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Apple MacBook Pro 13"

by Brett

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch

1) Decision motivators: Apple uses extremely uniform hardware in their systems. Almost every system in a model series is exactly identical to every other; aside from any design modifications due to manufacturing bugs, etc. Mac OS X is not only one of the most secure operating systems, it is also extremely stable and very easy to use.

2) Factory specs: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 13" LCD (Glossy) with integrated iSight webcam at 1.3MP, multi-touch touchpad.

Upgrades performed: 8GB RAM (removed 2GB from factory and installed 2x 4GB DIMMs), 500GB HDD (removed factory HDD).

3) Best things: Extremely stable, excellent battery life (~6 hours), vibrant display, great performance.

Worst things: MagSafe Adapter cable shorted out after 6 months; however, Apple replaced it at no charge as it was a manufacturing defect. They have since discontinued distribution of that specific model adapter.

4) Ratings: Keyboard - excellent, shallow range of motion, like all Apple keyboards. Very responsive and has good tactile response. In low light, the backlit keyboard is very handy.

Touchpad - spacious and very responsive, made even better with MultiTouch features. Your fingers glide across it like glass.

Speakers - considering the speakers are hidden within the screen's hinge (also serves as primary ventilation duct), sound quality is excellent, for notebook speakers. Bass leaves a little to be desired, but the volume capacity has never been a problem, even in a noisy room.

5) Speed & performance: This notebook is by far the best I've used. Performance is excellent even when running multiple Virtual Machines in VMWare Fusion. The extra RAM makes this a breeze. The combination of quality Apple hardware and the intelligent resource management of Mac OS make this machine a joy to use.

6) Recommend to a friend?: Absolutely. I couldn't be happier; it's the perfect marriage of size and functionality. This tiny notebook is a workhorse.

Purchase from Apple again?: Already have! I originally converted my Windows Media Center PC to Linux, for increased functionality (I'm a Unix server engineer by trade), but quickly retired Linux in favor of Mac OS's media handling abilities. I'm now using a Mac Mini for my media center (great form factor as well) and a Mac Pro for my primary workstation.

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