I haven’t blogged in many months… thought maybe I would share something different than my usual…
Back earlier this summer I was faced with having to replace my aging and failing 2011 MacBook Pro (15 inch). It was awful thinking about a replacement. I really didn’t have the money for an expensive Apple machine, and yet I couldn’t get my mind around anything else. The new iPad Pros came out and so for a long time I thought about trying to use an iPad as my main computing device… but the reality was that I really couldn’t go that rout yet. I am sure I would LIKE that iPad, but for all the software I use and the hours and hours that I spend at the keyboard, I knew it just wouldn’t be enough. Computer it had to be… but could I really spend well over $2500 for a 15 inch replacement? I wasn’t sure I would “get along” with a 13 inch screen, but it really was all that I could afford, although I ended up buying the bit more expensive model with the “Touch Bar”.
Anyway, how have I liked it? I definitely DO enjoy this machine. I have no significant complaints. Here are my main points:
- How small and light it is. The other day someone thought I was carrying an iPad it is so small. I still find it wonderful to pick it up – remembering every time I do how heavy my old 15 inch machine was in comparison.
- The keyboard. I just treasure typing on it! I have no idea WHY I can SO look forward to touching these keys! I have had ONE key stick down and become non-responsive. Amazingly I looked on youtube and found out that if you turn the computer upside down and tap, the key comes free! That was all it needed and I was happy again!
- The Tack pad. Apple definitely has the best track pads in the industry. I have no desire for a touch screen because the trackpad is SO big and wonderful and responsive.
I don’t love:
- Using an adapter to hook anything up to the computer. Eventually I suppose I will get new hard drives and accessories that will use the USB-C port, but I don’t have money for them because I spent it all on the computer! lol. Until I have money again I have to use the adapter I bought for about $80. Blah…
- The small screen real estate. Yes, the screen is beautiful, but I still do miss the 15 inch screen I had. It is always a difficult choice: Do I want to sit in the living room couch and live with the 13inches? OR do I sit at my desk with my large extended monitor that will be SO much easier to use?
- I found a nice leather case on Amazon for $20. Best $20 I ever spent. It looks CLASSY and does a nice job protecting the computer surfaces – as well as providing good grip.
- The Touch Bar is OK, but really not a huge help. If you are considering a purchase and want to save money, it might be a good way to purchase a cheaper model without. I just haven’t trained my eye yet to notice the Touch Bar when it is useful!
- The speed is fine. I certainly have had no hiccups in performance.
- The battery life is NOT as good as Apple claims, but I am still happy with it as it is much better than my 2.5 hours I could get on my old machine. Usually I don’t really have to start paying attention to the battery level unless I am working it past 4 hours. And it charges quite fast. Even a few minutes of charging will give a nice boost in power.
Am I glad I bought the 13inch MacBook Pro? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes. The combination of trackpad, screen, and KEYBOARD makes it a JOY to use. I still am not happy about how expensive it is, but my reasoning and comfort in spending that much money is that I should get MANY years to use out of it. Even if it lasts only 4 years, that means I will spend about $1.50/day to use it. Considering how much work I get done on it, it is a STEAL! But SHOULD mention that buying it at Best Buy afforded me 12 months of free financing. Without that I wouldn’t have been able to make the purchase. I am chipping away at it!