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

Pros: This is easily the best laptop I've owned in the last 25 years due to its build quality, reliability and overall usability. I'm an IT pro so I've used the high-end pro gear from IBM, HP, Dell, Fujitsu, etc.. this is as good as it gets.

Boots in seconds, runs quiet and extremely fast. Keyboard (backlit) is near perfect (and I come from a long line of IBM Thinkpad keyboards which are the benchmark). Retina display is crisp and rich - visual perfection.

Love the size and weight too - great for travelling with no compromise on screen size.

Cons: Only two USB 3.0 ports, no line input, non-upgradeable ram (I got the 16gb model for this reason). Biggest con- having to adjust and look at non-Retina LCD panels at work.

The price seems like a con, but it was truly worth every penny I spent.

Other Thoughts: A few of these other reviewers complained about the video card but I've really had no problem with it (I've run Bioshock 2, BF3 and X-Plane with no issues).

Battery life is down to around 4.5 hours after 300 charge cycles.

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Rosewill RNX-G1 Wireless Black Dongle w/ External 2dBi SMA Antenna IEEE 802.11b/g A-Type USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works great with WinXP & OSX (including KisMAC for wifi scanning/cracking). Uses Realtek RTL8187 chipset. External antenna connector makes attaching a high gain antenna a breeze. Tx/Rx performance is top notch. I only paid fifteen bucks for this thing!

Cons: Realtek driver for OSX is a bit ugly, but gets the job done. I sometimes have to reboot my Mac to get the driver to reset. Don't have that problem in WinXP. It's really not a big deal, I'm sure if they ever release a driver update for OSX it will get fixed.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased two of these and have been extremely please with them both. I built a home-brew coffee can-tenna for one of them and am able to hold a stable connection in a workshop to a stock linksys router at a house over 300 yards away (up a hill, through windows, walls, and woods). Amazing.

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Brent C.'s Profile

Display Name: Brent C.

Date Joined: 10/05/06

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 04/11/09
  • Last Review: 10/10/13
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