Rather slow download speed today
Also using this setup (MBPr 15” + wired Apple keyboard; used wireless as well).
They look the same so buttons are pretty much in the same places, but to me they definitely don’t feel the same. I feel I can type much faster on the wired keyboard than on the Mac’s (not that the latter is bad).
One bad experience with wireless keyboard and Mountain Lion: when it dropped below 18% battery, OSX went nuts sometimes, as if I were pressing Esc or something continuously; it was making that error “pop” sound on and on, like you would press and hold a key that does nothing in context (the keyboard was fine, brand new, it’s an OSX bug as I’ve read).
I now prefer the wired one for the more spaced layout, the numeric pad and the delete/page up-down buttons. Great keyboard.
Before you make a decision, you need to understand that the price difference between retina and non-retina isn’t simply because of the gorgeous screen. The retina MacBook is thinner, smaller, lighter, has a better processor, and a faster storage.
Add more battery life to that + you almost never hear it & it rarely heats up to notice. Oh and the fact that it doesn’t have an optical drive (you’d need an external USB one, if you need this type of media storage).
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