Microsoft has been absolutely pummeled in the press and in reader comments this week by pundits and customers alike. They feel cheated by the amount of free storage space available to them on the new line of Surface Pro devices. But is that criticism fair or even valid? If it were valid, then surely Apple would have been scrutinized carefully over its 11.6-inch MacBook Air 128, which has specs that are reasonably similar to the Surface Pro 128. They’re both ultraportable devices that run full-strength operating systems. Both use similar CPUs, offer similar amounts of RAM, and advertise 128 GB of storage. The Surface Pro has touch capabilities and can be used as a tablet, but at its heart it is a full-strength PC designed for extreme mobility. Unlike the Surface RT, which is a tablet that does a few PC-like things, Surface Pro is a real, no-compromises PC. It can power a 2560x1600 30-inch display, it runs Windows 8 Pro, it supports Hyper-V virtualization, you can run … [Read more...] about Surface Pro versus MacBook Air: Who’s being dishonest with storage space?
How much flash storage do i need macbook pro
my thinking process in determining which Mac notebook to buy. I wound up deciding to buy the middle-of-the-road 13-inch MacBook, which is powered with a 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Of particular note is the Retina display, which makes working on a relatively small 13-inch display a pleasure. I'll give you a quick survey of my experiences, but I'm not going to bury the lead: this machine has completely unexpected, insanely fast storage performance. More on that near the bottom of the article when I talk about benchmarks. Delivery almost-snafu Oddly enough, my first-first impression of the machine was annoyance. While I wanted the machine quickly to begin a new project, Apple informed me that delivery would take until Tuesday (about a week). Given that I was ordering a non-standard configuration (maxing out RAM), I accepted that. But here's where it got annoying. On Thursday, the Apple … [Read more...] about Refreshed MacBook Pro: Stunningly fast storage, spooky touchpad, delightful display
Contents > The current Mac range, in brief > MacBook (aka 12in MacBook) > MacBook Air > MacBook Pro > Mac mini > iMac > iMac Pro > Mac Pro If you're wondering which Mac to buy, you've come to the right place. Here in our Mac buying guide for 2018, you'll find everything you need to know about Apple's range of Macs, including the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro, with expert buying advice to help you choose the Mac that's right for you. Apple makes seven different types of Mac, and within each of those categories there are sub categories and variations in the specs and features, so things can get pretty complicated. That's where this complete guide comes in, helping you make the right decision. If you're simply looking for a great offer, visit our Mac deals page. The current Mac range, in brief Let's first take you through each Mac that is currently available from Apple, to … [Read more...] about Mac buying guide: Is the iMac Pro right for you?
Apple is realigning its familiar laptop line, dramatically reshaping and in some ways merging the favorite options for both heavy-duty "pro" users and everyday customers. And the poster child for this more muddled future is the pricey new MacBook Pro, which appears in stores this week. Apple wants you to focus on the new Pro’s boldest feature, called the Touch Bar. It’s a touch-operated strip of buttons and sliders displayed on a thin screen at the top of the keyboard that changes functions depending on what you’re doing. It injects a bit of iPhone and iPad feel into the Mac. And it’s well worth noting. But, the bigger story here to me is that the Pro, once mainly aimed straight at people who do especially taxing work like professional video editing or serious design, is now being stretched to suit a much larger audience. That’s especially true of the 13-inch model (there’s also a 15-inch variety). It’s thinner and lighter, and is the only … [Read more...] about Mossberg: New MacBook Pro is a fast, slim tweener
I badly need a new computer. The last time I bought one was in the summer of 2011, not long after the MacBook Air’s first (and only) redesign. It was perfect timing: my last MacBook, the white plastic kind, had wiring literally sticking out of it after taking a spill. And Apple had just dropped the Air’s price down to $1,299 — the same price I believe my original MacBook had cost. It’s now six years later, and Apple is hitting that pricing sweet spot again in a big way. Not only does the super-slim MacBook start at $1,299, but so does the new MacBook Pro. And since the MacBook Air, still selling for $999, is woefully out of date — with a low-res screen that’ll look bad next to any current smartphone — $1,299 is essentially the starting price for a modern Mac laptop. So I’ve been wondering: if I want to spend $1,299 again, which one should I get? I’ve been testing both laptops for the past few weeks, and while I don’t think … [Read more...] about MacBook vs. MacBook Pro: how to pick between Apple’s two $1,299 laptops
We've already looked at gifts for iPhone users. It seems appropriate to also grab a glance at a few great gift ideas for notebook Macs. A home hub: Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock MacBook Pro users will want an Elgato Thunderbolt 3 dock (c.$300). Not only does the powered dock recharge any devices even when you take your Mac away, but it provides a seamless and efficient way to continue to use all those old USB devices – all through a single port. Not only this, but you can run an external monitor and recharge your iPhone. Using just one cable from your Mac. You can run external storage, connect using the HDMI port and plug your Ethernet into the dock. Why do I like it so much? For me it’s just so easy and convenient to leave all my accessories plugged into the dock when I’m out with my Mac – and all I need to do is plug one single cable into my Mac to get to use all those devices when I make it back. Did I mention it charges your Mac on the same cable? More … [Read more...] about 8 great gifts for Apple MacBook/MacBook Pro users
You almost had me, Apple. A diehard PC evangelist, the kind that drools over GPU tweaks and BIOS settings, right there — in your grasp! And then you had to go and ruin things with your usual anti-consumer antics.Let me explain. And, um, grab my flame retardant pants.The stars, alignedI’ve always been a PC guy, and up until this year, I thought I always would be. Then Windows 8 happened.Before you start smashing your head into your keyboard and invoking Godwin’s law in the comments, let me say this: I’m not saying Windows 8 is necessarily bad. I’m just saying it’s not really my cup of tea. The Release Preview has some good things going for it, but every time I “swipe the charm bar,” I’m not sure whether to feel like a giggling teenage girl or a giggling, dirty-minded teenage boy.Either way, I don’t enjoy feeling like a 13-year-old. Or enjoy Windows 8’s lack of customization options. Or the schizophrenic swapping between … [Read more...] about Opinion: MacBook Pro with Retina Display: I wanna love you, but you’re bringing me down
Editors' note: This post is Part 4 of an ongoing series that aims to explain digital storage, based on questions and inquiries from readers. For the other parts, check out the related stories.Made to replace hard drives in many applications, SSDs have nothing in common with hard drives in terms of how they handle data. By popular demand, I am explaining in this post how they work in layman's terms. I'll also answer other SSD-related questions.To understand how an SSD works, let's start with two most important parts: the controller and the NAND flash memory. These two components, and few others, are put together on a printed circuit board (PCB), which is housed inside a casing to make up an SSD.Controller: In an SSD, the controller is an embedded processor that bridges flash memory components to the host (such as a computer). The controller executes codes provided by the SSD's firmware (a mini operating system) to fulfill the data requests from the host. The controller decides how an … [Read more...] about Digital storage basics, Part 4: SSD explained
The wait for overhauled MacBook Pros is over, so let the shakeup begin. This entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2GHz Core i5 and function keys is a great replacement for my 13-inch MacBook Air. Whether it’s powerful enough for MacBook Pro power users is another story, and depends on your exact needs.It does have some significant trade-offs compared to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Apple’s new Touch Bar (reviewed here), which I think is the more compelling purchase, at least this cycle. After using it for a little over a week, this entry level model feels more like an itertion of the 12-inch MacBook or 13-inch MacBook Air than a true successor to the MacBook Pro.Physically, the MacBook Pro got a pretty dramatic overhaul, even though this model keeps the row of function keys along the top of the computer. The MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter than previous generations—this one weighs just a hair over 3 pounds. While weight savings are always welcome, I … [Read more...] about 13-inch MacBook Pro review: Too many tradeoffs
Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro is a gorgeous piece of technology that will change the way you work. At least that's the promise of the new Touch Bar, a nifty touch strip located above the keyboard that lets you edit documents and fly through options menus without lifting your fingers from the home row on the keyboard. But while the Touch Bar might get you to tweak your workflow, I'm not convinced that it will actually make you more productive in the end.Workers will also be disappointed to find that the MacBook Pro's slim design accommodates just a few ports, without a single full-size USB port in sight. But for business users who want a work companion that's as sleek and portable as it is powerful, the 15-inch MacBook Pro ($2,799 as reviewed, starting at $2,399) could be just the ticket. The MacBook Pro has never been so commuter-friendly. The system is thinner and lighter than most rival systems, weighing in at 4 lbs. and measuring 0.61 inches thick. That makes it easier … [Read more...] about Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Touch Bar) Review: Is It Good for Business?