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???
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?
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