The Best Companion of a Travelling Student? MacBook Pro!

01/05/2012 18:13

Since last April I’ve been a rather satisfied user of the well-known MacBook Pro. The computer, made by Apple, is known for a good build quality, respectable tech specs and an operating system tailored to the hardware that runs it. Let’s try to take a look at the model I bought a couple of months ago: the early-2011 model with a 13-inch display.

 

Down to the motherboard, the latest model is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor, built on the powerful technology codenamed Sandy Bridge. Not the newest processor, but still one which accommodates regular users’ needs with ease. In addition, the motherboard contains an integrated graphics card which can handle all common activities from watching HD videos to playing mid-class games. The motherboard also sports the all-new Thunderbolt, a high-speed port that aims to replace the now-popular USB standard. As for the peripherals, they are of really good quality. The display is perhaps the best one I’ve ever seen. It has beautifully vivid colours and its backlight is strong enough to compensate for the glossy screen in bad lighting conditions (such as when using the computer while sitting outside). Also the backlit island-style keyboard (meaning it has little space surrounding each key) is pleasant to type on, with the added bonus of subtle white glow of the letters in the dark. Perhaps the only thing that I am not satisfied with is the fact that the keyboard does not seem to notice when a certain key is pressed with lower intensity, but perhaps this is a matter of typing technique. Finally, the touchpad with its multi-touch gestures is a joy to use, and I got immediately sold after using it for a short period of time.

 

There are two more things worth mentioning: the exceptional battery life (which ranges from 5.5 to 8 hours under normal workload - browsing web, listening to music and using office apps) and the operating system, known as OS X. The version that came with the computer (10.6) disappointed me a bit, mainly because, as a long-term Windows and Linux user, I had expected to be able to do common file-management tasks within seconds. However, some activities such as working with hidden files should really be simpler, because resorting to typing commands in terminal is really awkward in the era of graphical interfaces. This hasn’t changed in the new OS X 10.7, either. However, it has gained a couple of new features that, among other things, make access to installed applications easier and more stylish than before. Sadly, OS X does not support my MP3 player and, as a student, I wouldn’t like to spend a lot of money on an iPod when my old box still works, so I was forced to put in Linux along OS X to be able to sync my music library. Oh, and by the way, OS X also freezes. But not too often, so this can be forgiven, especially because it happens almost exclusively in high-load situations.

 

The overall experience with Mac is certainly a polished one. Mac has something that many computers from other manufacturers lack: elegance hidden in simplicity. There is only one thing I really did not like about Mac: the price tag. But anyway, the deal I made in April could certainly be considered a worthy one because, by that time, one had problems finding a decent computer suitable for work and studies with solid chassis and such a brilliant display that would cost less. So, fear no more, if you want a *really* polished experience, exceptional hardware and high mobility, get a Mac.

Martin Kolenič

 

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Date: 02/05/2012

By: goo

Subject: lol

"as a student, I wouldn’t like to spend a lot of money on an iPod" :) a ten mac si ako mozes dovolit, mato? :)

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