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Apple MacBook Pro (2012 Model) Intel Core i5 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD 13.3
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

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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Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: They look nice in my opinion.

Cons: I have had 3 of these now, one that came in the front of my Enforcer case, one I purchased, and one that I got as a replacement from CM. All 3 rapidly developed bearing noise. I like the idea of a big slow fan, but when they still make noticeable bearing noise at 40% speed it's just pointless. I would say of the 3, none of them made it more than 2 months without developing irritating noises. I will be replacing the last one I have with a pair of the Corsair Air series fans instead. I don't have a clue why people rate these fans so well, they must have their headphones on the entire time.

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G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSQ
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price, performance, works with my MacBook Pro.

Cons: No cons, it's memory, it works as advertised, 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: I purchased a MacBook Pro 13" a couple months ago and really like it, but the memory was insufficient to run Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion 5 smoothly, it did it, but paging between operating systems was not very smooth. It now works perfectly, I can tab in and out of Windows as smoothly as if it were another tab in my web browser. Installed, booted up right away, recognized both sticks and the correct frequency without any hassle, plugged it in and it worked exactly as it should. If you are looking for an Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro memory upgrade, I would strongly recommend. However, this is 1600mhz RAM, so if you have an older core 2 duo, or an older Sandy Bridge processor it may not be stable since I believe those came with 1333mhz memory, or may it may not recognize at the correct frequency, it may work just fine as well, just something to be aware of. Memory frequency doesn't matter as much as some people seem to think, especially the difference between 1333 and 1600, so if your laptop came with 1333, you might as well stick with it just to ensure it works as it should.

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Xachary D.'s Profile

Display Name: Xachary D.

Date Joined: 01/03/12

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 06/21/12
  • Last Review: 12/07/13
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