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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display ME866LL/A Intel Core i5 2.60GHz (4th Gen Haswell) 8GB Memory 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage SSD 13.3
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Pros: Great size, great battery, excellent keyboard, ability to run Windows various ways no stutter when running Parrallles and bootcamp works flawlessly.

Cons: No speakers on the side like the 15"
Some SD card readers/USB drives will stick out even with some of those that would be hidden on the 15"
Macbook Air has better battery, but at the cost of performance

Other Thoughts: Great laptop. Battery lasts about 7 hours with average work use. Size is great for travel or on the go. I run Windows 7 via a separate program called Parallels which is great, but you can also use Apple's native "bootcamp" which is great if your don't have to switch between environments.

Two things that I'd like to point out in reference to the 13".

1. The SD card slot is closer tp the keyboard then the 15". This is primarily because the 13" doesn't have the speakers on the site that the 15" does. Where this becomes a problem is if you are thinking of buying one of those compact SD to SD Mini card readers to permanently leave you SD card plugged in for additional space. Problem with the 13" is that they don't make anything to "hide" the SD with this small footprint. Even the compact SD card readers (and usb) stick out quite a bit. If you have it in your lap or want to through it in your bag without removing the SD card this could be an issue. If you go with the 15", then it would hide just about flush with the laptop and you would probably never have to remove it, allowing you to use it as permanent storage.

2. The RAM is non upgradeable in all the new MACBOOKS. I suggest if you need more then the default 8GB then you custom order from the Apple.com store.

Overall, I am extremely happy with this as a secondary travel/work computer.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable
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4 out of 5 eggs Pretty Nice! 08/01/2013

This review is from: NVIDIA SHIELD Portable

Pros: Great "feel", PC streaming, sound, screen,

PC streaming I guess will vary by user. I have 2 GT670 GPUs and an Asus AC--66U router. I experienced no noticeable lag, but did have a few times where it pixelated a little for maybe a second.

Sound quality is amazing for a portable device. It's loud and clear with no distortion when I blast music or play games.

Cons: Device is definitely a niche product. It's not for everyone is and is a hefty investment if you don't already have a Nvidia Kepler GPU. It's heavy for a "portable", but I sorta like that it feels like a quality product. My other complaints are that Android games aren't that good right now. If developers start making games for this specific interface then all will be good.

Other Thoughts: Like I said, it's a niche product. If however, you are at all interested in the PC streaming it's well worth it provided your equipment is compatible.

I'm excited for the Android future of this things IF developers jump on board. For now, I'm mostly using it to stream games to when I'm in the living room or bedroom.

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Display Name: Oswaldo S.

Date Joined: 11/30/09

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 08/01/13
  • Last Review: 01/02/15
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