Since I am switching most of my computing to Macs, I needed a laptop to complete the cycle. The choice wasn't as easy as I thought, but I found the right laptop for my needs.
Initially, I had planned to get a 13 inch MacBook Air. The SSD and light weight design made it my top choice. However, I decided to go the Apple store and mess around with it before I committed to buying one.
At the store, I looked at the 11 inch model first and it wasn't much larger than my iPad, which left me wondering if I would ever want to use it. The iPad had not left my side since I got it the day they came out on the market (I ordered it because I do not get the whole idea of waiting in line for hours). I then saw the 13 inch on another table. It was bigger and I thought I could do some photo editing on it, which was one of my main concerns.
I thought it was my choice, but I wanted to walk around and look at the iMacs while I was there. On my way to the iMacs, I saw a 15 inch MBP. I decided to open one of the photo apps on it and it was fast and had a beautiful screen. I was sold. I knew it weighed more, but I will mainly use this at home, so it was not really a big deal.
When I ordered the MBP, I also got the antiglare screen. I have tried to use my iPad outside and the glare is impossible to deal with. I actually ended up buying a Kindle just for those times I want to read in the sun. I found a refurbished version of the MBP with the antiglare screen and I bought it. They even included an extra 4GBs of RAM!
I tested the MBP's thunderbolt with my iMac and other than having to reboot, it worked without any issues. I doubt I will use that feature very often, but I had to try it out, just in case I want to use it later and find out there is an issue outside my warranty.
While I have mainly switched to OSX, I may add Win7 to the MBP down the road. There are still some programs in Windows only that I use on occasion and the MBP is supposed to run Windows without any problems.
Anyway, the MBP is really great and the fact that I can buy something once in the Apple store and use it on all my Macs is great! Also, I am happy to have a laptop with a DVD drive. I know we are moving to a diskless society, but I really like the ability to rip CDs, play DVDs, or install programs from disc (like Win7).
Dog loving, Big Green Egg worshiping, Tech enthusiast, residing in Memphis, TN. Home of the Tigers, Grizzlies, Elvis, Al Green, Stax, Hi Records, Ardent Studios, Beale Street, Peabody Ducks, etc.. I have also added the Jeep Wrangler to the list of things I am enthusiastic about.
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