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Apple MD103LL/A 2.3 GHz 15.4" MacBook Pro (New 2012 Model)

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  • Intel Core i7 2.3GHz
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M

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The inside story. And the outside story, too.

With its durable unibody enclosure, LED-backlit display, and Multi-Touch trackpad, MacBook Pro looks beautiful. And works beautifully.

The design is not the only thing that makes the MacBook Pro a MacBook Pro. Fastest mobile processors and up to a 60 percent boost in graphics performance endow you with incredible power to do more than ever. Faster than ever. The MacBook Pro is also loaded with powerful new features, such as blazing fast Thunderbolt I/O technology, FaceTime HD camera, Multi-Touch trackpad, 802.11n wireless technology, long lasting battery and more, making a great notebook even greater.

  • newegg New processors and graphics. Pull out all the stops. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features the new 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors with 6MB of shared L3 cache and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz. And you can configure it to be even faster. Choose the 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with 8MB of cache and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz. And go for the new 512GB third-generation SATA solid-state drive, which is up to 4x faster than a traditional hard drive. To increase storage, upgrade to a 1TB hard drive. The new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor boosts performance by up to 60 percent. That extra power gives you a smoother, more fluid experience than before. For graphics-intensive applications, the 15-inch MacBook Pro automatically switches to the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete processor with up to 1GB of video memory. It’s also up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation, so you see more frames per second in 3D games and get greater speed and responsiveness for your HD video projects.
  • newegg Ports with possibility. The fastest, most versatile I/O in a notebook. Imagine accessing multiple streams of uncompressed HD video — from your MacBook Pro — at speeds that let you edit an HD feature film in real time. Thunderbolt technology allows you to connect the high-performance peripherals that make it possible. Ultrafast and ultraflexible, the Thunderbolt pipeline is up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and offers unprecedented expansion capabilities. And with this port, you can daisy-chain as many as six devices — including an Apple Thunderbolt Display and Mini DisplayPort peripherals — to create a full-fledged workstation. And it can easily connect with most devices using HDMI, VGA, DVI, or DisplayPort adapters. Two new USB 3 ports let you access a pipeline that’s up to 10 times faster than USB 2. If you have devices that use FireWire 800, there’s a port for that, too. And an SDXC card slot that supports up to 64GB cards makes it a snap to transfer all those photos to and from your MacBook Pro, so you can edit and share them on the spot.
  • newegg Multi-Touch trackpad. Be more hands-on. The Multi-Touch trackpad is the most natural way to interact with what’s on your screen, and the smooth glass surface gives you plenty of room for gestures. Pinch to zoom in and out, swipe to flip through photos, rotate to adjust an image, and much more. The buttonless design lets you click anywhere. And if you’re coming from a right-click world, you can right-click with two fingers or configure a right-click area on the trackpad. The more you use the Multi-Touch trackpad, the more you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
  • newegg It’s very well connected. MacBook Pro automatically finds available networks and allows you to join them with a click. And the latest three-stream 802.11n wireless technology gives you the best possible performance at the greatest range. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can use your favorite wireless accessories right out of the box.
  • newegg FaceTime HD camera. Say “hi” in high def. Get more of your friends in on the fun with crisp, widescreen HD video. The picture is so clear, it will look and feel almost like you’re in the same room. You can make 720p HD calls from your MacBook Pro to any Mac with a FaceTime HD camera. You can also make video calls to iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch, and other Intel-based Mac computers.
  • newegg A long-lasting battery. Charge less. Do more. MacBook Pro delivers amazing battery life. And that’s with more powerful processors and faster graphics than ever. An energy-efficient processor architecture with an integrated video encoder, along with automatic graphics switching in the 15-inch model, helps improve battery life. So you can get up to 7 hours on a single charge.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/14/2013 4:26:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsIncredible Laptop

Pros: + Incredibly fast, to be expected from >2.3GHz quad-core i7
+ Lighter and thinner than other laptops with similar specs
+ Mac operating system is very fast, comes with a suite of decent applications (iMovie, GarageBand, etc) and secure
+ Good trackpad although I don't take advantage of most of its capabilities/gestures
+ Does not heat up nearly as much as my old Core 2 Duo MBP and I don't hear the fan as much. Double win.

Cons: - Only 4GB of memory so you're stuck either paying Apple $100 to upgrade to 8GB or to buy your own kit. Unsure if it's actually capable of supporting 16GB, as Apple doesn't offer it as an upgrade.
- 5400RPM hard-drive is kind of slow but OSX is pretty snappy and good at indexing so it at least seems to operate faster than the 5400RPM on my Windows computer.. still you probably want to upgrade this to with an SSD or at least 2.5" 7200RPM HDD.
- Limited I/O, not major concern but it is frustrating that mic-in is not supported and you either need USB or line-in microphones (or use the horrible built in mic)
- Warranty is void if components are exchanged (installing new RAM or storage drive)

Other Thoughts: The "Edjookated Consumer" is less informed than he thinks he is. I bid you good luck to find another computer with the same specs, in as thin a design, as small a power adapter, with as good quality.

Pretty much all the other windows laptops I've come across with the same specs are:
- Extremely heavy and thick
- 17" screen
- Poor quality (numerous reviews complaining of poor security on the drives, poor battery life, overheating, artifacting or dead pixels, etc.)

The ones that have good reviews and are on par with the same specs... guess what, they cost about the same as the MBP.

I hope future OSX releases make similar changes as iOS7 is making - I'm not a fan of the textures they use like that grey fabric and making windows look like they're 3D. Would much prefer a flat, sleeker design for the interface. But the operating system itself is still much faster than Windows.. not sure about Linux, haven't spent much time using it.

I would've got a Retina MBP except I really don't have any need for a higher pixel density than my eyes can detect... my 1920x1080 23" monitor looks perfectly crisp to me, so I can't imagine why I'd need 2880x1800 on a 15" screen. 1440x900 looks just fine to me.

Around 5x faster than my previous MacBook in multi-threaded tasks and 2-3x faster in single-threaded (was a 13" Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz).

All in all, I would recommend this computer to anyone short of those who just want a gaming computer... although you could always just install Windows 7 through Bootcamp so you have both.

Some people just don't understand the concept of "You get what you pay for".

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  • Simon C.
  • 5/16/2013 7:41:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsVery Solid

Pros: Outstanding build quality. Very nice screen (mine is 1680x1050). Trackpad is the best in the industry, as usual. Battery life: watching video, backlight at two thirds, over six hours. The quad core i7 is ridiculously fast. This processor is choked by a hard drive. Put 16 GB of ram in, and an ssd if you can afford it.

Cons: No HDMI or eSATA ports. Mini Display Port to HDMI adaptors are really cheap, but I wish you could just plug an HDMI cable in. Mountain Lion is ok, but I cant help missing Snow Leopard. The Mountain Lion recovery partition is touchy and sometimes fails. You have to jump through some hoops to get a copy of Mountain Lion onto a USB drive or DVD, Apple goes out of their way to make it hard.

Other Thoughts: Overall it's an outstanding laptop, whether you run OSX or Windows. It's not cheap, but quality rarely is.

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  • Daniel R.
  • 4/21/2013 10:37:24 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsWhy I Wouldn't Buy This

Pros: It's a mac and thus it is a good computer for people who are not computer-literate. Apple is known for making very simple visual layouts which are easy to use for most everyone (not the blind, they have some issues with the mac os layouts for some reason.)

Cons: Compare it with a entertainment/gaming PC of the same price and notice how you get much less for your money when buying the apple product. You are buying the apple name.

You can also not upgrade your own mac without voiding all sorts of warranties and apple support is known for being shoddy and pricey.

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5 out of 5 eggsPhenomenal Machine

Pros: As others have said, the build quality on this is second to none. I have owned many laptops over the last two years from many manufacturers (I work in IT, so I get deals on these things all the time) and after having owned HP, Dell, Sony, Acer, and Toshiba of all varying prices and form-factors, the build quality of the Mac keeps me coming back.

I'm probably in the minority for people who buy this as I bought it primarily to use as a PC. For Windows 7, the computer is flawless. For me, it is a thin, light, well-crafted machine that plays every game I throw at it. The Kepler-based 650M, despite having only 512MB vRAM, performs with aplomb. Haven't had a single issue with any game. Borderlands 2 is stunning on this computer. Crysis 2 looks incredible.

For someone of my skill level, upgrading the memory was a non-issue and I immediately purchased an 8GB kit of low-voltage Samsung DDR3-1600. Low-voltage is critical in this machine if you want to maintain your battery life.

This is the best trackpad in the business. So many others have tried to come to close, but none have succeeded. Using the trackpad on this computer will redefine the way you think about how the other manufacturers put their machines together.

This machine is just stupid powerful considering the form-factor. Other manufacturers are lightyears behind. Razer Blade is the only one that comes close, and it is plagued by issues.

Cons: Windows 8 support is non-existent. Some people have had success, but not I. First I could not get the trackpad to work. Once I did after several hours, I discovered the machine would not properly enter standby. Oh well. Windows 7 works for me. Don't expect Windows 8 to work on this without some major tweaking.

Otherwise, like all Macs, this does get hot. I do not recommend playing games with it on your lap. However, it has never shut down or throttled in my experience. The cooling solution is adequate.

Other Thoughts: Skyfox had a great review, but it should be mentioned that this machine DOES have a quad-core i7. The specific CPU is the 3615qm running at 2.3GHz. Very powerful.

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  • Carlos C.
  • 12/22/2012 7:26:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMacbook pro 15"

Pros: Nice fast best screen good macbook

Cons: Hard drive need more speed!

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  • Phil W.
  • 12/16/2012 10:29:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat machine

Pros: Build quality -- Second to none, even the more expensive HP and Lenovo models. Solid as a concrete slab (and almost as heavy)
Graphics chip -- The excellent 28nm Kepler-based GT650M. Same as the Alienware M14x-R2 which is designed for gaming. However, that laptop is only dual-core while this is quad. Its also made out of total plastic not aluminum like this.
Price -- Somewhat expensive but worth it, kind of like a BMW. HP's Elitebook series costs more and is inferior in both build quality and specs.
Upgradability-- You can easily add more ram or swap out the HDD/optical drive. The new retina models are so difficult to disassemble that they are essentially not upgradable.
Display -- Not retina or IPS, but outstanding nonetheless. Super bright with vivid colors. And, one of the few 16x10 screens still on the market. The glass cover is a very classy touch.
Scores -- 7.1 WEI (with aftermarket SSD) and 14,331 3DMark06

Cons: Only 4gb memory, seriously? RAM is so cheap and this laptop so expensive that it really should come with at least 8gb standard.

No msata connector. I had to remove the optical drive to install a SSD, but I never used it anyway.

Came with the old 10.7 Lion operating system, and I had to pay $20 to upgrade to 10.8 Mountain Lion. A brand new computer really should come with the latest OS, or at least a coupon to upgrade for free.

Other Thoughts: My gripes are minor and I was able to work around them all. If you can afford a BMW, then this is the laptop you should be driving!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/18/2012 7:08:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCouldn't be happier

Pros: So far it's all around the best laptop I've dealt with, throwing in the windows OS as well there's basically nothing I can't do from my Mac and very few games I can't play, I mainly use it for music recording but I have to get in a few games now an then

Cons: I could've got similar specs in a Windows PC for probably 800+ less, but I'm still happy with my Mac, I've wanted one for awhile and I can see why their better and it will be a better choice as I go the music route, I've tried working with a Windows PC before and it wasn't always easy for this type of work

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1 out of 5 eggsripoff

Pros: nothing compared to windows notebooks

Cons: everything?

Other Thoughts: I had this for one day, it was my first mac, it felt nice having a mac but to be honest, i returned it almost immediately, the graphical performance is absolute rubbish , dont buy this if your a gamer, for a measly 100 USD extra you can get a windows 7 notebook with the coveted 4 gig gddr5 gtx 680m! why does mac insist on using such lousy components in its systems? if there was a mac book with a gtx680m I would keep it and love it o.o

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  • AARON R.
  • 7/22/2012 3:04:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsMacbook Pro

Pros: -Sleek design
-Brilliant display
-Powerful hardware
-Battery life

Cons: -ATI Graphics
-Sharing and Networking Capability
-File System Limitations

Other Thoughts: The 2012 Apple MacBook Pro lineup does little to build on the macbook family. My use for the MacBook Pro lied mainly in photo editing and occasional video editing. Having extra cash to throw away, I figured I'd try a MacBook Pro. For showing off my work and presenting to guests, this computer was very nice and pretty reliable. The only remource I have is being able to spend that extra cash on someting useful. I do realize that I could have bought something more powerful (windows based) and spent less money; but at least I have an Apple!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/18/2012 5:18:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great quality laptop. Works really fast, and was worth every penny.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: lol @ windows laptops

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