Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review :MacBook Pro 101 – Once You Go Mac, You Never Go Back!

For: Build quality, Timeless looks, Battery life, OS, Brand image.
Against: Expensive, Limited upgrade options, Problem in getting used to Mac if you were once a windows fan boy.

The MacBook Pro 101 is available in India in various models – 13inch and 15inch with option of LED or Retina display and different range of processors.  The one I am talking about is the MacBook Pro 101 with 13.3 inch LED display, 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. This particular model retails for Rs. 75,000.

Few days back when I had my hands on a Mac Book Pro 101, the first question came to my mind was that what’s the most common difference between any laptop and a MacBook?

A MacBook is just not a laptop; it is an accessory which makes you stand apart from others!

Another question which popped up was that why people buy a Macbook which is priced almost twice as any other laptop available in the market?

There are many reasons – its design, build quality, OS, battery life, snob value and what not!  It’s a wonderful machine with a character.

Design, Build Quality & Display

It would not be wrong to say that MacBook Pro is one of the best looking laptops money can buy these days.  The looks are simply timeless yet contemporary.  It is the design of this laptop which makes it stands out from the crowd. The biggest strength of a MacBook is its aluminium unibody construction. Though the laptop is not very light weighing around 2 kg but due to the sleek unibody construction it just feels fine. On the top lid you will find a backlit apple logo which glows when the machine is switched on. 

The 13.3” LED display is finely laminated and integrated in the panel. Maximum resolution offered by the screen is 1280x800 with aspect ratio of 4:3. Colour production, image quality, color saturation, sharpness, contrast ratios are perfect on this screen. Screen is quite easy on eyes even upon using the MacBook for extended periods of time. A 720p FaceTime HD camera is integrated on the top of the display panel. It offers excellent image quality and video calling is crisp and clear.

If you turn down the MacBook, you will be surprised to see that there are no exhaust vents unlike other laptops and cooling is solely dependent on the system fan expelling air from the back panel attaching the display of the system. No heating issues were there under normal operating conditions.

Speakers, Ports, Keyboard & Drives

MacBook pro’s stereo speakers surprisingly offers very good audio quality. They are sufficient loud for day to day videos, movies and media playback. On the left side, you will find various ports including the charging port, Ethernet port, couple of USB ports, firewall ports, Thunderbolt port , 3.5mm headphone port,  etc. Some users may not find only two USB ports sufficient for their use but that’s all what apple has to offer. Along with these ports, it also comes with a SDXC card slot and Kensington lock slot for security purposes.

 The keyboard layout is a bit different but is very easy to use and ergonomically it is just perfect. The backlit keyboard makes typing much easier and lessens the stress on your eyes in low lighting conditions. The Full-size backlit keyboard comes with 78 (US) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys with ambient light sensor.The Multi-Touch track pad is super smooth to use for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap and drag capabilities. MacBook pro 101 comes with 8x Optical SuperDrive.

Performance, OS & Battery life.

The MacBook 101 is equipped with 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache and 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory. For storage purpose it comes with a 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive. Graphics are handled by on-board Intel HD Graphics 4000.

The MacBook pro 101 comes with OS X Mountain Lion which apple claims to be the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. Most Windows computers are very open to viruses while this is not the case with the Mac. The OS has been able to lessen any chance of getting a virus and helps in running the system stably and smoothly. If you are a Windows user, it will take a little time in getting used to the overall interface and functionality of the operating system but it is easy to use and will not take a long time. 

With Mac App store you can install various useful apps available on the app store. It comes preinstalled with Safari web browser, photo booth, facetime camera app, iTunes and many more. Xcode which is the integrated development environment for developing iOS applications works perfectly only on a genuine Mac OS. So MacBook pro is a must laptop for iOS developers.

The Built-in 63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery offers Up to 7 hours wireless web which is just fantastic and you won’t be looking for a power outlet that often. The battery is non-user replaceable and has to be changed from workshop only in case any change is required.


If you have the budget of around 75k then look no further than a MacBook Pro 101. It is a fantastic laptop which makes you stand out from the crowd. It is also available with 2.9GHz dual core i7 processor and 2.3 GHz quad core i7 processor as options. But for most applications the 2.5 GHz dual core i5 processor model will be sufficient.

Ratings (out of 5 stars)

Build Quality *****
Screen ****
Performance ****
Value for Money **
Overall ****

1 comment:

Iphonesia said...

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)