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Offline Pohjolas Daughter

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Re: Today's Purchases (Non-classical)
« Reply #3460 on: November 30, 2021, 08:10:23 AM »
I use an older 2012 Apple Macbook Pro, here are stats on it:

Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Storage: 2 TB
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

I have the HDMI output going into a 32" Samsung TV. I use an Apple Magic Keyboard and Apple Magic Mouse 2 (no batteries --- thank God!!!). My laptop stays closed and is docked with a fan on the desk beside my main one.
Do you subscribe to a video streaming service John?  I don't.  I do have a separate DVD/CD/SACD player that is attached to my t.v.

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Re: Today's Purchases (Non-classical)
« Reply #3461 on: November 30, 2021, 08:15:26 AM »
I suspected as much.  I sometimes like to watch DVDs on my iMac (also "vintage").  Will keep ASUS in mind.  :)

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Watching DVDs on a computer never worked for me, the clattering of the disc was too distracting. My DVDs are ripped to external hard discs and I watch video using simple media streaming software.

I've used other brands, LG, Samsung, they seem to be pretty much identical in performance and reliability. On a laptop I don't see much need for an optical drive, easy enough to plug one in on the relatively rare occasions when one is needed. And they are mechanical gadgets which are more likely to fail than any other component of a computer. Much easier to get another generic USB drive than have an internal drive replaced.
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Re: Today's Purchases (Non-classical)
« Reply #3462 on: November 30, 2021, 08:32:16 AM »
What is the size of the hard drive? I wouldn't buy anything less than 2 TB nowadays.

Nowadays all MacBooks have solid state hard drives. I opted for a 512 GB drive, although much larger drives are available. I would never go back to a mechanical hard drive in a laptop - the speed advantage of the SSD is too valuable to me.

I've got 12 TB of external hard drive storage on my desktop computer which contains all of my media files, and 2 TB of cloud storage available to all of the computers. The MacBook is for on-the-go creative work and the relatively small SSD is more than enough for me.

The main selling points of the new laptop are processor speed, high resolution display (3024x1964) and battery life (more than 12 hours, depending on what you are doing). The processor has 8 'performance' cores and 2 'efficiency' core which facilitate the extended battery life.

I use an older 2012 Apple Macbook Pro, here are stats on it:

Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Storage: 2 TB
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

I have the HDMI output going into a 32" Samsung TV. I use an Apple Magic Keyboard and Apple Magic Mouse 2 (no batteries --- thank God!!!). My laptop stays closed and is docked with a fan on the desk beside my main one.

I like to hear about machines that work for years and years. Seems like when it is time to upgrade you should consider a Mac Mini, since you only use external display.

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Re: Today's Purchases (Non-classical)
« Reply #3463 on: November 30, 2021, 10:37:28 AM »
Nowadays all MacBooks have solid state hard drives. I opted for a 512 GB drive, although much larger drives are available. I would never go back to a mechanical hard drive in a laptop - the speed advantage of the SSD is too valuable to me.

I've got 12 TB of external hard drive storage on my desktop computer which contains all of my media files, and 2 TB of cloud storage available to all of the computers. The MacBook is for on-the-go creative work and the relatively small SSD is more than enough for me.

The main selling points of the new laptop are processor speed, high resolution display (3024x1964) and battery life (more than 12 hours, depending on what you are doing). The processor has 8 'performance' cores and 2 'efficiency' core which facilitate the extended battery life.

I like to hear about machines that work for years and years. Seems like when it is time to upgrade you should consider a Mac Mini, since you only use external display.

I'll definitely consider the newer MacBooks once this one burns up (which I hope is a very long-time down the road from now). I hope you enjoy your new laptop!
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Re: Today's Purchases (Non-classical)
« Reply #3464 on: November 30, 2021, 12:44:53 PM »
I'll definitely consider the newer MacBooks once this one burns up (which I hope is a very long-time down the road from now). I hope you enjoy your new laptop!
I'm more concerned about updates....security...safety.  The older they get, the harder it is to get updates and more likely to get hacked.

You appear to have so much money to spend on music, why not update your computer?  :)  Better resolution too!

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