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Old Nov 28th, 2010, 02:27 AM   #1
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Well folks, having a hard time sleeping, so I thought I would type up a good positive thread about my experiences with my new Macbook Pro.

To be honest, I've never owned a computer that is this sleek and so well made. I've had my share of Macs, but nothing even touches the finish on this machine. For a manufactured piece, it's almost like those machines had a touch of love inside when they were making this product.

For my uses, this notebook is a perfect fit. I was constantly having to take apart my old Mac Mini because of the recording and jamming process that my group needed. This was such a pain.. so many wires, no case, 23" monitor and a slew of other gear that I had to transport every day, or at least 3 or 4 times a week. Since owning this computer, I can tell you that it's made this process a whole lot more tolerable... in fact, I would even say enjoyable. I was to the point before this machine where I almost lost all interest in wanting to jam because of the work involved in moving so much gear all of the time.

I was very weary of the size of the screen before purchasing.. I do a lot of work in Logic and the rest is done in Traktor Pro. I can tell you, sure, it can be cramped when working in Logic.. but, it's absolutely nothing I can't deal with when the time comes. Logic is almost perfectly suited to run on the 13" as it is for a larger resolution screen. Sure, you have to hide menus or areas on screen sometimes, so that you can have a full view of whatever it is you need to focus on at the moment, but, honestly.. it's completely workable.

The portability of this machine is fantastic. The performance of the machine is beyond that. I've never owned a machine that ran so smoothly with the tasks that I throw at it sometimes. This thing just doesn't bog down. Also, it's silent... very silent.

The keyboard and trackpad are things of beauty. This is such a nice keyboard to type on. The buttons are highly responsive and almost feel like weighted piano keys. They're smooth and comfortable, which I absolutely love. The trackpad is wonderful. Keep in mind, I'd not used one before, only briefly.. but, it took about an hour and I was absolutely comfortable with it. Now, I couldn't go back to anything else. I never thought backlit keys would be a big deal to me, but now that I realize how great they actually are.. it will definitely be something that I'd miss.

This is the most solid feeling notebook that I've ever owned. Previously, I've owned a Powerbook Pismo 500, an iBook G4 and a Black Macbook. This one, in terms of quality and sturdiness slaughters them. This thing feels like it was constructed from a tank. The weight isn't too much and it's not too little, which I also have a problem with. Some notebooks.. if they're too light, seem flimsy or dainty. Absolutely not the case with this one.

So.. I guess, all in all, I just wanted to write something positive for everyone to read because so far, this is the best computer that I've ever laid my eyes and hands on. For those of you considering them, I'd say go for it.. all in. You will not be disappointed. I can see that for some the screensize, or quality for print sensitive work could be a deal breaker.. but, for those of you who just surf, or make music or anything of that nature, don't hesitate on this one. It's gorgeous.

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Old Nov 28th, 2010, 08:11 AM   #2
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And I was just considering a 13" MBP. Thanks for that personalized review.
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Old Nov 28th, 2010, 09:48 AM   #3
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Almost identical to my impressions from a year ago.Your comment about the MBP being built like a tank is spot on. After a full year of dragging mine downtown and back home every day, my 13" does not have even the tiniest of marks on it. If I hadn't had t do software updates, I'd would never have had to power this thing off because the performance has just been that solid.
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Old Nov 28th, 2010, 10:22 AM   #4
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My wife has been extremely impressed with hers. Might consider upgrading upgrading my 15" MBP for a 13" one as it is easier to carry around. Thanks for your opinion.
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I have quite a few people ask for my advice regarding the 13"MBP. I'll pass on your post.
I believe that the 13" MBP is the best selling mac..
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Me too - both personal and from clients.....

Ran the biz for 3 months from S Africa on it....survived every thing I could throw at it......
Easy to carry, pick up one handed, incredible battery life - yes Virginia there really IS a 10 hour Mac.

Even better now ram is cheap and the 500XT hybrid available also good bang for the buck.

Will drive a 30" screen as well......truly phenomenal value for money and impacts the new and used Mac portable market as a benchmark

Only the hi-rez 15" i5 makes sense as an upgrade for some as the screen has the got much more workspace and the power is Pro level.

The lineup is good from Apple and shows in sales....and the 17" matte is available with the cardbus slot for those that need the screen and input.
Best choice ever from Apple tho the 2.53 15" is a total orphan.

Only thing to improve - offer a matte 13"



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Previously, I've owned a Powerbook Pismo 500, an iBook G4 and a Black Macbook...
Do you still have any of those laptops?
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So would you say it's not worth it to pay the extra $300 to get the 2.6ghz? Is that the only difference between the two 13" models?
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Do you still have any of those laptops?
I don't. Generally I sell to upgrade, or pass along to one of my family members or friends depending on its monetary value. I've had great experiences with all of them, but nothing even comes close to this one.
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So would you say it's not worth it to pay the extra $300 to get the 2.6ghz? Is that the only difference between the two 13" models?
In my opinion.. the difference is minimal and not worth $300. The only upgrades are 70GB's of drive space and 220mhz in speed performance.

Your money would be better spent on the 2.4Ghz, RAM and a Hybrid XT to put in it. Both of those you could get together for just over $300 from most good retailers. Well worth the investment... I'm actually ordering a Hybrid XT very shortly and swapping the internal from the Macbook Pro into the Mini since the internal of the Mini died.
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