup drives, and now, i can use them too their full capacity! Transferring is much faster, and i'm grateful apple aren't just telling people to buy thunderbolt drives. TEMPERATURE - Apple have GREATLY improved the cooling performance. I have played many graphics - needy applications, (video games ;P) and i have not had my leg fried into a sausage! i know that this was a problem with older MBP's, the aluminium gets waaaay too hot. Browsing temperatures are about the same as previous generations, but when at full load, nothing seems to get as hot as it used to, but apple have sorted out the heat dissipation greatly, it doesn't all go to the bottom, most of it it efficiently air extracted.
I think this is the best apple device i have seen in quite a while, although i have not owned that many, i am constantly working WITH many, and this is a very good one :)
*Edit 30th May 2013* After about a month, I installed a crucial 256GB SSD. After about a year, this laptop still boots in around 7-8 seconds. Excellent performance.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2013
The Rolls Royces of Computers, I've always thought. My i Phone is so useful, and beautifully styled which also prompted me not to go down the Windows 8 PC Path! Everything about this Laptop IS fantastic. It's speed on the Internet compared to my PC Laptop is just one thing it excels at. In fact the speed at which it executes very command is awesome! It's quite something getting to grips with the "Mac approach" to everything, especially for a 67 year old. I've found it to be very user friendly and logical to use. It's one decision I've made lately which I know is for the best. ENJOY!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
Bought this laptop to replace the one that my company had bought me as I was going on Maternity Leave and just couldn't live without it. Great price that couldn't be matched anywhere and super fast delivery which was very reassuring for such a high value purchase. Im enjoying the laptop immensely and highly recommend it to all users.
on 10 May 2014
I've had this MacBook for just over a year now and it's an absolutely wonderful machine. The i7 featured in it is actually faster than the Sandy Bridge i5 I have in my desktop by a fair margin and it shows!
Generally speaking it runs fairly cool, is thin and light and fits nicely into my bag - I primarily use this as my work machine so it does get lugged around a fair bit.
Honestly whilst it's very expensive for what it is, it's a solid machine and it hasn't let me down at all in the way that many other laptops have in the past, so I feel it's more than justified. That and the resale value on Macs is insane - you can often get back not much less than you paid for the machine even a few years down the line.
One recommendation I would make however is to get an SSD for it, or buy the retina models. If I'm perfectly honest I do regret not buying the retina version but was scared by the lack of an upgrade path. Adding an SSD to this machine however does improve performance dramatically, plus it's a fairly easy upgrade to do.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
My 2012 Macbook pro 15 inch 2.3ghz is the best computer i have owned.
It is as powerful as Mac pro's from only as far back as 2009!!
So you get a professional grade computer for ( in my case ) music production, that is portable.
Its the first computer where i hardly ever need to see if the CPU is getting over loaded.
I use Logic pro 9, and if i was only using Logic pro's on board effects/plug-ins, the computer's CPU would never get taxed.
I do use 3rd party 32bit effects/plug-ins which are very hungry on the CPU, but i still hardly have any issues with over loading the processor.
If you have ever used Logic, the message "audio-core overload" used to appear often in older macs, stopping work flow and you'd have to compromise what you were doing to eek out the available processing power of the computer to be able to run Logic pro.
Not with this Macbook pro. That message never appears. I can just get on with making music :).
I only have 4gigs of ram and that has never been a problem. You can put 16gigs in it.
I sometimes have 5 to 8 apps running at the same time and everything is snappy.
I have put in a Samsung SSD and that has made the computer a very fast beast indeed.
Boot time 14 SECONDS!!!!
Shut down 3 to 5 SECONDS!!!
The screen is very clear and crisp. I went for the glossy screen and i have no issues with reflections. If there are reflections i just alter the screen angle and the problem is gone. The 15.4 inch screen is big enough to watch movies for 2 people to share, and i can work with Logic pro with it no problem.
Usb 3.0 is great. I back up my work in seconds rather than minutes.
It would have been nice to have 3 usb 3.0 ports but its not a big deal. I ALWAYS use an extended external keyboard and track ball mouse, so much faster performance than using the mac book pro's track pad and keyboard , and with the external mac keyboard there is an extra usb 2.0 port, so i actually do have 3 usb ports, which is great.
Thunderbolt/mini display port.
I have yet to use a thunderbolt hard drive, but i use the mini display port to drive my external screen.
One of the best features of Mac lap tops is that through the mini display port/thunderbolt port you can drive an external monitor up to 2560 x 1440 res.
I have a 27 inch monitor that has a display port and with one cable (display port - mini display port) i get 2560 x 1440 from the Macbook pro!!! its brilliant.
I have to say, check out on ebay the 27 inch monitors with 2560 x 1440 res from Korea.
They have exactly the same screens that are in Apple 27 inch monitors and 27 inch iMacs. The screens are A grade, not A+ grade. They have maybe 5 dead pixels and so Apple sells them and Korean companies build cheap cases with budget speakers.
I just got mine and for a fraction of the price of the Apple 27 inch thunderbolt display i am the very happy owner of a 27 inch 2560 x 1440 display.
It has really transformed my use of the 15 inch mac book pro, its fantastic.
The speakers on the 15inch macbook pro are good enough to enjoy a movie. Music sounds ok too, not very deep sounding, but adequate for a laptop. Much bigger sound than the 13 inch mac book pro. My wife has one and its a big difference.
It is a brilliant bit of kit, 1, 2,3, finger gesturing and swiping is very cool.
Over all build quality is top draw.
If you are looking for a pro level computer that works effortlessly and is easy to use i highly recommend the 2012 15.4inch 2.3ghz 4gig of ram Macbook pro.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2013
So excited about finally getting this. Arrived in a sleek box and everything about is machine class, from the smooth (but cold) brushed ali case to the bright LCD screen and amazing trackpad. Even the the mains adapter is special.(it's the little things, isn't it?)Like the black screen cleaning cloth with an Apple embossed on it.
It took a bit of time to get used to the O.S having always been a Windows person until now but once mastered (which wasn't too difficult) it is second to none, fast and slick, I love it!
So why only 3 stars you might ask? Well, firstly the caps-lock key only seems to work intermittently which is really annoying, having to punch it multiple times to get an upper case letter but wanting to love my new MBP decided I would learn to live with it. Then it started to randomly shut down and restart, at first I thought it was just some minor glitch which would go away on it's own but when it began happening every half an hour or so and losing all my data in the proccess. I decided I would have to admit defeat so after only 10 days of ownership I sent it back. Sadly it's winging it's way back to Amazon as I type, (on my old Windows machine incidently)
Having said this, I loved the O.S so much that as soon as a refund has been proccessed I will getting a new one, as I'm sure (hoping) it was just a one off and I was just unlucky. Better luck next time eh?
on 3 October 2013
Always been a fan of Apple Macs, but hadn't bought one for 12 years, as was still using my venerable PowerBook G4 laptop. Eventually a burglary forced me to update. The differences in what the new OS can do are tremendous, and iPhoto is almost unrecognisable compared to my Stone Age version. I do a lot of writing and editing onscreen, and some page design, and this is more than enough for the job. Great keyboard, which is important. The one thing I miss from my old machine is the size of its screen; it was a 17-inch laptop, but I couldn't afford that this time round. That said, I don't miss the extra weight of the bigger machine. I highly recommend this is you are a professional writer/designer or a serious hobbyist, come to that. If it lasts as long as my last Mac, I'll be very happy indeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2013
It arrived the next day, earlier than I expected, but that was great. It was packed really well.
It does everything I expected it to. Looks smart.
It works slightly differently to my last laptop, but is easy to use