This is my first new computer in 8 years. I ordered it right after the presentation on October 19, and it arrived yesterday. I can’t think of a negative thing to say about it. It’s blazingly fast compared to my late 2013 MacBook Pro retina 13-inch.
I ordered the base model, plus upped the RAM to 32 GB (compared to 16 GB on my old computer) and increased the internal storage to 2 TB (compared to 512 GB on my old computer). This was important because I couldn’t even fit my Photos library on my internal drive anymore; it had been on an external SSD. Photos app is much quicker now, and it will make backups going forward easier too.
Using the Migration Assistant it was very straightforward to migrate my data by connecting my Time Machine drive to the new MBP using a nifty, lightweight, inexpensive adapter I got that includes three USB ports and an Thunderbolt 3 compatible Ethernet connector, replacing the old Apple Thunderbolt 2 Ethernet connector I had. It works very well. My network speed is great, and I am able to connect my external drive and my old hub with the Time Machine drive and Carbon Copy Cloner drive to it.
Absolutely no problems so far. It’s beautiful, bright, and did I say fast? It’s amazingly fast compared to my 2013 computer. Everything is like instantaneous.
Here are some photos, with some more details.
Here’s a link to purchase the Uni adaptor from Amazon (note, this is an affiliate link). But I do highly recommend it.
Ethernet speed is at least as good as it was with the original Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Ethernet adapter I had – 760 Mbps download / 861 Mbps upload on my home fiber optic: https://www.speedtest.net/my-result/d/367497809
Anyway, I have most things up and running now. I needed to update Chrome to the Apple Silicon version (otherwise it would use Rosetta), and I still haven’t set up BackBlaze to “inherit” my old Mac’s backup. And I really don’t know what’s new in MacOS Monterey yet. But so far it’s great.
There’s this cute article somebody recommended that semi-sarcastically skips over the last 5 years of MacBook Pros, with various keyboard and port complaints, and praises this new MBP from the viewpoint of many years ago. It’s a fun read, so check it out. I didn’t have any of those intermediate versions, so it’s all good to me!
Anyway, it’s fun to have a new computer after all these years. Now to get some work done!