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Apple OS X Mountain Lion

Apple OS X Mountain Lion

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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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

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Pros
  • Deep integration with iOS and iCloud
  • Seamless AirPlay Mirroring on HDTVs
  • Notification Center and Message are great additions to the desktop workflow
Cons
  • OS X UI is beginning to feel stale
  • Hardware limitations with AirPlay Mirroring
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

85
 

User Reviews

40
lotsofcode
Let me start out with I HATE MACS and ALL APPLE PRODUCTS IN GENERAL. I don't...read more
90
Danielle
The best Mac OS X version , however lacks the ability to customize color of...read more
70
pmviana
Very reliable... more than the current atempts (Mavericks)
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Score Breakdown

 
84
Average Critic Score
 
80
Daring Fireball
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.
 
80
AllThingsD
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.
 
80
New York Times
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.
 
90
GigaOM
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.
 
90
Mashable
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.
 
90
ABC News
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.
 
80
TUAW
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.
 
80
USA Today
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.
 
80
HotHardware
$20 is a more than fair price for a major OS update that offers as many new features as Mountain Lion.
 
100
T3
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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