"Great computer!"5.0 starson by marcelapoe
Pros: Well built, high quality, and beautiful!
Cons: It is expensive, but what do you expect for a machine this nice.
Summary: The 15 inch macbook pro with retina display is a good computer. The unibody frame is secure and strong.
Mac OS is simple compared to Windows. Windows was never that bad to me, but Mac OS puts everything at the bottom of the screen for easy access. It displays the most used icons on the screen. Clicking on launch pad allows you to see the other programs that are on your mac. Again this interface is simplified. Windows seems like there are a lot of programs on your computer, mac makes it look like it is easier to access.
I downloaded MS office since it is the standard office productivity tool out there. Downloading and installing software is basically the same as windows. Everything is basically plug and play now. Even when I hooked the mac up to the printer it recognized it and then installed the drivers to the computer.
Iphotos is another good software on the mac. It allows you to categorize your photos into albums. The process was simple. All of my pictures now have been categorized based off of the person. It is a really nice interface.
Mail is just like ipad. I like the fact that you can have all of you e-mail pushed to one central e-mail. Now I can just click on the mail icon and my mail is right there. I don't have to log into Verizon or any other e-mail account.
Icloud allows all of my information to be shared on all of my apple devices. This is really nice. I can write notes on my mac and it will be instantly shared on the ipad and iphone. All messages, mail, notes, and information shows up on all of my apple devices. This is really cool. I can write my grocery list on the mac and then bring my Iphone with me and have the list already on my iphone. Cool stuff.
The only drawback to icloud would be if you were a player. Your wife/girl would see all your e-mails and the websites that you have visited. There are ways to get around that. Just set it not to share, but that would defeat the point of icloud.
Essentially mountain lion does what windows 8 does. It uses the same interface as tablets and puts it on the mac. So if you have used an ipad, then you are family with mountain lion.
The performance is hard to judge since I am coming from a $200 Walmart special. Of course it is faster than what I am used to. All new computers are fast.
The retina display is nice, but a lot people won't notice a difference. Most will just sit there. I can tell it is more clear and smooth.
The sound is your standard fair. It sounds nice. I don't know if it can hang with HP's beats audio, but the sound is cool.
The track pad is nice. It didn't take long to get used to it. The keyboard is supposed to be the best out there. It seems like the keys on my Hp were bigger. I like the firmness of the keys. I will just have to cut my nails since my fingers slip on the smaller "chicklet" keyboard.
Here are the reasons to get the macbook pro with retina display:
1. You can make payments on it. -If you can pay it off over time, then sure get the top computer that you can buy. You don't lose anything.
2. You really love apple's stuff. -If you prefer apple's way of doing things over Microsoft or others, then go ahead.
3. You want the most advanced technology out there. Everything about the computer is cutting edge.
Reasons not to get the macbook pro with retina display:
1. You need a dvd player.
2. You need an Ethernet port.
3. It's not feasible within your budget.
Do I like the computer? Yes it is a very nice computer. You can tell it is a high end well crafted computer. I am not delusional that there aren't computers just as good for the same price.
Apple tries to win on aesthetics and simplicity with their stuff. They are well built and simple to use. The macbook pro is a kin to getting a benz or a BMW. You pay the price for status, peace of mind, and craftsmanship. Yes, the kia sport is just as functional as the BMW, but the bimmer is just nicer. It's like the difference between dunking the ball and laying it up. They are both 2 points, but dunking adds a little some else. Or the difference between McDonalds and texas roadhouse. You can get a burger anywhere, but burgers from texas roadhouse are going to be a little nicer.
I won't say that mac is better than PC's, because they are the same. Everything revolves around windows. The whole concept of the OS is based on cats being used to using windows. Also programs still shut down for no reason on a mac too. Let's be honest. I have had apps and programs just cut off for no reason.
Am I an Apple convert? NO. I like both PC's and Mac. This Mac is probably the best computer I have ever had, but it is also the most expensive computer I have bought. So I expect it to be nice.
Final Score: 9.5
Verdict: If you have the money or the ability to get one, then go ahead.