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  1. J. Shea says:
    style=”margin-bottom:0.5em;”> 265 of 270 people found the following review helpful:
     5.0 out of 5 stars This is a” pro “in every respect. , 12th March 2008
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    In March 2008, I decided it was time to upgrade from a G4-based laptop to one of the new Intel models. I reflected back and forth whether the lower priced MacBook would be sufficient or whether to pay the premium for the “Pro” model. Ultimately, I decided on the MacBook Pro for those reasons.

    build quality The aluminum case of the MacBook Pro reminds me of one of the Swiss. The build quality is excellent for a mass-produced device. It feels very strong, and all the parts fit together almost seamlessly. The MacBook case, however, is made of high quality plastic instead of metal. It’s nice … but I found the front edge of the MacBook case a bit sharp on my wrists as I typed.

    Ports Compared with the MacBook, the MacBook Pro has an additional USB port and Firewire 800 The latter is desirable for people who are working to have 800 ports with video and external drives that FireWire. The ExpressCard slot is useful for future expansion and services such as wireless broadband (EVDO)

    Keyboard Keyboard experiences are subjective;. But I find the keyboard on the MacBook Pro the most comfortable one laptop I have ever used. It feels solid and responsive. Plus, the backlighting is helpful when typing in dark environments.
    Dedicated video memory
    Unlike the MacBook that shares system memory for video (integrated graphics), the MacBook Pro has a dedicated video processor. This is beneficial for driving large external displays and running graphics-intensive applications.
    Is the MacBook Pro worth the $ 700 price difference on a MacBook? That depends on whether you. General home computer users (ie, e-mail, web browsing, iTunes, word processing) or someone who uses their laptop for more advanced purposes My profile is in the second category. Also because I want to keep this computer for three years, I figure, that breaks the award over $ 233 per year. This seems reasonable for something that I use every day.
    Given the additional quality and benefits that the MacBook Pro offers, I think the higher price brings with reasonable value. It is hard to imagine, even disappointed finicky laptop users with the MacBook Pro.
    PS – There are two 15-inch MacBook Pro models. I bought the 2.4 GHz “entry level” model. It is the better value. I do not feel in the 2.5 GHz MacBook Pro worth the extra $ 500
    Also, people taking the system memory (outside the warehouse delivered 2 gigabytes of Apple) add to it by a third party vendor purchase and install it yourself. It is a simple process.

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  • Jason says:
    style=”margin-bottom:0.5em;”> 126 of 133 people found the following review helpful:
     5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, is the perfect desktop replacement , 6 April 2008
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    This review ( What is it )
    review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MB134LL / A 15.4-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    Short and Quick Review
    This model is worth the 500 difference between the entry-level model. The screen is beautiful, the new LED displays are large, better color depth, more color, the laptop does not get as hot as in previous versions. Everything works, it’s very fast, and the laptop (MacBook A dell with workstation graphics card and 17-inch Pro) replaced two high-end workstations + 2 high-end laptops. I edit 1080p high definition video in real time, without slowing down, edit my 12mp raw files in real time without any slow down. I can get the latest games such as Call of Duty 4 on windows vista maxed play at native resolution without slowing online.
    With the beefy 250gb HD, the ability to upgrade to 4GB of RAM, the graphics card is revolutionizing 512 and 6MB of cache, this machine is a complete replacement for me, and my life, working style and workflow.
    It’s worth buying, and definitely better than the 2k version, by leaps, read my longer post for more.
    Longer Fuller Review.
    The new MacBook Pros are fantastic! I had it all not a 17-inch Core 2 Duo before, it was nice, but it did what I wanted or needed. I was forced to keep my Mac Pro, and my custom built Windows PC to run the applications that I need, and the ability to play games (I some free game design, as well as photography and animation work)

    I am tired of so many jobs, but what can you do when you need the power? Apple’s new MacBook Pro has answered my needs. I wanted a laptop with a 512mb graphics card for years it has not happened before.
    Before this laptop, my laptops have been “toys” the only close workstation I was a model that had cost close to 3k, and would break the back to carry it (but it had a 512-workstation graphics card!)
    . With this laptop, I have sold my other machines, it’s all I need, or want If it meets my needs and expectations, it should be in the position to fulfill.
    The reason you buy this model is due to the graphics card, and the increase in the L2 cache on the processor. The 2k model has less cache than last year santa rosa model (3mb to last year 4mb comparison) model and 17-inch 6mb has, and the 512mb graphics card, dual core processor, and the ability to 4 GB RAM use.
    After watching the laptop, I use Boot Camp to partition the hard drive (no need to install OS X, this could install Windows on the fly to do) I split it up to me 165gb for OS X, and the rest for Windows.
    I need special software to use Windows needs, and these programs also require very high-end workstations. The life of someone in 3d is not easy. This workstation takes care of all my needs. I am using the 32 bit version of Vista Ultimate (64-bit is terrible, do not it) I use Windows programs that I need to run (mainly zbrush, Unreal Engine and 3ds max) I do and can have maya , and it can use this partition and os x thanks to the dongle, but I can not with my Creative Suite software on Windows because adobes licensees. (Though oddly enough I can run Lightroom on both platforms)
    On my OS X side, I run Maya, Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Studio (with Shake 4.1, so I need 2 compositing programs) I no problems running these programs on this system. I can make, fast, everything is snappy. With the GeForce 8600 (as opposed to ATI) maya is very responsive, and I get very few render errors. Dynamics can be made on this machine, and I can run simulations with ease. Render times are quite fast, and the system is very responsive. I
    image processing, and this machine is too fast (I upgraded to 4 GB of RAM I am for $ 95), my camera is a nikon d300, what 12mp, I use Lightroom and Photoshop extensively and at the same time without problems.
    I also Maya and Photoshop CS3 operate together all the time (with itunes in the background).

    with Leopard, I find with this machine even better. I can use spaces, and have maya on one screen, then I can swtich to another screen with photoshop textures or reference some painting and go to another screen for Safari or iTunes.
    The touchpad is cool. Even in the windows, I can! Directly with two fingers on the touchpad to click the bar, very smart apple it works in OS X as well (but you have to activate it)
    I bought the Apple keyboard (not the wireless, I need a full size keyboard) and that keyboard is fantastic, the best I ever owned. I love it. I also bought the Logitech G9 mouse as my mouse (I can not bear it Mighty Mouse) this mouse is perfect, and to use similar price. With the wired keyboard you get the ports on the side, so you can connect the mouse to the keyboard without any problems. And it saves clutter.
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  • Joseph Romana "Photographer" says:
    style=”margin-bottom:0.5em;”> 104 of 119 people found the following review helpful:
     2.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance, Poor Display , 19 April 2008
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    As my second Apple purchase (first being a IPOD Touch 16GB) I’m pretty excited. This is my first Macbook and I am impressed with some things. Performance, Build, Style, Sound, Touchpad responsiveness and overall quality to a perfect 10 in my book. However, the reason for the 2 stars the quality of the display.
    you a little research on yellowing and you know what I’m talking about. First I MBP of amazon had received about 2 inches of yellow (stained) pixels at the bottom of the screen. I brought it to the Apple Store and the guy noticed it and offered a replacement, warned me that if I’m the replacement I take always risk a worse display. it a new box for me and the display opened was not yellow, but had bright spots all over the place. This affected more by the middle of the screen, so I went back a second time for my third replacement. MBP I was also disappointed, because it also has YELLOWING at approximately the lower third of the screen
    . Nevertheless, I am going back to the Apple Store to replace or just discuss again this laptop and go with something else. Remember me ‘ve had this for 7 days total. This is a very valid issue, and for a $ 2000 plus investment, it is something to consider.
    This is a known problem since the SR MBP and I thought they would in the quality control have fixed, but no. I will give Apple credit for great quality service, but they should really
    more money for quality control, I have the MacBook Pro 15.4 “2.4GHz 200GB.
    The ads were affected 9C81, 9C81 and 9C83 … two had yellowing, had an uneven light / dark spots.

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