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5.0 out of 5 stars Rolls Royce (well, Mercedes maybe) of Laptops, 17 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Apple 13-Inch MacBook Pro (Intel Dual Core i5 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, HD Graphics 4000, OS X Yosemite) (Personal Computers)
We bought this MacBook for various reasons. I expect to be travelling a lot during the coming year, and needed a small laptop too take with me, and our ageing and rather heavy Acer laptop is on its last legs and will need to be replaced soon anyway. We chose a Mac because we already have an iMac desktop, and have been very impressed with it. This is our first Mac laptop. It was a toss up between the 13" MacBook Pro and the 13" MacBook Air. We chose the Pro because of the extra ports, particularly the CD/DVD slot. Yes, I know, we're a bit old fashioned like that, but it was nice to load all of my favourite CDs onto iTunes and I'm sure it will come in handy for lots of other things. I also liked the solid feel of the Pro compared with the Air, though the professionals tell me that the Air is in fact the more robust of the two because of its solid state construction and lack of moving parts. I like the keyboard and the screen. With the naked eye I can't tell the difference between the display on the Air and the Pro. The MacBook comes loaded with the latest iLife applications. The one I've use most so far is iPhoto, and this is certainly an improvement on the previous version. If you need office applications you can download the iWork suite from the excellent app store. We just transferred all of our apps and files from our iMac by following the simple instructions. This was easy, though it did take several hours for the process to complete itself. The built in speakers aren't great, but connected to external speakers or headphones the MacBook gives a good sound. The MacBook is neither as hot nor as noisy when running as I had been led to expect, though I understand that this may not be the case if you play a lot of games, which we don't. The trackpad took some getting used to, but now that I am used to it I find it better than a mouse, especially the two fingered scrolling, and you can always make changes to its functions in 'system preferences' if you want. Lastly, I just think it's a beautiful piece of kit. Is it worth the extra price? I think it is. That's it, then. Not a technical review, but even a non-techie like me can appreciate a quality product like this. And by the way, I was very impressed with the speed of the free delivery from Amazon; it arrived the next working day after ordering.
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2013 09:13:03 BDT
Jack says:
nice to have a review for the non-techie types ... my desktop with Windows XP is on its last legs .. can't decide what to get next!!

Posted on 9 Oct 2013 23:50:56 BDT
Steve says:
You can add a solid state drive (There is a 512GB OCZ one on Scan right now for £162 - its £480 for this upgrade from Apple and an easy install!!) to this machine, making it 'more robust' and much, much faster!! You can also get extra RAM (up to 16gb - Apple will only upgrade to you 8gb, so you can get it much faster than Apples top model and at a cheaper price than their top model!). Enjoy!
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