I finally switched to MacBook Pro and I think I left Windows’ for goods. This is my first post using Mac…
I bought 2017 MacBook Pro 15”, i7-7820HQ (8M 2.90/3.90GHz), 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel 630 / Radeon Pro 560 (dedicated 4GB). On paper this is even better than the Dell XPS 15 9560 I was planning to buy.
There are many factors that cause one to prefer a system over other. For me, it was mainly because of the consistency and general experience.
- The display in Windows laptops are annoying. Not all apps support High DPI screens. Even with high-end laptops, there are glitches with such screens in general.
- The integrity of applications and the mess between Windows store apps and the desktop ones.
Some thoughts about my new experience
Yet people and papers claim that Mac system has better performance and speed, I don’t find that noticeable when you have a high-end Windows device.
Considering that my Mac has Retina display, the display is more beautiful than what I used to with no glitches at all.
Applications have smooth and integrated experience. Except for OneNote, MS Office is better on Mac’s than on Windows’. Furthermore, Visual Studio and MS SQL are available on Mac’s now. MS SQL operation studio still needs more work though. I miss Paint.net & PaintShop but Affinity is doing great job (it’s now available on Windows). Preview is compensating Foxit PhantomPDF too – I never been an Adobe guy!
I hate that I can’t disable some native apps (easily). I still use Office365; thus, I don’t plan to use iCloud when I have 1TB of OneDrive is included in my plan.
Outlook app is more stable than the default app (mail/calendar/reminders) especially in tasks sync – considering that I’m using Exchange Mail. It better handles attachments; but it’s bad in calendar colors.
iCloud can’t share folders. iCloud photos is very weak comparing to Google Photos or OneDrive Photos. Shared photo (or public album) has no info presented; only the photo.
Being announced, should I upgrade to MacBook Pro 2018?
After three weeks of my purchase, the new model has been announced. I thought of returning my current device and wait for the new one to be available in the market. Apple claims it’s 70% faster than the current one. They haven’t mentioned which model they are talking about though!
- More cores (6 vs 4)
- Unless you buy 2.9 processor’s (much more $), a core has less speed.
- Faster RAM (2400 vs 2133MHz) with the option of 32GB (more $).
Since I won’t do a lot of heavy tasks at the same time, I don’t believe it’s worthy to upgrade. I think there would be no noticeable difference. Rather, I feel that my current one is faster. In my previous experience, I haven’t noticed big difference in RAMs speed between 2400 & 2133 (this is argumentative). Additionally, the 6 cores 8th generations processors are still new; which means more problems and less utilization.
Do you have MacBook? Do you prefer it over Windows’? How much you keep your MacBook before considering the upgrade to next model?
EDIT: I replaced the MBP 2017 with the new one MBP 2018 / 15″ 2.6GHz. I haven’t noticed big difference in performance. However, the display is amazing (same colors and bright in all lightening conditions)