I love my new MacBook Pro Retina

Written on July 4, 2012 at 11:35 am
Category: cocoa

just got my Mac Book Pro Retina and without a doubt it is the best computer I’ve every owned. My vision is pretty crappy, and I can’t make out heads or tails on a MacBook Air screen at the default resolution (glasses make no difference). But the MBP retina display is so crisp and sharp that I can even read the text from a few feet away. I had really thought I’d never be able to comfortably view a laptop screen again. I got the 2.6 GHz model with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. And it is a screamer. I ran geekbench on all of my current computers, and the numbers are impressive. All the older machines have a 256GB SSD in them.

Model Processor Cores Memory Rating
MacBook Pro (15" Mid 2009) Intel Core 2 Duo P8800 2 4GB 4,088
Mac mini (Mid 2011) Intel Core i7-2620M 2 8GB 7,718
iMac (27" Mid 2010) Intel Core i7-870 4 8GB 10,674
MacBook Pro (Retina) Intel Core i7-3720QM 4 16GB 13,098

The weight difference is very noticable, especially after carrying around the old laptop at CocoaConf last weekend. Carrying it home along with a backpack full of accessories and my iPad wasn’t much of a burden.

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring home a thunderbolt cable so I could migrate my files from the mini to the retina. I’ve been working on it with a USB 2 drive, which is painfully slow. I’m going to have to order a new backup drive, since most of my drives are Firewire and I don’t want to use up my thunderbolt ports with firewire and ethernet adaptors. I’m really looking forward to the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock.

A lot of my peripherals are useless until I get the express dock, but I think I’m going to have to switch my primary machine from the mini to the retina: I can’t pass up on almost a 2x speed improvement. I haven’t tried using my 27” display with it, but I’ll give it a go when I’m at my desk. I’ll try it both with the 28” external display and without and see what works best for me.