An Apple a Day…

When I originally bought the 13” MacBook Pro Mid – 2012, I loved it. It was fast, beautiful, and incredibly easy-to-use. However, as the years have passed, it has gradually lost its charm. I have taken it to the Apple store twice in the past four months due to general issues, such as decreased battery life and random, unannounced shut-downs. However, despite these issues, it still runs quite well. The specs are as follows:

  • MANUFACTURER AND MODEL: Apple 13” MacBook Pro, Mid – 2012
  • CPU NAME AND SPEED: 5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache
  • HARD DRIVE TYPE AND STORAGE CAPACITY: 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • RAM: 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
  • VIDEO CARD DETAILS: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • MAXIMUM DISPLAY RESOLUTION: 1200 X 800
  • LAPTOP DISPLAY SIZE: 13.3 inches
  • BATTERY LIFE: Up to 7 hours wireless web (in my experience, 4-5 hours)
  • WEIGHT: 4.5 pounds
  • DATA PORTS: MagSafe power port, Gigabit Ethernet port, FireWire 800 port, two USB 3 ports, thunderbolt port, headphone port, SDXC card slot, Kensington lock slot, and 8x SuperDrive
  • VIDEO CONNECTIONS: Apple Thunderbolt Native Mini DisplayPort output
  • CPU BENCHMARK SCORE: 2900

If my relatives gave me $1,700 to upgrade my computer, I would choose between these two options:

Apple

  • MANUFACTURER AND MODEL: Apple 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • CPU NAME AND SPEED: 5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • HARD DRIVE TYPE AND STORAGE CAPACITY: 512GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • RAM: 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • VIDEO CARD DETAILS: Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • MAXIMUM DISPLAY RESOLUTION: 2880 X 1800
  • LAPTOP DISPLAY SIZE: 15.4 inches
  • BATTERY LIFE: Up to 8 hours wireless web
  • WEIGHT: 4.46 pounds
  • DATA PORTS: MagSafe 2 power port, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, HDMI port, headphone port, and SDXC card slot
  • VIDEO CONNECTIONS: Thunderbolt digital video output and HDMI video output
  • CPU BENCHMARK SCORE: 3323
  • PRICE: $2,499 (I would find a way to pay the extra $799 because this computer makes me drool in admiration)

Windows

  • MANUFACTURER AND MODEL: Dell XPS 13 UltraBook
  • CPU NAME AND SPEED: 2GHz Intel Core i5-5200 (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • HARD DRIVE TYPE AND STORAGE CAPACITY: 256GB solid state drive (SSD)
  • RAM: 8 GB Dual Channel DDR3L-RS 1600 MHz “onboard” RAM
  • VIDEO CARD DETAILS: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • MAXIMUM DISPLAY RESOLUTION: 3,200 x 1,800 UltraSharp QHD+ touch display
  • LAPTOP DISPLAY SIZE: 13 inches
  • BATTERY LIFE: 47WHr battery; 6-Cell Li-Polymer (built-in)
  • WEIGHT: 8 pounds
  • DATA PORTS: USB 3.0 (2), mini DisplayPort (1), 3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC) reader (1)
  • VIDEO CONNECTIONS: 11 AC and Bluetooth 4.0
  • CPU BENCHMARK SCORE: 3553
  • PRICE: $1,300

After researching the different types of computers, I realize that there is not necessarily a computer that is “the best” computer – it is a matter of preference. Ultimately, I think I would buy the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display. I used to be a Windows girl through and through, but that is no longer the case. You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away… In this case, an apple a day keeps the technological frustrations at bay 🙂

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