As mentioned in a previous post, Barbara really liked the MacBook we borrowed while the iMac was being reloaded and updated. We went shopping for one a few days later and selected this MacBook Pro.
We decided against the model with the retna display, because it had no DVD/CD drive, and I wanted that available for various reasons.
She has had a couple of laptops provided by her employer and used for work over the years, but I have not used one before, always being a desktop, large screen, mouse user. So you can guess there is more of a learning curve for me, especially the trackpad and the various gestures used to move from here to there, between pages, applications and so forth. I’m slowly getting the hang of it. The biggest difference here is that the new baby has the Apple Mountain Lion operating system, the very, very latest. There is much different between it and the Snow Leopard I’m using. Icons are changed, placement of things on the screen has changed. Imagine you have been using Windows 3.0 all this time and you just got Windows 7.1. Yep, like that, only Mac version. Being a Mac, it’s intuitive but learning is still required. Learning the Mac OS is Barbara’s learning curve. We paid the $ for a year’s worth of 1-on-1 classes at the local Apple store. She has had two and I one and it’s a big help. I need refinement, she the basics. Since this is Barbara’s computer, I resist the temptation to configure things, she’s setting it up the way that’s most comfortable for her. Once I get the network set back up (any day now) she’ll be able to carry this one anywhere in the house or either deck to do what she likes – mostly email and internet at this point. We’ll load Skype on it next week. Also we’ll be able to sync the calendars, mail, music, internet bookmarks and so forth between them so what goes on one shows up on both, a huge convenience.
For any who are interested, here are the specifications:
- MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
- Backlit Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide (English)
- 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
- 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
- 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
- SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Macs are not inexpensive, this was about 2 grand, but I believe Macs are superior to PCs running Windows, less prone to problems, viruses and better made. I’ve loved the iMac, and I’m sure we’ll love this one too.