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85

A little stale, but still worth the upgrade

85

Mountain Lion's 200-plus new features add up to a welcome upgrade at a nice price point.

Critic reviews

8.4
20 reviews
  • Ease of use
    7.9
  • Speed
    8.0
  • Configurability
    8.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    8.2
  • Openness
    7.0

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User reviews

8.4
112 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jul 25, 2012

Does Mountain Lion justify its $20 price tag? Yes. Of course it does. If you're an OS X user with a reasonably new piece of hardware, stop what you're doing and upgrade now.

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9.0
Macworld Jul 25, 2012

Mountain Lion is the next step after Lion. It’s Apple’s current state of the art. If you’re running Lion (or even if you’re a holdout running Snow Leopard), I recommend hopping on board.

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9.0
GigaOM Jul 25, 2012

It costs $20 and is well worth it ... It hides all the blemishes of Lion and instead it offers up an experience that is contemporary. Mountain Lion is the desktop OS of the moment.

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8.0
CNET Jul 25, 2012

Though it's not a complete system or interface overhaul, Mountain Lion's improved core apps and new features make it well worth the $19.99 price.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 25, 2012

OS X Mountain Lion marries some of the best aspects of the iPad with lots of innovative new features to make owning a Mac even more satisfying.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jul 25, 2012

For people who already use iPhones, iPads or iPod touches, many of the new features in Mountain Lion will feel like second nature. ... this operating system’s focus on smart sharing and overall integration with social networks makes it a pleasure to use.

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8.0
New York Times Jul 25, 2012

Over all, then, Mountain Lion is a gentle, thoughtful upgrade. All 200 new features? No, not really. But 10 that you’ll use every day? For $20? Yes.

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6.0
Gizmodo Jul 25, 2012

Even at $20, most consumers will not find Mountain Lion worth the upgrade. And it doesn't seem to speed up your Mac. People looking for things like Twitter integration and Cloud storage should get it. Everyone else, you can save your coins.

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9.0
SlashGear Jul 25, 2012

iCloud is the glue that makes iPhone, iPad and, now with Mountain Lion, Mac, each act as an extension of the same holistic whole. If you love your Mac, OS X Mountain Lion is a no-brainer upgrade.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 25, 2012

There is little to complain about here if you are already using OS X Lion, and the £13.99 is well spent -more so if you use an iPhone or an iPod.

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9.0
Mashable Jul 25, 2012

This is a tremendously feature-rich upgrade from Apple, one that breathes new life into a 12-year-old OS — and more than makes up for Lion ... Mac OS and the iOS are now joined at the hip in a dozen meaningful ways.

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9.0
ABC News Jul 25, 2012

For the price of those cups of coffee, you get a modern operating system, which more than any other right now gives you a continuous computing experience with your phone and tablet.

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8.0
Time Jul 25, 2012

People have been praising Apple for seamlessly melding hardware, software and services for so long that it’s practically a cliché. But OS X 10.8 makes it feel like a fresh idea all over again–and the more Apple gear you own, the more you’ll get out of it.

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10
T3 Jul 25, 2012

If OS X Mountain Lion was a cuddly but unexceptional beast, at this price it would still be worth having. But the truth is it’s a powerful and worthwhile upgrade with lots of nifty features and improvements.

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8.0
The Telegraph Jul 25, 2012

Mountain Lion represents an upgrade that makes it much easier to work seamlessly between Apple devices and simplifies more of the tedious tasks of computer maintenance.

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8.0
Daring Fireball Jul 25, 2012

Mountain Lion isn’t billed as a blockbuster release, and it isn’t priced like one. It’s just nicer. And it’s the little things, the attention to detail, that show it best.

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8.0
TUAW Jul 25, 2012

Mountain Lion is certainly a worthy upgrade that, whilst it doesn't contain any life-changing upgrades over Lion, makes OS X a more productive operating system than ever before in a value-for-money package.

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8.0
USA Today Jul 25, 2012

The collective changes in Mountain Lion are worth the relatively modest $19.99 price to upgrade, though you'll have to wait for some features.

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7.0
baileylo baileylo

Mountain Lion is a decent OS; it's reasonably priced. My main issues with Mountain Lion is even considering it an OS. It's a series of bug fixes for Lion and better ecosystem integration. Marketing Mountain Lion as an OS seems like a bit of a lie. That a side I'd recommend anybody to upgrade to...

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9.0
AckbarsFist AckbarsFist

Mountain Lion is a good, though not great release of OS X. It doesn't add much to Lion, though what it does add is very useful, especially Notification Center.

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5.0
quikboy quikboy

Mountain Lion is a decent solid upgrade, but the "new" features are still overwhelmingly not that great or worthwhile. Most of my review is pretty much summed up in my ratings. It's an OK upgrade if you are indeed a Mac lover, but for some of us that use it for mostly work purposes, I do not...

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6.0
suli suli

I would say overall are okay in Mountain Lion. The current version (OS X 10.8.2) is affecting the Battery life for under 2011 models. I have been using Lion and it has been excellence and now the Mountain Lion has became the useless battery life length which has dropped from 7 hours to 3.5 hours...

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8.0
jdwusami jdwusami

Overall the best desktop OS I have used including Windows 8. The integration with iCloud is what I wished for with Lion but never received. I don't like some of the UI choices where Apple is making their apps look like real world objects. Give me an optimized digital UI as I don't care about...

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7.0
elecen elecen

A really nice product for all end-users but really awful for developers. With every next update they ruin apache configuration. Also, Apple support is worst than awful with mac genius being a title for retards! When it comes to security it's almost ok. They've opened a bunch of holes to the...

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9.0
jackdog1997 jackdog1997

Even though this OS is in beta, it's still a fantastic work and it is incredibly easy to use and the appearance is quite nice to look at.

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10
IdoTDW IdoTDW

This is by far the best operating system I've used. It's fast and fluid, easy to use, an also pretty highly configurable. Just make sure you use a multitouch input device (Apple's Magic Trackpad is the best way to go, if you're using a desktop. If you're on a MacBook, just use the awesome...

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8.0
TheAlchemist TheAlchemist

Mountain Lion is a fine update to last year's Lion. It continues to refine the general OS X experience and to borrow even more stuff from iOS. Performance feels better on my old hardware (a late 2008 MacBook Pro), particularly scrolling and multitasking. There weren't any new groundbreaking...

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