6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: 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) (Electronics)This is a quite impressive laptop, both in design and in build quality. I work for a IT company supporting Windows and I fancied learning something else and the girlfriend didn't get on with Linux, so I plumped for this.
It was well packaged to start, you need not fear about transportation damage and everything is well presented. The screen is very nice but can be shiny in strong light, and the sound was better than I thought it would be. The charger is quite a nice piece of work with it being magnetically connected so tripping over it will not cause the laptop to get pulled to its death on the tile floor. Nice idea!
Regarding performance, all Unix-based operating systems offer reliability and are great around file management and this is no different. I didn't find the boot times all that much different to my Windows7 desktop, but the desktop definately loads quicker and you can get straight into the action. It takes some getting used to, installers are "mounted" on the desktop, so you may fall into the trap of thinking they are the shortcuts but in fact launch the installer again! I play World of Warcraft, so I loaded that on and it played really well. I do intend to try some other games using Steam.
On loading apps, there is a delay, around 2 seconds, from clicking the app and it loading, but there is no egg-timer while the window loads, and the app is ready from when it displays which actually takes some getting used to.
The trackpad was a neat feature, you can manipulate it with various finger movements, sort of like the modern smartphones. Being a windows user though, I got bored and chucked in my 2-button mouse for comfort reasons. It goes against the idea of buying into what the MAC does so I'll go back to it at some point.
Overall despite only having it for a few days, I feel that this will be my last computer purchase for a few years as it was enough to convince me that I don't want to get another Windows PC until something drastic changes. The MacBook Pro is very good with some neat "oh cool!" moments on some things but I'm not naive enough to think thats why MAC's are so expensive. It is overpriced in my eyes due to the perceived coolness factor, a Windows machine will do all this can albeit with time differences, and any suggestion otherwise is more than a little biased. For this reason, I've dropped a star off the full rating as its important to realise there isn't that much wrong with Windows and OSX doesn't blow it out of the water.
I'd only recommend this to people who enjoy computers. Its quite neat with all its slickness but I think you do need to be impressed by technology to love this and get the full value out of it. If you are unsure, install a virtual machine (google vmplayer) and try Ubuntu and get a feel for a Unix OS and the way it deals with programs. You'll probably enjoy it, but like OSX, there is a learning curve which you need to know about in advance, and you'll need to sometimes find alternatives for your Windows apps unless you are technically comfortable installing Windows alongside OSX.