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Apple MacBook Pro (2012 Model) Intel Core i5 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD 13.3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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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Rosewill RC-415 10/100/1000Mbps 5-Port Gigabit Green Ethernet Desktop Metal Enclosure Switch with 3-Year Warranty
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Well, now that I've had this thing for several weeks I figured I'd write a review. Well, it works! It's a very simple switch, no configuration, no features, no utilities. Everything it does it does automatically, just plug it in and it works! It's been flawless, never needs to restart, and plays nicely with my router.

I'm running my desktop and server on this thing (That was the whole purpose, to have GbE access to my server for large files from my desktop), and it then connects to my router so those two devices can get online (Linksys router that only has 10/100 ethernet), everything works fine!

Cons: None to speak of. Just works.

Other Thoughts: Don't forget this isn't a router! I read a review on another site claiming it was faulty because he couldn't get online after plugging in his modem and a couple computers. Make sure you know what your buying, your internet connection needs to be 'routed'. That said, it DOES work fine BEHIND a router to be an extension to your network. Keep in mind this has no firewall features either (It's just a switch), so any network configuration will STILL need to be done via your router, even if the device is connected to the switch, not the router (provided the switch is connected to your router.) It's all auto-switching so it doesn't matter what you plug in where.John

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Brother MFC series MFC-495CW Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 6000 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Decent picture quality, excellent scanner, loaded with features.

Cons: I have the non-wireless version of the same model. It is extremely uneconomical, I left it on and didn't use it for a month while I was gone, it was not used by anyone, but the self cleaning alone brought my 60% cartridges to empty in a one month period. You cannot use any functions if the cartridges are empty, and it uses all colors to produce even black prints. Additionally, the ink is extremely expensive, certainly one of the highest prices for ink you can find (there are higher, but few, and I would bet that cost/yield is higher than every one of them).

I only replaced the ink twice, in a two month period and I don't do much printing (in fact, I refilled the paper only twice, what does that tell you?) I'm done with it, I have no need for it, I bought another printer and am much happier.

Other Thoughts: It's horridly uneconomical, which is why it's a multi-function printer at such a low price. Buyer Beware, it's gonna cost you in the long run. Your better off looking at some of the models HP is offering right now that actually compete with Laser Printers in terms of economy, and if you don't want to fork $200 for a printer, Lexark has some excellent models that, while are also inefficient, certainly aren't nearly as bad as Brother. You'll be dumping 65 bucks a month (more/less depending on where you are), into this printer, it's not worth it.

However, if you must, must get this printer. KEEP IT TURNED OFF, it self cleans CONSTANTLY, and that sucks down the ink!

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Display Name: John H.

Date Joined: 12/27/07

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 12/07/09
  • Last Review: 03/20/13
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