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Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i7 8GB DDR3 512GB SSD 15.4
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Screen color/brightness. Powerful hardware. Good keyboard and trackpad. Nice looking design.

Cons: One of the worst computers I have ever owned. Feels like an early Windows Vista machine. Got this from work shortly after getting a 2012 Macbook Air.

There is noticeable lag when scrolling in browsers, and the general performance of the machine seems slower than my significantly less powerful Macbook Air. Any picky computer user will notice this immediately. The performance should be flawless given the hardware, but it looks like Apple's idiotic full-screen scaling solution does not work nearly as well as Windows text DPI scaling.

The machine has a tendency to go into standby at random. I'll just be sitting here typing and next thing I know, the screen goes black. I have to fiddle with it for a while, often upwards of 30 seconds in order to get it to come back to the login screen. Numerous system updates have not resolved the issue at all.

The battery life is TERRIBLE. Nearly any application you can open will lock the dedicated graphics card on, thus reducing battery life to less than 2 hours in many cases. I have basically no choice but to use a 3rd party tool to force the system to always use the integrated intel graphics chipset in order to maintain any sort of decent battery life.

The machine is assembled poorly compare to other Macs. When I got it, the base would constantly creak whenever I picked it up or moved it on my lap. This was extremely distracting. After reading about it online, I purchased a pentalobe screwdriver (really, Apple, what is this 1985?), and tightened up the base. Now it still creaks, just not as badly.

Lastly, my power adapter failed after about a month. Same thing happened with my new Macbook Air. This makes no sense because I used an old Macbook Pro for 4 years without any power adapter issues.

Other Thoughts: The retina display is a very poor implementation that leaves much to be desired. I would rather have a traditional high resolution screen instead of this buggy, slow, scaled hack. I can't believe Apple released a machine this awful. This machine alone has made me start looking into Windows laptops again.

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Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Silver 12.1 MP 3X Optical Zoom HD Movie Digital Camera
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I love this camera. It fits perfectly in a pocket or my wife's purse and it takes incredible pictures. The video recording quality is great (as is the audio), especially considering that this camera is so ridiculously small. The scene detection seems to work really well and I'm able to take a lot more flash-less photos than I ever could with my old camera. This is the first point-and-shoot I've had that can actually take competent indoor pictures without always firing an overpowered flash.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I mainly wanted a camera that is extremely portable and capable of taking pictures in low-light conditions without completely screwing them up. This camera meets both of those goals perfectly!

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Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9320421AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast, big, cheap, quiet.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Installed in a new 13" unibody macbook pro. Have had no problems and its just as quiet as the drive that came with the notebook.

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Roy Q.'s Profile

Display Name: Roy Q.

Date Joined: 09/17/02

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/21/09
  • Last Review: 02/23/13
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