“There are no traditional USB ports. The keyboard is lame. The Touch Bar is a gimmick. There’s not enough memory. And worst of all, you have to buy a bunch of expensive dongles to match what your old laptop could do easily,” Stephen Shankland writes for CNET. “Those are some of the complaints dogging Apple’s new high-end laptop, the MacBook Pro.”

“And yet I just bought one without even physically handling it first,” Shankland writes. “Why? Not because I’m a fanboy. I considered my choices carefully. ”

“I stress out browsers with dozens of open tabs and edit hundreds of photos, sometimes on a tight deadline. Given that I expect to spend at least 40 hours a week for three years behind its screen, I’m willing to pay for an eye-wateringly expensive high-end 15-inch model with the fastest Intel processor and AMD graphics chip Apple offers,” Shankland writes. “I’m open to other operating systems — I also use a Google Chromebook Pixel and Dell XPS laptop daily — but my main machine is a MacBook Pro. It’s the only one I bring on vacations, business trips and daily train commutes between my home and office.”

Apple's all-new MacBook Pro introduces the revolutionary Touch Bar

Apple’s all-new MacBook Pro introduces the revolutionary Touch Bar

“That’s because despite Windows’ considerable progress, I still find MacOS better at staying up and running, especially with countless wake-sleep cycles as I open and close the laptop lid. Also, I have yet to find a Windows machine that can match Apple’s trackpads, especially three-finger drag, an option I adore,” Shankland writes. “Last, the Apple unibody chassis is unbeatably sturdy when it comes to enduring the abuse of travel.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nothing compares to Macintosh.

Always max out your Mac purchases with RAM, storage, and CPU as best your budget allows and, with proper handling, it’ll last many, many years.

An extra $500 invested now averages out to just $13.80/month over three years.

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