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Great Laptop but...,
This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MD318LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
This is a great laptop first of all. The trackpad and battery are such great conveniences especially since I'm using mine for college. It looks great, runs great, and EXCELLENT customer service from Apple.
Alright I've spent 30 minutes trying to think of other things that I like about this laptop. Now here's the thing, it's probably just me, but I don't see anything that makes this laptop better than a PC. My main reason of getting this laptop was to see how great it was, since everyone was talking about it, and recommending it to me. I've had it for 4 months now, and I have no clear idea of how it could beat a laptop that's half its price. I love playing Starcraft 2, but I have to run it on the lowest settings, while my PC with the same specifications can run it on high. So either right now, there's nothing different, or I'm not utilizing my Macbook Pro to its fullest potential. If I am, someone please comment so I could get a better experience with this.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a great laptop, and I love the thing, but I do regret switching. I swear I'm not a troll looking to start a PC vs Mac war, I just want to state my opinions, and hopefully someone tells me whether I'm wrong or right with a reason why.
EDIT: Let's make this clear, I didn't buy this laptop for gaming. I bought it mainly based on recommendations, battery life, and durability.
Thanks Nathan and Geib, I just ordered the 8 GB RAM, and it should be here soon. I don't think I would've searched for them since, I didn't think they'd be that cheap (well... not cheap, but a low price compared to what I was thinking haha).
As for viruses, I never got them with my PC, but it's nice to know that it's not just luck that I'm not getting them lol.
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Initial post: Nov 20, 2011 6:42:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2011 10:00:58 AM PST
Albert J. Valentino says:
What makes a MBP better, or more objectively stated, different, than a PC are several factors. Quality of construction, glass trackpad with gestures, very nice screen. The biggest thing is the operating system and how well it integrates with the apple suite of software plus a MBP will hold its value much longer than a PC making it easy to sell.
I moved over from a PC almost two years ago. I was on an aging slow poke XP PC that needed an upgrade. The question was did I want my new computer to be another PC with bloatware, antivirus and spyware... or have a clean slate and move to a Mac. Glad I did and I love the experience and amount of helpful sites and resources out there - this was a factor as well since I don't have a teenager around to help me learn the computer...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 2:51:10 PM PST
J. Geib says:
One thing you might want to try is upgrading the ram to 8gb for around $40. Crucial and Corsair are recommended a lot here.
Posted on Nov 27, 2011 7:54:24 AM PST
The main reason you bought this was just to see how great it was? That's a lot of money to spend just to see what they hype is about. Judging a Mac based on games is like judging a pickup based on 0-60. Sounds like you go the wrong tool for the job,
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 11:41:47 AM PST
mac are not made for gaming, i still have my pc for that. it's AWESOME with everything else and for everyday use.
Posted on Nov 29, 2011 6:53:24 AM PST
William Bramblett says:
We have a Mac Air, and the best thing about it is the absence of spam, viruses, etc. which eventually seem to clog up all PCs. We use no Norton, McAfee, or any other expensive anti-virus and have smooth, fast, bug-free operation. As it should be.... Can't figure why Microsoft doesn't improve here, but you get what you pay for. Otherwise, the PCs and Macs do about as well as one another for basic functions.
Posted on Nov 29, 2011 12:13:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 12:16:43 PM PST
Nathan Smith says:
Hi, Nathan (great name),
If you go into System Preferences, and click on Energy Saver (the light bulb), and Turn OFF Automatic Graphics switching, this will force the MBP to use the faster and better discrete graphics chip, which should improve your graphics performance. Also, you MUST increase the ram to 8GB if you want top performance, which as others have mentioned, is super cheap. Check out this: Corsair 8 GB Apple Laptop Memory PC3-10666 1333MHz 204-Pin DDR3 SODIMM Mac Memory 8 Dual Channel Kit - CMSA8GX3M2A1333C9, which is tested in Apple labs for compatibility. Personally, I had this but got 16GB of Corsair ram for only $170, so I gave the above mentioned ram to my brother. But for gaming you should rock with 8GB of ram.
Posted on Nov 30, 2011 9:17:34 AM PST
S. C. Lykins says:
I'm a loyal apple user since the 1980's. I'm a photographer and graphic designer and 've been forced to use PC's now and then and am always so relieved to get back "home" to my Macs. If it's true that you regret buying a Macbook Pro you can sell it and get most of your $$ back and go buy a cheap PC. You are not stuck with it as there are many who would line up to buy it from you. Hopefully, though, you will adjust to the new environment and discover the joys and positive differences from your former PC life.
Posted on Dec 22, 2011 1:22:47 PM PST
Enders Shadow says:
As far as the gaming thing goes, you might check your power settings under system preferences. This runs with a dual GPU but (and I can't remember what default is... so you might be good) may not be enabled even when plugged in. Check that out. Utilizing the dual GPU will eat through the battery at an alarming rate, but you may get the good graphics that you're looking for.
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