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This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (Personal Computers)
This is not my first Mac computer, and certainly will not be my last. Before I begin, I will say that I am not like a good percentage of the people that will end up writing a review on this computer - I am not an Apple fanboy. I have owned many PC computers as well, and like them too. I currently own a Lenovo laptop as well as my new MacBook Pro, and each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
To start with the strengths:
1. OSX Lion is a great performer..extremely fast and reliable. I have it installed on my iMac desktop computer as well and love it. Not to mention this comes with a free upgrade to Mountain Lion, which is very nice.
2. Screen looks great. Even though it is not the Retina display you can get on the 15.4 inch model, the screen is fantastic. Very bright and crystal clear with excellent color.
3. Quietest laptop I have ever owned. Keeps quiet even when the computer is under a heavy load.
4. First computer I have owned with USB 3.0. I bought an external hard drive when I purchased this laptop as well so I could utilize the USB 3.0. I got the hard drive yesterday and transferred all of my files from my old laptop to the new hard drive so I could put them on my MacBook. It took about 1/5th of the time it did with USB 2.0.
5. My Lenovo laptop does not have an illuminated keyboard, so the keyboard on this laptop is a big plus in my opinion. Excellent for people that like to work or surf the web while their significant other is sleeping.
6. The trackpad - can't even compare it to any trackpad I have seen on any other laptop computer.
7. Excellent battery life while being a very fast performer. It definitely has the best of both worlds. I average about 6 hours on a charge. My Lenovo (with similar graphics, processor, etc. and same use) only lasts about 4 or 5 hours on a full charge.
8. Typical Apple simplistic styling. I love the look of the Apple products. Simple and clean.
9. Many, many more...but those are the most notable ones to me.
Now, for the weaknesses.
1. The only thing I dislike about this laptop are the rubber pads found on the bottom of the computer for grip. They may get softer and more sticky as time goes by, but right now they are far from that. The pads on the bottom of my Lenovo are definitely much better and don't allow the computer to slide around while I am using the computer on a glass topped desk.
2. Price - it's a bit pricey for the performance you get, but the added perks of Mac OSX and the durability and support of Apple products makes up for it. For the same price, you can get a PC with more memory, larger hard drive, better graphics, and a faster processor, but then you remember you're running Windows 7, which isn't nearly as well built as Mac OSX.
In conclusion - this is a great laptop. Although it is a little pricey, it is well worth the extra money. So far, the only issue I have with it (rubber pads) is a very small problem that does not change how this laptop performs in any way.
If you are thinking about getting a MacBook Pro laptop but do not want to spend a huge amount of money for one, this is definitely the way to go. It may be considered the "base model" MacBook Pro, but it still an excellent computer. The size and battery life of this computer makes it excellent for people that need a laptop that is very mobile. Between work and college classes, I needed a lightweight yet durable computer and this definitely fits that criteria.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 6:38:37 AM PDT
Posted on Jun 23, 2012 9:29:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2012 9:32:35 AM PDT
L. Russo says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 2:16:44 PM PDT
Southern Cookie says:
This review is on the 13.3 macbook pro that does have the ports you mention. You are thinking of another model that also lacks an optical drive. Hope that straightens things out for you...
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 4:58:30 PM PDT
Spencer Atherton says:
This computer does have an ethernet port, as well as a FireWire port. I personally won't even be using FireWire any more now that I have a computer with USB 3.0, which has a much faster transfer rate.
You are correct about not having an independent mic port though. To me, that is not a big deal at all. To some it may cause an inconvenience. But, with that being said, finding a quality microphone that works with a USB port is far from a difficult task.
Posted on Jun 23, 2012 6:24:39 PM PDT
Mustafa Al-Asadi says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 3:48:43 PM PDT
Spencer Atherton says:
Well for people that have never used Mac operating systems and have only owned Windows computers, comparing them is helpful. Everybody has had the chance to get familiar to Windows, so the only way they can decide if they want to make the plunge into Mac OS is if they know what the differences are and how other people feel about those differences. Part of a product review is often times comparing them to similar products.
Posted on Sep 7, 2012 2:15:25 PM PDT
Great review man (: !
Hope to see more from you
Posted on Sep 19, 2012 8:49:45 PM PDT
J.A. Castillo says:
Very helpful info. What do you think of that 1400x900 resolution screen? i'm having a hard time deciding between this and the retina, it'll be plugged to a 24' monitor 80% of the time which makes me think i dont really need retina, but then again i dont want to feel like i'm missing on something special. Also 16GB ram is a must for me, which for retina is like $2800 computer and i've seen 16GB ram on amazon for like 90 bucks. Any help would be appreciated.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 8:52:01 PM PDT
J.A. Castillo says:
the computer you're referring to is the Retina display MBP, this is the regular "fat" MBP with all the ports, CD drive, Battery indicator and 1400x900 screen, so at least read what the product's about before you posting confusing comments.
Posted on Dec 19, 2012 2:25:51 PM PST
Sebastian Lovera says:
Hi Spencer- Great review! Can you please let me know what document you submitted to Apple in order to get the free upgrade to Mountain Lion? Thank you.