I’ve Joined The Dark Side And Bought A Macbook Pro

Oct 15, 2015 | Personal

It’s gloriously pretty but the learning curve is real.

Sorry PC master race

My new Macbook Pro Retina 13″ arrived a few days ago from New York. It runs like a dream and everything just looks crisp and need I say it, SO PRO! I’m using it as my main work machine since I bequeathed my 15.4″ Acer laptop to my boyfriend – and with a heavy heart too since I have very fond memories of coding and writing my thesis on that awesome thing. I just recently upgraded the RAM so I could feel the power of the i7 processor.

I’ve been using Windows all my life. The only time I used a Mac before this was during university. Our Robotics lab used iMacs to configure our Lego Mindstorms robots. I’m used to Windows and I never have problems with it – the viruses issue has never bothered me. I haven’t owned a flash drive since 2006 and I prefer documents sent to me via email. My SAD and thesis were all done using Google Drive. But I find that my chosen career is slowly pushing me to whole Apple ecosystem. I use an iPhone and iPad for email, testing mobile responsiveness for websites and other things.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not about Windows VS Apple VS Android. I actually owned Androids in the past and they were good. But I just prefer Apple since I’m used to it and like the uniformity. I used to customize my Androids quite a lot but after a while, it gets boring and I revert back to the usual stock ROM. I do have a firm grasp on computer specs and speeds and such but I find that it really depends on the OS running on it. It’s not really about the number of megapixels or how many GHZ a processor has. My iPhone 6’s 8 megapixel camera still outperforms my dad’s Samsung which has, I’m not sure, a billion? LOL

I don’t even want to start on the longevity of Apple devices in general and their top-notch customer service and how much they value customer satisfaction. I won’t even go there because that in it self will render all arguments moot and invalid. 🙂

That being said, this i5, 8GB, 128GB (Yes, I know. I’m still kicking myself) laptop is a wonderful piece of tech. I’m still learning all the bells and whistles and how to work on OS X but the only problem I can foresee would be the unupgradable 128GB SSD. I hoard my series and movies and I have a ton of work files that I can’t delete just in case a client loses his files for some reason. The MBP arrived preloaded with Yosemite but I immediately upgraded it to El Capitan.

Things to buy

So to remedy that, I ordered a 2TB Samsung external hard drive on Lazada. If you’re planning to buy one, use the Lazada app on iOS and Play Store. They have great deals and awesome coupon codes, I got mine at 500 PHP OFF. Great savings!

Also a case. This thing is just begging to be scratched. I’d prefer a rubberized hard case (if that makes sense) with a logo cut-out. But I’m not too picky at the moment, I just really need a cheapo one quick. It’s making me paranoid.

And a laptop sleeve. I want a good quality leather folio but again, I’m not picky.

Aaaaand I also need a Magic Mouse. My handy dandy awesome mouse from CDRKing (WHAT) works okay but the scroll wheel doesn’t function properly while browsing.

First impressions

To put it bluntly, this thing will bankrupt me for the the foreseeable future but I guess it’s all worth it. My productivity has spiked and I’m using the momentum to power me through some difficult web design projects I’m working on right now. And since I’m a sucker for tradition, my new laptop is still named Kindness.