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Apple MacBook Pro MB134LL/A 15.4-inch Laptop (2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
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The latest Intel processor, a bigger hard drive, plenty of memory, and even more new features all fit inside just one liberating inch. The MacBook Pro has the performance, power, and connectivity of a desktop computer. Without the desk part.

Stylishly and intelligently designed for mobile professionals, Apple's MacBook Pro now includes Apple's Multi-Touch technology (which debuted with the MacBook Air), allowing you to pinch, swipe, or rotate to enlarge text, advance through photos, or adjust an image. And it gets a serious speed bump from Intel's latest 2.5 GHz 45-nanometer Penryn series Core 2 Duo processor (with 6 MB L2 cache), which also helps to reduce power requirements and save on battery life. This model (MB134LL/A ) also has a mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display measuring 15.4 inches and a state-of-the art NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT video card with 512 MB of GDDR3 video RAM.



The 15-inch MacBook Pro offers a mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display with an antiglare finish that's perfect for color-minded professionals.
Meticulously designed and encased in sleek and sturdy aluminum, the MacBook Pro measures just 1 inch thin and weighs 5.4 pounds. Your hands have room to spread out on the full-size keyboard with crisp, responsive keys, and the MacBook Pro has a built-in ambient light sensor that adjusts the keyboard and display brightness so its easy to work in low-light settings. Other standard Apple "extras" includes a built-in iSight video camera and Apple's magnetically connected MagSafe power adapter, which safely disconnects when under strain.

It's pre-loaded with Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, which enables easy backup of your most important data via Time Machine, a redesigned desktop that helps eliminate clutter. It also comes with the iLife '08 suite of applications--including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes--and the newest version of the fast-loading Safari web browser. Other hardware features include a 250 GB hard drive, 2 GB of installed RAM (which can be upgraded to 4 GB), an 8x combo Superdrive (for burning dual-layer DVDs as well as CDs), built-in Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), FireWire 400 and 800 ports, DVI video output, and an ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot for expansion solutions such as 3G wireless networking.

Apple Innovations
The MacBook Pro is the culmination of years of refining hardware and software design to an integrated art, and Apple's Multi-Touch technology is just the latest innovation to be added to it. The advanced trackpad now allows you to flip through photos, enlarge text, and adjust an image using just your fingers. It also comes with a MagSafe power adapter connector, which offers a magnetic connection instead of a physical one. So, if you happen to trip over a power cord, you won't send MacBook Pro flying off a table or desk--the cord simply disconnects, without damage to either the cord or the system.



The magnetically connected MagSafe power adapter breaks cleanly away, without damage to either the cord or the MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro has battery life that rivals most notebooks in its class. If you'd like to make that battery last even longer, Mac OS X has a few tricks up its sleeve. Go to System Preferences, click Energy Saver, and change battery optimization from Normal to Better Battery Life. Or tell MacBook Pro to reduce its screen brightness and give yourself a little more time untethered.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Experience improved energy efficiency, expanded wireless connectivity, and amazing battery life with the 45nm Penryn series Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor, which has a 2.50 GHz processor speed, super-fast 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and a super-sized 6 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)

The new hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--conserves even more energy, giving you more time away from the wall outlet. With a whopping 6 MB of shared L2 cache, data and instructions can be kept close to the two processor cores, greatly increasing performance and allowing the entire system to work more efficiently. And, because the processor cores share the L2 cache, either can use the entire amount if the other happens to be idle.



Your hands have room to spread out on the full-size keyboard with crisp, responsive keys.
Hard Drive and Memory
The 250 GB Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive (5400 RPM) quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to FireWire and USB 2.0. The 2 GB of PC5300 DDR2 RAM (two SO-DIMMs of 1024 MB) have an industry-leading 667 MHz speed, and the RAM capacity can be increased to 4 GB.

Wireless Connectivity
The built-in 802.11n wireless networking provides up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, but it's also backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g routers, enabling you to communicate with the a wide variety of Wi-Fi resources. It works seamlessly with the new AirPort Extreme with 802.11n. Use the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology to connect to your PDA or cell phone, synchronize addresses, or download pictures from your cell phone. You can also use a wireless headset for iChat audio chats and VoIP calls as well as quickly share files with a colleague.

Display and Graphics
The 15.4-inch widescreen TFT display offers a native resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels and an antiglare widescreen display that's perfect for color-minded professionals. The display is backlit by light emitting diodes (LEDs), which gives it a lighter weight and more power efficiency than the cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) which most notebooks employ. It's also better for the environment, thanks to its new mercury-free display.

Video and graphics are powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT card, which is boosted by 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM. GDDR3 (Graphics Double Data Rate, version 3) is a graphics card-specific memory technology that's better able to deliver fluid frame rates for even the most advanced games and applications. The GeForce 8600M GT brings a new level of realism to the MacBook Pro with its 16-lane PCI Express architecture, 16x full screen anti-aliasing, 128-bit High Dynamic Range rendering, and a texture fill rate of up to 8.2 billion per second.

Video Conferencing with Built-in iSight
Artfully placed in the display bezel is an iSight camera, which enables easy video conferencing as well as allows you to snap pictures of yourself and create video podcasts. Using the iChat AV application, video conferencing is integrated into your iChat buddy list, so initiating a video conference is a breeze. iChat also lets you hold audio chats with up to 10 people and provides high-quality audio compression and full-duplex sound so conversation can flow naturally. For video podcasting, you can record a short clip using the iSight camera, then use iWeb to create a video blog entry or post your GarageBand-recorded podcast.



Connect to your network, a desktop monitor and all your peripherals with two USB 2.0, one FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, one DVI video output, and one Gigabit Ethernet.
Other Features

  • Two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, ExpressCard/34 slot
  • DVI output port; VGA output using included DVI to VGA adapter
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with the following write speeds: 8x DVDR; 4x DVDR DL (double layer); 4x DVDRW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
  • Backlit keyboard with ambient light sensors for automatic adjustment of keyboard illumination and screen brightness
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone and built-in speakers
  • Combined optical digital output/headphone out (minijack)
  • Combined optical digital input/audio line in (minijack)
  • 60-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 6 hours of battery life
  • Kensington cable lock slot
  • Measures 14.1 x 9.6 x 1 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 5.4 pounds (including battery)



Preloaded with Leopard, you'll enjoy enhanced productivity and a clutter-free desktop (thanks to the redesigned 3-D Dock with Stacks).
Preloaded with Leopard and iLife '08
The biggest Mac OS X upgrade ever, the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system features over 300 new features, including:

  • Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac
  • A redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs
  • Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application
  • Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them
  • A brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock
  • Major enhancements to Mail and iChat
Leopard's new desktop includes the redesigned 3-D Dock with Stacks, a new way to organize files for quick and easy access with just one click. Leopard automatically places web, e-mail and other downloads in a Downloads stack to maintain a clutter-free desktop, and you can instantly fan the contents of this and other Stacks into an elegant arc right from the Dock. The updated Finder includes Cover Flow and a new sidebar with a dramatically simplified way to search for, browse and copy content from any PC or Mac on a local network.

Time Machine lets you easily back up all of the data on your Mac, find lost files and even restore all of the software on their Mac. With just a one-click setup, Time Machine automatically keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on the Mac. In the event a file is lost, you can search back through time to find deleted files, applications, photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file.

The MacBook also comes with the iLife '08 suite of applications that make it easy to live the digital life. Use iPhoto to share entire high-res photo albums with anyone who's got an e-mail address. Record your own songs and podcasts with GarageBand. Break into indie filmmaking with iMovie and iDVD. Then take all the stuff you made on your MacBook and share it on the web in one click with iWeb.

Included Software
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife '08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand); Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive; iWork '08 (30-day trial)

What's in the Box
MacBook Pro, 85W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord, lithium-polymer battery, DVI to VGA adapter, display cleaning cloth, install/restore DVDs, printed and electronic documentation

Features:
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6 MB on-chip shared L2 cache, Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
  • 2 GB RAM (two SO-DIMM) 677 MHz DDR2 SD-RAM (PC2-5300), 250 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA hard drive, slot load 8x Super Drive (DVDR DL/DVDRW/CD-RW)
  • One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports, and ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit); built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme (802.11n); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • 15.4-inch (diagonal), 1440 by 900 resolution, matte TFT LED widescreen display with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI

Customer Reviews:

  • Love it!
    I really love this Mac and the different software that came with it. It took about a week to get used to it, after using a PC for years, but I could never go back to a PC now.


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  • MacBook Pro MB134 laptop - review
    The MacBook Pro (MB134LL) is my first Apple product (purchased Dec 2008)and I am extremely happy with it. I have always purchased Toshiba laptops (3 in total) and have no complaints towards Toshiba. The MB134 resolution is extremely bright in comparison to my Toshiba. I have yet to hear the fan running, the boot up is lighting fast, the immediate ease in switching from PC to MAC was a breeze. I have not experienced any problems that other reviewers of MacBook Pros have experienced. I'm happy with my "MacBaby". DRJohnson - Maryland (USA)...more info
  • Pro in every sense...
    This is my first MacBook. I have been saving and calculating a lot since the last few weeks (since I decided it's TIME to buy one...done with the waiting), but unfortunately could get to only the 13.3" version of MacBook according to my budget. Unfortunately coz I wanted a Pro (15.4"). Put a little here and there and luckily Amazon was giving one at price for which i could try. So I pushed my budget a couple hundred dollars more...and bought the MacBook Pro MB134LL/A 15.4-inch Laptop.
    It's pro in every sense...250GB hard disk, 2.53 GHz Intel core 2 duo, 2GB RAM (you might say 4GB would have been greater, but with 6MB L2 cache,who needs that 2GB more)...and there is 512MB of NVIDIA GeForce DDR3 dedicated graphics card to help you run almost anything...
    ...more info
  • Best laptop in existance.
    This is the greatest laptop ever created, second to none it out performes everything on the market and runs Vista better than a PC. OS X is amazing and this laptop has no limits and can run every OS at the same time with ease using dual boot camp or Parallels software. Flawless, durable, reliable, fast, and just down right amazing. 10/10...more info
  • Macbook Pro is powerful and simple to use
    I've had the Macbook pro for about a month now. Was a PC user up until now. I'm sold on how easy the Mac is to use. I especially like Iphoto for organizing pictures, Imovie for video clips, and even garageband for creating music and laying voice over onto karaoke songs. All software maintains a similar look and format and is very simple to navigate. And - when you have nothing to do, taking goofy pictures with Photo Booth is fun....more info
  • Slick
    Slick is the word I think of whenever I use my new Macbook Pro. I have wanted a MBP since 2007. I bought one from Amazon and had to return it for a defective Display. Amazon sent me another one and it too had the same problem so I sent it back and ended up getting an IBM ThinkPad T60p. Even thought my T60p is OK, I never got over wanting a Mac. So when the new Unibody MBP's came out and the price of these went way down, I thought I would try again. Well, I am so glad I did. The display is so much better now and it is so fast. I love the new multi touch trackpad. I also like my MBP because it is just so gorgeous. That is not enough of a reason to get one however, but it sure doesn't hurt....more info
  • Awesome.
    I am so completely satified with this Mac its awesome! Im so glad I have a first generation too, it has fire wire ports and i can plug it into a different monitor for presentations or a larger work space! The new ones dont have these features! Mac removed a lot of features from the new ones because they realized they could get people to buy one with less for the same or a higher price! Do your reaserch!...more info
  • Great machine, one very tiny problem!
    My Windows XP desktop has really been showing its age lately, and as a college student I've been increasingly frustrated by not having a laptop. The computer labs at school are always packed, and professors are increasingly assigning online activities and posting lecture notes online -- all of which it is very helpful to be able to access during class, without having to print out a ton of materials from the web at home. Besides school, I also planned to migrate all my photo processing and video editing tasks over from the XP machine to this one.

    I have generally had to reinstall Windows XP on a fairly regular basis to keep my desktop running like new, and I'd been hearing a lot of things about how macs don't have a lot of the problems associated with windows. Ultimately, I decided to definitely go mac after trying Vista on a few different PC's and hating it.

    I started doing my research. The new macbook pros had recently come out (the ones with the "unibody"), but after reading myriad complaints about the super-glossy screen just being obnoxious, I hastily bought this previous generation of Macbook pro with the matte screen option. If you look at it, the specs are nearly the same. OK, the RAM speed is 667 instead of 1066. The video card was the previous model from nvidia, although with 512 mb of dedicated RAM. To get comparable specs in the latest generation, you'd have to pay a LOT more (over half of a thousand dollars, *since amazon is so good at censoring dollar figures*)

    Anyway, I've been using my mac for about two weeks now, and here are my thoughts:

    This machine runs great. It's fast. I really like OS X so far. The touchpad is great, and HUGE compared to others I've seen. AND it still has a button, which I prefer to the new MB pro's giant buttonless pad. Scrolling with two fingers is SO much better than a mouse wheel or clicking the scroll on-screen. I purchased 4 gigs of RAM to upgrade this (it comes with 2). It's a cheap upgrade, and I definitely noticed a difference right away. I'd recommend it. Someday I plan on upgrading the hard drive to a 500gb 7200rpm -- again, not much money for a huge upgrade. The factory drive is just fine for now though.

    Anyway, there was one little problem. After using the machine for a couple of days, I noticed a dead pixel on the screen! It's about a quarter of the way from the left side, in the middle of the screen. I really had to think about sending the unit back for another one. If I hadn't already installed a whole bunch of software and pretty much "moved in", I probably would have exchanged it. I read about the problem online, and it's not uncommon. Apple doesn't even consider it a warranty issue unless there are 5 or more bad pixels. I thought about it, and after using the machine for a couple more days, I realized that in practice I simply did not notice the dead pixel. I generally only see it if I look for it -- and unless the screen is all white, it's pretty much invisible the rest of the time. I decided just to keep the unit, and the pixel really hasn't bugged me since, although I subtracted a star because for the price, I really feel the screen ought to be flawless.

    Anyway, at the end of the day this is a fine machine -- I'd highly recommend it -- especially if you think the high gloss screen of the new model will be a problem, or if you are faced with having to get a Vista machine. I'd definitely recommend OS X over Vista or XP. Hope that helps!!

    PS, I've noticed that the price on these has gone up appreciably. If you think you want the older model, you might be running out of time! All glossy screen haters are gonna be snatching 'em up!...more info
  • Great laptop.. but there is one huge issue I wish I had known about before buying.
    I love my new macbook pro.. but I wish I had known that the nvidia 8600m GT gpu is faulty, and has a very high chance of failing. Apple has added an extra year to the standard warranty to cover faulty gpu issues, but I probably would have gone for the new glossy macbook if I had known.

    For what it's worth, nvidia are at fault, not apple.
    Google the gpu. Every laptop from every manufacturer (dell, hp, and others) with that series is affected....more info
  • MacBook Pro an excellent workhorse ...
    Easy to use MacBook Pro. I bought it with it's stock hard drive 250GB 5200 RPM. As soon as the computer had arrived I have changed it out with a Western Digital 320GB Scorpion Black 7200 RPM 2.5IN 16MB hard drive and the same time I had upgraded the memory to 4 gig as well. It is faster then ever. Apple's stock hard drive has only 3 years warranty and a slower performance. The battery life it is not exactly a cake walk, at least not for me. It gives you between 3 to 4 hours function, pending what activities are you going to do with your Mac. But overall I'm very happy with this purchase....more info
  • First time Mac owner
    I've had my MBP for about a month now and it has been nothing but good times. The Mac interface is much smoother and more intuitive and the software package is quite useful. I've connected my Canon 40D to it directly and it breezes through downloads and edits. Quite a change from the PC I was using. I also plan on using the new Flip Mino HD with it as well. I'm positive that the video editing results will be just as satisfying as the photo editing. The system is screaming fast and I'm even going to upgrade my wireless network to Draft N to fully utilize the system....more info
  • Elegant Portable Desktop
    Ok I would like to keep reviews short because most people will not read more than 1/2 of a pages.

    1. Portability - 5.4 lbs. Coming from a guy that had a 2.7 lbs laptop, this is not much of a burden.
    2. Power - 2.5Ghz Peryn 45nm 6MB caches. O did I mentioned that it is FAST? (Window & Mac).
    Boot up time:
    Mac: 35 seconds w/ bloated software.
    Windows XP: 1:45 seconds w/ bloated software.
    3. Graphics - 8600M GT 512MB GDDR3. I game on window and everything runs immaculately with medium settings on new games and max settings on older ones.
    4. Battery life: I haven't needed to plug in the power supply when I am out on a day's work. ~4.5 Hours w/ normal use.
    5. Software: Mac OSX is the way to go! Plus I get Xcode developer kit for free! Good for programmers.
    6. LED Backlit LCD: Excellent. Can't say it is much improvement because my old laptop was also LED. Also 15.4 inches is refreshing. I use to have a 11.1 inches laptop and that was really arduous on my eyes at times.
    7. Backlit Keyboard: Most people say this is for eye-candy. I would contest this. I work mornings and nights and I don't like to wake up other people in the house. Moreover, it is profligate to turn on lights when you are the only one using it. With the backlit keyboard, I am able to work effectively in the dark.
    8. iSight: This is one of the features I was aghast at. My old webcam as the Logitech Notebook 2MP autofocus. That quality on that is perspicuous. The iSight is not far off.
    9. Price: I got this when the new macbook pro came out. ~1650 (AR) for a high end macbook pro is unheard of.
    10. Performance Comparison: After looking at numerous sites on the performance comparisons between this macbook pro and the new one, I found out that there are not much differences to justify for the $1000 increase in price for the new one. Plus for the new one, in order to use the 9600M GT, you need to restart the laptop which defeats the purpose of gaming on mac.
    11. TouchPad: Very responsive, though secondary click in Windows can be toilsome at times. Gotta love the Multi-touch!
    12. Sound: Mediocre on Window XP but preeminent on Mac OSX....more info
  • Mac is way better than windows
    switching to mac is the best thing that could happen to any person in the world of technology. Its pretty, reliable, user friendly and I love it. Seriously do people love their computer or its a source of pain to them but they have to cope with it? you have the choice to enter the mac world and explore the most fun experience in your whole life.
    Another thing, mac dont crash. I own it for more than a year and I cant remember it crashes on me. Plus, you dont have to worry about viruses, malware, spywares, worms, trujans... etc. Many mac owner says this sentence and I say it all the time "I cant imagine life without mac" ...more info
  • OK product
    The major problem was that the battery died after 2 weeks. Though i had it replaced for free by the warranty it caused some inconvenience.
    Another thing is that mu particular laptop is a little bit skewed. There are some gaps between the lid and the body when the lid is closed. The middle part of the laptop touches the surface when put on the table. Stuff like that. It might be not that big of an issue, it just others me because my previous MB Pro was a perfect looking computer.

    The performance is great, have no complaints about that....more info
  • 4 1/2 stars for a good product
    This is an outstanding computer, especially for its features and operating system functions. My gripe with it is that the 5400 rpm hard drive is a major lagging player and does not unleash the full potential of your MBP. I would get a new one - 7200 rpm - but doing so is a major pain and you could easily void the warranty. Otherwise, everything is working just fine.

    I suggest you get the AppleCare protection plan as you might need it to protect your your (expensive) MBP. I got it for 200 at e bay.


    You can get many free applications, including NeoOffice or OpenOffice (replaces MS office).

    Good luck!...more info
  • Pro in every sense...
    This is my first MacBook. I have been saving and calculating a lot since the last few weeks (since I decided it's TIME to buy one...done with the waiting), but unfortunately could get to only the 13.3" version of MacBook according to my budget. Unfortunately coz I wanted a Pro (15.4"). Put a little here and there and luckily Amazon was giving one at price for which i could try. So I pushed my budget a couple hundred dollars more...and bought the MacBook Pro MB134LL/A 15.4-inch Laptop.
    It's pro in every sense...250GB hard disk, 2.53 GHz Intel core 2 duo, 2GB RAM (you might say 4GB would have been greater, but with 6MB L2 cache,who needs that 2GB more)...and there is 512MB of NVIDIA GeForce DDR3 dedicated graphics card to help you run almost anything...
    ...more info
  • Excellent computer from a company with amazing customer service!
    A year ago I bought a 17" 1.67Ghz Powerbook on eBay for 900 bucks. After playing with it for a week I noticed that there were white circles in the middle of the screen. In addition, the screen would go out when I adjusted it. So I took the Powerbook to the Apple Store and I was in luck because it had 6 months of warranty left on it. This had not been advertised in the eBay auction so I had expected Apple to tell me that I was out of luck. Anyways, Apple told me that it would be one week before my Powerbook was fixed. A month later I received a call telling me that it would be at least another month before they received the parts necessary for the repair. So Apple offered me a 17" 2.5Ghz Macbook Pro in exchange for my old Powerbook even though this particular Macbook Pro model was released just a week earlier. I accepted their offer and traded in my old Powerbook, that I had bought just a month earlier, for this top of the line computer.

    Since then I have used my Macbook Pro for taking notes and tests in law school, for playing Warcraft III and Call of Duty 4, for watching many movies with front row, and for picture and audio editing. This computer is magnificent and does all that I throw at it very well. The screen is very bright and the keyboard is a pleasure to use. I don't think any other laptop has a keyboard like this (high quality feel and lights up). I've had a Compaq, Dell, Powerbook, and several iBooks and this computer blows them out of the water in every regard. Even the screen on this is brighter than that of the old Powerbook. If you're into gaming then you'll really appreciate this laptop. I play Call of Duty 4 with all the setting up without any problems.

    My two complaints are that the sides of the top case started to come apart due to warping, creating a small gap, and that the button in the middle that opens the laptop is awkward and hard to use. Although nothing can be done about the button in the middle Apple did replace the case. This is obviously why Apple introduced the unibody Macbook Pro's and scrapped the button in the middle and replaced it with a magnet.

    An added bonus to this laptop is the 4 and a half hours of battery life and the magsafe connector. However, if I had a choice between this laptop and the newest version I would go for the newest one because of the unibody case and the 8 hour battery life. Nevertheless, the keyboard on this model is much better, it comes with a matte display standard, and it looks more professional since the entire laptop is silver rather than silver and black. The new model looks like a dude who just got a black eye. I suspect that any Macbook Pro will last many years and I look forward to spending the next 5 or more with this one....more info
  • What a gem!
    I was unsure as to whether I could enjoy a matte display, so I compared the glossy and matte screens side by side at an Apple retail store. While the glossy display was rich in color, I found the glare of the overhead lights and reflection of the activity behind me very distracting and annoying. I then began to play with the color options on the matte screen Macbook Pro and was able to nearly duplicate the saturation of color. FYI--Apple has recently redesigned the 17" MacBook Pro with the same glossy display as its siblings, however, you can "upgrade" to a matte display for an additional $50. Imagine that!

    This Macbook Pro is a gem.

    ...more info
  • Even better than the unibody aluminum MacBook Pros
    This is by far one of the best laptops ever made by Apple, in terms of design, ergonomics, and performance. If you are a programmer or need to type a lot, you will soon realize that the keyboard on these machines are incomparably better than the new aluminum unibody MacBook Pros. The non-glare LCD screen is also much nicer to work when there are background lights. I simply cannot stand the glare on the new shiny screen. I hope Apple soon realizes that the shiny screens, although higher in contrast, are not preferred by most professional users. ...more info
  • Incredible!
    wow ok my dad bought one of these about a year ago and i was kind of skeptical. the few times he actually let me use it (hes a bit obsessive about it) i was impressed. im currently in college and this thing does all that i need and then some. replaced my old desktop and im loving it. This is my first mac and its easier to use than windows, yet it also provides all the advanced functions i need to write software. There are so many things i can do with it. Currently i am dual booting with leopard and vista 64 bit. ...more info
  • Great machine, one very tiny problem!
    My Windows XP desktop has really been showing its age lately, and as a college student I've been increasingly frustrated by not having a laptop. The computer labs at school are always packed, and professors are increasingly assigning online activities and posting lecture notes online -- all of which it is very helpful to be able to access during class, without having to print out a ton of materials from the web at home. Besides school, I also planned to migrate all my photo processing and video editing tasks over from the XP machine to this one.

    I have generally had to reinstall Windows XP on a fairly regular basis to keep my desktop running like new, and I'd been hearing a lot of things about how macs don't have a lot of the problems associated with windows. Ultimately, I decided to definitely go mac after trying Vista on a few different PC's and hating it.

    I started doing my research. The new macbook pros had recently come out (the ones with the "unibody"), but after reading myriad complaints about the super-glossy screen just being obnoxious, I hastily bought this previous generation of Macbook pro with the matte screen option. If you look at it, the specs are nearly the same. OK, the RAM speed is 667 instead of 1066. The video card was the previous model from nvidia, although with 512 mb of dedicated RAM. To get comparable specs in the latest generation, you'd have to pay a LOT more (over half of a thousand dollars, *since amazon is so good at censoring dollar figures*)

    Anyway, I've been using my mac for about two weeks now, and here are my thoughts:

    This machine runs great. It's fast. I really like OS X so far. The touchpad is great, and HUGE compared to others I've seen. AND it still has a button, which I prefer to the new MB pro's giant buttonless pad. Scrolling with two fingers is SO much better than a mouse wheel or clicking the scroll on-screen. I purchased 4 gigs of RAM to upgrade this (it comes with 2). It's a cheap upgrade, and I definitely noticed a difference right away. I'd recommend it. Someday I plan on upgrading the hard drive to a 500gb 7200rpm -- again, not much money for a huge upgrade. The factory drive is just fine for now though.

    Anyway, there was one little problem. After using the machine for a couple of days, I noticed a dead pixel on the screen! It's about a quarter of the way from the left side, in the middle of the screen. I really had to think about sending the unit back for another one. If I hadn't already installed a whole bunch of software and pretty much "moved in", I probably would have exchanged it. I read about the problem online, and it's not uncommon. Apple doesn't even consider it a warranty issue unless there are 5 or more bad pixels. I thought about it, and after using the machine for a couple more days, I realized that in practice I simply did not notice the dead pixel. I generally only see it if I look for it -- and unless the screen is all white, it's pretty much invisible the rest of the time. I decided just to keep the unit, and the pixel really hasn't bugged me since, although I subtracted a star because for the price, I really feel the screen ought to be flawless.

    Anyway, at the end of the day this is a fine machine -- I'd highly recommend it -- especially if you think the high gloss screen of the new model will be a problem, or if you are faced with having to get a Vista machine. I'd definitely recommend OS X over Vista or XP. Hope that helps!!

    PS, I've noticed that the price on these has gone up appreciably. If you think you want the older model, you might be running out of time! All glossy screen haters are gonna be snatching 'em up!...more info
  • Better value than new unibody MacBook Pro
    Background:
    I wanted to buy the new unibody MacBook Pro.
    Tried it at the Apple store and here are my findings and opinions,
    and comparisons with the March 2008 model (MB134LL/A - the one I bought and am reviewing).

    Display on unibody model is super glossy and very reflective - and has no option for matte finish.
    Keyboard on unibody model did not feel as nice as the March 2008 model.
    Unibody model is slightly larger - bezel width is more than the March 2008 Model.
    Also, the March 2008 model is a lot cheaper (about $700),
    and there is an additional $150 rebate from Amazon.
    Meaningful specs difference:
    2.5 GHz versus 2.53 GHz CPU in the new high end one,
    2 Gigs of RAM versus 4 Gigs of faster RAM in the new high end (I upgraded to 4GB myself for $60),
    8600M GT 512MB versus 9600M GT 512MB in the new high end (20-30% faster),
    250GB 5400RPM versus 320GB 5400RPM in the new one (more on this below),
    The new one also has dual graphics (use the lower power one for more battery),
    but I'd always use the higher one, which would lead to less battery life
    than the March model.

    Display:
    Like I said, I prefer matte finish (or a glossy that is not like a mirror).
    The default colors were a little dull, so I went to System Preferences/Display/Color/Calibrate and
    tweaked around and saved a new color profile. It is MUCH improved now - much better saturation
    and has the contrast of glossy without the reflections.

    Usage:
    In less than 5 minutes, I upgraded to 4 Gigs RAM - bought that for about $60 from Amazon.
    I am keeping my two original 1 Gig sticks in case I need them in the future.
    I have VMWare Fusion running Windows XP Professional for some of my
    must-have Windows apps. I have given the VM 1 Gig of RAM and 40 Gigs of disk.
    Performance of Mac apps and Windows apps is superb.
    I am using a WD Passport 320GB USB drive for backups with Time Machine.

    Battery:
    Last about 2.5-3 hours with almost constant usage. The best thing is when I close the lid,
    it goes to sleep instantly, and wakes up instantly when I need it again, with no loss of
    battery regardless of how long it sleeps. That is VERY DIFFERENT from my experience with
    Windows laptops that lose battery even when sleeping. No idea why.

    Storage:
    It came with a 5400RPM 250GB HD. I bought a WD 7200RPM 320GB with a big buffer from
    Newegg - I plan to swap out the HD - that requires "minor surgery" so I am doing my research
    before I do it this weekend. The new disk will be a lot faster, although the it comes with
    seems to be pretty fast already. I am swapping as I like doing stuff like that.
    UPDATE: I swapped the hard drive and did a full restore from Time Machine - it now is exactly
    the same as my las back-up with all apps and settings, except with a bigger and faster hard drive.
    This "surgery" is t for the faint of heart. :-) And is probably totally unnecessary for most folks.

    Mac OS X:
    So simple. After using Windows PCs and laptops for over 15 years, I am amazed how easy
    and intuitive it was to use a new OS. I know Mac OS X is very powerful and I am just beginning
    to learn the advanced features to play with. Being able to run Windows XP in a VM with such a small
    load on the system is very nice. I use software apps that are either not available on the Mac yet,
    or have much older versions on the Mac. This is not specifically about the MacBook Pro but the
    fact that the MacBook Pro has enough juice to do this is what is worth noting.

    Boot Times:
    When I shutdown and restart, it comes up in 30 seconds or so. Much faster than my experience
    with Windows laptops. Here's the best part - if I put the Windows VM to sleep in my Mac,
    it comes back up in seconds! Much faster than Windows used to wake up on a Windows laptop!
    So for a portable laptop, the MacBook Pro is quite powerful and fast.

    Overall:
    I am glad I bought this model instead of the new Unibody model. This is by far the best portable computer
    I have ever owned. I've always felt that the MacBook Pro carries a price premium over "equivalent" or
    more feature rich Windows laptops, but now I know why. They are better....more info