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June 5th, 2010 by Ben Wagaman.
Categorized as life.

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Welp, I finally did it. I bought a 15″ MacBook Pro on Thursday. My brother-in-law, Justin, picked up the 13″ MacBook Pro. We’re both new to the Mac OSX platform (first Mac purchase) though we both have iPhones.

First impressions

Apple Store
First of all, the apple store was awesome. Though I had to wait in a queue to find a salesperson to help me buy, the guy there was very helpful. It was cool to see how clean and simple the store was. I haven’t felt a smidgin of buyers-regret, though I have been thinking about this purchase for a very long time.

Laptop Physical Design
I decided to go without the anti-glare or higher resolution screen. I don’t seem to notice the difference. The 15″ screen is plenty large for me. I probably would have been fine with the 13″ screen, but then I couldn’t have picked up the Core i5 processor that allows for 4 concurrent threads.

The unibody design feels very sturdy and simple. It adds to my impression that this is a well-designed machine. It feels a little more industrial to me, probably because the body is made out of a solid piece of aluminum. The only downside that I see is that underneath the trackpad there are two sharp corners.

The keyboard feels solid and the keys are just at the right pressure. I like the way that they click and it’s nice to have a lights under the keys. The trackpad works great. It’s a bit revolutionary to have a multi-touch trackpad, especially with the support for gestures. I’m still getting used to not having a home or end key. I love the power cables and the magnetic connection that separates easily. Such detail everywhere.

Software
I have only touched the surface thus far, but I am finding most of the operating system’s features are intuitive once I find out where they are. Mail, Contacts and My Calendar all synced to Google for domains with almost no configuration (just username and password).

What’s next
I have a lot of software to install. Thus far, I have installed:

  • homebrew
  • Skype
  • Dropbox
  • iWork
  • Tweetie
  • GIT
  • xCode

….more to come?

2 Comments »

  1. December 28, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Hey Ben-
    Been a long time…you may not remember me. Does Innovation Center for Technology bring it all back? Anyway, I just decided to check in with a few of my website links I had saved in my bookmarks and there you were…buying a MAC. I know that’s old news by now, but I just had to say, “It’s about time!”

    Hope you are well-
    Sarah

  2. Comment by Ben Wagaman
    January 2, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    Sure I remember you. Back then I was quite a PC guy, but now I am a Ubuntu Linux / Mac guy. I’ve also got an iPhone 4S. Apple sure does make great products! Good to hear from you.

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