A few weeks ago I bought and shortly afterward returned a Macbook Pro 15″ 2011.  I was underwhelmed by it.

Shortly after I bought the entry level Mac Mini and upgraded it to 16 Gb using the memory I had originally purchased for the MBP.  It was pretty good.  Admittedly, the processor was quite a bit weak, but still more powerful than any of my Windows machines.  I was impressed, but the more I used it, the more I felt I was going to have to purchase both a web development laptop (the Macbook) and an IT laptop (a Lenovo).  Based on the performance of the Mac Mini, I wasn’t expecting the new Macbook to cover both jobs.

Today, my Macbook Pro 15″ Retina showed up.  Don’t let the critics fool you.  It’s everything it’s supposed to be and more.  The specs and reviewers state only 2 screens at a time, this morning, shortly before mine arrived, I was a watching a youtube video of 2 external displays and the laptop’s display running.  I can say that that wasn’t any kind of trickery.  Both Dell 24″ LCDs plus the Macbook Pro display is running right now.  I don’t know if 3 external will work (the MBP has 2 thunderbolt outputs and an HDMI) since I only have 1 thunderbolt to DVI connector right now.

Further, when watching videos, if the fan does kick in, I can’t hear it.  Granted, I’m using Safari and don’t have the system loaded down as usual, so that may change.

With the ability to use 3 screens, I will have to rearrange my desk once again.  I’d like to be able to take advantage of the laptop screen as my third screen.

One thing that was funny.  Even though I knew going into the purchase that there was no Ethernet connection, I still tried to connect it.  I’ll have to either continue using the HDMI for my second monitor so that I can use the 2nd thunderbolt for ethernet, or just use wireless until one of the docking stations come out.  Last I read, this would be sometime in September.  If anyone knows of a USB 3.0 to ethernet that is Mac compatible, please let me know.

I think I’m going to hold off on that Lenovo order for a bit.


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