I have slightly used the track pad and it seems brilliant and really smooth, would getting a magic mouse be a good idea? I use a USB mouse with my current laptop instead of the track pad as it’s a lot easier
I returned the Magic Mouse a couple of days after buying it. Didn’t like it, hurt my hand. When at home, on the 24” display, I use a $10 mouse with the Apple keyboard and a Magic Trackpad (which is freaking awesome).
If you want a retina for movies, it’s not really worth it (maybe I’m biased, I hate watching movies on a 15” laptop). But images, Photoshop editing, text – all these are very sharp. Test it out and decide if you want to spend the extra grand or so.
Got the 15”, most sites look fine. Don’t believe what everyone says on the internet, go and test it yourself in a store – you’ll see most of the things you heard aren’t all true (I went through this as well). And of course, any USB device works. I personally got a Western Digital 1 TB external HDD that is USB 3, so I can use the high speed.
Anyway, it’s a good idea to test out as much as possible before purchasing. I went to the store several times to test the retina MBP and asked friends to let me fiddle with their non-retinas for as much as I could, to see how the OS workflow is like (coming from Windows, I had a 1-2 months learning curve, but it now feels natural).
RAM-wise – maybe now 16GB isn’t all that necessary as an SSD is, but it will matter over time, especially with a non-upgradeable laptop such as the Retina MBP. Again, if going for retina, max it out
My advice would be, if you have the money, to get a Retina MBP. They’re much faster than the regular MBPs, the display is stunning, they make less noise (I rarely hear the fans, and that’s only when I run very demanding apps), don’t heat up as much and they’re lighter.
I have a retina MBP since September and I’m very satisfied with the experience, especially since I’ve been using Windows my whole life. Got the base model with 16GB RAM. Also, if going for a retina MBP, max it out as much as you can, you won’t be able to add SSD/RAM after purchasing.
Operating systems – in terms of versioning, think of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8. When buying a Mac, you get the latest OS with it (that would be Mountain Lion now). Also, OS upgrades are pretty cheap, I believe the last one was $19 if I’m not mistaking.
Price tag is a whole discussion on its own. I spent almost 3000 Euros on my rMBP alone when I got it, but I don’t regret a single cent. For me personally, it’s a far better experience than with other machines that I ran Windows on. What sucks is that everything made for or by Apple, is premium priced, even if you get a laptop stand…
Hope this helps
@digitalimpact, Why not D7100? Not because this is a bad camera(it’s awesome), but D7100 is a perfection of this and you’d need +300USD approx. to buy it.
Body-only, it was almost twice the money, couldn’t afford it. Plus, it doesn’t have that many features that I’ll be using as a beginner. Bodies evolve over time and I’ll eventually get a better one, but for the starters, I prefer investing into quality glass
Good camera and nice hobby/interest – astrophotography
Thank you, I’m really passionate about astronomy and this is definitely going to be a fun, long-term challenge for me
Just got my first DSLR, through Envato earnings. Well, not direct earnings, but I guess being support staff for Envato authors could count as well, right?
Nikon D7000 + 50mm f/1.8 G Nikon lens :
One more “thank you” Envato, for the opportunity
Next up is a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, so I can start doing astrophotography.
When I purchase a theme for $45 (I’ve purchased a ton here), I don’t expect anything for free other then it working as advertised. [...]
Are the respective themes advertised as WP 3.5 compatible? If they’re advertised like that and they don’t support WP 3.5, then contact Envato support. That would be a situation where you’d be entitled to a refund.
Awesome job, kudos Jason
Love the interface, the very handy video tutorial and the fact that it has both a widget and a shortcode for output.
@Decneo – enable CURL on your local server.