MacBook Pro

I’ve finally made the switch from Microsoft to Mac.  I bought a Sony Vaio laptop for my freshman year of college when I was attending Brevard in Western NC.  The Sony was a great computer but after much abuse and two os re-installs, it was time to make a change.

The switch to a Macintosh was mainly due to the fact that all of my communication courses require them for assignments.  At first I hated using them but after being forced to do all work on them I began to love them.  I was gonna buy one last year but with all the options it would have cost just a little too much.  Let me just say I am thankful that I waited until now.  With the 13 inch MacBook Pro, it is the perfect fusion of the MacBook and the Pro.

The Track Pad:  After reading about this it seemed to be kind of a cheesy feature that probably wouldn’t work that well.  Most electronic companies tend to introduce technologies before they have time to perfect it.  Definitely not the case for the MacBook Pro. It really knows with about 95% accuracy (my guesstimate) how many fingers are touching it.  Another unique feature is that the whole trackpad is a button.  so you don’t have to move your hand down to press a mouse button.

Ports:  The Macbook Pro 13 inch includes 2 USB ports, Mini display, firewire, ethernet, and introducing the SD card slot.  USB is standard for a smaller computer.  The firewire is a great addition if you use digital video cameras or firewire hard drives.  The Mini display is cool if you have an Apple monitor but requires an adapter for a DVI port.  The SD card slot is a great addition for people who use this method of storage frequently.

Unibody:  This is a feature you learn to appreciate.  Using different laptops over the years you never really think about the construction of the body.  The MacBook Pro has two pieces; the main body and the bottom cover.  Most laptops have the body, access compartments, port compartments and a keyboard piece.  Creating the unibody has significantly strengthened the frame making it more durable and an overall more secure feeling.  Making the unibody was also made possible by carving it out of aluminum, making it the most durable laptop on the planet.  The seamless glass screen also adds durability as well as making it much easier to clean.

Battery:  Up to a whopping seven hours!  Instead of having cylindrical batteries like traditional laptops, Apple has layered the battery materials flatly so that it maximizes the charging ability.  While running applications and having the keyboard lit the computer is still getting over five hours

Everything Else:  The backlit keyboard is great!  It is so nice not having to look for the numbers in the dark.  It senses the ambient light so that it  saves power during the day, and is easily adjusted from the F5 and F6 buttons on the keyboard.  It is strange not having fan vents on the bottom but I am presuming that this is integrated with the speakers which also emanate from the screen hinge.  You don’t have to worry about covering the vent when its sitting on your lap.

Overall I have no real complaints about this computer.  There are always little things that you wish were different but nothing that will prevent me from maximizing its usefulness.  The USB ports could be a little further apart because its hard to put larger memory sticks in the slot.  Thats my only complaint.  Originally I planned on having a larger hard drive pre-installed but decided that having a 320GB external, it would be unnecessary.  I didn’t pre-install more RAM because that is rather expensive, especially since DDR3 RAM is just hitting the markets.  I found a website that is suppose to be a reliable webiste called www.crucial.com that sells Mac Ram for a good price.  I intend to bump it up to 4 GB after there is more money in my account.  Good job Apple.  This is the perfect computer for me.

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~ by Trelane on July 24, 2009.

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