My Cat (and my) first impressions of the new MacBook Pro laptop

My 2011 17 inch MacBook Pro died recently :-( As a professional software developer this was a major issue (we spend a lot of time together). So I went out and purchased one of the new 15 inch MacBook laptops to replace it. What is it like???

Our Lead Developer was most impressed with the new MacBook Pro...

Our Lead Developer was most impressed with the new MacBook Pro…

Firstly, it is the most portable machine I have ever owned. It is very light-weight and this involves a few trade-offs. There are lots of ports (power, USB, stereo, 2 Thunderbolts, HDMI and SSD). Annoyingly, the power supply has changed so the power port off my monitor is no longer usable.

But, there is no built-in ethernet so you are on wifi unless you are plugged into a Mac monitor via Thunderbolt (which allows you to plug an ethernet cable into the monitor). In some respects this is a step backwards as wifi is slower. It took a long time to setup my new machine by copying the Time Machine backup onto the new machine. Time aside, it is very easy to upgrade from an old Mac to a new machine using your last Time Machine backup.

The screen is gorgeous. You really need to try a retina screen to appreciate it. It is beautiful and I find it much less tiring on the eye. This is especially important after a 17inch monitor as it can feel a little pokey. Birds look much more lifelike on it and the cat has shown far more interest in them onscreen.

It is quick. Fast processor and SSD drive means everything happens very quickly. In practise I find it about 30% faster than my old machine.

It is very cool (literally). The old Mac laptops could get very hot. The best I have managed with this machine so far is slightly warm. My cat was less impressed with this, because she loved to sit on the old machine when it was warm….

Battery life is very good. With my previous project, I was always looking for power to top up my machine. Now Ieave the cable behind and just take the machine when out of the office.

It is a very solidly made machine. The Mac laptops are pricey… You can buy much cheaper laptops, but I personally do not think you can get a better machine and it runs OS X, (with Windows and Linux on virtualisation). I think it will quickly pay for itself. And my cat certainly likes it….

What are your first impressions of the new MacBook Pro?

 

MacBook ProIf you’re a first-time reader, or simply want to be notified when we post new articles and updates, you can keep up to date by social media (TwitterFacebook and Google+) or the  Blog RSS.

The following two tabs change content below.

Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

Related Posts:

Markee174

About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

4 thoughts on “My Cat (and my) first impressions of the new MacBook Pro laptop

  1. 2 questions:

    1- Is the retina display in any way superior, or inferior to IPS display (which is mainly on top-end Sony laptops)
    2- Was the Java book already there, or did you put it there yourself prior to taking the shot?

  2. 1. It is a bit down to personal preference but the cat reckons the Mac has the best display. She is not a bit fan of the cordless mouse though (harder to pounce on).
    2. The book was actually out as I was using it debug some Java code. I came back and found my place had been occupied….

  3. tgoeke

    Congrats on your new Mac. I just upgraded as well.

    1 – The display is awesome but it makes my old displays look bad, I am now addicted to retina everywhere.
    2 – I got the little magsafe adapter to re-use the power cord from my old Mac, it works well.
    3 – Battery life is super good.
    4 – My Mac gets pretty hot at times, I have the faster i7 so maybe that accounts for the difference.
    5 – For some operations (vagrant up) the new Mac is actually 10x faster. A 30% boost would be pretty conservative.
    6 – Considering getting the belkin thunderbolt dock.

  4. Great idea on 2, let us know what you think of 6

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>