Post # 1
SO’s been eyeing a MacBook for a long time now and I’m thinking of buying it for him for Christmas this year. I think of it as my “ering gift” to him, since he will be purchasing my ering 🙂
Do you have the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? If you do, do you have the 13 or 15 inch? Pros? Cons? How do you like it? I think it’s soooo nice!
Post # 3
@NYCkindaBee: I have a 13″ Macbook Pro! before that, a I had a 13″ Macbook (for 7 years, longer than i’ve ever had any prior laptop) and before that I had an 11″ Macbook…you might be noticing a trend! Haha. Needless to say, I love it. I think the size is a personal choice. I always tend towards the smaller ones for ease of transport, but I prefer the Macbook Pro to the Air because it has a CD drive, more USB ports, etc.
ETA: looks like the Pro with retina display doesnt have a CD drive…that’s kind of a bummer.
Post # 4
I have a MacBook Pro, and it’s alright. for the price, it’s honestly not a super epic computer or anything, although it is a very stable machine. Though there are many programs and games you cannot run on it, which really bothers me, personally.
Mine is 15″, which I think is a good size, but it is a bit heavy. Though that probably wouldn’t be a problem for a guy.
The things I don’t particularly like about the newest model of the computer is that it does not come with a DVD/CD player. The MacBook Air does not have one either. And also, the fan vents are kind of inadequate, so the battery does tend to heat up really fast if it’s covered.
Post # 5
I have a 15″ MacBook Pro. I like it but it has this super annoying issue. If you plug in headphones, the speakers may stop working so you’ll only be able to hear sound if you have the headphones plugged in. Then, all of a sudden, it just corrects itself eventually.
Someone put headphones in the comp a few months ago and it still hasn’t fixed itself. Some people fix it with a matchstick or by putting the headphones in and out a million times but I can’t be bothered.
Overall I’m happy with it though. I think that’s a great gift idea. I imagine he’ll be very pleased.
Post # 6
I have the Air and LOVE it. I hear Pro is better as function (more for designers, programmers, etc.), but I love the lightness of the Air and use it SO much. It’s so light, it can go anywhere!
Post # 7
The girl I used to tutor had a Macbook Air and it broke all the time. The touchpad was hard to use. I have a Macbook Pro 15″ from 2010 and I LOVE it. I had one from 2006 that I sold in 2010 for $900. Try selling any PC laptop four years into owning it for that much money…you can’t.
I didn’t know, though, that the new ones don’t have a CD/DVD slot…that’s ridiculous. It’s not 2033…it’s only 2013!
Post # 8
my FH has a 15″ Pro with a retina display that is absolutely beautiful! I wish I could upgrade mine! I have a 13″ Pro from 2012 I think, and before that I had the Air, but it broke on me:/ I’m pretty hard on my stuff though. I think the new Pros are a lot easier to use than the Air (have ports for everything etc), and aren’t too terribly heavy.
Post # 9
I have a 13inch MacBook Pro and I LOVE it. Seriously, no complaints.
My DH says the downside to the 13 inch is that you cant get the Matte screen… It doesn’t bother me though. 🙂
Post # 10
@shadowedpixie: Seriously? A Macbook Pro 15″ weighs like 6 pounds. Get to the gym!
Post # 11
I LOVE my Macbook Pro 13″. I went through so many computer problems, until I got my Mac. I have had not one problem in over a year. Go for it!
Post # 12
I have a 15″ air and I lovvee it. So light! Before this I had a 18″ (I think) PowerBook, so I couldn’t go down to the 13″. It just seems too tiny to me, and now it seems barely bigger than the iPad so I’m glad I didn’t get it.
I use mine just for fun – surfing the net, wedding stuff, emails – nothing major. But I like it for that, and I like that it’s light enough to easily move/take to starbucks/whatever. My powerbook was HEAVY (it was ’05). Also, the air has a USB hard drive (or something like that…I’m so not techy) which my tech-brained little brother says is good if you drop it ever because there isn’t as much stuff moving around (or something? Again, I’m not techy at all). And I’m a klutz…so….
At first I thought I’d miss not having a CD/DVD slot, but…I haven’t. Ever. And you can always buy an external one for $30.
Post # 13
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@peachacid: Try carrying it a half-mile to and from the metro on your commute, or in your carry-on bag running through ATL. It’s heavy.
@NYCkindaBee: I’ll be totally honest with you. I have been a Mac user since I started college almost 8 years ago. I (my fault) destroyed my first Macbook and the replacement came with barely enough RAM to run word processing software and the internet at the same time.
I upgraded to a 15″ Pro when I started design school, because like at least one PP said, I thought it was a better machine. Since then, my hard drive has failed, twice (not my fault) and my power cord stopped functioning. To Apple’s credit, these were all fixed, thanks to AppleCare, but the first time, the person helping me forgot to check the repair in, and I was without my computer for three extra days. Granted, not the end of the world, but mid-semester, it’s an inconvenience.
Also, given that certain software used for design purposes is not even available for Mac, I have had to install Windows and switch back and forth between operating systems….that probably doesn’t apply to your SO, but it’s just another reason my next computer will not be a Mac.
I will add that I was once an Apple groupie, and that my FI and I own between us a 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro, iPad 2, iPhone 4S and 2 iPhone 5s. I also know people who swear by their Apple products and have had zero issues. Unfortunately, that’s not me.
Post # 14
Thanks ladies!!! Definitely leaning toward the Pro rather than the Air! Stinks that there isn’t a CD drive, but then again I don’t remember the last time SO’s used the CD drive on his current laptop. The USB ports on the Pro will be good for SO too.
ETA: I should add that SO will be using this for everyday things like email, surfing the web…no graphic design or anything like that. We have the iPad 2 and iPhone, so I know he’ll love having an Apple laptop for syncing etc.
Post # 15
@StL.Ashley: Good to know! Thanks! 🙂
@lizzieb: Dang that sucks, with what happened with your experience :/. Good to know!
Post # 16
I would spurge and get the macbook pro. Usually the pro is a nice computer… usually.I would also spend the $300 to get the apple care. You may not have to use it but if you do it is so worth the cost.