A recent small windfall has made me take the plunge and treat myself to a rather lovely 15″ Retina Macbook Pro, something I always considered a bit too expensive and out of reach before, I have had Apple grow on me with using one in work for Apple Configurator and iPad imaging a lot lately and just realised that I really fancied ownership of one, largely because I think I am a bit fed up of windows, I work on it throughout the day and its various problems and wanted to switch off when I was home then from it, plus the look and feel of Windows these days lacks behind Linux and OS X by comparison I feel.
After an epic de-boxing where the wife mocked my nerdiness for keeping everything packaging wise intact within the box and boxing it all back up pristine to be stored away.
The first thing I noticed out of the blocks on it, is that it worked without question, only thing which was a bit of a wait was when I elected to leave off filevault on the device, it worked away for about 10 minutes then.
The screen – neverminding the retina resolution, the panel makes such a difference to the computing experience, its crisp and clear and I actually had to tone down the brightness on it as it was hurting my eyes, its non-comparative to the chromebook I type this blog post on sometimes, which is full brightness and still only looks semi decent. (The chromebook is my cheap travelling laptop until I can arrange a decent case for this one)
OSX transition is nothing for me as I have gotten over that steep learning curve about 3 years ago with a Macbook Pro loan from work, though I still niggle a little at the American Keyboard and its different places for @ ” # \ keys, the OS though works like a charm and I can play WoW setup lovely on it and I have even taken to Minecraft as well of late trying to get the hang of what the “fuss” is about the game.
Handoff is another awesome bonus, I have used it before on the iPad Mini, but it even impressed my wife here as my mother rang and my telephone went off somewhere in the room, I was able to answer the call while my wife was running around frantic to find the phone to stop our son from waking in the house and we both spoke with my mother over the computer.
The other item I bought is a Huawei MiFi to use instead of my existing Mobile Broadband Dongle, its a much simpler and easier to manage item and requires no plugging in as it charges and runs off its own battery. Its working well so far and very much the same as the dongle was to be fair.