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Apple MacBook Pro
 
4.8

(based on 472 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (394)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (7)
  • Long battery life (7)
  • Comfortable keyboard (6)
  • Fast (5)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

  • Slow (3)
  • Too hot (3)

Best Uses

  • Business use (7)
  • Graphics (7)
  • Video (7)
  • Music (6)
  • Web browsing (6)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gamer (4), Multimedia professional (4), Technically challenged (4), Tech savvy (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5), Business (3)
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    • I received a sample (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best laptop on the market

After using MS Windows for over 15 years, I switched to a Mac—and I'm not going back. OSX is fantastic. The MacBook Pro comes with a host of extras: lit keyboard,...Read complete review

After using MS Windows for over 15 years, I switched to a Mac—and I'm not going back. OSX is fantastic. The MacBook Pro comes with a host of extras: lit keyboard, built in video camera, video card that can drive a 30" display, fast processor, and easily upgradable memory. The 15" form factor is pretty much perfect for a work laptop - just enough screen real estate for screen hog programs such as Dreamweaver or Photoshop but small enough not to be bulky to carry around (I think the 17" Macbook Pro tips the scale on the too bulky side).

The glide pad is the best of any laptop computer I've used (IBM ThinkPad T41, Dell Latitude, Toshiba Satellite). One worry that I had was losing the use of the right mouse button (I use it all the time!)—well it was an unfounded fear. Turns out with the new trackpads, putting two fingers down on the pad and then clicking the large single button gets you your right click - it is much more intuitive and natural than choosing which button to click when you have two to choose from. Furthermore, moving two fingers on the glide pad will scroll whatever window you are in—no more mousing over to the scroll bar! When I started using the MacBook Pro, I was also using a Dell Latitude laptop, and found it very frustrating when upon returning to the Dell I couldn't scroll with my two fingers on the glide pad. As a side note, the IBM ThinkPad had a third button (between the left and right mouse buttons by the glide pad) which you could hold down to scroll with one finger on the glide pad. I found this was better than not having a scrolling option (as on the Dell), but more often than not it felt like a game of Twister with your fingers - the MacBook two finger solution is far superior!

Moving on to the keyboard—it has a very good feel to it. I would put it on par with the IBM ThinkPad keyboard that had been my favourite to this point. Where the MacBook Pro surpasses the IBM is in the backlighting. The backlighting is adjustable—for that matter it will automatically adjust to best match the ambient light (or lack of it). This is a much better solution than the keyboard light that was housed at the top of the ThinkPad screen. The ThinkPad's light's intensity was not adjustable and would case glare when looking at the screen.

The 15" screen on the MacBook Pro is exquisite—the best screen that I've used on any laptop. Being a creative professional, colour fidelity, contrast and image brightness are of paramount importance and the MacBook Pro does not disappoint. I have grown accustomed to the wide aspect ratio of the screen so much so that my external monitor had to be a wide aspect ratio as well (I currently use a Dell 20" monitor—Model #2007WFP).

The Bluetooth connectivity is also superb. I use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard in addition to my phone. I have yet to encounter any problems with any of the devices maintaining their connection to the Macbook. On the the WiFi end of things, 802.11g works great. Also make sure you max out your memory (I have 2GB and wouldn't mind a gig or two more) if you are using the Adobe Creative Suite

There are several improvements that could be made to the MacBook Pro:

- add a FireWire 800 port (that now exists on the latest version)
- add a harddrive activity light
- increase battery life (I get an average of 2.5 hours on a charge)
- create a dock (having to plug in 5 cords every morning when I arrive at work is not ideal)
- support more than 2GB of RAM (on the latest version you can install up to 3GB)

One final observation, the overall integration of programs is far superior on OSX when compared to Windows XP. The mac is less a collection of disparate apps and more of a computing environment. There seems to be more thought put into usability and integration on a Mac than a Windows machine. More often than not, less is more on a Mac. Less stress and more enjoyment. Less useless bells & whistles and more focus on getting things done. Less repetitive entry of data and more integration.

Having intensively used the Microsoft platform (staring with DOS back in the good old days) for more than two decades, and now having used a Mac for 5 months, I have reached a simple conclusion...

Do yourself a favour—get a Mac.

 

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Apple MacBook Pro a bit pricey, but very unique

I have been using PCs my entire life, and ever since I started interning at an art gallery, I found it very difficult to get used to not using Windows or being able to...Read complete review

I have been using PCs my entire life, and ever since I started interning at an art gallery, I found it very difficult to get used to not using Windows or being able to copy and paste using Ctrl C+Ctrl P. After a while, I got used to it and realized Apple has a ton of programs that is highly precious for graphic artists, and the like. My cousin came over and showed me her Mackbook Pro. Instantly, I was attracted to it's sleek and simple, yet sophisticated design. I really like the bitten apple on the back that lights up whenever you turn the computer on. It's so easy to type using the keyboard. I love how it's ready to connect to the internet pretty much immediately. I am quite jealous of my cousin because of her computer, just don't tell her that. It's light weight, an attention-getter and sure to last for a long time. I also like the fact that there's a bult in webcam so you people you chat with can see you. The only thing is, it doesn't come with Microsoft, so that would cost an extra 80 bucks for the software to install. Other than that...I'd totally switch over. (once i get a pretty paycheck)

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5.0

These Laptops are the Best!

By 

from Fort Smith

About Me Technically Challenged

Pros

  • Comfortable Keyboard
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life
  • Powerful
  • Quality Display
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business Use
    • Graphics
    • Music
    • Video
    • Web Browsing
    • Word Processing

    Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

    I love how I can multi task on these computers! I had one for college and they worked out great! I could FaceTime with a friend and do homework at the same time.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    good and nice

    By 

    from Syrian

    About Me Avid Gamer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use

      Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

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      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      5.0

      better than pc

      By 

      from Westbank ,Palestine

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Slow
      • Too Hot

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Music
      • Video
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

      its too hot when you use it for more than an hour

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      5.0

      Computer review

      By 

      from maroc

      About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Slow
      • Too Hot

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Graphics
      • Music
      • Video
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

      A computer well is a product meiz

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      5.0

      very good laptop

      By 

      from basra, iraq

      See all my reviews

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics

          Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

          this product is excellent ... I think that apple company is the best

           
          4.0

          my experience with this item

          By 

          from ksa ,yanbu

          About Me designer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Video

          Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

          i own 4 years ago , and it's works like a new one , but it's a little bite heavy , you can't take any where .

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Affiliation:
          • I received a sample
           
          5.0

          This product has multiple advantages of To make you buy a co

          By 

          from Egypt louxor esna

          About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Freezes Up

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Graphics
          • Music
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

          Its very very powerful laptop it have very good grficx card

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Affiliation:
          • I am an employee or otherwise affiliated with the brand
           
          5.0

          Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

          By 

          from Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

          About Me Tech Savvy

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Graphics
          • Music
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

          Beautiful computer does not need a beautiful description in everything at work and at home and all over the place and the best and the guest of him is in Almnteg will Alknpiotr to preventing in Hama Board so much I do not have one and I hope to have a one like Hama very organelle device that Hama device benefit in all Nas wa something I would advise me to buy it last Shi I want to say that the device Hama Edeim wa Thanks

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Affiliation:
          • I received a sample
           
          5.0

          excellent

          By 

          from excellent

          About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Freezes Up
          • Heavy
          • Poorly Designed Keyboard
          • Short Battery Life
          • Slow
          • Too Hot

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Graphics
          • Music
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

          excellent

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Affiliation:
          • I am an employee or otherwise affiliated with the brand
           
          5.0

          I will never go back to PC!

          By 

          from Miami, FL

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Apple MacBook Pro:

          Although the price might take you aback and re-consider buying an Apple computer - do not hesitate! It is absolutely worth the investment and is my post prized possession. First off, Apple computers never get viruses. No need to buy viruses protectors from third-party and waste money on that or worry about visiting certain websites. Next, it is just absolutely beautiful. I am not talking about the design (although that is gorgeous too), but the display on the screen. I've always felt that everything is much more clearer and brighter on an Apple screen.

          The main reason I bought a Mac Pro was because I am very interested in video and photography and I really like the programs available on a Mac such as iMovie and iPhoto. However, I was amazed at everything else. It's so easy and simple to navigate on a Mac.

          The weight is not too bad, could be worse. It is lighter than some other competitors. The standard memory space is good enough, although I regret not upgrading it.

          Overall - AMAZING product!

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