All MacBook Pro's Currently Suck

6 Apr 2018 23:00

Yes, here's yet another person jumping on the hate train. This is not an original thought.

I got a Macbook Pro again. A retina 13" from mid 2014. Yes, a 2014 machine in 2018.

Why? Simple. All Macbook Pro's suck at the moment. Either way you lose.

The current line up of 2016/2017 models have flaws: faulty keyboards and no regular USB ports. Now you can say whatever you want about USB-C and how great it is, which it kinda is, but at the moment it is very annoying to have a dongle for everything.

For the keyboard, there have been a ton of reports where keys stop working when tiny particles of dust, crumbs, dirt get stuck under the keys. Also the feel of the keyboard is controversial too, but I personally don't mind it (I had a 12" Macbook and quite liked it.)

Now, while I bought a older model that has more ports and a proven reliable keyboard, it also has some big flaws.

For one thing, it's old, used, slower and the battery is old. The particular model I got is a 2.6 GHz i5, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. The battery had 248 cycles on it when I got it (the first thing I checked), which isn't great, but also not horrible for a laptop (for a phone it would be very bad.)

The CPU and RAM is fine for my purposes. It's a basically a fancy Twitter machine.

Another thing is that it doesn't support external high resolution displays properly. It can only do up to like 1440p @ 60 Hz. For 4K it can only do it @ 30 Hz, which causes a sharp and pretty but laggy experience on the external display (which isn't horrible, but pretty horrible.)

But apart from that, it's pretty great.

So what do you choose?

A brand new model:

or an older model:

I went with the latter because the speed wasn't a concern. But eitherway, you lose.

Let's hope Apple will fix the situation eventually.

But even if they fix the keyboard situation I doubt they will add USB ports back which still makes these older models more appealing, atleast to me.

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