you can get a better Windows laptop for over $1000 less than this crap. Why people continue to overpay for a piece of junk with a fancy logo attached to it is beyond me. And don't even start with the 'b..b..but Apple is used by Artists and Designers all over the world!!1!" bullshit. Those guys are stupid. There is absolutely NOTHING an Apple computer can do better than any generic Windows PC these days.
Let's be honest here...
This is a 13.3" MacBook Pro with Retina display, latest processor (Haswell), 256 GB SSD (actually is a PCI-e SSD which is twice as fast as popular SATA versions) and 8 GB RAM that we are talking about not a cheap PC laptop that retails for under $500. If you want to compare apples to apples (no pun intended), you need to compare a PC laptop with IPS display and similar specs.
BH Photo video also sell comparable PC laptops but they will be more expensive than the MacBook Pro ($1424). The closest PC laptop with similar specs but slower Haswell processor comes in at ($1499). Please see link.
Noob talk! Most people buy Macbook don't really know what they are getting, same goes to most Window laptop buyers. Same goes to this user.
256GB SSD priced at $150+, 8GB RAM $60+, TOTAL COST IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO $1000
If you look at the hardwares in these Macbook, they "ARE OVERPRICED." But there is no doubt the engineering and design decisions went into these laptop are crazy good. And NO, Designers and photographers did not pick Mac because of the LCD quality or color or whatever. REAL designers and photographers choose Apple laptops over Windows laptop for the OS.
Whether one chose Windows laptops or Macbooks is a personal preference and should consider based on their needs. As a software developer, I have purchased and gave away many Windows laptops and Macbook pros in the past years and I continue to use both OS. And I almost always travel with my old school 5 years old netbook with a light weight Linux OS. So, I really dislike people talk down on $300 laptops. I have a $50 Raspberry Pie running a NAS server that can beat any Macbook or Windows laptop.
So, in conclusion, just get what you are comfortable paying and look at your needs. Macbook's are great, so are Windows PC, and even and tiny Raspberry Pie is awesome.
Find me a PC laptop for under $1000 with similar specs as the MacBook Pro in this thread and then we can debate this in fair terms.
Bought this exact model and specs just a while ago, the screen is obviously amazing but the model seems to have issues with the bluetooth (and sometimes WIFI as well!), I wasn't able to connect my bluetooth speaker to the computer at all, ended up having to use a wire for my bluetooth speaker, kind of annoying since I switched from my older (working) bluetooth laptop to upgrade.. Oh well.
Great price though in my opinion, think I paid about $1600 for mine in mid december.
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