I had a great little plan to consolidate and refresh my 2 Mac device setup into one. Goodbye to my ageing 27” iMac, farewell my trusty 13” Macbook Air and hello to a new 13” Macbook Pro Retina.
One device to sit on my desk, small and compact, the same device that can slip into my bag and travel with me, light and powerful as a desktop. One device. Computing nirvana. Well that was the plan….
1st the positives, the 13” Macbook Pro Retina is an amazing laptop. The best screen I’ve seen on a PC, going back to a normal screen is very noticeable, it’s also as fast as most desktops I’ve used and has a great battery life, so far I’ve had 10 hours out of one charge. I can see it lasting a very long time.
The negative? The 13” screen seems mighty small when placed on my desk! I kept finding myself leaning in to read the screen when sat on a laptop stand on my desk, it’s fine when it’s on my lap or even when on a table at Starbucks. I attribute this problem to me and me alone, my ageing eyes are the problem.
I don’t think a 15” Macbook would have improved the issue that much either, I looked at a 2nd monitor around 23″ and quickly realised that the 2 devices would not sit nice together on my small minimalist desk and I’d still have the issue 1 of them being a 13” screen and some docking work around.
My iMac 27” is staying! (Apologies to anyone who was interested in buying it!) Whilst it’s a 2009 version I did spec is very well when originally purchased so it’s no slouch. An older i7 4 core 2.8 Ghz Processor. 8GB of ram and 1TB HDD, adding a 256GB SSD last year made a huge difference. Yes the ATI Radeon HD 4850 Graphics card is the systems main speed bottleneck, however the last time I checked I could play all of the games I own and don’t play, I brought a PS4 to play games on, my Mac’s are productivity tools now.
So I am a little disappointed that I still have 2 Mac devices, 1 of which takes up most of my desk, the screen looks grainy compared to the new Macbook Retina display, but my eyesight and posture is thanking me. It’s great to think that a 5 year old Mac is still offering such a good experience, I’ve now installed OSX 10.10 Yosemite Beta onto it and you’d never guess it’s over years old!
Oh, does anyone want to buy a very lightly used HiRise adjustable Laptop stand from Twelve South? Works really great with a MacBook Pro retina if your eyesight is better than mine!