Since I last posted, I’ve left my job of 17 years and started a new adventure with MongoDB. My daily work machine is no longer a Dell Latitude running Windows 10, but a 2017 Macbook Pro 15. I still have my personal Dell XPS 13 happily running Solus and Windows 10, but how does the Mac stand up.
Moving from Windows to Mac OS would be a big leap, but moving from Gnome 3 to Mac OS is not a challenge at all. Some of the keyboard shortcuts are different, some of the touch pad gestures are different, but essentially most things work just about the same. That’s a very good thing.
Not having a package manager and having to go to websites and download things was a bit of a pain but easily solved by installing brew. Windows not snapping to screen edges has been annoying me for some time, but I’m sure that can be solved. Hitting X to close a window but instead the app minimizes to the dock and resets is actually closing confusing me daily.
The amount of times I’ve x’ed my web browser, then clicked it again a few minutes later expecting it to reload my tabs from the previous session, but instead being greeted with a fresh browser with no tabs. So I mentally have to tell myself to do Command+Option+Q if I want to close something.
CPU/Memory and disk speed are as near as makes no difference. I’m not going to complain about only having USB-C ports, I have one dongle with HDMI/USB-A and that’s enough. My laptop is not connected to anything with a cable long enough for it to be a problem.
The keyboard is shocking. I’ve tried really hard to get along with it, but it just slows you down constantly. I used it for 2 weeks exclusively while in New York without touching another computer or external keyboard and still don’t like it. I hope that changes soon as I type a lot.
Fingerprint sensor is great. So quick and easy to unlock the machine when you have a complex password.
Touchpad is supposed to be amazing, buts its just average to me, nothing special.
You can get work done on this machine, you can install everything you need and get focused on the task at hand. It would not be my first choice, but if your employer hands you one you’ll be very happy with it. Just try get a Magic Keyboard/Mouse also. Given the choice I’d go with a XPS 15 Developer Edition, but the difference is almost insignificant.