"Awesome Screen,Brilliant battery life,Bit pricey though"4.0 starson by callaghan001
Pros: LED Back-lit screen really spoils the eyes,
Back-lit Keyboard allows for easy use in low lit environments,
Multi-touch Interface increases ease of use in general,
Speed allows the user to cope with anything.
Cons: Bit pricey especially in Europe,
Multi-touch not used to its full potential,
Mobile me is an option but you must pay for it.
Summary: As a an owner of previous versions of the Mac Book Pro, I am as pleased with this version as I was with the last.
My first Mac Book Pro was the first generation ever released by apple, i.e. the first with the Intel Chips, and it was an amazing machine for what it was, but inevitably as soon as I had mine, a new version came out with Core 2 duo processors and bigger hard drives, so it was always at the back of my mind that I would like to upgrade.
As I live in Ireland it would however be a very very expensive upgrade leaving me wondering if it was worth it so when I came to be in the states this past month I took the opportunity to save 800 euro and bought it there.
The machine itself left people who know me asking had I even changed my laptop as they look the exact same to the untrained eye but I can tell you, the main difference is definately under the hood.
The Intel Core 2 duo 2.4ghz is perfectly complemented by the standard 2gb of RAM and creates a world on the machine that would give the impression of an ability to do anything! The only thing this machine has struggled with, for me, is loading Microsoft Windows XP on VM-Ware while I am doing multiple things, and even then, the machine takes its time, loads the software, and once it is running, everything is back to normal (and this issue might be the fact that I have allocated 1gb of the computers RAM to the Windows run-time).
The graphics world flawlessly with the computer to present a very smooth sleek looking Mac OS 10.5 with no stutters or lagging of any kind, even with multiple applications open. And the included iLife software allows the user to use this machines graphics capabilities to their full extend, expert or not.
As i am quite the power user in terms of programming and general computer science programs, I can speak from experience when I say that this computer was designed with professionals in mind, from its included Xcode developing environment to its ability to have multiple IDE(interactive developing environments) open at the same time, and this creates a perfect developing environment that is a pleasure to use.
Mutli-touch is a great feature added by apple, but in my opinion it is not fully utilized as it could be. It has such potential that I am sure, in the future Apple will use. But for the moment, a program called multi-clutch has been brought to my attention which I have been using for 2 weeks now and I have not looked back, it gives the user the ability to add track pad gestures to any program with personalized functionality.
The new keyboard included with the Mac Book Pro, closely resembles ,in functionality, the new keyboards Apple now ship with their desktop PC's. It allows for music control without having to switch to itunes as well as LED back-light controls, keyboard Back-light controls, volume and Dashboard. Apple really got it right with this one.
Finally the wireless. In my older Mac Book Pro, I found the wireless to be good, but the range was quite limited, this of course due to the aluminum case. The wireless in the new Mac Book Pros however does not suffer from this problem, and I now enjoy wireless where I would not have been able to with my older Machine. Personally I cannot wait for the day when N becomes standard and I can laugh at the Dell followers who will not have either the range or speed.
All in all this is a brilliant machine and any problems I have found can and will probably be solved with software updates.