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Good: looks quite good
Bad: evrything else
Comment: this has broken 9 times
Good: Stylish and clean
Bad: Deteriorates slowly
Comment: I bought a MacBook pro in November of 2007, just over a year ago and it was incredible. I loved how it was so unique from what my friends were using and the Apple hardware and software was very stylish and clean-feeling. It was super-fast and easy to use as well as having an excellent battery life and the same functionality when portable.
A year later, a lot has changed. . .
About a month ago the so-called super drive began ‘coughing’ and spitting DVDs back at me. It was still under warrantee so I had this repaired for free. Great! But later the magnetic connector at the head of the mains adapter began to deteriorate and eventually completely failed to charge my Mac. No worries, it was still under warrantee and got a new one sorted out right away. Great! But again, problems arose. Now whenever I put my Mac on charge it miraculously comes to life without anyone having pressed the power button. It seems to occur just as it reaches full charge. A waste of power and an annoyance at 3am when I’m awoken by ‘AUUUUUUUUH’ and the zip of the ‘super’ drive. The performance of the Mac has also significantly decreased, despite me clearing nearly 50GB of hard drive space using an external hard drive. Further problems include a failure to install subsequent Mac OS X updates using software update. So I’m stuck a year in the past in terms of the operating system. I also find that applications tend to quit unexpectedly all the time. I’m surprised the error message doesn’t read ‘The application ‘photo booth’ quit, much as it has done the past 2 months.’ And of course “Would you care to send a report to apple that no one will read but may comfort you in the knowledge that you’ve taken some kind of offensive action against apple’s failure.” I treat my Mac like a gem and have never dropped it nor spilled anything on it. What have I don’t to deserve this? What am I not doing right?
Apple has great customer service and stylish machines but in this case its been nothing but a massive failure. Maybe I was just unlucky but it seems like my MacBook Pro was only meant to work so long as the warrantee was still valid. Im not going to invest in apple care because its just more money towards a machine that seems to be slowly dying. My old windows laptop was under £300 and served me well for over 3 years. I could have bought 4 of them for the price of my MacBook Pro and in retrospect, should have. I’m not a computer expert in any respect but Apple seem to have a lot of bugs to work out and for a machine so expensive it should be more durable and long-lasting.
Not worth the money, at all. It’s upsetting :( I love apple. . .
Good: Fast, bright screen, Mac OS
Bad: Ports on sides, suffering through MS Word in Rosetta coupled with Endnote ref tool
Comment: All in all I am very happy with my MacBook Pro. Having had an older G4 Powerbook with ports on the back, I have to say I miss that configuration.
Generally everything works faster and I have had no major difficulties with the various media development I undertake, website design/maintenance, and research/teaching writing.
It's not Apple's fault that Microsoft Word/Endnote works only adequately (that will change) but that is a downside for me which is tangential to how the actual machine operates.
That being said this is a great laptop.
Good: Speed, value for money, second generation, OS X
Bad: Aging looks, difficult to replace hard drive, battery life
Comment: This is a great iteration for the Macbook Pro Core Duo, the C2D is much faster, and many of the teething issues like heat & fan noise with the Core Duo model have been resolved. It's a solid laptop that inspires confidence; quiet, handsome, reliable. I think it will last me a long time.
It still looks fantastic compared to PC laptops, but really this laptop's design is the same as the Aluminum Powerbook released 4 years ago. It's well overdue for a design change.
It would be great also - like the previous models, if access to the hard drive was easier. Battery life - it drains pretty quick; surely technology has evolved in the last 4 years since I bought my last Powerbook, but apparently not.
Finally, while the screen is very bright and the resolution is excellent, I wouldn't say it compares with the high-contrast displays you find on desktop systems like the iMac. Those are truly great screens.
Performance-wise, no complaints.
And value for money wise; the specs you get are about the same as you'd pay for the equivalent PC laptop.
Good: Speed & looks
Bad: Leopard is not on this machine
Comment: I have had an iBook G4 with 1.2GB RAM & a maxed out Mac Mini. This machine leaves them in the dust. It works well with Aperture & makes using raw digital shots a dream. It's also fast at making slide shows in iDVD. Any reason for putting Windows on this machine are gone. The screen is also plenty big enough.
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