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Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook

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Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook
 
4.6

(based on 39 reviews)

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Not fully convinced

To start, I work in the software industry  for over 15 years and my company is a PC / Microsoft shop.  Prior to this job, my company supported both PC and...Read complete review

To start, I work in the software industry  for over 15 years and my company is a PC / Microsoft shop.  Prior to this job, my company supported both PC and Mac's.  It's been a while since I've used a MAC though..it's been about 12 years.  I loved all things MAC back in the day.  I whinned frequently about the PC at home and at work.  For my 10th anniversary, my husband presented me with the MACBookPro 17' laptop.  Wow, I was thrilled.  It's been years, the Mac is the ultimate machine, I was salivating over using it.  It took me a little reacquainting to figure out how to navigate and start being productive on the system.  But, I didn't mind, finally having a MAC at home was the ultimate.   Then came the tiny bits of disappointment.  Certain applications I bought to use on the Mac was inferior to the PC versions.  Case in point, Quicken 2009.  I have the PC version, and quickly decided to spend the money for the MAC version.  Yikes, I returned it asap and got my money back.  the Mac version was horrible. Yes, the MAC is a sweet machine, it lives up to all the general hype, but I want to use it for everything, all my PC applications, I want an equal version for my MAC. If you are a graphic designer....buy this puppy.  If you are looking to use it for all your day to day activities,  be careful.

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Total Waste of Money

I have been a PC user for a while, so maybe this is a biased review, but I think this laptop is terrible.  Actually, I am beginning to think everything made by...Read complete review

I have been a PC user for a while, so maybe this is a biased review, but I think this laptop is terrible.  Actually, I am beginning to think everything made by Apple is terrible.  I had this thing for about 3 months before it started shutting off on its own (ran it on a hardwood desk) and then making a loud vibrating sound intermittently. 

During the time this thing was actually working, I did not notice anything that it does (besides the cutesy useless features) that my PC for half the price couldn't do.  I really don't see what all the rage is about and am kicking myself for even giving them a shot.

I guess it is like buying a Range Rover.  You want to look good, you want some cute featured, but you fail to see that they are NOT made to last.  You have a good first month or two, then things start to go wrong. 

Yes, I maybe got a bad apple, but in this case, it DID spoil the whole bunch for me and I will not be going back to Apple again.  Furthermore, I will be telling as many people as I possibly can to save their money and buy a PC.

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5.0

Apple clearly designed its computers to be intuitive to use

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from Eugene, OR

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

I will admit upfront that I am not good with the technical side of things when it comes to computers--I judge them mostly based on how simple and stress-free they are for me to use. 

When my old Dell laptop died a few years ago, I found a good deal on a 17" MacBook Pro, and getting it ended up being one of the best buys I've ever made.  The operating system, OSX, is fantastically easy to use right out of the box--everything from the way you can access programs, to the wonderful (and FAST) search function--is intuitive and lets you get to work straight away.  Installing new programs is simple and straightforward as well.  

This may all be obvious to people who are familiar with Macs, but it was all fairly new to me when I got the MacBook.  And, while it is easy to use, it's still a powerful machine, and runs very fast even with multiple programs running.  The only downside I've noticed is a tendency for the fan to start running high when I try to play graphics-heavy games--but otherwise, the MacBook has completely taken over as my home computer and entertainment system!

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5.0

Great for what I need it to do

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from Austin, TX

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

I use this computer daily for graphics and web publishing. Works great for what I need, I used mac towers and desktops before, this is my second portable. The SuperDrive is very handy for burning on the go too. Works well with our airport network, love the wireless printing!

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4.0

great for students

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from Tempe, AZ

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

This laptop is the best I've had in a long time. I got it before I went into grad school and it has been a lifesaver throughout these last 2 yrs. I love how big the screen is so I can look up several things at once. I have had some problems with the optical disk drive not working, but I have sorted that out by buying an external disk /optical drive which allows me to still watch and play DVDs and cds. I can also burn them. The mac is easy to use- very simple for even the least techie person like myself. I did buy it from a refurbisher but it may have been a better idea to get it from the mac store because I may have not had that problem with the disk drive. I recommend this to anyone who is kind of looking for something that'll get the job done!

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5.0

loveeeeeeee apple pro...

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from Burbank, CA

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

I love my apple pro that i brought 7 months back. it is so reliable. the 64 bit proccesing was what made me buy it and i am not disappointed. its fast. and the battery backup is for 10 hours ! the key board is very ergonomic. the new touchpad shockcuts are amazing. so amazing that even my toddler operates it. she plays her favourite youtube videos. If i had been using a windows based OS i would have got at least 3 blue sceern with all the antics i do with my computer but this new one is so incredibly reliable. No faults so far and keeping my fingers crossed to keep the same going. But the price is extremely high. its a big sum but i am happy i did it for me. now i can not imagine being with out my apple. the Airport is really cool accesory. very needy in my case and the sound is amazing even when my speakers are connected to the airport. onebig con is the difficulty to keep it clean with a toddler around seems very delicate. and one of my friend's kid lifted the laptop by screen and the display went crazy.

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5.0

A different notebook

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from Beverly Hills, CA

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

Well, the Apple MC226LL/A is a bit different notebook than the other typical Apple notebooks. First of all, this screen size is quite large at 17 inches, which is very nice. Apple makes some of the best notebook screens and it is nice to have all that beauty captured in a larger size. A 17 inch screen equals more eye candy for you, whether we're talking about streaming videos, dvds, or bigger real estate for Excel and spreadsheets. Unfortunately, the MC226LL/A features an Intel Core 2 Duo, which is not horrible at all, but a bit outdated. If it was fitted with an i5 or even an i3 this notebook would fly. The Core 2 duo is powered at 2.8ghz . Harddrive space is sufficient at 500 gigs of space, and the typical 4 gigs of memory is put in this notebook. One thing I found interesting was that they broke away from the normal GeForce 330M graphics and went with an Nvidia Geforce 9400M + 9600M GT graphics. This notebook I found rather light and I think it is great for portability and carrying around. All around good notebook and I recommend it.

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5.0

ONCE YOU GO MAC, YOU DON'T GO BACK!!!!

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from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

What can I say about my MAC, besides that it's awesome, dependable, safe and wonderful?? I never have to install any stupid "virus" or "spyware" software or do 10000 updates a day just to make it work. I update it usually 1-2 times a WEEK. I've had my mac for around 3 years and have never had a problem with it! Would def. recommend it. I was actually talked into buying a mac-i wanted a regular PC, but boy am I glad they convinced me into trying it out! Now that the MAC is more popular all the applications and features are starting to be compatible with macs. I am a coupon fanatic and for the longest time couldn't print "brick" coupons from my mac or printer-but now they have resolved this issue and now I love my mac even more!

I also like that you get Apple Care service for it if something happens to it!!!

It did take some getting used to but like I said, once you go mac, you don't go back!

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1.0

Total Waste of Money

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from Sacramento, CA

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

I have been a PC user for a while, so maybe this is a biased review, but I think this laptop is terrible.  Actually, I am beginning to think everything made by Apple is terrible.  I had this thing for about 3 months before it started shutting off on its own (ran it on a hardwood desk) and then making a loud vibrating sound intermittently. 

During the time this thing was actually working, I did not notice anything that it does (besides the cutesy useless features) that my PC for half the price couldn't do.  I really don't see what all the rage is about and am kicking myself for even giving them a shot.

I guess it is like buying a Range Rover.  You want to look good, you want some cute featured, but you fail to see that they are NOT made to last.  You have a good first month or two, then things start to go wrong. 

Yes, I maybe got a bad apple, but in this case, it DID spoil the whole bunch for me and I will not be going back to Apple again.  Furthermore, I will be telling as many people as I possibly can to save their money and buy a PC.

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5.0

Macbook pro is the only computer for me!

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from Pasadena, TX

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

There is absolutely nothing bad to say about this computer. My husband had one when we first started dating and I completely feel in love with this computer. There is one downside about this computer, the price is a little out there but not having to buy  new computer every year is absolutely worth the price. There is nothing this computer can't do. The best part of having this computer is you don't have to have a fire wall on the notebook. This computer is virtually bullet proof to viruses. My macbook is just as fast as the first day i used it. We have had this computer for 3 years and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it. The customer care at apple is the best if you ever need it. The computer comes with Itunes on it along with iphoto, ical, imovie. You can do just about anything you put your mind to on this computer. The internet no matter what internet provider comes in in full strength.

Absolute best computer in the market

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5.0

Apple MC226LL/A 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook

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from Elkton, MD

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   **Apple MC226LL/A 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook**

Apple has really outdone themselves with this line of computers. The actual laptop is sleek, well built, comfortable to use and pretty much ready to go right out of the box, and that's just the first impression. After starting up and figuring out the OSX interface and navigation systems anyone can start to see why people love their Mac so much. Even if you are a long time PC user with some things to get adjusted to, whether it's just trying out something new or a serious consideration for a change of pace then the MacBook Pro will not dissappoint. As for the actual operation, the standard settings are pretty sufficient for anyone looking for a good "daily use" computer. While I haven't had a chance to get into many of the applications I have seen available I have taken some time to try out the gaming. While there are some cross over issues with games, namely half of the computer gaming market being PC only, I must say that the games I have played were overall much better both visually and functionally when compared to a PC for the same price range. Overall I really love this computer and all that it does, and though it is my first time using a Mac I must say I can certainly understand why people wouldn't stop talking about them before.

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5.0

APPLE LAPTOPS are great!

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from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Apple 17 in. MacBook Pro Notebook:

I love everything about this laptop. I love the iChat and the photobooth. It doesn't seem to get as hot as other PC laptops that I've used. And doesn't seem to over heat. But apple does sell a fan for it just like PC's have a fan too cool theirs. Overall I prefer a mac over a pc. It seems to be much faster and it doesn't seem to viruses at all or slow down my laptop in any way. I like the feel of the laptop and how its very light which is the point of having a laptop which is easy and functional. I love the sound quality and the speakers sound very good. I feel like I have much more fun playing with the apple programs and I really like the programs that it comes with. I have made videos for birthdays and editted it through this program and it looks really nice all together. The safari program sometimes freezes and we have to start all over. But I think that's always a technical issue with the internet.

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