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, August 11, 2012
This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MC976LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Personal Computers)
Ok... I'm sure you've already read tons of other review before you read mine. And that's a good thing that you're doing that because this computer is quite a big investment. I got mine about a month after release because of the long delay apple had on manufacturing such a large number of orders and plus, I customized my mac to 16gb ram (if you don't know what that is, you shouldn't even be reading this review and maybe get a macbook air instead?). Anyways... I'm sure you've read all the other helpful reviews out there so i thought I'd provide something different... something you wouldn't normally find in other reviews (since I've been testing this out for about a month now). Oh, and skip to only the parts of the review you're interested in.
After paying such a painful amount of money. You finally get home and WOOHOO open this thing. At first, you'll be stunned with the thinness (it's a lil heavy for it's size, very packed). Then you'll notice the wonderful display. And you setup your mac and there you go, it's yours now. The first few things you'll want to do with your mac is: 1. update apps and os 2. install your necessary apps that you'll use with this powerful computer 3. Sync your iTunes stuff 4. Configure your trackpad settings. Your mac is amazing... so far.
FEW WEEKS LATER:
You realizes that the speakers are amazing but you also notice your macbook's bottom makes scary cracking sounds (I think it's the screws). You also notice that the screen is quite fragile and attract dusts. You'll find yourself realizing that you need to charge and the advertised 7hr battery time feels a little too short. When you use your non-retina apps, you sees that the quality isn't perfect as you used to thought it was. The computer also gets quite hot when you're working on videos and animations (or other things that stresses the CPU). But other than that... You're happy with your mac because those were small problems that other computers experiences with too and this portability:power ratio just surprises you so much that you don't care.
Forgetting the costs... this no longer feels new. You ditches your other computers because of their horrible displays compared to this one. Or... you might find yourself forced to use those other computers however... but also suffering partly because of the display. DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY... ok I get it. The displays will look bad... now what? Overall, you're happy with your purchase and you love the amazing power packed into this lil machine.
TIPS FOR YOU WHEN YOU BUY IT:
Fan problems: I found a free software called Fan Control and it allows you to make your fans spins faster at lower temperatures. This really made a huge difference, even though it gets a bit noisier than usual (usually no noise at all when internet surfing)
Battery problems: Well... there's really nothing you can do about this. But UPDATE your mac frequently because Apple recently released an update for the new MacBooks to fix the battery problems, I find it extending my usual 2~4hr time to 4~7hr. The battery really depends on how you uses it. Your brightness, keyboard backlit, and your volume all affects your battery time.
Battery life: Now that's the big picture. Your battery time may be short, but you want to keep your battery life longer so you don't have to pay $200 to apple for your battery to be replaced. Try not to use your battery when you are not forced to, but do try to drain the battery to when the "Low Battery" warning comes up every week (at least every month). This keeps the battery fresh. You also should watch the temperature problem (solution above) because the temperature and also age your battery quite a bit. Also, if you're storing this for longer than a month, try to have the battery at about 50% when you leave it.
Screen care: Oh nose! Your beautiful screen! Don't get it dusty! Clean it frequently with a non-static cloth to get rid of dust (came with the computer. oh apple u so thoughtful). And maybe consider investing in one of those "special solutions" made to clean computer screens so it doesn't damage your LED screen. Or if you don't feel like spending a special solution just use a SLIGHTLY dampened cloth to clean your screen. BUT! DON'T USE A WET CLOTH! it can damage your screen and it might result in displaying colors incorrectly.
Keyboard: Most people don't care... but if you're one of those people who do care. Wipe it with a damp cloth to clean off dust and your "sweat+dust" stains that can be easily seen with a white keyboard. But since this is a white on black keyboard, it's quite hard to notice. So, clean it frequently. And if you're really obsessed with keeping things clean... use Cyber Clean putty. It's really made for those old puffy keyboards but it can be quite helpful to get those stupid hair stuck between two keys out (especially if you have um... slightly bigger fingers).
Softwares: I had this concern when I bough my MBP so I had to put this here. ESPECIALLY WITH ADOBE CS6... I was worried that the softwares would look so horrible that I wouldn't be able to use it. It turned out that it was just some "rumors" on the internet and it worked fine (just a little pixelated).
TEST IT BEFORE THE WARRANTY EXPIRES: Test your keyboard, test your display (some people have reported to have "ghosting" problems), test your speakers, test your trackpad, test your camera, check your charger, check your screws, CHECK EVERYTHING. So if you bought your computer with an authorized apple dealer, you can return it withing 14 days "no questions asked."
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