One Month with the MacBook Pro
Last month, my laptop broke. Ideally, I was hoping to wait for the Apple Silicon MacBook’s so that when I upgraded, not only would I have one of the most powerful MacBook’s, but the most up to date. However, as 2020 has showed us, shit happens. So, I decided to upgrade to the 2020 13-Inch MacBook Pro that was recently refreshed this year with the new keyboard and updated storage. Here are some thoughts that I have had over the last month.
The Tech Specs of my Laptop are:
- 2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
- 16GB Ram
- Intel Iris Graphics
- 1TB Storage
The first thing that I noticed is the speed of the SSD. In fact, it has spoiled me. If you are someone who has a hard drive, don’t upgrade unless you can commit to a Solid State Drive for the rest of you life. Waking up from sleep, opening applications, even bigger ones such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom open extremely quickly and allow me to get to work faster. It is ridiculously fast, and this is something that I never had in the past, but cannot imagine living without.
Next, the operating system. All my previous laptops have been Windows, so moving to macOS was certainly the challenge. About a month later, I am 90% used to it. There are still somethings that I think Windows did better, such as the full screen modes, but for the most part, I was able to transition easily to the OS. And now with macOS Big Sur, it has become more streamline and draws inspiraiton from iOS which I believes makes it much more comfortable and familier experience throughout the entire Apple Ecosystem.
As for the performance, it has been perfect for me. I am a University student and a photographer, so I need something portable, lots of storage, yet powerful enough to handle photo editing and some demanding tasks every now and then. The MacBook does it without and hiccups. I have been able to edit my photos very easily, with no glitches, and export extremely fast. The RAM is great for the multitastker in me as I tend to do many of my tidious tasks at the same time or while watching something. Now, I did decide to spend a bit more than initially planned for the 1TB version, and while I am…