Product Review: Macbook Pro

With the latest incarnation of the MacBook Pro, Mac-heads are getting the fastest MacBook ever produced. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows as I’ll go through a few great things, and a few not-so-great things about it.

This Is Pro Because…

The MacBook Pro is fast and efficient. Carrying one of the fastest dual-core processors on the market today, the Macbok Pro is about fifty-percent faster than anything Apple has ever produced. Another major reason to dip into the savings and splurge a bit is the size and screen. Although the Macbook Pro comes in thirteen, fifteen and seventeen inch versions, when closed the product easily slips into a bag, under a couch or quietly on top of a shelf. With the largest seventeen inch screen MacBook Pro the machine itself only weighs about six and a half pounds and measures in at around fifteen and a half inches by ten and a half inches. It’s light enough to be mobile, but when open, showcases a big enough screen allowing you to experience high resolution media without too much stress on the eyes. The screen is another major tipping point with the MacBook Pro as it comes fully equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics processor. This allows gamers, designers, editors and casual users to really take advantage of the colors and sharpness of the screen. Ranging from $1,199 to $2,299, the MacBook Pro is affordable (depending on your budget) as well.

This Is Amateur Because…

As with most laptop style computers, the battery life is always a concern. Apple is also synonymous for producing short-life batteries for their mobile devices that conveniently kick it when the warranty runs out. It doesn’t happen in all cases, but it does occur enough to warrant a serious complaint. Something else to look out for if you’re deciding whether or not to purchase a MacBook Pro is another Apple classic in that the computer is built to be upgraded. Unless you decide to really splurge and go for the all-inclusive model, you could be dipping into the bank account for things like more RAM, a faster processor or a bigger hard drive. If you add all of this up, it could really break the bank. The final criticism I’ll mention is based on Apple’s decision to include the LED glossy screen. At first glance, this is a wonderful feature, but depending on the lighting in the environment, the glossy screen can actually be more difficult to see than the original matte-screen.

Base Your Decision On…

Budget. I know that most decisions in life are based on budget, but with computers this is especially true because of the constant changes in processing power. If you’re thinking of breaking the bank on a MacBook Pro, go in knowing that you’ll probably encounter one or both of the following. You will eventually want to upgrade meaning you’ll either be spending more cash on improving your current MacBook Pro or just getting a brand new one. The other reality you’ll have to deal with is knowing that in about two years, Apple will release another MacBook Pro even more powerful than what is available now. Don’t get me wrong, the MacBook Pro is a great machine. It is perfect for the traveling professional who likes to use their computer as both a work station and an entertainment station. But if this doesn’t fit into your budget, just do what I did and convince the boss that you need one for work.