So my replacement for my old (2010) 13" MacBook Pro has finally arrived:
After unpacking it and playing with it for a bit here is what I gathered:
- The high-res display, while not crucial, is certainly appreciated
- The better performance from better CPU, SSD and GPU is also noticeable and appreciated
- Same goes for increased battery life
- The fan is more quiet and it doesn't spin up as fast as the old one due to decreased power consumption
- The speaker's sound quality is also noticeably improved
- While the slimmed down profile is somewhat appreciated, the resulting loss of network jack is definitely not. Not only it makes "Migration Assist" usage more annoying, it also prevents me from connecting to wired routers (especially for diagnostic purposes). Sure, I can waste more money on optional dongles but this is not the way I prefer.
- The keyboard feels more "flimsy", with less key "resistance"
- The stupid "Mag Safe 2" power connector is now unnecessarily large and seems to disconnect more often (probably because it protrudes so far from the laptop's body).
- You cannot upgrade RAM and even though SSD is technically removable it doesn't seem that it can be easily upgraded:http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+ ... 5/3#s53264
- The laptop already "froze" on me once (well, not exactly - I could not use keyboard, touchpad or attached mouse, only "power" button still worked). Not sure what will happen next...
All in all, it's a nice improvement over the older model, and I believe it's worth its price, even considering the several drawbacks. Just make sure you configure it with plenty of storage and RAM when purchasing.
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