Category: macOS

The MacBook Pro 2015

rMBP - (C) Endgadget

Introduction

I decided to buy a MacBook Pro. Why? School. Now, before you tell me I could have got better hardware for my money, yes, I know I could. Heck I could have got myself a Razer Blade Stealth for the money I paid for this, however, I got the rMBP. 

Hardware

I spent just shy of £1400 on this machine. For that, I got myself:

  • Core I5 5257U dual core @ 2.7GHz
  • 16GB 1867Mhz RAM – DDR3
  • Intel Iris 6100 Graphics
  • 256GB PCIe SSD Storage
  • 2560×1600 Display (Scales to max of 1680×1050

Wow, this computer is fast! It starts up really quickly, as in 10 seconds from power to desktop. I love it. I now am not scrambling to get lesson information down before class has fully started. I love it. 10/10 on speed. My only small grumble is the ports. I have:

  • 1x MagSafe (YASSS! THE BEST THING!)
  • 2x Thunderbolt ports
  • 2x USB ports
  • 1x 3.5mm headphone jack (what? are these still a thing?)
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x SD card slot

The one grumble is the HDMI port. It cannot run adapters, forcing me to get MiniDP to VGA rather than just using my HDMI to VGA adapter. I also need an ethernet adapter. WiFi is solid though.

The Software

The Good:

Spaces are good. Almost as good as two displays, but not as good as two displays. However, I can now have information on one display, and my writeup on the second space. I never used workspaces on Linux or multi desktops on Windows, but on OSX, its just a swipe away. 10/10 there.

The dock, its good. Better than the task bar to me. I prefer it. NEXT.

Spotlight. It is awesome! Seriously. I had to go back to my windows desktop and install launchy on it to get a similar application. Apps are just 3-5 keystrokes away.

Finder. It looks pretty and is fast.

60% charge used in 80 mins while playing Prison Arcitect.

Can play prison architect. 

The bad:

Finder – does not always update automatically. It is pretty good, but not perfect. I wish the views would be folder-independent.

Damn, OSX eats RAM like I eat crackers.

The Ugly:

Chrome. It uses so much battery in comparison to Safari. So I now use Safari instead.

Conclusion

If you want a Mac, get one. It is fast, looks pretty and is an ok laptop for the money. However, don’t try gaming, it is for productivity, not gaming.

OSX is just as good and versatile as windows. I prefer it now.

This laptop has handled school so far, so lets hope it continues too.

9/10 – improve finder.

macOS vs Windows 10

Win10 VS OSX

I have been using Windows 10 and macOS Sierra for a while now. Now this is on two different machines, with two vastly different specifications, but the point still stands. Windows 10 and macOS are two separate operating systems with two different ways of use. So let’s begin.

Speed

This is a hard one to call. macOS ‘boots’ much faster to the login screen, but takes 3 times as long to log in as it loads everything up after. Windows 10 loads everything before hand. So they are about equal. It’s also party due to the fact I have much more starting up with macOS as it’s my communication device, not my gaming device.

Software Support

Both are excellent. All the main apps (office, Vivaldi etc) are supported on both platforms. However, when it comes to games, Windows wins hands down. All Steam games work under Windows, yet most don’t work on macOS.

With macOS, I find developer support to be better. Xcode and all the tools I need for my day to day development work. Visual Studio for Mac is NOT the same as VS on Windows. Don’t confuse it.

Interface

I prefer the macOS interface. I like the unified menu bar and the dock. However, the Taskbar in Windows is quite good for window management. I wish Finder was more like Commander One, but I find it worlds ahead of Windows Explorer.

Overall?

I personally prefer the macOS interface, speed and reliability. However, if DirectX came to macOS, then it would be perfect. For now, I will have to keep a Windows box about just for DirectX.