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This review is from: Apple MD103LL/A 2.3 GHz 15.4" MacBook Pro (New 2012 Model)
Pros: + Incredibly fast, to be expected from >2.3GHz quad-core i7
+ Lighter and thinner than other laptops with similar specs
+ Mac operating system is very fast, comes with a suite of decent applications (iMovie, GarageBand, etc) and secure
+ Good trackpad although I don't take advantage of most of its capabilities/gestures
+ Does not heat up nearly as much as my old Core 2 Duo MBP and I don't hear the fan as much. Double win.
Cons: - Only 4GB of memory so you're stuck either paying Apple $100 to upgrade to 8GB or to buy your own kit. Unsure if it's actually capable of supporting 16GB, as Apple doesn't offer it as an upgrade.
- 5400RPM hard-drive is kind of slow but OSX is pretty snappy and good at indexing so it at least seems to operate faster than the 5400RPM on my Windows computer.. still you probably want to upgrade this to with an SSD or at least 2.5" 7200RPM HDD.
- Limited I/O, not major concern but it is frustrating that mic-in is not supported and you either need USB or line-in microphones (or use the horrible built in mic)
- Warranty is void if components are exchanged (installing new RAM or storage drive)
Other Thoughts: The "Edjookated Consumer" is less informed than he thinks he is. I bid you good luck to find another computer with the same specs, in as thin a design, as small a power adapter, with as good quality.
Pretty much all the other windows laptops I've come across with the same specs are:
- Extremely heavy and thick
- 17" screen
- Poor quality (numerous reviews complaining of poor security on the drives, poor battery life, overheating, artifacting or dead pixels, etc.)
The ones that have good reviews and are on par with the same specs... guess what, they cost about the same as the MBP.
I hope future OSX releases make similar changes as iOS7 is making - I'm not a fan of the textures they use like that grey fabric and making windows look like they're 3D. Would much prefer a flat, sleeker design for the interface. But the operating system itself is still much faster than Windows.. not sure about Linux, haven't spent much time using it.
I would've got a Retina MBP except I really don't have any need for a higher pixel density than my eyes can detect... my 1920x1080 23" monitor looks perfectly crisp to me, so I can't imagine why I'd need 2880x1800 on a 15" screen. 1440x900 looks just fine to me.
Around 5x faster than my previous MacBook in multi-threaded tasks and 2-3x faster in single-threaded (was a 13" Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz).
All in all, I would recommend this computer to anyone short of those who just want a gaming computer... although you could always just install Windows 7 through Bootcamp so you have both.
Some people just don't understand the concept of "You get what you pay for".
This review is from: Roxio Game Capture HD Pro
Pros: - The captured video is good quality
- The interface of the software is quite good
- The price
Cons: - Both the capture and editing software this comes with freezes extremely frequently and pressing End Task in task manager won't even quit it sometimes
- Pass-through image has just a little bit of fuzziness around very bright colours
- Requires a fair bit of adjusting the Brightness & Contrast settings on both your monitor and in the capture software (since the settings there affect the pass-through image) to get a good balance of good picture in the recording and for you while you play
- Only records 60 fps from component, not from HDMI (not a huge complaint for me)
Other Thoughts: Can't complain about the picture quality of this. I should have realized that for $130 this wasn't going to be as good as an ElGato or something. The software it comes with freezes and crashes very regularly in spite of being on a relatively powerful computer.
I would recommend you save up a bit extra and get an ElGato, Black Magic, or AverMedia depending on your setup and steer clear of the Roxio Gamecap HD Pro.
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