September 19, 2020
If there is one thing that can be said about me, there is this: I have not had and probably never will have kids, but I’ve had a lot of computers. I might end up having more. When I was a lot younger, I only dreamt of having a notebook (laptop). I never thought I would go through so many of them.
Here is the list: an IBM Thinkpad T Series (~2001), an IBM Thinkpad R Series(~2003), a black Core 2 Duo Macbook (~2007), a 13” Macbook Pro (~2009), a mid-2010 15” Macbook Pro (2011), and finally a mid-2015 15” Macbook Pro (2017). These are the ones I have personally bought. The ones provided by work are not included.
In this post, I’d like to talk about my mid-2015 Macbook Pro, because I don’t think I appreciate it that much (since I mainly use my work computer, a 2018 15” Macbook Pro).
I bought this computer in the latter half of 2017, resisting the urge to buy the new model at the time (the ones with the Touch Bar). Somewhere, I read that the mid-2015 models, which were still available from the Apple Store at the time, were much better than the Touch Bar models. They were also just a little bit cheaper, though I still spent about $2K for it (it’s a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory, Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB Graphics).
I eventually went to a coding bootcamp and used it without any problems. Towards the end, I was running out of storage (I only had 250GB), mainly due to all the files I’ve created from creating projects. I didn’t have a lot of pictures. After backing up important files, which aren’t that much (I mostly have test files), I restored it to factory settings, and started all over again.
Sometime around that, I got interested in Linux. This was the reason why I tried installing it with Linux, only to restore it back again to OSX.
This computer has felt kind of old to me. But really, it is just three years old. It still works well, and my keyboard doesn’t have any problems, unlike the Macbook Pro from work, which gives me hell when I set the trackpad to “Tap to click”. With my mid-2015 MBP, I don’t have the same problem. The only thing is, I only have 256GB on it. So I probably will upgrade its storage soon.
The other good things about this MBP are the MagSafe charger, Thurderbolt ports, two USB ports, an HDMI port, and most of all, an SD card slot! The new MBPs today only have Thunderbolt ports, so you need to spend $$ to buy dongles.
There’s a lot of articles and videos singing praises to this Macbook Pro model. The video below says it’s the best MBP in the last 10 years.
So that’s it! I’ve convinced myself that I won’t be buying a new Macbook for a while.