Customer Reviews: Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop
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I had eagerly been awaiting the new Mid-2012 MacBook Pro upgrade primarily because of the move to the new Intel processor, "Ivy Bridge." The 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor just makes this MacBook Pro fly. And it runs much cooler than its predecessors. I had my laptop running while on my lap for a couple hours and the bottom case was barely warm. Fan noise was not noticeable whatsoever. To be honest, I don't even know if the fan was operating or not, it was that quiet.

The aluminum unibody case has remained pretty much unchanged for several years. In fact, my previous MacBook Pro, a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of RAM has the identical case that this new laptop has... it is designated as Model No: A1278 if you look at the bottom of the laptop case.

What Apple threw into the mix, which made my decision of which new Apple laptop to purchase more difficult, was the addition of the Retina Display MacBook. Initially I was tormented with making the correct decision of which computer to purchase. After I weighed the differences and factored in the cost, it became clear to me that for my use, the 13" MacBook Pro was the way to go rather than an Air or Retina Display MacBook Pro. Here are my reasons...

-The Retina Display MacBook lacks an optical drive. For me, that was a critical feature as I am a Mobile DJ and still rip a lot of CD's to my computer. I did not want to have to carry around an external optical drive so having the internal optical drive on the new MacBook Pro was key.

-The Retina Display MacBook does not have an Ethernet port. Again, this won't affect all people, but for me it was an essential feature that I use all the time. I wasn't ready to give up my dedicated ethernet connectivity port.

-The Retina Display MacBook was priced out of my comfort zone. It's a phenomenal computer but I just could not justify the price.

-The Air doesn't offer the disk space that I need nor the right combination of ports.

Honestly, the display on the 13.3" MacBook Pro is gorgeous. I can see where a photographer might enjoy the Retina Display, but for me, the 1280x800 resolution of the screen on this laptop is perfect. The display is bright, very bright, sharp and has excellent viewing from side to side. I'm a little conflicted with the glossy screen, but I think I have grudgingly accepted it for the most part. In most situations I find it nicer than a glare-free screen. For some situations however, it is not the best because of the reflections on the screen of surrounding lights and such. You must remember that while reducing glare on a screen might make it easier to view in certain situations by reducing reflections of light and surroundings, by its nature the anti-glare will reduce sharpness of the screen image. By having the glossy screen you have an amazingly bright, clear and sharp image that is just beautiful to view.

I had also considered getting an early 2012 refurbished MacBook Pro. That was my second-best option. But for the small difference in price, I would not have gotten USB 3.0 ports and that was important to me, as well as getting Thunderbolt. Admittedly, there are not yet many peripherals that utilize Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 but that is certainly going to change quite rapidly. USB 3.0 is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and offers throughput of up to 5Gbps. Thunderbolt is even faster and allows daisy-chaining of monitors and other devices. This new MacBook Pro also has an upgraded facetime camera. It is now 720p HD and that's pretty awesome.

Firewire 800 is still included on this MacBook Pro. Undoubtedly, Firewire is getting towards the end of its lifespan but many videographers are still using video cameras that use Firewire and I also have external hard drives using firewire, so this is still useful for me.

The newly added Tunderbolt port is also useable as a mini-display port and you can easily obtain adapters to enable you to hook up to DVI, VAG and HDMI. I do miss not having a dedicated HDMI port, but at least it is possible to get an adapter to fill that need.

The Lion and soon to be released Mountain Lion operating system has garnered a lot of comments both positive and negative. Personally I have not experienced any issues with Lion. The integration with iCloud is fantastic and allows me to keep my contacts, address book, bookmarks all in sync across all my devices (iMac, iPhone, iPod Touch and another MacBook Pro.)

The iLife suite of applicatons included with the computer are excellent. iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand are tightly integrated and work well. There is room for improvement, to be sure, but I use iPhoto and iMovie all the time and it is an amazingly capable duo.

If you're considering a MacBook Pro for the first time and are coming from the PC world, welcome. You will have a little adjusting to do but it's really easy and you will probably be impressed with how straightforward the operating system is. It just works. I can't even think of when I had a crash or freeze.

I've not yet reached the 7-hours mark for battery life, but still, I've been getting at least 5 hours plus so no complaints.

If you are considering the new MacBook Pro and you're already a Mac user then you will welcome the addition of a much faster processor, the addition of Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

I am really liking my new MacBook Pro and with 8GB of RAM, and the new i7 Processor running at 2.9GHZ (turbo-boost to 3.6GHz) you will be very happy with the performance.

Regarding the 8GB RAM memory maximum for this MacBook Pro, it is interesting to note that Crucial sells a 16GB RAM kit for this particular model. Despite this, Apple does not acknowledge that the computer will accept 16GB of RAM. I called Apple Technical Support to ask about this and I was told that even though the computer may accept 16GB of RAM and seem to run without any problems with 16GB of RAM, the full amount of RAM may not actually be used by the MacBook Pro. It's kind of hard to say what the implications are of adding 16GB of RAM when Apple says the maximum is 8GB for this model. What will happen though is if you have any issues with the computer and Apple discovers that you've put 16GB of RAM in it, you could be denied service under the warranty. So I guess I'd be happy with 8GB of RAM until this issue gets more clarification, either by benchmark tests that show an improvement in performance or a firmware update or some acknowledgment from Apple approving the option of 16GB of RAM. I"d like to think that if Apple wanted to make as much money as possible that they would offer this computer with an 16GB option. Since they don't, there must be a technical reason why.

I've been using a protective case for my MacBook Pro and I recommend it. It's priced very fairly, comes in a variety of colors and has worked really well for me. It even lets the Apple Logo shine through the case. Here is a link to the Red color version of the case. RED iPearl mCover® Hard Shell Case for A1278 Aluminum Unibody MacBook Pro 13-inch (RED color)

UPDATE: July 1, 2012 - I've been reading reports online about the fact that the new Retina Display MacBook Pro has pushed the graphics handling capabilities of the computer to the max. This has resulted in some problems that are only just beginning to manifest themselves, such as sluggish screen draw in some situations, slow frame rates in other situations and image retention issues.

In other words, by pushing the limits, as Apple frequently does (and I'm not suggesting that that's a bad thing) early adopters are paying the price. So I'm feeling even better about choosing this particular model rather than spending significantly more for the Retina Display MacBook Pro and having to deal with the first generation issues.

UPDATE: July 5, 2012 - Note to PC users considering the switch to a Mac. Don't be intimidated to switch. Mac OSX is a fantastic operating system and not difficult to learn at all. But there are definitely some subtle differences between the PC and Mac user interface and experience. I would strongly suggest getting a good book such as Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Lion Edition. It's an excellent overview of what you'll need to know regarding the Mac experience and the Lion operating system. I use both Windows 7 and Mac OSX and own both a PC laptop and Mac laptop and desktop machines. I consider Macs to be my primary computer because of my familiarity with them and their ease of use. However, a helpful book will ease your transition and eliminate the guesswork.

UPDATE: August 24, 2012 - I've upgraded my OS to Mountain Lion, 10.8, and have been running it for about 2 weeks. I have not noticed any issues and the upgrade went very smoothly. Some of the new features are great. I particularly like the dictation feature that lets you speak while in any application that accepts text input and the MBP will automatically and accurately convert your speech to text. The new way that messages are handled is very similar to IOS and I like it. Some users are reporting less battery life but I have not noticed any degradation in battery life on my comptuer.
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on March 15, 2013
this review is about my personal honest experience, i am not a computer wizard.

like most of you, i had a hard time thinking which one to buy, an air or a pro. what i did is purchased the two and see which one will better suit my needs and send back the one that I won't like. so I went at my local best buy and did so. after using both products for 14days, here are my thoughts.

the macbook air looks very beautiful on the outside. it's so thin and light and can be used anywhere like a tablet. to sum things up, the MB air is more of a fashion statement than a work horse. is it faster than a pro? yes only by 10-15secs during start up. the audio quality sounds thin but loud. the pro has a deeper sound. air has higher resolution but the fonts are small. what I hate about it is the screen display color. macbook pro by far has more vivid colors and if you love to watch netflix and hd videos like me, the pro is a better choice. i like the design of the air but i'm sorry to say that it is more like a toy than a real life laptop. if you have a main computer, the air is a very good addition but if you only need an all in one computer like me to take with you, store data, watch videos, do picture and video editing and plan to use for a very long time, then the macbook pro is a better choice and for me is more sturdy. one reviewer says that the air has better screen display but I don't agree with that because i am an amateur photographer and im pretty sure i know which has the better display. in the long run you will be needing that dvd drive, the storage and ram that you can customize, the ethernet and ports that are already built in and most of all the screen display. the macbook pro still looks stunningly beautiful and is a more capable laptop. even the keyboard is better to type on. the air is super light weight but the pro still is light. we still need to use our muscles sometimes. battery life are identical 5-6 hrs.

I got more from my money on the pro and it is a better choice for me that's why I kept it and sent the air back for a refund. again this is just my personal honest opinion.
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on January 23, 2015
My son LOVES it! The only places I could find that sold these are directly through Apple (which wanted WAY too much for their "AppleCare warranty"-it doesn't even cover drops,spills, etc...just a warranty to talk to to their technical support-what a joke), Best Buy (their "Geek Squad" warranty covers basically everything, including drops, spills, etc...but is approx. $350 for 2 yrs or $510 for 3 yrs and it's not like it's fixed right at the store- they still send it out, so you still have a wait time until you get it back), eBay (no warranties you can add-just a transferable warranty IF the person selling added it at time of purchase), and Amazon. Amazon, by far, beat the others in price AND you can add your own warranty for a very reasonable price ( I think I paid around $150 for 3 yrs) and it covers spills, drops, cracked screen, etc. I know this model is from 2012 and is not the newer one, but in my opinion is was a way better choice. I guess it just depends on what you're looking for & what is important to you. I didn't want the new MacBook Air because I was told by several sales associates at Best Buy that they have junky processors (compared to any of the MacBook Pro models, not in general), their storage/ memory options suck, and that any of the Pro models would be MUCH better for what my son would be using on it the most-Photoshop. I was told the Air models are best for people that needed easy portability, like traveling on business trips & needing to check emails & such. The new Pro models are very nice, but they have less storage & you end up paying so much extra for the retina display. If having retina display is super important to you, then go with the new models. It wasn't to me. Plus, this MacBook Pro, in my opinion, has GREAT image quality....if you put it beside one with retina, then yes-you WILL see an obvious difference between them....but, for me, the difference wasn't worth the difference in price, especially beings that the image quality on this model, while not as nice as the retina, still is amazing and far better than the quality of any other laptop I compared it to of similar price. Also, a HUGE selling feature for me is that this one comes with the DVD SuperDrive built into it, which none of the newer MacBook AIrs or Pros do....for the newer models, you can buy a SuperDrive (they were $80 at Best Buy), but you connect them with a USB cable and then you're stuck with a laptop, SuperDrive, and a wire attaching them and that's not very ideal if your traveling & want your kid to be able to watch a DVD. Also, with this model, you can upgrade the 500 GB to a higher one, if you need to. That's always a nice option, which again, the newer models do not come with and are not capable of. Do your research & pick what's best for your personal needs. This model, while SLIGHTLY heavier than the new ones, is still very lightweight (and remember-this one has the SuperDrive built into it, so that compensates for the little bit of extra weight, which is only like 1lb.). I'm so happy with this MacBook Pro....and thrilled with the additional warranty options....and, most important of all, my 13 yr. old son LOVES it...he got it for Christmas and definitely wasn't expecting it and the pure look of shock and happiness on his face when he opened it was absolutely PRICELESS. (He wanted & asked for a laptop and, even though he has an iPhone, an iPod touch, and a iPad with retina, he didn't bother asking for a MacBook because, as he said, "I would love a MacBook, but I know they're basically the most expensive laptops out there, so it doesn't matter-I'm fine with a any laptop-it doesn't have to be super expensive". Through my research, I was told over & over again that Apple products are pricier because the quality & durability far exceeds any other brand, which is why they can charge more. So I made the decision to get him a he can, and has, synced it to all his other Apple devices, so all his songs and apps are all there w/o the need to spend additional money. Boy-was he surprised!) He spends hours every day making "edits" (sports pics) with PhotoShop (which is now sold by subscription, which I also bought on Amazon-it arrives & looks like a gift card, which is super nice if you're giving it as a gift). Really, truly, honestly a great buy and a great product.
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on July 16, 2014
Why I bought a Macbook:
I bought a Macbook Pro because of Windows 8 as well as the low quality of hardware that comprises most laptop PCs. This machine replaced a Windows 7 laptop that suffered major hardware failure after only 23 months of gentle use. Fortunately I had a full replacement warranty on this unit.
Windows 8 is virtually unusable for my purposes, as are tablet computers. I need a full laptop with a real keyboard, built-in CD/DVD ROM reader/writer, USB ports, an OS that supports my applications, etc. After seeing how virtually every laptop PC was loaded with Windows 8, and was very cheaply built, I was thoroughly disgusted and considered other options.
Most Mac laptops I have seen have been in service for a number of years and are still running strong. That, and the features of the new Macbooks, convinced me to pay the extra money and go with an Apple. I also use LINUX, and by using VirtualBox or Parallels software, I can run LINUX in a virtual machine within the Mac OS. This has proven to be the best of both worlds.
it should also be mentioned that if one needs Windows 7 for certain tasks, Windows 7 can be run in a virtual machine using Parallels, just as was done with LINUX.
By going with an Apple Macbook and using virtual machines for certain applications not normally supported in Mac OS, I have avoided the pitfalls of a regular laptop PC.
The machine is light in weight, thin, yet feels solid when you handle it. The keyboard has a very good tactile feel; the keys don't make that cheap plastic "scrunch" that many PCs do. Visually, the machine has a very neat, clean appearance and features a beautiful, bright, sharp display. I like the fact the keyboard keys light up so they can be seen int he dark. The brightness of both the screen and keyboard backlights are user adjustable.
Despite the machine's thin form factor and light weight, it sports an internal CD/DVD writer drive. I can write optical discs, watch DVD movies, play music CDs, etc.
The built-in speakers provide average sound quality for a laptop computer; a headphone jack provides excellent quality sound to headphones or an external amplifier.
The main things I don't like about Apple is their pricing structure (at $1100, it was a pretty severe budget buster for me!) and the lack of documentation on their hardware. Also, as with Windows, you will need antivirus software for your Macbook.
Wi-Fi connections can be a bit troublesome to set up if you are new to Mac OS. You will definitely want to do some Google searches on how to set up Wi-Fi on a Mac before you get started. Apple's own instructions focus on how to make the Macbook connect to an "Airport" access point. But rest assured you can also connect to ANY Wi-Fi access point that adheres to 802.11b or 802.11g standards.
Having been a veteran of Windows since the days of Windows 3.1, and LINUX since 1999, Mac-OS has presented somewhat of a learning curve. But I have quickly come up to speed on most things I need to do.
In Conclusion:
So far, I am quite happy with my Macbook, would do it again, and recommend this to most people who need a full laptop computer. Indeed, this Macbook does most of the things I can do on my dual-boot desktop machine. Hope this review helps someone.
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on May 11, 2015
I previously owned a 2014 MacBook Air that was sadly stolen from me. I was hesitant to go from something as light as the Air to this bulkier model, but after several days of use, despite the obvious disadvantage in size, this Pro beats my Air in my personal taste test, hands down.

Let's be clear: this MacBook Pro is from mid-2012 and does not have the acclaimed Retina display that the newer ones come with. I actually had money for the Retina MacBook Pro and yet I still chose this model, and I'll explain why.

First, it's very cost-effective compared to the entry-level Retina MacBook Pro. I got this one at Best Buy for $1044 and the entry-level Retina was $1299. Now that's not a bad price for the Retina model IF you actually need the specs it comes with (and are really in love with the display), but I decided in my case that my type of usage did not warrant it. I suspect the average user's usage would not warrant it, either. Further points:

- The screen has been called "archaic" and even "atrocious" by some professional sites. I could not think of a quote I've read in years that was more exaggerated. Those who tell you the screen is anything approaching horrible are mostly just being elitist or seriously have an eye problem. No, this isn't the Retina, but the screen is still better than any other laptop I have ever owned, including my stolen Air. It still qualifies as HD and maybe it has something to do with the glossy finish, but colors are bright and beautiful and everything looks nice and smooth. I have actually had people tell me they can't use non-Retina screens anymore and try to convince me you can see the pixels on them. Funny, because I don't see any pixels. The screen is great, don't let some snob convince you otherwise.

- The 2.5ghz processor and 4GB RAM is more than adequate for the average consumer's use. I have people tell me all the time that 4GB of RAM just "isn't enough" these days when all they do on a computer is surf the web, check emails, Facebook, and the news, blog, write documents for work/school, and watch Netflix. From my experience, this is what the majority of consumers need a computer for, and trust me, the specs on this model are more than enough for you to do all of that without hiccups. Unless you're editing high definition video, using Photoshop, or running 50 tabs on your browser in addition to having multiple programs open, you do not "need" more than 4GB. Currently, as I write this, I have my Firefox browser open with several tabs, iTunes running in the background, Messages open, Mail, and a chat program called Adium. I am experiencing no lags in performance, and could probably still open more programs and be fine. Point is, don't get suckered into going all out on your specs if you don't need to. Which leads me to my next point...

- IF, in the future, you decide you need more memory, this MacBook Pro is the last model made that is user-upgradable. That means you can simply find out what sort of RAM you need, buy it (they're cheap), and follow online instructions on how to install it. This model is easily upgradable to 8GB SHOULD YOU NEED IT. It will cost you about $40-60 and about 15 minutes of your time.

- If you REALLY need the better performance, you can also swap out the HDD drive for an SSD (Solid State Drive), which will improve overall speed and boot-up time. Again, this is the last MacBook Pro you can configure yourself, so changing the HDD is very doable with some time and knowledge from the Internet.

- Despite being HDD (which is slower than the newer SSD drives), this computer still boots up and is ready to use in 1 minute. If you literally can't wait 1 minute for your computer to become useable, you should probably reconsider your time management skills.

- As for the operating system, OSX has always been easy to use (once Windows users get the hang of it) and well integrated with everything from your iPad to iPhone (I can send and receive text messages sent to my iPhone from the Messages app on this computer), so nothing has changed there--if you've used OSX, it's still as good as ever. My unit shipped with OSX Yosemite on it and it works great.

- The build quality is what MacBook Pros are really famous for, and if you have ever used a cheap, plastic PC, and have yet to behold the beauty of a MacBook, you're in for a treat--beautiful aluminum unibody, backlit keyboard, amazing trackpad, and responsive keys...Apple puts a lot into its design, and it shows. Yes, this is thicker than the newer Retina models, but the size and weight are not a deterrent unless you plan on walking several miles a day with this thing on your back, which in case you may want an Air to begin with and not a Pro at all. Personally, I like this MacBook's slightly thicker design better than the new, thinner Retina models because it looks more like a "traditional" laptop in terms of size.

- This is the last MacBook Pro to come with an optical disc drive, which to ME was a plus. I realize CDs and DVDs are becoming increasingly outdated with the push to streaming and downloads, but as someone who has a vast collection of DVDs that are still perfectly good, it's nice to have the option to pop one in and watch it should I be on a road trip or in a hotel room. I also have about 200 CDs leftover from the 90s-2000s and it's nice to not have to buy them all on iTunes again--simply insert and rip to the hard drive, then sell or toss them out. Even if you don't need the optical drive, it's still nice to have just in case, as many older programs (including my Rosetta Stone discs) still use CDs for installation.

- This is also the last MacBook Pro to have a built-in ethernet port. This comes in handy when I'm staying in hotels with poor wifi and I have the option to plug directly into the ethernet port on the work desk. It also gives me better Internet performance at home should my router be acting up. With a newer Pro, you need to purchase a separate adapter to get ethernet capability.

- Heat-wise, I have not experienced any issues with this model becoming too hot. If I watch Netflix or stream a lot of video, it does get warm, but not so hot I can't touch the chassis. Installing a program like SMC Fan Control also gives you the ability to manually turn on and adjust the fan speed should you feel the chassis is getting too hot for you. I have it installed and have only had to use it once. When doing normal tasks and even ripping CDs, the chassis does not get hot for me. Typically long periods of streaming from Netflix will cause some heat, but that's about it.

- Apple claims you get about six hours of battery life on this unit, but I have actually been getting eight. It charges fast, as well. When on 11% battery, I went to plug it in before taking a shower. My shower lasted about 20 minutes and when I got out, the computer was already at 50% charge. So by my estimation, it would only take about 45 minutes to go from a dead to a full battery. Impressive.

- As far as Internet browsing goes, mine is lightning fast and I am getting over 50mbps download speed (though of course this depends on your service, but I'm just saying that it's not slow when browsing and should handle any speed you pay for).

So, to sum it all up, don't spend more money than you need to and go all out on a Retina model with specs you won't take advantage of when, for the average consumer, this MacBook Pro is cheaper and perfectly adequate for your needs. Save your money, and if you need to upgrade the specs in the future, know that you CAN do this with this model and make it as good as the base Retina one only by spending about $120. If you install 8GB of RAM and an SSD on your own, guess what? Minus the Retina display, your 2012 MacBook Pro has the same specs as the entry-level Retina! And even if it isn't decked out with the latest specs, it's still a MacBook Pro...this thing is going to last you YEARS if you take care of it. You also get the optical drive and, despite the naysayers, a beautiful screen to boot. I am completely satisfied with my purchase and will be enjoying this MacBook Pro for years to will you.
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on June 19, 2012
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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on February 3, 2013
The good

- unlike retina MacBook this one is still user upgradeable.
- comes with 750gb HDD I upgraded to a 512gb SSD ( the crucial m4)
- user upgradeable ram comes with 8gb up can put up to 16gb in. Personally 8 is enough for me (for now)
- the screen is super clear and crisp. I have a retina display iPad and I can't tell the difference.
- if you do any gaming I would suggest you get this over the retina because they have the same GPU but the retina display has more pixels to power so you'll get better better frame rates with this one.
- the retina display may be nice for photographers but this model has an edge for basically every other task.
- when your watching video you won't be able to tell the difference between this and the retina.
- built in DVD drive! I still love this feature call me old school but I still use it, and I'm not old either I'm in my twenties.
- if you no longer have a use for the DVD drive you can take it out and put in a second SSD OR HDD. They make a kit you can get really cheap on Amazon. Can't do that with a retina.
- with bootcamp you get the best of both worlds OS 10 and windows.
- great for gaming I've been running Far Cry 3 and Fallout New Vegas and it has plenty of power to spare.

My criticisms

- I really can't think of any. I wish apple would add a touch screen that would make this the perfect laptop.

The bottom line

If your looking for a mobile powerhouse that is user upgradeable, and the quality that can only come from apple this is the computer for you. This is still the real MacBook Pro in my opinion. If you want a design that is tried and true and don't want to spend your life savings on a maxed out retina model (because you can't upgrade them) still like having a DVD drive and other practical ports give this one serious consideration.
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on July 10, 2015
It's perfect and cheap to buy here on Amazon then any other place and computer works perfect, when u get your Mac book pro after receiving it call apple to register for 1 year warranty I did mine they just ask the date u purchased and then will be cover for 1 year with apple
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on June 21, 2013
I was dissapointed by Amazon. The Apple Mac Book did not work from the very first time. I took it to the Apple Store where I was informed that some components of the mac book (the memory) were not part of the computer. Even though the cover of the computer said it was a 2012 model, I was told by the Apple Service that the computer was 2008. The computer's cover was exchanged and taken from a 2012 mac book for that purpose. I was also informed that the components of the Mac Book were dirty. Should I still consider buying through Amazon? I wish this review is useful for future Mac products buyers.
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on December 22, 2012
Got it as a present from my wife for my birthday few monts ago, and I couldn't be more satisfied.
Once you get used to it if you haven't used mac before, you'll be enjoying best computer experience in your life!

What is there not to like?
Thin, light, pretty, quality built, awesome battery life, fast, reliable,
multi touch gestures(saves so much time, so easy to organise).
Not to mention software, beats Windows down to it's knees.

You wont regret extra few $ spent on this, in fact we liked it so much that we decided to get another one right after.

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