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The Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro is a powerful notebook computer with an innovative aluminum unibody design. It is loaded with advanced power management features and an integrated battery, which work together to provide up to 7 hours of wireless web browsing. You may notice an unfamiliar logo next to one of the ports on the left side of the system. This is Thunderbolt, a high-speed interface that can move data at an amazing 10Gbps, which is double that of USB 3.0. The Thunderbolt port also doubles as a display output because it shares the same physical form factor as a Mini DisplayPort. You can daisy-chain up to six devices, so you'll be able to connect high-speed external storage and an external Apple LED Cinema display via the same port! The computer's 13.3" display features LED backlight technology and a glossy finish. Its 1280 x 800 native resolution gives you ample screen space to work with. You'll be able to output to an external display at up to 2560 x 1600 via Thunderbolt. Any Mini DisplayPort-compatible display will plug in without the need of an adapter. If you have a display with DVI, VGA or HDMI input, you'll only need to purchase an adapter cable (i.e., HDMI-to-Mini DisplayPort) for connection. FEATURES: Next-Generation Dual-Core Intel Processor - The 13.3" MacBook Pro now features a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor. With 3.5GHz Turbo Boost support and 3MB of cache, this CPU The Graphics Performance You Need, When You Need It - The integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor is now included across the MacBook Pro lineup and handles the things you do every day. It encodes video quickly and makes HD video calls with FaceTime possible. It also decodes efficiently so you get long playback time for DVDs and iTunes movies Introducing Thunderbolt - Imagine accessing multiple streams of uncompressed HD video fro
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Date First Available
October 24, 2011
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I recently made the switch from PC to Mac, and I can say that I'm not sure why I waited so long. Considering that I have only had my computer a few weeks I can't say much about the durability and longevity of the hardware, but I can say that the operating system (mine shipped with Lion) and software is top notch.
I labored for a long time trying to decide whether the 13" MacBook Pro (MBP) or MacBook Air was the right choice for me. I liked the form factor, screen resolution and weight of the Air, but couldn't get comfortable with the comparatively small hard drive and the RAM fixed at 4GB. Considering these factors along with the significant price premium for an Air, I decided that the MBP was right for me.
I also thought long and hard about whether to go with the base model with the 2.4Ghz i5 processor and 500 GB HDD or the 2.8Ghz i7 processor with the 750GB HDD. after looking at reviews and benchmark tests I decided that for my uses, the less expensive model would be perfect and that the incremental added performance of the more expensive model is not worth the additional cost. When large solid state drives become more affordable I will probably switch my HDD out, but until then 500GB should provide plenty of storage.
After using this computer for the past few weeks and carrying it on weekly business trips I am very pleased with my choice of computers. It handles the Microsoft office suite flawlessly, and the added ram allows me to open and view very large pdf files without any lag. I have done minor video and photo editing on this computer and it performed very well. The added weight compared to the Air hasn't proven to be too noticeable, but I am a big guy at 6'4" and 210 pounds.
So far I am pleased with this computer and my Mac experience overall. The process of learning a new OS and overall user interface was daunting at first, but Apple has done a great job creating a system that is intuitive and easy to learn.
I would recommend this computer to anyone looking for a new laptop that they expect to have for awhile and would like to be able to customize to fit their needs.
UPDATE 5/29/12: I have been using my MBP for six months now and couldn't be happier with it. I may have been lucky enough to get a great unit, but during the time that I have owned my MBP I have NEVER needed to contact technical support. I use my Mac for my primary business computer every day and have traveled extensively with it.
Aside from its performance and reliability the feature that I like most about my Mac is the multi-touch trackpad. By using gestures on the trackpad I can be very efficient, and I'm not sure that I will ever be able to go back to a regular mouse or trackball.
One addition that I made was to get the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter MB570Z/A to attach a second monitor when I'm at the office. This allows me to use both my MBP monitor and an external, which provides me with much more area when using Excel or other programs and also allows me to keep my mailbox visible when working on other things.
Considering how pleased I am with my Mac, I have a feeling that I will be buying a lot more Apple products in the future.
| COLLEGE STUDENTS | This is what I would call the "middle-ground" of the MacBook Pro world. You have the nice and cozy i7 processor (dual-core) which is always comforting to see. You have 4GB's of RAM- which is a little outdated now that it's 2015. HOWEVER, this MacBook Pro can support up to 8GB's of RAM (two slots that can hold two 4GB sticks), so if you're feeling that even this is trying your patience a little too much; there's an option for you as well. This laptop definitely proves the theory that you don't need the "latest and greatest" for an enjoyable experience. You can 100% depend on this laptop for writing, drawing, coding, whatever (Though to use Photoshop and the works I might advise a RAM upgrade).
| PARENTS | GRANDPARENTS | This is perfect for those of you that are new to the computer and/or Apple realm. The overall look and feel of the MBP is satisfying and you'll always get that "Ahhh" feel from opening and closing it. Or if that doesn't really matter to you, you'll like how Apple takes pride on the simplicity of it's designs- this is for both the laptop itself and the Operating System. Spotlight Search makes everything accessible at the punch of two keys; that can be anything from E-Mails, Texts, Applications, Music, Web Pages- anything! This makes learning the Operating System easy for beginners and refreshing to those with a little more Intel.
| MY EXPERIENCE |
So far I can't be more pleased. I happened to buy This has exceeded my expectations (which were pretty low...to be honest) and I can't believe this piece of machinery was the price it was. What really sold me this was the ability to change the amount of RAM in this machine. I'll be using this for college so I wasn't looking for anything special, but was told that Apple was preferred by some professors for program compatibility. This model was WAY cheaper then the newest, which made my wallet ache at the though of getting one. Only thing I wish would change is the length of the power cord...It's just THAT short from reaching where I need it to go. This will flawlessly run the newest Operating System (OS X Yosemite at the time of writing this) w/o any RAM upgrades.
/--OVERALL--\ This is a great alternative to spending thousands on the newest version- you really don't need it! You won't be disappointed- and this thing is built to last!
I use this laptop for testing software and Mac-oriented systems, and this configuration works great for it. I wanted a speedier Core i7 processor vs. the previous Macbook Pro I got on Amazon just shortly before (and I gave to my sister-in-law for her use). This model fit the bill, and was easier on my pocketbook vs. a new Mac. Besides, the seller I got this from included Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac in the sale (not all sellers are offering it, so your experience will be different).
I immediately upgraded the system with 16GB of Mac-specific RAM, installed an OWC Data Doubler using the original 750GB HDD, and added in a 250GB SSD to run the operating system. This 3+ year old system flies as a result.
Should you want a Macbook Pro for whatever reason, and a new one is just not in your budget, consider one of these older models. They have a lot of life left in them.
For a 6 year old laptop, this thing is amazing. It's only three years newer than our previous laptop, but 10x faster. We have been doing all of our computing on our phones, since they were so much faster than our laptop. We wanted a laptop that was faster than our phones (iPhone 7), and this laptop is. It's the first Apple computer I have owned, and I love it already. Everything just works. As far as I can tell, there is no need to find and install an antivirus program. Apple has you pretty well covered. Once you learn a few things about iOS, everything feels very intuitive. I highly recommend watching a couple youtube videos on the basics and LEARN SOME TRACKPAD SHORTCUTS. I love the trackpad shortcuts for switching between windows, scrolling, and bringing up different "menus." We purchased ours from imacket. Our laptop arrived on time and with a case and keyboard cover, both of which were a nice surprise.