A New Mac

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.

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8 thoughts on “A New Mac

  1. 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.

    Not sure if my Lenovo Yoga has a similar-type display, but I get the same feeling. I also keep the brightness turned down.
    You might want to invest in a screen protector like this one:
    https://www.amazon.com/15-6-Inch-Protector-FORITO-Notebook-Anti-Glare/dp/B01LEC2WH6/
    …Or even a pair of computer glasses.

    1. I don’t think those screen protectors you linked to will fit this exact computer I’m using, but I’m sure there’s something out there for these new Macs that I can try! 🙂

  2. Congratulations on your Mac computer. Macbook Pros are sturdy and beautiful, though I’ve never owned a Mac.

    Eye pain — I use computer glasses with an orange lens. You can even get them as reading glasses. I find the blue-light filter is especially helpful on my MSI computer, which has a great screen with incredible colours, but it also lets off a lot of light that can eventually become painful.

    As for where to get these blue-light filter glasses, that’s a bit of a game of chance. I bought my first set in a mall years ago. Then they disappeared. I finally saw some at Staples and grabbed them. But I think now you can get them online.

    Keyboards — overall, I find keyboard quality has really degraded from the Windows XP Toshiba I had decades ago. It’s seems that most people just type however, and only a select few learn to 10-finger type like the lightning-speed secretaries of old. Well, I’m one of those people, and whether it’s for novel writing, blogging, or other things, typing speed (therefore feel, spacing, accuracy, quality, and durability of keyboard) is a big thing for me. I need to be able to put down words as fast as I speak. Few new keyboards have met the need the way the laptops of old did. Some have enter keys too far away, others have flimsy or unreliable keys, and one I had even had a space bar that you had to hit a lot harder than the other keys. Keyboards are my personal bug, and if I had one thing to say to laptop and desktop developers, it’s make good keyboards. They’re important. I’m quite happy with the feel of my MSI though.

    1. I know a lot of people like older keyboards with a ton of travel, but I’m not a huge fan. The more I type on my current, new Mac’s keyboard, the more I like it. I have an ancient keyboard at work and it’s definitely not my favorite, but my company refuses to upgrade it until it actually breaks. The thing will probably keep going forever, LOL. 😀

      1. I’m not referring to they keyboards with a lot of travel. I don’t like those at all. This was a laptop keyboard on the Toshiba. Very nice feel. My MSI is close though.

      2. That’s good your MSI is similar. I don’t think I ever used the Toshiba you referenced… I agree that a good keyboard is important, though. I just remembered my ancient Dell I had in high school. Worst keyboard EVER. A couple of the keys required you to hit them with a lot more force than the rest of the keys and that was a mess! Luckily I’ve always liked Apple keyboards. And even my HP work computer has a not-terrible keyboard. Granted, it’s not the greatest, but it gets the job done with a minimum of fuss.

        I think we writers are especially attuned to keyboards since we type so much. A lot of my friends who just use their computers for consuming media (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) don’t seem to be as concerned as we are. LOL!

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