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Pros: All updated hardware except for the processor and ram. The processor is 2.5Ghz and plenty fast with a turbo mode to 3.1Ghz.
right now you can take this one and the three higher priced in sequence and it goes from;
this model Model: MD101LL/A 500GB HHD
Model: MF839LL/A $1299.99 128GB SSD 8 gig ram
Model: MF840LL/A $1499.99 256GB SSD 8 gig ram
Model: MF841LL/A $1799.99 512GB SSD 8 gig ram
The only difference is that they have a Retina display which isn't an improvement unless you use the highest resolution and that makes the print smaller also it improves it so well but the human eye can only detect so much of the improvement if any. The other differences are the SSD solid state drives which is actually a thumb drive that is faster higher capacity more than the regular thumb drives. The three other models are all identical except as shown the drives take a step up on each model.
You can swap the drives but the ram is soldered and cannot be upgraded to 16 gig which all of the listed models are capable of using, I install 16Gigs of PNY Ram for 55$ and installed a PNY SSD 240GB drive for 59$, if you take any of the other models listed you will not find any significant differences in the operation of this MBP. NONE!. It has the same hardware except for the processor and Ram, it has the USB3 ports, 4.4 Bluetooth and the list just goes on.
I have not yet heard the fan come on and I get over 9 hours of battery surfing the web, the bottom of the computer doesn't even get warm, its amazing!
You hear from those that just do not realize that this isn't the same model as the 2012 model it came out with, it has that in it's name to describe the MB. No it's not four years old, mine was made in May 2016 & I bought it in June, take your serial number to the Apple site and you can get a build date. This is also the only MB that has a DVD/RW for those that need to create Logs, backups and Movies etc.
If you do not want the DVD you can add another SSD with no GB limit for 40$ plus the drive in it's place and get an external DVD or keep it and get an external SSD.
I cannot speak highly enough for this MBP, it is by far the best one you can upgrade for your hard earned money if you just use it for photo editing and internet operations. I paid 899$ on sale, SSD 59$ and the 16 gig ram 55$ and got a monster of a MacBook Pro for 1013$.
Cons: I can't think of one
Other Thoughts: I could list more but too tired of typing it all.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have had this a month and it works fine, it boots my MacBook Pro in 13secs which it was booting in 52sec with the factory HHD. I put the Samsung Pro side to side with this and the Samsung barely beats it on paper and I can not see paying almost three times what I paid for this to get the Samsung when boot times may be 12sec compared to 13 if it could knock off a sec which I doubt it would, one second is a long time when compared to electronic speeds. We are still in single digit computer speeds still after 35years of computing and only up to 4Ghz.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this highlyREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: nice price, easy connect
Other Thoughts: installed in Gateway SX2800, you have to install the micro-bracket; running win7. install card then installed driver cd, after installing driver manually restart your computer.READ FULL REVIEW