Despite my proclamation that I returned, I’m not doing such a good job of posting, am I? Oh, well. That’s okay because I’m posting now and I have a good reason for not posting this week.
On Sunday, I decided, at long last, to place an order for a new Mac computer. I ordered a custom-built MacBook Pro (no Touch Bar, fastest processor available for the model, 16 GB of RAM). Much to my surprise, the store I had it shipped to notified me on Tuesday that the computer was ready for me to pick up.
I’m relatively sure that Apple keeps a bunch of the model I ordered in some warehouse in the United States somewhere, because there’s no way something could get from the factory in China all the way to the US in just two days. I’ve ordered Apple products before and it can take up to a week or more for them to get here. I never order the overnight shipping or anything, either.
Anyway, that doesn’t matter because I have my new Mac! (I’m typing this post on it right now!) I originally set it up with Migration Assistant, but that caused problems, so I set up a brand-new account on the new computer, then used file sharing to transfer my data over. (If you want a tutorial on how to do this, just let me know in the comments and I’ll attempt to whip something up this weekend or next week.)
People who follow Apple-related news will recall that there was lots of (virtual) ink spilled about these new computers. My model is the 2017 MacBook Pro, by the way, so it has the new keyboard and only two ports and comes in space gray or silver. I haven’t exactly had the thing that long, but here are my impressions so far:
- I’m really impressed with the speakers. Man oh man, they are AMAZING. Why doesn’t anyone mention them in the reviews? Sure, some reviews I read said as an afterthought that the speakers were amazing, but for me, I think they’re actually a selling point for the computer. My old Mac, which is a mid-2010 model, 13 inch, has possible the worst speakers in the history of Mac laptop computers. I got used to them because I needed that computer and overall enjoyed using it, but dang, they are terrible. I’ve been listening to music nonstop on this new computer because the speakers are so incredibly amazing.
- The keyboard, which everyone talks about so much, is fine. I don’t have a passionate love for it (yet), but I don’t despise it with the fire of a thousand suns like some reviewers did. I’m still getting used to it and I’m giving it a chance.
- My old Mac didn’t have a Retina display. Honestly… I am not crazy about it. Yes, it plays beautiful video. But after I stare at the screen for five or ten minutes, which isn’t very long, my eyes and head hurt a lot. I’m still experimenting with it to try to make this not happen because honestly, it would be something I would return the computer over, except I’m pretty sure all Apple screens are Retina now. Anyone have any ideas? I’ve turned down the brightness a lot and scaled the resolution to make everything bigger. Seriously, the display resolution that it comes with out of the package is unreadable because it makes everything so incredibly tiny. I’ve also made the screen color yellower by using the app Flux (which is free for Mac and Windows, by the way). Apple’s Night Shift doesn’t go yellow enough for me. I’m not sure what the solution is if this doesn’t work—a screen protector to cut down on glare? My old Mac had the glossy screen too, but I never had any problems looking at it unless it had been for hours and hours. This new one makes my head hurt after such a short period of time.
- The trackpad is different but still good. Seriously, no one makes trackpads like Apple. I’m always appalled at how bad the trackpad is on my HP laptop I have at work. That thing is painful to use.
- I bought the space gray color and I love it. I think I would have liked the silver, too. I really don’t think you can go wrong with either color.
- The other thing that really, really impresses me is the processor. Not only is it fast, but it’s so cool. The fans barely run at all, according to the monitoring app I use. My temperatures have not once exceeded 95 degrees Fahrenheit. My old Mac ran at about 130 degrees, just for comparison. And my first Mac basically destroyed its own insides due to heat retention. I can’t remember what temperature my first Mac ran at, but I do know it had two fans and it still had trouble staying cool enough. This one is amazing. I’ve watched a ton of YouTube videos and it still hasn’t exceeded 95 degrees. My old Mac sounded like a jet engine as soon as I loaded the YouTube home page (which was why I converted to watching videos on my iPad, leading me to forget until tonight how amazing a 13-inch screen is for watching videos!).
So overall, I do like the computer. If only I could stop getting terrible eye pain and head pain while looking at the display, it would be perfect. Maybe I just need to get used to the display. After all, I know my iPad also has a Retina display and I’ve never had any problems looking at it.