In August of 2017, I decided to take the leap of faith and abandon my old trusty Windows Laptop and opt in for something a little out of my comfort zone. The Macbook Pro 13inch 2017.
At one time, I used to be a firm android and windows kinda guy, however, with the ease of use that Apple provides, the growing trend of me and Apple products just keeps getting bigger. So, without anymore ramble let us get into my review on the Apple MacBook Pro 2017.
The MacBook Pro 13inch 2017 model was my choice when glazing in the apple store. I didn’t want something that was huge, and certainly didn’t want to go into the £2k range of prices. So, I went in-between and got the MacBook Pro 13inch with the following specs:
- Retina LED-backlit display with IPS technology, 2560 by 1600 pixels
- 2.3GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 with 64MB eDRAM (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
- 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
- 256GB PCIe-based SSD
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
- Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Ports
- Headphone Jack
- Backlit Keyboard with ambient Light sensor
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
- Facetime HD Camera
- Preinstalled MacOS
The reason I went for this specific choice was due to what I was wanting to use it for. My primary use for this laptop was to write blogs, take notes and edit videos and pictures using the Adobe Suit. So, with this in mind, I knew I needed something with relatively forgiving specs without breaking the specs of my bank. After a good hour or so of going into detail with an Apple Genius at my local Apple store, we broke down which laptop I would be going for.
The MacBook Pro 13inch 2017 model is perfect for someone who would like a premium device that can do the basics and push that extra further to get the tougher jobs done too. Since I knew this machine would be something id use often, I had to trial run if it could handle certain tasks. After opening the adobe suit, I went through various softwares such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Acrobat, Indesign and Illustrator, all softwares worked swimmingly without any flaws or struggles from the machine. The same applied to Apples home-brewed softwares such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, Maps and iTunes. Everything had passed its test for everyday usage.
However, the one downside I did have with this laptop was after using it for prolonged amounts of time and editing either 4k video or 1080p video, it would occasionally start the fans going and start to cool down the system. As much as a scary and unwanted noise it is, the fans do a brilliant job at cooling down the system quickly, although it may sound like you have an office fan on, it does what it needs to do and brilliantly.
Moving on from specs, let us talk about the design.
After many different shapes and sizes for Apples Macbook series, the Pro line of 2017 shows some promise. The immediate change for some would be the Apple is no longer powered up as a glowing Apple icon, the keyboard is more embedded into the machine rather than being more clunky and clicky, and the overall build quality seems to be more sturdy and complete but without the extra weight. That is what you call being smart. The design fits cleverly with the times, it has a complete finish to it without being something that looks stuck in an old era.
In addition to this, it has minimal overlay to its build meaning on first glance, it doesn’t look like a prop from a Star Trek film or device from Star Wars, it fits nice and comfortably in any modern home without any sign of age from its outer shell. This was my primary reason as to why I wanted to move from my everyday Microsoft device and to an unfamiliar device with a whole new layout and operating system.
The final part of this review would be its beautiful screen. although it is nothing major or new as an update, the screen is bright, crisp and as colourful as ever. Apple products have always delivered on the screen side of things, the resolution is perfect for its size, the text can be read so smoothly and softly and even watching videos on this machine is such a beautiful task to do. You could argue that because I moved from a windows laptop of the same size but with lower resolution, anything looks wonderful on this beauty of a machine.
Despite the machine I had before, the difference in how it runs, how it works and just how perfect this MacBook Pro is, I would not have chosen anything else.
So, all in all as a round-up, the MacBook Pro 2017 model is one heck of a machine, for what I brought it for, I have barely scratched the surface in what it can do. I’m sure many months or even the next few years down the line, I will still be impressed as the day I got it and love every single square inch of it.