A friend came over yesterday to configure his new Mac. And it wasn't even a "new" Mac, but it was new in the box and new to us. He pulled it out, swapped hard drives out of his older Mac, and violá, he was done.
But that wasn't why I now HATE HATE HATE my MacBook Pro. (see my solution: REVIEW in Pictures )
Something they introduced a number of years back, I forget what they called it. What they did was they started charging you extra for anti-glare coating. And it just so happens, that the year I bought my wonderfully fast and efficient machine, is the 6-months or so when they did not offer the option to downgrade (or upgrade, depending on how you look at it) to the anti-glare screen.
Yesterday I was reminded of how HORRIBLE these screens are. HORRIBLE. It's not about manufacturer. It's about user experience.
When the lighting is just right, as in ZERO back lighting for ZERO reflections, this screen does appear to be quite bright and quite sharp. BUT IN OTHER CONDITIONS, as in, the real f-in world, these screens, on everyone's laptops unless you paid for the anti-glare options, are HORRIBLE.
Yesterday I was confronted with how simple and beautiful a laptop can be, even outdoors, even on the back porch. Today I am madder than hell. My machine, is so… so… Sharp… No, reflective! That's the word. I DON'T WANT A GLOSSY FINISH ON MY SCREEN. EVER!
Do they make a film anywhere that works and doesn't look horrible? The 3k I need for my next MacBookPro with retina display is a bit off in the future. I need to check if they offer the anti-glare screen. [Uh oh, it does not look like the anti-glare screen is an option on the retina display. ACK! The answer below from online Apple Store employee.]
I HATE THIS COMPUTER. AND I HATE YOURS TOO.
Apologies for my shouting.
If you're in the market for a very nice, shiny MacBook Pro, here are the specs on mine. Call me.
The one thing I will say in defense of this computer, it's solid and it beats the pants off anything else in the marketplace.
DELL – forget about it – plastics r us, windows 8, oh-but-which-model-to-buy-which-brand? inspiron, xps, latitude, precision, vostro… I'm so tired, even starting to try and figure out where I get the best deal on a Dell is my definition of hell. Dell Hell, that's kind of catch. (grin)
SONY – Vaio is nice but the "paying only for the high-design" aspect is so clear in the Windows space
HP – buzzers and bells, and more more more plastic
Lenovo – I bought my son an IdeaPad, because he wanted to join his gaming friends on the Windows platform. Nice machine. Almost as nice as the MacBook Pro it is copying. It's solid. He likes it. And thank goodness we got it before Windows 8 became the factory install.
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