Yard Sale: Macbook Pro late 2013

For sale due to getting a portable Macbook:

  • Late 2013 Macbook Pro (15.4″ Retina)
  • 2.3Ghz i7 (quad core + Hyper-Threading)
  • 16Gb RAM
  • 512Gb SSD
  • Intel Iris onboard GFX + Nvidia GeForce GT 750M PCE GFX
  • BE-Azerty keyboard
  • €2445,41 in 28 October 2013
  • SUPER fast
  • Minor scratch in the back of the LCD
  • Minor (not very noticeable) corrosion at the right hand
  • Weird scratch “smear” in LCD display (only visible on white background; about 2x2cm; to be honest it’s not really visible)
  • Besides this very decent Macbook Pro, it has been used, but in very good shape for the extreme work it has committed. Taken care of this device as if it was my own child. And did I mention blazing fast?

Contact: yeri+mbp@tiete.be

Specs:

Processor 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
Memory 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
Flash Storage 512GB Flash Storage
Apple Thunderbolt to Enet Adpt Apple Thunderbolt to Enet Adpt Apple Thunderbolt to FW Adptr No FireWire Adapter
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adptr No VGA Adapter
Keyboard and Documentation Keyboard/User’s Guide(Z)-BEL Country Kit Country Kit-INT

Pictures:

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It’s a Macbook Pro !

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“Smear” above “AGE” (really hard to see)

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Scratch at the back (knocked it against a glass door at night in my old apartment)

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Corrosion at the right hand (not left, don’t ask why — probably because I use the touch pad all the time).

More info:

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Macbook Air vs Macbook Pro vs older Macbook Pro(s)

So, I had to migrate from a Pro to an Air a few weeks ago. My Macbook got repaired (out of warranty, for 600ish damn euro) and I sold it. I waited for the new line of Macbooks and ordered myself a new one. I picked the Retina version.

Just as with my previous Macbook Pro, I went for overkill in the hope to keep it as long as possible.

Except for a faulty GPU, my previous Mac was actually still very capable, and I would not have thought about getting rid of it any time soon.
It was still smooth and blazing fast. I had quite some bad experience with my first Macbook Pro (see below, SATA and 2Gb RAM); that device was already crippled after a few weeks of usage. Annoyingly slow and laggish.

So I hope to be able to do 4+ years with this one. This was my Macbook Air (with a SDD):

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These are my frustrations/comments now that I’m back on a Pro:

  • FFFFFFUUUUU for not having a builtin ethernet port. Same for the Air. I have had SO much shit not having a simple ethernet port (to test UTP, and for FlatTurtle demos). It’s unbelievable how much I still rely on a simple ethernet port. Needless to say I got a thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter (another 20 or so € to Apple).
  • CD burner. I’ll miss you. Like, twice per year, I still burn an iso to CD to boot something or to install Linux. I’ll have to get a big/decent USB drive and start using that I guess.
  • WHY OH WHY DID YOU KILL THE REMOTE CONTROL. It already bothered me the Air didn’t have it… It was very useful with VLC and watching movies. You’ll be greatly missed.
  • It’s the first time I’m on Retina. It looks better. But it seems the actual resolution is the same as the Air (WTF!) and lower than the previous Macbook Pro (WTF!).
    I had the high-res MBP previously: “Optional 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen display with 1680 by 1050 pixels (glossy or antiglare)“; I miss that resolution 🙁 whenever I’m doing something on my mom’s Mac I really instantly notice the huge extra room. Now I could turn off retina and go for the higher resolution but… sigh…
  • Next to my Air, now that I got used to the size, it looks huge.
    But the more I work with it, the more I like my bigger screen and the somewhat more manly/robust size. I’ve also noticed I’ve been using my 2nd display a lot less (but this is also partly due to all that crap on my desk at the moment, and the temperature dropping in my study room with the cold weather).
  • Why did you have to change Magsafe adapter size. I ordered a Magsafe1 to Magsafe2 adapter from Techdata. another 7 euro (excl tax) down the drain.
  • It’s surprisingly thin. Why did no other hardware maker beat them to it?
  • THANK YOU APPLE FOR STILL INCLUDING A SD CARD SLOT. Yay for Raspberry Pi and other hacking.
  • The case no longer slices the wrists. It has somewhat been rounded.
  • Bluetooth + WiFi seems bugged (random packet loss (like 20-30 packets) and/or high latency. Turning off Bluetooth insta fixes the problem. Reconnecting to WiFi also fixes it (and keeping bluetooth on). This is shit. Don’t blame it on the router or signal strength, my previous MBP never had this problem, and neither did the Air.
  • Every connector at the left side of this Macbook Pro is too close to eachother. I have line-out, USB disk, my Mini display port and Magsafe2. Annoying when I need to just unplug the USB drive.
  • I managed to get 9h30 out of the battery. That’s a normal person’s work day (yeah, not quite in startups). And still had 17% to spare. While admittedly, I wasn’t doing that much on it (60-70% brightness, Sublime Text, Terminal, Git, SSH, some very light mailing & browsing and waiting for my desktop to finish bootstrapping while watching Star Wars semi actively), it’s still quite remarkable. If a i7 can do this, why can’t a stupid smartphone survive a day on 3G?
  • When having to charge your battery though, and while sitting ‘legged‘ with the Macbook on my lap, the Magsafe2 (having its cord not longer aligned to the laptop, and being longer) causes my Magsafe to always disconnect. I didn’t have this problem with the previous Magsafe (version two of Magsafe1)

This is my new laptop:

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And for the sake of completion: (A G4 powerbook, but don’t have any system info of that one; although it stills runs and is used by my dad).

Macbook Pro mid or late 2007 (7200 rpm, but it has always been a damn slow machine):

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Macbook pro mid 2010 (my mom got it now):

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My new Macbook Pro arrived

… Restoring from TimeMachine… 1 hour and 16 minutes remaining…

It took a weird route (Shanghai to Korea to Kazakhstan?!) but I finally got it. Yayyies.

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Later a blog post about what it’s like to migrate from a Macbook Air to a Macbook Pro again.

Macbook Air vs Macbook Pro

While my 2010 Macbook Pro is at the Apple Repair shop for a (most likely) faulty GPU I borrowed a Macbook Air from Christophe. These are my random thoughts about it:

  • It’s light. Very light. My bag is now too big and I can barely feel it hanging at my shoulder.
  • It’s light. Very light. I used to, when moving around (for example when testing WiFi, changing desks, going to a meeting, etc), jungle my Macbook Pro on one hand, with the display open and everything, and it would stay on my three or four fingers very nicely. With the Air, I can’t just move around like this as even the wind/air might knock it off my hand. Paper aeroplane comes into my mind.
  • The CPU is somewhere near the letters 1-2-3-A-Z-E-Q-S (Azerty keyboard). I tend to let my fingers rest between the keys on the bare metal. This can get quite hot. I have never noticed this with the MBP.
  • The keyboard of the Air is better. Smoother. More fun to hit. Nicer muffled sound. Hard to explain. Perhaps also because this keyboard hasn’t been used as often.
  • It stills seems … breakable. Not as robust.
  • I don’t like the bezel. WHY APPLE WHY? It’s metal instead of the nicer black glass that covers everything.

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  • The metal at the touch pad doesn’t slice my wrists all the time. Which is good I guess. My Macbook Pro’s metal is also damaged there. I don’t know how. It’s more damaged at the right hand side, and I keep my watch at my left hand side, so it can’t be that.
  • The smaller screen (13″ instead of 15″) doesn’t bother me.
  • An i5 1.7GHz with 4Gb RAM is fast enough (my MBP is an i7 something with 8Gb ram). SSD is thus key to the speed.
  • I can’t really say if the speakers are worse or not.
  • The resolution is lower. Which is annoying in some cases.
  • There a big price difference. I believe the Air was a little over 1000 euro. My Macbook Pro was apparently (with an Apple mouse) 3067 or something euro (and with 21% vat).
  • My gf also has (actually entirely the same) Air. I feel that one day I’ll leave to a client or the office with the wrong Mac.
  • It’s still the same Magsafe. Which is good. Very good. Why-oh-why apple, did you decide to make a thinner/different one. You’re such as bitch.