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Pros: Its a mac, prestige, looks, w/e else is associated with the mac name.
Stable, simple to use operating system.
lots of apps
Good Digital Audio Codec (DAC) for clean sound.
Cons: price, duh
graphics card cannot handle resolution spec whatsoever, if you have any knowlege at all about graphic cards, you'd know the gtx 650 mobile is low end by today's standards for laptops in this price range.
If you seriously think this is one of the best laptops out there, in this price range, you are either a serious computer noob that grew up with apple or just some clueless consumer with money to spend that's heavily influenced by friends. Like all these other reviewers that think they are getting
Do yourself a favor, search up other laptops in this price range, and you'll see a beastly processor, a beastly SSD, a beastly graphics card, best of all, it wont even cost as much as this, the secret is to buy laptops with good hardware, and install the operating system of your choice on it. YES you can have IOS on a stronger reliable laptop thats cheaper than this laptop even after adding the cost of the IOS.
Other Thoughts: got this for my wife, was thoroughly not impressed at all. besides the battery life, operating system and mediocre SSD and the so called Retina screen which is a major marketing gimmick, like peak power vs RMS true power ratings in car audio. Nothing from this laptop warrants the 2.6k price tag, its worth at most 1.6k from the hardware and software.
Remember, Just because its from apple, doesn't make it the best item on the market. Like bose and beats by dre audio, overmarketed, over-hyped by people. REMEMBER people are VERY biased towards the product that they shelled out thousands of dollars for, they will never admit that its a mediocre product because it will just make them look silly(in they minds)
Pros: meant for htpc but just for kicks, tested - Skyrim on ultra, anisotropic filtering off, Anti aliasing x4 all other options tacked on, running at 1600 x 900 with 55-60 fps stable.
gets a 7.3 out of 7.9 cpu score on windows index.
6.4 out of 7.9 in GPU scores on the index.
cheap compared to what intel's offering at this price.
an Okay quad core + an integrated card thats strong as a 50 dollar card.
Cons: -horrible heatsink
-overheating causes CPU to under perform.
-cant go cheap with a motherboard/psu
Other Thoughts: technically 4.5 stars not 5 because of the crazy temps with the stock fan. it was idling around 45 and maxing out at 96 degress celcius after 5 MINUTES of prime 95, i'm pretty darn sure that it has to do with the cheap msi fm2 board i got for 50 dollars here on newegg.
I built this htpc for my family's living room having a 200$ budget. I used parts from an old pentium 3 dell such as the case, hard drive, cd drive and 300w power supply.
the high temps are most likely due to the poor quality power supply and cheap motherboard those two parts are underrated, make sure you give them enough budget room if your planning on a long term build.
I had to buy a cooler master 212 evo plus for it, the idle temperature is higher at 50*c but max temps are now at 70 after several hours of prime95. problems gone,
The computer's more than my family could ever hope for, even plays PCSX2 (PS2) emulators and older systems for all the kids visiting our house.
very good APU for budget gamers, dont even bother getting the Radeon HD 6670 to crossfire with, its a horrible card thats not worth the money. The onboard graphics by itself scores a 668 passmark rating, the 6670 cost 60$ has a rating of 1003 crossfired. Spend 25 dollars more and get the HD 7750 and you get a rating of 1586 which is waay better for the money. Hell, since you saved soo much on a processor, Look up the hd 7770 or 7850 and you wont have to worry about upgrades for years.
Pros: every modern GPU Intensive game played with waaaaay over 60 FPS yes that includes bf3 and crysis 2 and even console emulators which actually stressed the card more than crysis 2.
It worked wonders even with my old 300 watt stock hp pavilion PSU but now that i upgraded to a 730 watt psu, the graphics got even better... i didn't think it was even possible to look better than before.. it was coming alive.
paired with gigabyte 970 ud3 board
AMD FX 8320 processor overclocked to 4.2ghz
raidmax 730 watt psu
8g 1600 ddr3 ram
Cons: sorta power hungry but its what you should expect when buying higher tier cards.
pretty darn hot temperatures. on max load i get 68 degrees C NOTE: i took off the heatsink and replaced the thermal compound with some spare Arctic silver 5 laying around and the temps dropped to 64*C on load so replace the stock thermal grease ASAP.
Other Thoughts: the orange color of the card always makes me freak out and thinking to myself that the card burnt out every time i look at it lol.READ FULL REVIEW