Just Bought My First MacBook Pro

I just bought my first MacBook Pro 2016 – Why not MBP 2017? It’s $200 cheaper and got multiport bonus with it. The hardware is very similar, got slightly less speed than the new one (2.9 GHz), the same SSD 256GB and the same VRAM for the graphic card.

The MBP 2016 is my first apple product. Finally I pulled the plunge. It was very long time since I can remember wanted to buy one, but thought it was to be overpriced. Very expensive indeed. But nonetheless, I just got one. The MacBook Pro got high specs than the Air version which intended just to be used for light computing work. However, once I bought it, I still don’t know what to do with my new MacBook Pro. It’s very different than I used to think it was. It has Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C ports, which made older model just out of date.

I was also having a hard time finding external hard drive to put my stuff since 256GB internal SSD on the MBP will be maxed out fast. Luckily, I found one with 2TB online. Just waiting it to be arrived at home.

Although I just bought my first MacBook Pro, I am not switching from Windows to Mac. Just supplementing my work. I still use my PC a lot at home, but wanted to have lighter version of laptop on the go when I went out shooting landscape and attending seminars or workshops out of town. I also intend to bring it on cafe when possible, so I can work mobile. My last laptop failed, burned when I charged it. Must be because of third party battery.  So watch out for your netbook or laptop overheats, and always use official battery, not third party ones to ensure your notebook health.

I was browsing online and found out that MacBook can run Windows with bootcamp, so I can run Windows on Mac. However, I don’t intend to do that since I will also buy another Windows laptop, preferrebly with Windows 10 since I still use Windows pretty much compared to my MBP 2016.

When buying the Apple MBP, I kind of regret my decision. As I expected, this laptop is way too expensive for the price of i5 and 8GB RAM. Compared to my Intel i7 16GB RAM with half the price (damn Apple), the PC has more power when I speed test it. Lagging on Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and Lightroom is very much the issue on my new MacBook Pro 2016.

The touchbar feature is kind of gimmick as I don’t use it very often. It’s faster to type the shortcut than use Siri or touchbar to do it. But still, I have to admit it makes it very shiny compared to other laptops. Great to look professional on the go, but for work…nah. You’d rather go with standard non touchbar. Saving money is very important to buy Apple dongles and accessories since Apple use dongles everywhere because of USB-C ports which make other thunderbolt cable useless.

I also learn to code on Mac now. I bought a course on Udemy and still on my 6th video. I’ll let you know how it goes on the next blog updates.

What I really like with my new MBP is how light and don’t heat up when used for work.  Maybe because I don’t use it often. Who knows. I’ll just update when I hang around with it for a little while to report it to you.