Apple MacBook Pro : User Review

by Rajitha


Before about one year to start my university degree programme, I entered¬†to develop software and websites.Therefore I decided to purchase a notebook for my purposes. Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch(Early 2015) model ¬†was my choice. It is thinner and lighter, the silver colour finish¬†is very attractive.There are excellent hardware features,software features and data security options in this notebook. Those features moved me to purchase this notebook. I purchased my notebook from FutureWord ¬†Apple Authorized Reseller. Now, about two years have passed after my purchase and still I'm using my notebook. Read more details about Apple MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 13 inch  


Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch model  contains a built-in  49.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery.In following facts,the battery life is described according to the user activities.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life,when using wireless web.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life,when using ¬†iTunes movie playback.
  • Up to 30 days of standby time.
A 61W USB-C power adapter was received with this notebook.It takes about 2-3 hours to charge from 0% to 100%. Normally I use to charge my laptop when the battery level is about 20% and I charge it up to about 98% percent. It takes about one and half hours to charge according to that pattern. Battery is one of the most important equipment in the laptop for my purposes because I am doing software and web development. In my development process, I need to code,run and test my applications. To run required applications  for a long time,a  good battery life is important. According to my experiences, I can satisfy about the battery life for my purposes.


The screen size of Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch model is 13.3 inch(diagonal) and it is very thin. The notebook is not much heavier. Therefor it's easy to carry in travelling purposes.The retina display and  the LED backlight are wonderful features.Following hardware features are available in my notebook.
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 8GB 1867 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536MB
  • 251 GB HDD
  • 2560*1600 maximum resolution.
Well performed processor speed,RAM and attractive graphical options are excellent for my continues works in software and web development. Following options are available to connect external devices to this notebook.
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ¬†(USB-C) ports
  • Two USB ports
  • One HDMI port
  • One audio port
  • One power port
The Thunderbolt port can use as a charging port or a display port. If we talk about the keyboard and touchpad of my notebook,the full size keyboard contains an ambient light sensor.The touchpad enables force clicks, accelerators and pressure-sensitive drawing. In data communication, Wifi and Bluetooth technologies are available in the notebook. The 720p FaceTime HD camera is performed well during video conversations. Otherwise there are two microphones are available in the notebook. Although there are above facts, sometimes the notebook get heated specially if we are using too much RAM. I noticed that fact about 4 or 5 times until now.


I'm glad to say that still I didn't get any kind of large problems in my notebook.There were some problems when I'm trying to connect my dongle with the notebook. But still these problems haven't noticed in a large scale. Even though two years have been passed after purchasing the notebook, still its performing speed and memory management features are not reduced. The physical strength of the device is in a good condition. According to my experiences,the physical connection between the components of the notebook is well safe. If you follow the safety instructions, the device's durability may be in a good condition.


User Friendly Environment

I mostly glad about the processor speed and the RAM capacity of my notebook. It's excellent when I am doing advanced projects which require higher memory capacities. Rarely the system was terminated during the projects. My notebook came with OS X Yosemite Operating System. It's a very user friendly operating system. The graphical preferences of the operating system and the notebook provide an attractive environment to work. As a web developer, I could view my applications with higher performances of graphics. I think that the OS X operating system is one of the best feature which come with the notebook. Without the OS X operating system, the hardware options of graphics will not be useful as my decision.

Video Conversation Features

As my experiences, Apple MacBook Pro has excellent options in video conversations. 720 p FaceTime webcam with the microphones provide well performed video and audio options. FaceTime Application provides wonderful experiences in live video conversations. The audio output features provide high quality sounds in video conversations.

Security Settings

Due to the best features of security options specially when using the internet, I use my notebook for many online works and transactions. There are very useful options in Network and Firewall settings which can be activate or deactivate manually. These options contains internet user account management,parental control options,file sharing options etc. Apple's keychain option is one of the best option that provide security to store username,passwords and credit card details.



One of the worst thing about Apple MacBook Pro Notebook is it's price.I spend about 1450 USD to purchase my notebook. I think its difficult to handle this price for many people even though they are interesting in  this product. Therefore a person should have  a good financial background to purchase this notebook.

Bluetooth Settings

Apple MacBook  Pro provides bluetooth options only for connecting another Apple devices. This fact put  me in trouble in many situations when I need to communicate with another person's device. If Apple devices are not available for others, I need to use email options to receive what I need. To connect a mobile phone with the notebook, the user should have an iPhone. That's worst because the ability to connecting a mobile phone with the notebook is essential in many situations.

Connecting external devices

I  had problems when I try to connect my HUAWEI dongle with the notebook. When I was trying to connect  them, the notebook was restarted sometimes. Sometimes that happened twice continuously. If I was doing another work during that time, it would put me in trouble.  I have noticed some internet connection breakdowns also when I 'm using my dongle with the notebook.As previously, the notebook was restarted. I never so that problem when I am connecting the same dongle with another different brand notebook.


Even though Apple MacBook Pro is very expensive, It's an excellent notebook with great features. I have seen a lot of unique attributes for Apple devices rather than other devices. Specially when handling the graphical features, I think Apple is the best artist. I explained many of my experiences about the notebook related to  my programming purposes, but the notebook is not only for that purpose. High performing  graphical options, High performing processor speed and RAM,user friendly environment etc may surely  support any other purposes such as graphic designing,video editing,document preparing etc. Long lasting battery life and the great durability prepared me a relaxed environment to continue my works. Mostly I feel comfortable when using the product's options. If you think that this product is not much suitable for your works, you can check out other notebook products of Apple. As an example Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch model also available. You can check out other products from here: Apple Mac Products