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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch ReviewThe new MacBook family is available in five different models: two 13.3-inch units, two 15.4-inch versions, and a 17-inch behemoth. The base prices for these models range from $1,199 up to $2,499, but with configuration options such as faster processors, more memory, and larger-sized hard drives or SSDs, you can easily boost the cost considerably. In the past we’ve dinged Apple for putting a premium price on its notebooks when compared against models with similar specs from other manufacturers. You could easily make the argument, however, that this is simply not a fair comparison--comparing apple and oranges if you will--you’re not going to find another laptop that runs the Mac OS (at least not legally) and you’re going to be hard pressed to find another laptop that comes even close to the MacBook Pro’s design aesthetics.

In the case of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro that Apple sent us, we need not rehash our past critiques. While its $1,499 price tag puts it firmly out of reach of those looking for budget units, this price is commensurate with similarly configured Windows laptops that are powered by Intel Core i7 mobile processors...

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Review

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 28 2011 11:34 AM

These are decent yet a little overpriced. Of course they are Apple to so it is expected. From the they just work section of that I have heard a decent amount of malcontented rumblings in the background on these. I personally do not at the moment know the full details on it, but I am pretty sure there are some issues with them.

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omegadraco replied on Mon, Mar 28 2011 12:07 PM

I can tell you one thing they have made great strides in making them easier to repair hardware on them. I recently upgraded the memory in my fathers Macbook and it was only 6 screws granted they were 3 different sizes :)

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The 13" pro is about the only one I would consider buying. Mainly for its battery life.

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Inspector replied on Mon, Mar 28 2011 4:14 PM

decent, i would still rather get a custom built one. :)

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OSunday replied on Mon, Mar 28 2011 6:41 PM

I'm not sure why since i'm opposed to most things apple but for most people with generic computer needs the Apple Macbooks are user friendly, aesthetically pleasing, well built and are solid laptops

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 29 2011 1:10 PM

I agree with you Inspector. There are also some great units being released from OEM's the Samsung is a good one for sure. The only thing that does not directly compete with the Mac is the SSD is half of it's size. I am sure though in the ordering process that can be changed. One thing that gets me on the Macbooks though is a Core 2 Duo, Really, especially when competitively priced laptops on the PC side are using i3, i5, and i7 processors.

I thought Intel quit making Core 2 Duo processors anyway they are like 3 if not more generations back compared to current chips.

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AValde replied on Tue, Mar 29 2011 5:27 PM

This is a bit overpriced IMO, you can get a better performing 13 or 15 inch laptop for the same price.

nice review tho :)

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Only if you are picking the 13" and don't mind paying a bit extra. The 15" and 17" both have some pretty nasty overheating, along with other nasty problems.

I don't believe Apple deserves a "HOT" for design, if your not going to include a "NOT" for 'Form over function'. Basic trend with them, make it look good no matter how many issues it causes in actual use.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Apr 3 2011 2:57 PM

You know the thing with me though is a 13 or a netbook I can use, but it is not really very convenient for me as I stand at 6'3" and each of my hands is 10" from top to bottom not to mention a width from thumb to pinkie of about a foot. So anything 13 inches or under can be tedious for me if I am on it for any length of time.

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