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Apple MacBook Pro (2012 Model) Intel Core i5 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD 13.3" Mac OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion (MD101LL/A)

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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 13-inch MacBook Pro model features 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 or the 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 — the fastest mobile dual-core processor available. With Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz, these processors bring more power to everything you do. And you can configure it to be even faster. Choose 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. It’s still highly efficient, too, so you get long battery life when you’re out and about.
  • 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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  • Xachary D.
  • 12/7/2013 1:07:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Battery Life
Build Quality
Resale Value
Ease of Use
Trackpad Quality
Backlit Keyboard
Quiet
Ability to run Windows and/or Linux partition as well as VM's, gives a lot of flexibility.
Idiot Proof
Ability to natively run SSH for those that know what that is.
Trackpad is remarkable, makes all other trackpads feel clunky and useless. Have never felt like a mouse was necessary for anything but gaming.

Cons: Cost(though compared to similar PC's it's not much of a difference especially taking resale into consideration)
Lowish resolution screen.
Maybe it's just me, but OS X still seems like the OS for people that don't know what they are doing, a little under featured compared to Windows.

Other Thoughts: I bought this machine about a year ago and have been extremely impressed. I am an IT professional and use this machine for things the vast majority of users would never think of. I immediately upgraded to 8GB of ram upon receiving it and so far have had no complaints. I can comfortably run a Windows 7 virtual machine and swipe back and forth between that and the Mac OS 10.9 host with no noticeable lag. If I boot into my Windows 8.1 partition I can play games with lowish settings and decent frame rates this includes rift, swtor, and world of tanks(at a little above minimum). If I play WoW, which is extremely rare these days, I can run it at medium settings with 40-50 fps. Not bad for intel integrated graphics. Honestly, it does more than I ever though was possible with an entry level(for Apple) 13" laptop. I am typically a Windows user, and though OS X leaves something to be desired in the ways of window management, it still isn't bad. As for an average day to day user for checking email, watching youtube videos, and the occasional flash game, this will never be an issue. But, for a power user, the lack of reasonable window management can be frustrating. It is excellent for swiping back and forth between two full screen windows, but any more than that becomes cumbersome. Any time I do any web development, or extensive work with spreadsheets and databases and I feel burdened by the software. I also have a seperate Windows 8.1 partition which I use periodically for games. With the Apple bootcamp software, the trackpad and keyboard work wonderfully, take a slight hit in battery life, but otherwise, it works seamlessly. I would recommend this laptop to anyone that wants excellent battery life and quality.

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  • Mark L.
  • 5/25/2013 4:35:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPossibly the last great, cheap MacBook Pro

Pros: I own this, but didn't get it from Newegg (sorry guys, was able to get a much better deal with a NYC outfit this time around).

I previously built a Hackintosh using Newegg components and really started to like OS X and the Apple ecosystem. I then decided to get a Macbook - but which one? The Air is an amazing machine, so slim and light. But I'm used to building things and tinkering with them.

Enter the 2012 Macbook Pro.

By getting the lowest "base" version, it opens up a great opportunity to expand.

First, you can upgrade the 4GB RAM to 16GB. Most of the major memory manufacturers will sell this for around a hundred dollars.

Second, you can swap out the 500GB drive for a SSD. I went with a 256GB model and it flies. I'm getting over 300MB/s writes and around 500MB/s reads. SSD cost was under two hundred dollars.

Third, you can swap out the optical drive for a second hard disk. I put in a 500 GB Scorpio Black. Even with full drive encryption I'm getting 62 MB/s writes and 74 MB/s reads (was getting close to 90 unencrypted). Total cost including the drive, the optibay adapter on your favorite auction site and an external caddy for the DVD drive was under a hundred dollars.

Total time to upgrade everything, including cloning the SSD from the original HDD, probably a couple of hours tops.

So, for around four hundred you're getting a configuration for a lot less (Apple's configuration including a max of 8GB and a 256GB SSD, but NO optibay drive is $500 more).

Why is this possibly the last, great, cheap (relatively speaking) Macbook Pro?

The retina models coming out now no longer have upgradable RAM. The SSDs are a lot harder to swap out, and whatever storage you have on the SSD is pretty much it.

With my config I have tons of space on the SSD for program files and important docs, and run Parallels images and music files from the second HDD.

The CPU is sufficiently fast; I've never felt bogged down (especially with the SSD upgrade) and Parallels runs any Windows apps I need like a champ. Note: Newegg often runs deals on Parallels.

Cons: Can't think of any serious ones. If were to nitpick I'd say that the magsafe adapter pops out a little too easily sometimes.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 5/16/2013 5:10:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNice when it works

Pros: Looks good, feels well built. Screen looks nice (though I prefer matte finish). Hardware is pretty good, runs most things without a problem. Nice keyboard, nice trackpad. I honestly liked using this laptop, until...

Cons: ...things started breaking. Now I baby my electronics, I don't throw them in a bag or toss them on the table or whatever that causes wear on other people's laptops. I had no dents, no scratches on this laptop, I even had a screen protector on it and a keyboard cover. One complaint, the laptop always ran a bit warm. In fact, on occasion it would get very hot and I could hear the fan spool up and make noise. Come to find out, it's because I watch YouTube videos a lot as well as go to other flash websites and OSX is very inefficient at playing back flash - uses a lot more resources than it should. After about 3 months, it started getting so hot the laptop would shut off.

I took it in to the Apple store and they had it for about a week, a defective heatsink they told me. I don't see how that's possible, a heatsink can't really be defective...maybe the fan, but I heard it spinning still and I already cleaned it out to make sure dust wasn't clogging it up. So that fixed I was good for about another month, then the thunderbolt port just stopped working. Back to the Apple store, this time they told me the logic board was bad and replaced it. Was really getting worried at this point because I didn't buy Apple care, but so far all under warranty repairs. I was using it up until last month, and now the trackpad has decided to stop working. I've been using it with a mouse and that's fine, but I need to take it back to the Apple store to fix the trackpad now.

Other Thoughts: I'm really disappointed in the longevity of this MacBook Pro considering how much it cost. I expect a lot better out of a $1,200 laptop. Before this I used a few cheap PC laptops, and while they were never super fast they did always seem to work. I got tired of having to replace those PC laptops all the time along with the shoddy build quality so I thought a MacBook Pro would be the solution. My warranty runs out this summer and I'm honestly just too afraid of something else going wrong on this. I'll get called the PC fanboy or whatever, but I just want something reliable that works. I'm going to switch over to a ThinkPad when I can sell this - I have a co-worker who has been on a T410 for the past few years without a hitch, and a company I recently did some contract work for also had a fleet of ThinkPads all going strong. Thing is, I can get a well equipped ThinkPad for about $750 which is going to be as fast as my MacBook Pro was - sure it will be running Windows, but as an IT professional I found myself running Win 7 VM all the time since Visual Studio and SQL Server still have no Mac versions and are required for the work I do.

My qualms are not so much with OSX as it is with Apple's QA, I could accept a defect but going on the third one? I can't tell you the last time I had to replace anything on a PC laptop except the battery and a hard drive on one (But hard drives die randomly all the time, so I don't associate that with the vendor of the laptop). A friend of mine had to replace the logic board on his MacBook Pro out of warranty and it cost him about $400 which scares me to no end. A laptop should not experience critical failures if it's less than a year old (Heck, I ran on an old Dell from 2006 up until two years ago!). If you search around you'll find that MacBook Pros do have some QA problems, and that's just unacceptable given the kind of money Apple is charging for these. They're great on their warranty, but if you run out of it - well, you'll be spending a lot of cash.

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  • Sean P.
  • 1/10/2013 9:52:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPrice

Pros: Coming from a 17 inch Windows based laptop the smaller form factor is awesome for travelling, which I do a lot of. I've owned other Apple products in the past, including an late 07 Mac Mini and Macbook and several iPods and iPhones and I'm nothing but impressed by this product.

I initially bought my wife the base 15 model which she loves.. My Windows laptop was failing so I decided to order the 13 inch to try out. I've debated between returning this machine and going bigger but I love this form factor. Performance is awesome on the base 13 but I think overall for price and longevity the 15 might be a better option.

I bought a base level 15 for myself to compare this weekend, I bet that the increased performance from a Quad i7 and discrete graphics might sell me on the bigger machine. Either way I love Apple computer products.. Fast, reliable and well built.

Cons: Pricey for a lower end machine, they could have included 8gig rams instead of 4... Maybe make a 13 with discrete graphics and Quad core? As I said above I LOVE this form factor and design but the performance improvements in the 15 are huge!

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  • Rev. H.
  • 12/28/2012 7:34:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent notebook computer

Pros: Overall, an excellent machine. It's lightweight, the fan is absolutely silent in all but the most taxing of applications. The battery life is stellar at 7+ hours. It rarely gets warm to the touch at all (during 'typical' use, such as web browsing or desktop publishing, it stays cool to the touch).

Graphics performance is actually pretty impressive. The HD4000 Graphics are miles ahead of previous intel offerings.

The magsafe connector is fantastic, no more broken charging ports for me!

I can never go back to a laptop without a backlight keyboard again, what a handy feature!

Mac OS is incredible. Windows is such a chore to use now, once you've been spoiled with the OSX experience.

Cons: It's a bit pricey. Some will say you can get a similar laptop for a lot less money. I don't think so (see below), but, if all you need is the same CPU, RAM and Graphics card, and don't need all of the features that make this unique, then you can spend a lot less money on a windows laptop.

The aluminum enclosure is gorgeous, dissipates heat and thus stays cool, but may be very scratch prone. However, because it's such a popular laptop, there are lots of protective options.

The screen is bright, glossy, and beautiful. However, it's smudge city. It's difficult to keep clean, and attracts fingerprints.

Mini DisplayPort is the only video output option, which requires an adapter or dongle of some sort in order to handle most displays. Though there are miniDP to HDMI dongles, there is no HDMI port on this machine.

It isn't also a spaceship.

Other Thoughts: Some have commented that it's a 'waste of money' or that you can get 'the same thing' cheaper. Well that's not true. If you want cool, quiet, 7+ hours of battery life, a sturdy enclosure, state of the art I/O, all in a lightweight and portable form factor, you can't. Dell and HP both offer similar laptops, with the same LiPo batteries (though still not quite as long of a battery life), many similar features, and the same basic specs, but they are as expensive or more expensive than the MacBook Pro.

Bear in mind, however, that you are paying for certain things that you need to decide if they are worth it for you. You CAN get an i5/4GB of RAM/Integrated Graphics laptop cheaper elsewhere. Do you need a bright display, backlit keyboard, LiPo battery (others may promise 7+ hours of battery life, but if it's Li-Ion or otherwise, aka not LiPo, then within a few months that battery life will be drastically shortened), a silent laptop, and tons of available accessories and upgrade options? Well, then this is for you!

I am running this with 16B of RAM and two 256GB SSD's (a third party accessory allows you to install a hard drive in the optical drive spot) in RAID 0. Performance is mind boggling out of such a small laptop. I also have it attached to a 27" IPS display, AND a 23" LCD. It drives a 2560x1440, 1920x1080 and the built in 1280x800 display all at the same time, with no performance issues whatsoever. It's really a powerhouse. I do have a homebuilt gaming PC, but it's now been reduced to gaming only, as the MacBook is capable of performing as well or better at all other tasks.

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  • Michael B.
  • 12/27/2012 12:37:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOriginal Build

Pros: MacBook Pro
Battery Life
Cosmetic Look

Cons: i5 processor
only 4GB RAM
Slow 512GB 5400rpm HHD
Average resolution

Other Thoughts: This is the second MacBook Pro I have purchased in the last 90 days. The first one was a MD102LL/A and this one (MD101LL/A). I purchased the first computer from a local store and it had the latest version on Mountain Lion at the time (10.8.1).

This MacBook Pro however came from a very old lot of MacBook Pros. The box was slightly damaged, and it had OSX version 10.7.4!! It took me all day with my slow 6mbps download speed to conduct all the required updates to get the current version on OSX (10.8.2).

On the plus side I would recommend getting the MD101LL/A over the MD102LL/A if you plan on upgrading the HHD with a Solid State Drive, and bumping up the RAM to 8GBs. You will save about $400.00 and with an SSD the difference between the i5 and i7 is not really noticeable.

If you choose to purchase this computer you may want to consider going to the Apple Store instead of Newegg since there is no real savings. This will ensure you get the most current version of OSX.

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  • Yanet D.
  • 12/23/2012 1:26:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow

Pros: Very fast. You can never go wrong with the Mac OS! Such a drastic change from Windows. There are no BSOD to worry about!

Cons: None!

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  • john g.
  • 11/30/2012 1:21:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsformer pc user

Pros: They seem to be built solidly and The OS has been rock steady. I had a laptop with Windows 8 and it was a nightmare. Constant BSOD and program freezes leading to frustrating
reboots. I had been using PCs for over 25 years and I put up with a lot of hardware and software glitches for too long.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: They are a little more expensive but so far it's worth it

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  • Paulette W.
  • 10/8/2012 5:15:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsloving it

Pros: great product runs good have not had any problems with MBP like i said loving it but they could have givien 8 gigs of memory stock it would not have hurt

Cons: could have given you more memory but ut dnt cost but $37 to upgrade to 8 gigs of ram

Other Thoughts: dont think because it has intel onboard graphics they are slow i played TF2 on them and it ran smooth without a hitch

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  • Paulette W.
  • 10/6/2012 9:34:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs simply great

Pros: runs smoothly software there isalotout there just have to know where tolook

Cons: switchfrom windowscouldbe alittleproblem

Other Thoughts: sit backand relax itsnotas hard as it seems it seems like linuxbut its alittle easier learnit andlove itbecause ido

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