"Great Laptop for All Usages"4.5 starson by Hkwan410
Pros: - Lightning Fast Bootup with SSD
- Lightning Fast File Encoding
- Great GPU
- Improved Keyboard
- Easy access to HDD and RAM thanks to Unibody design
- Superfast charging and long battery life
- Optic bay can be modified to accommodate 2nd Drive
Cons: - Display is good but native resolution could be higher
- Cooling needs improvement
- Price could be lowered after the of Retina model released alongside
- Additional USB ports on the right side are appreciated
Summary: This is my 2nd MacBook Pro after my 13" 2011 model and I bought the 2.6 i7 model. Yes, I know this one doesn't come with Retina Display and Flash Drive, but this still has beefy power for almost any kind of usage.omkar23, I play those games in BootCamp. I use OSX mostly for work.
Comparing to my 2011 model, thanks to increased memory speed, the 2012 MBP is smoother on bootup and file encoding, encoding and exporting HD videos in the new one feels so much snappier. I changed the main drive to Intel 520 Series SSD, and now bootup takes less than 10s and the OS is immediately usable after logging in. This couldn't be achieved in my 2011 MBP even with the same SSD installed in the past.
Gaming in both Windows and Mac is not bad too. Yes, this machine will never be better than an Alienware, but the GT650M GPU provided is more than adequate to run most of the new games like Need for Speed: The Run, Dirt Showdown and GTA: Sleeping Dog. I saw all can achieve at average 60 FPS with high setting. I am just a casual gamer and these results are more than enough for me.
What I think the major drawback of the legacy MBP is the cooling, due to the heat sink is placed just below the keyboard instead of directly touching the chassis as the Retina model do. The CPU and GPU would heat up very quickly and reach Temperature Junction if the cooling fans don't spin up with the temperature rise. A good fan control app is required esp. during gaming. Also for a laptop manufactured in 2012, I think the std resolution could be higher, 1680*1050 should be standard.
However I have never regretted with this purchase and I hope this MBP can keep up with years and years of intensive usage.
Updated on Dec 30, 2012
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