Friday, August 24, 2012

The best personal computer in the world

This is my new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I'm showing it off because it is without a doubt the best personal computer in the world right now. Lightning fast processor, solid state drive, gorgeous design, highest-quality build, and about one-third lighter than its predecessor. But what sets it apart from all the others is the display. It's like looking at a high-quality magazine with a page that's more than twice the size of the new iPad: type is crystal clear, and photos are as good as the best printer could ever deliver. You can't see the pixels: looking at any other screen, everything looks blurry.

After taking it out of the box it took me about 3 minutes to set up, and then an hour and a half to transfer 175 GB of files from my old MacBook Pro. Once the transfer finished, all my applications and files were just where they should be, and everything worked just fine.

2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
8GB 1600MHz memory
512GB flash storage
Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
Built-in battery (7 hours) 
Weight: 2 kg  
Retina display; 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch
Some will say that its $2800 price tag is outrageously expensive. I think it's staggerlingly cheap, since I remember my very first Mac, which I bought in 1987. It too cost about $2800, but it had a very tiny black and white screen, only 1 MB of RAM, and only 20 MB of hard drive storage. Back then a computer like this one would have been impossible to even contemplate, and you couldn't create it for all the money in the world. Everything is relative, of course, and today there are plenty of cheaper laptops that get the job done. But this one does just about anything you can imagine (even running Windows programs alongside Mac programs) in grand style. Some day all computers will have displays like this—we've been waiting decades for them, and they're finally here.


Gloeschi said...

"This has been a paid advertising by Apple, Inc."

Benjamin Cole said...

Apple products are amazing.

Price tag?

I believe--given how much of our time is spent reading and using computers--we are living in an age of deflation.

This was the view of many "conservative" economists, back when Bush was President. Inflation is even lower now. but one does not hear that sentiment as much, if at all.

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Rob said...

You're a very wealthy guy Scott, must be nice to upgrade to whatever Apple product you want, whenever. Don't forget to also post the occasional piece about the poor, those living in another universe to your beachside, comfortable retirement. For them, $2800 remains way out of reach, just as much now as in 1987.