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Good: good quality materials, large memory, fast processing, immense battery life, high graphics card, light
Bad: very reflective
Comment: i cannot tell you how much i want this mac
Good: It's so easy just like like a giant IPhone
Bad: would like it to be bit more compatible
Comment: Just a great piece of equipment to have
Good: Glossy Screen, Large Trackpad with Multi-touch, Solid Design
Bad: Battery life, Power Options, No Matte screen option
Comment: Let me start my review by telling you a little about me, I love my gadgets, tv and gaming and of course have different pieces of hardware for each individual thing, like my Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 for gaming, along with my Samsung 32" LCD TV. Then there is my laptop, before getting this beautiful MacBook Pro 15" I had a Toshiba Satelite P100. The best I could do on that laptop (which cost around Â£600 new) was slow video editing and waiting around for the Sims 3 to load.
Of course being a lover of tech I experimented around with different ideas like hooking my laptop up to the tv as an extended screen to watch Youtube on the big screen which unfortunately got my laptop all steamy because it couldn't deal with an extra screen for too long, or streaming videos from my laptop to my Xbox 360 which required my router to handle the data stream, which meant I couldn't also do anything too demanding on my laptop.
This all changed when I got the MacBook Pro. With its excellent i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and Dual Graphics, it can pretty much handle anything you throw at it. With all this hardware it dosn't even seem to slow down much when dual-booting Windows 7 using Parallels 6, listening to music on itunes (which certainly using a fair amount of processor memory) and flying around the world using Google Earth.
Its Glossy screen makes everything look fantastic too, (although the option for a Matte screen which alot of artistic folk like to use isn't an option), along with hot-keys on the keyboard to adjust the backlight and keyboard light, music control and Dashboard everything just seems to be easy.
The casing is great too, made from one solid block of aluminium and carved out with lasers (which Apple have named unibody), doesn't just make it seem cool but extremely sturdy too, you feel like you could drop it from a fifth floor and nothing would happen to it, although like me i'm sure if you have paid this much money you'll be treating it like one of the family.
The price of the machines i'm sure is whats keeping many people to change to an apple computer. But even though the price is steep you'll be sure to get a great machine, with relatively few viruses on the internet for your machine to get sick from and great support from Apple itself.
Overall, once you go Mac you won't go back.
Good: Extremely firm design, fantastic battery life.
Bad: Although the glossy screen is my preferred option.. there glare can sometimes be overpowering.
Comment: I can't understand how people can complain about Apple upgrading their machines every year.. What alternative do they have?
Can you honestly say, you would rather buy one tomorrow, and not have it update for 3 years, until you're ready to buy the next one? What about the people who are ready to upgrade in 6 months time? should they not benefit from the absolute latest possible technology?
It doesn't make sense. Sure, if I buy one tomorrow, I can already imagine a new on on the way.. But will it be so spectacular that it will make mine worse, or make me want the new on even more?
The way I see it, Apple have just updated the processors to the latest generation of chipsets.. Surely that makes it a reasonable purchase as far as future proofing.
Anyway, rant over..
In short, the pro 17 is fantastic. Not only is it one of the lightest of it's size, the battery life, screen clarity, and speaker output makes me dream about the month I haven't spent all my money on new headphones to buy the damn thing.
Good: Spec upgrade, design
Comment: The problem with this apart from mac OS (im a PC) is they bring out a whole new mac range every year and with such an expensive product they really shouldn't, that track pad is a treat to use with convenient multi-touch gestures i don't like the fact the mouse buttons are integrated in the track pad. The speakers and keyboard are poorly to say the least the keyboard could be much larger with a numpad in as-well the whole point of a computer is for the hardware and software is to work well together this doesn't the software is pants basically.
Good: The complete package
Bad: No express card slot, some of the extras should have been included on the standard machine
Comment: Having purchased a imac in 09, I wanted a portable device capable of running multiple DAW's, and also allow me to play games once in while as my imac is solely used as workhorse for music. Apple does come at a price, however excellent design for me is important, and I've never really had an issue with the extra cost this entails. In the past I've bought devices for less but always come away thinking the design / build quality is mediocre, and I have to say I've never had this feeling with an Apple product.
Speed wise, I've certainly noticed a difference since moving onto an i5, and the automatic graphic switching works really well.
All reviews I've read indicate amazing battery life. This is such a difficult area to measure as it really depends on what you're doing. If I'm playing a graphically rich game, that needs all the processor it can get it's hands on then battery life does suffer. However taken in context, so will all present laptops.
In summing up, the device is understated and intuitive. These are things I value and that's why the Macbook pro gets a high rating from me.
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