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i wish there was a good trade in program where i can take my one year old mac back for this new one T_T
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Well have I got news for you, I got my Early 2008 MBP for $200 and it runs like butter!
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Well have I got news for you, I got my Early 2008 MBP for $200 and it runs like butter!
OMG I HATE YOU

For that price i can get a stylish NETBOOK

Since this years mbp are too expensive for what i wanted, i just got a sony vaio (sig) for £500 that had some problems i could fix up Its worth like £750 from Argos new
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I still have my Late 15" 2008 MBP and it's still running like new. No problem's what so ever so far. The new 2011 MBP looks pretty sweet, it would be a huge improvement in terms of speed over what I have right now lol. But I think I'll wait to see what Lion brings to the table, and then get the second refresh of that hahaha. But in all honestly, I love the reliability of this machine.
    
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The performance is overpriced, but the quality is top notch. Apple makes the most solid laptops, which is what you want in a laptop. The unibody design actually helps immensley with cooling.

Go i5 unless you are a video/audio editor.

Not much of a review from that site. The performance differences on OSX or Snow are negligble in everyday use. The SSD standard would be nice though. Since most laptops have caught up with Apple's "desktop-in-a-laptop" marketing, Apple really only has these advantages...

OSX - solid and has bootcamp
reliable hardware
strong construction
nice screen
style
lightweight
batterly life
environmentally friendly

What's nice is Apple tries to upgrade as much as they can for base models every year and keep the same price.
Edited by slytown - 3/6/11 at 11:30am
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While I understand everyone has their personal favorites, please check your facts beforehand. The last big heating issues were in the plastic, pre-unibody days. Since the unibody mbp's have come around, cooling is much better because the entire case acts as a heatsink and allows the heat to be spread over a much larger area.
My fiancee has a 15" Macbook Pro with the unibody aluminum and it heats up like a furnace. Makes a nice lap warmer, but it does get excessive sometimes even just sitting on a table. So no, the plastic Macbooks aren't the only ones with heat problems.

I love the Macbook, but its price/performance issues are just too glaring for me to want to spend money on it. Her MBP is getting a little long in the tooth, so we're probably going to buy a new laptop soon. I'm glad to see the new Macbooks getting great reviews, and am especially glad to see a much beefier GPU in these- we'll be able to play Portal 2 together if we we're to get one. At the same time though, I could spend $500 less and get the same laptop with less shiny-ness. It's a tough call, but in the end, $500 and a simple fat black laptop with 2 hours less of battery life is probably the better choice over a sleek shiny MBP- unless you plan on using the Apple software suite (which is fantastic).
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At the same time though, I could spend $500 less and get the same laptop with less shiny-ness. It's a tough call, but in the end, $500 and a simple fat black laptop with 2 hours less of battery life is probably the better choice over a sleek shiny MBP- unless you plan on using the Apple software suite (which is fantastic).
This is exactly the dilemma I'm in.
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This is exactly the dilemma I'm in.
If you want to game, it's a dumb buy to get Apple. But, if you are out and about and you throw your laptop around a lot (in a backpack or on a job site) they are perfect! DJs love macbooks because one, they rarely crash, and two, they are built like a good piece of Pioneer or Technics gear. That's why I bought a MBP.

I really don't understand people who buy iMacs or Mac Pros. Those are WAY overpriced. I think Apple will always be a laptop/mobile company.

P.S. That photo of the class is inaccurate. I'll bet that school has a laptop contract with Apple. Many schools require students have laptops or give contract discounts.
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I have a side business repairing computers.

I am a full-time software engineer as well.

I am probably going to trade in my Thinkpad for a MBP in a year or so because I ALWAYS have my laptop on me and I need to get as familiar with OSX as I am with Windows.

I don't want to cheap out and get a mac mini because with a laptop I can work anywhere.

Yeah, you can hackintosh a thinkpad but the hardware support is lousy at best (yay, I can't use switchable graphics, my mic, camera, or wifi! That's some useful hackintosh).

The obvious downside is now Ill have to buy MS Office for two OS's.
    
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If you want to game, it's a dumb buy to get Apple. But, if you are out and about and you throw your laptop around a lot (in a backpack or on a job site) they are perfect! DJs love macbooks because one, they rarely crash, and two, they are built like a good piece of Pioneer or Technics gear. That's why I bought a MBP.

I really don't understand people who buy iMacs or Mac Pros. Those are WAY overpriced. I think Apple will always be a laptop/mobile company.

P.S. That photo of the class is inaccurate. I'll bet that school has a laptop contract with Apple. Many schools require students have laptops or give contract discounts.
I have my PC for gaming. I've pretty much settled for a 15" refurb MBP. My only gripes are the lower resolution (don't think you can get 1680x1050 as a refurb) and you can't get anti-glare either.

Those things make me want to get a 13" refurb MBP.
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