I just got a new Mac.  I am fairly new to the Mac world, so what better to use it for than to write about my learning experiences.  I had used Macs on a limited basis previously but did not have great firsthand experience with them.  Buying one to start using as a primary computer is a big step for me.  I am proficient with PCs and my comfort level with them is strong (cough power user).  Switching over to the Mac way of doing things is taking some adjusting.  Some things are easier to do, some are harder (or at least not intuitive for me).  This blog will detail some of my experiences, as well as my learning curve as I start getting more into the Mac World.

I decided on getting a Macbook Pro 15″ Retina Display.  I went with the 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, and 256 GB Flash Storage drive.  I had gone to the store to look at different Mac options at the persuading of my husband, who has been trying to convert me to a Mac user for a while.  I looked at both the Macbook Pros, as well as the iMac desktops.  I quickly decided I wanted the Macbook Pro, mainly for portability.   I like to roam around the house and needed a computer I could take around with me.  I also knew I would have a lot of questions and figured my husband would get annoyed if I kept calling him to come to me to help out.  It is best if I can sneak in and bother him with my questions and be less interruptive.

Anyway, back to Mac choosing.  Once I had decided on Macbook Pro, I just needed to narrow down my options to which model I wanted.  I compared the 15″ and 13″ models and decided on the larger screen.  I liked having a larger screen viewing area, and after picking up both sizes I did not feel that the larger version was too heavy to cart around.  After picking screen size, I had to choose between the regular Macbook Pro and the Retina Display version.  Both had pros and cons.  The Retina Display model did not come with an ethernet port or a CD/DVD drive.  While this made the computer thinner and lighter, I worried I would miss having those features.  I did like the screen appearance better though with the retina display.  After a bit of back and forth I finally decided that the retina display model was the right choice for me.

Once narrowing my choice down to the 15″ Retina Display model, I then just needed to decide what kind of processor, how much memory, and what size hard drive I wanted.  One big downside to the Retina Display models is that you cannot add memory on your own to the computer later on.  From my understanding it is permanently attached to the board, making upgrading nearly impossible.  Based on this I decided to upgrade to the 16GB memory to prevent regret in the future.  I also upgraded the processor to the 2.6 GHz version.  I didn’t go all the way to 2.7GHz after reading online about how the difference between the 2.6 and 2.7 was barely noticeable.  In my opinion, getting faster processors will make life much happier when using a computer.  For the hard drive, I opted to stay with the standard 256GB drive.  I do not typically use up too much space on my hard drives, so figured I could get away with a smaller drive.  And, I reasoned that I could offload data to an external drive at a later time if necessary.  Truthfully though, the biggest reason I stayed at the 256 drive was price, as it would have cost hundreds more to upgrade.  The computer was already expensive enough.

So far I have been happy with my choice.  The computer is quick, and the screen is clear.  It is light and easy to carry around.  There have been some adjustment to Mac issues, but I will detail those at a later time.

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