I’ve been a ‘PC guy’ my entire life, but with Apple’s latest mid-2014 updates to their line of Macbooks, I felt now was the right time to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve bought myself a Macbook Pro Retina.

This is my first ever Apple product. It’s a typical response, but I’ve never previously been able to justify the costs of anything flaunting the famous logo. Android and PC’s run my life, so it’s time to see how Apple can compare.

As of August 2014, the specs of all Macbook Pro Retina’s have slightly improved, whilst at the same time getting slightly less expensive. This was enough to tempt me, but obviously having no prior experience with a Macbook means the greater specifications are rather irrelevant. But I’ve heard good things. Here’s the PR fluff:

CUPERTINO, California—July 29, 2014—Apple® today updated MacBook Pro® with Retina® display with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz.

I opted for the least expensive Macbook Pro Retina available – the 13″ 2.6GHz with 8GB RAM. Still a hefty punch in the gut at just under £1k, but I somehow managed to justify it. Man-maths at it’s finest.

I only received it this morning, and it’s going to take a bit of getting used-to before I’m qualified to write any sort of review, but I like it. Aesthetics are beautiful and the screen is a delight. After a few minutes use everything seems simple enough and works without a hitch.

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At least now I’ll be able to properly diagnose issues from clients with Macs!

Update – October 2014

I’ve been using my Macbook for a couple of months now and… I really, really like it. It’s just such a fantastic piece of equipment to use and oozes quality.

Don’t get me wrong, I still much prefer the experience of using a Windows-based desktop system – even Windows 8.1 – but the thing I, and I assume most other Mac owners, appreciate the most is the fact that it just works flawlessly.

The battery life is incredible, the SSD is ridiculously fast and the screen is beautiful. I can pick it up from sleep and start working in mere seconds without so much as a hiccup.

As for the negatives, obviously the price is way up there. But if you can justify the outlay it’s totally worth it. Other than that, anything using Adobe Flash or video media of any kind is a little harsh on the processor leading to rapidly rising operating temperatures and the fan kicking in (admittedly, watching videos is the only time I ever hear the cooling fan start up.). With an aluminium shell this obviously leads to a toasty lap – something I may even appreciate in the coming winter months!

Here are few more images, including the initial unboxing:

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Verdict? I’m very glad I bought it – I was on the fence for a long time. Quite possibly the best machine available for getting stuff done on-the-go.

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