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 not fond of the price, I am hoping that in lasts for many years and pays off eventually. Overall, I am very happy with the performance I have been getting out of this laptop, but did not like the Apple Tax on it.
Finally, the keyboard. I don’t think I would have been able to buy this laptop if it had the old butterfly mechanism keyboard that the previous models had. Personally, I do a lot of typing, so the keyboard is one of the most important things when it comes to a laptop. While the Magic Keyboard on this laptop is not my favourite (I think it could do with a little more travel) it is far better than the previous generations and provides a smooth typing experience.
I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoy and how often I use the Touch Bar. Initially, I thought that it was a bit of a gimmick and would barely end up using it. But I was wrong. I use it constantly, especially when using Microsoft Word as all the shortcuts display themselves. It works smoothly, without and glitches, and speeds up my workflow a lot more than I thought it would.
One of the biggest reasons why I got this MacBook is for its integration with the Apple Ecosystem. I was already the owner of an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, so I wanted to completely move over to Apple to help simplify my workflow. And it is one of the best features about this laptop. I am able to access my photos from my MacBook, Airdropping is great when I need to get those photos quickly. The Notability app on my iPad and MacBook make my University study experience far better since everything syncs.
One month in, and I couldn’t be happier with this laptop. While I am still getting used to the keyboard and the macOS operating system, I am sure that with a little more time, I will have fully integrated it into my workflow.