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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display ME294LL/A Notebook Intel Core i7 2.3GHz 16GB Memory 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage SSD NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 15.4
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great specs. Thin and light.

Cons: Screen is glossy and the reflection is distracting. Daytime use in office environment is the worst, home use where you can control the environment is best.

Setting up a developer environment is harder than compiling and installing a Linux kernel. No package manager available by default, you better get started with that. Setup involves hours spent on forums and newsgroups. You need to get an Apple ID so you get stdlib installed. You have to install XQuartz to use remote X applications. The default timeout for remote X applications on this machine is less than 10 minutes. You better figure out how to change that otherwise your connection will break every 10 minutes! My favourite font (xfonts-terminus) is not available and not installable on this machine. With half of this effort one could setup/use Linux that is more customizable and developer user-friendly.

No page up and page down keys.

MacOS keyboard shortcuts are a pain to configure.

No copy on select. You have to press command-C and command-V every time.

No ethernet port. You have to use a converter that retails for $30.

Other Thoughts: I got this laptop at work, I did not have to buy it. My personal laptop is a T440s running Linux and I like that much more. (The T440s also has issues that needed newsgroup reading, but the end result is more pleasing and that machine is much more reasonably priced.)

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Display Name: Matyas S.

Date Joined: 09/01/04

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 04/01/14
  • Last Review: 04/01/14
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