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So i recently purchased the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, and it is honestly the best computer i have ever used. I have tried the normal MacBook Pro in the past and don't get me wrong it's an amazing computer but if you have the extra £300 i woudn't hesitate on upgrading.
Firstly this model, although still 15inch is alot slimmer and lighter than the already slim MacBooks. It looks stunning, the screen is almost untrue, i'm not just saying this but you really have to see it to believe it. Im not usually into the HD hype, for example i can't tell any differance between blu ray and normal DVD's, but this time is really is great and it also doesn't appear to strain your eyes as much, i can comfortably use this for hours on end without my eyes starting to hurt.
Okay so speed wise, it comes with 8gb of 1600Mhz ram standard! Which is amazing and you shoudn't need any more really, i use Logic on this for music production and even that runs fine with the 8gb. I would only sugest upgrading if you plan on useing multiple high memory consuming programes at the same time such as for music production or video editing. If you do wan't to upgrade, the memory can be doubled for £180 to 16gb, which really would be enough for anyone whatever they do. It has only 250gb ish of HD space though and i would say upgrade this to atleast 500gb if you can.
The ports on the Mac include the 'MagSafe' charging port, an ethernet, firewire, thunderbolt, and also 2 USB 3.0 ports. Depending on which model you buy you also have line in/out and memory card ports.
As i said it is well designed and light and so is easy enough to carry around with you and set up anywhere, the battery life is also good, it says 7 hours, personally i get about 6 out of it while working, which isn't bad at all for a MacBook in my experience. It also has a backlit keyboard that makes it just as easy to use in a dark room, such as late at night or on a late train etc.
As you would expect it may take some getting use to if you come from a PC background but overall as with all macs it is easy to use and if you order now you will get a free upgrade to the new OS X Mountain Lion operating system which is due for release soon. Also included in the package is all the standards - Mail, Address Book, iCal, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Safari, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime, but also iLife which includes iPhoto, iMovie and Garage band so there really is no need for anything else to get you going.
You do get a 1 year warranty and also 90 days free telephone support to get you started, but i would advise buying AppleCare which isn't cheap, but does give you 3 years on guarenteed parts and labour support for your mac, which could end up saving you alot of money.
Lastly i know the price is high, but i would say it is worth the money, in my opinion the best computer you could get on the market without going into £2,000+. Also i would upgrade the memory and storage as much as you can afford as it will save anything that may need to be done later.
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