Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 13" 2nd Gen (2008-2012)
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MacBook Pro review (13-inch, mid-2012)
30 July 2012
Summary: Equipped with a new Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000, this year's MacBook Pro is a capable machine. Is it the highest-performing system out there? Nah -- and without discrete graphics or an SSD, that's hardly a surprise. This is a solid laptop, even with the entry-level specs, but if you can part ways with a bit more dough, you'll be a happier camper with a Core i7, SSD-equipped configuration.
Pros: Lovely design, Comfortable keyboard and trackpad, Good day-to-day performance
Cons: No discrete graphics, Relatively low-res display
Conclusion: Though it's only a component bump, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz) is still a solid back-to-school, mainstream laptop.
Pros: Better battery life than its predecessors. Speed and memory bumps help performance. Unparalleled multi-touch gestures., Backlit keyboard. Excellent software bundle. Sturdy. Best looking chassis in its class.
Cons: Intel Core 2 Duos are an aging processor technology. Heavy for a 13-inch laptop.
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Thunderbolt) will continue to be Apple's best selling laptop, thanks to a component overhaul and new technologies like Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD.
Pros: Core i5 processor is a long time coming. Gorgeous Unibody enclosure. Thunderbolt is in its early stages, but it looks promising. Webcam now streams in HD and works with Facetime app. Backlit keyboard. Glass Clickpad has no equals.
Cons: Pricey. No improvement in graphics performance. Higher screen resolution not available.
Summary: At Rs. 89,900, the latest Mac Book Pro 13 inch is certainly not for everybody. But its a rugged, highly functional piece of equipment that is also very easy on the eye. Not exactly value for money, but one would need to think very hard to find an Apple product that is. Just try to skip the Core 2 Duo version, if your budget permits it.
Pros: Built like a tank. We kid you not, Good performer, Great, polished interface
Cons: Not a significant hardware upgrade over its predecessor, Minor issues like sharp edges on the palm rest have been ignored, Not exactly value for money
Apple's 13-Inch Pro Now Every Bit as Impressive as Its Big Bros
9 November 2009
Excerpt: The littlest MacBook Pro finally gets all the features of its larger brethren, making it pound for pound one of the most impressive laptops on the market today. For starters, the aluminum unibody construction is solid to an extreme: There’s no wiggle or shimmy when you lift up this laptop. It’s a high-tech brick that, if you gathered enough of, you could probably pave your driveway with.
Pros: Seriously solid unibody design shrunk down to more portable proportions. Dazzling performance for a machine this small (just 4.5 pounds). SD card slot. Love the backlit keys.
Cons: Teensy keyboard, puny arrow keys. LCD could be brighter. Nonremovable battery doesn’t last “all day” as advertised (reality: not quite four hours with a DVD going).
Summary: Despite retaining the same price and look as last year's model, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro's significant CPU and fantastic battery life make it one of the top laptops we've reviewed, provided you can live with passable integrated graphics.
Pros: CPU updates offer big leaps in performance, Phenomenal battery life, Excellent ergonomics, keyboard and large, smooth multi-touch clickpad are still among the best available, 720p HD webcam
Cons: Graphics performance is slightly worse than last year's 13-inch Pro, 13-inch screen resolution still low compared with the MacBook Air, Thunderbolt port still an unknown until accessories become available, Limited upgrade options, No HDMI or Blu-ray