I’ve owned a lot of Macs over the years (and yes, a PC or two along the way), but there is still one that stands out as my favorite. I suppose there are many reasons why one specific machine rises to the top of my attention, but admittedly, they have all been pretty darn awesome.
I was doing some research on my first Mac, making some cost comparisons of computing then vs. now. That started me on a beautiful walk down memory lane, and before I knew it, I had compiled quite a list of machines that I had owned. It was longer than I expected it to be, actually. I probably even left a few off. But there was one Mac in particular that made me pause and contemplate – “Yeah… what a great friend and workmate… We had some good times… I really miss that bad boy, got me out of some jams…” You know, the usual nerdy reflections.
A Blast of Macs Past
From my first 16 MHz SE/30 with 4 MB of RAM and a 40 MB Hard Drive to the 2019 MacBook Pro I am typing on now, the number of Macs are, well… numerous. Smattered across the timeline is a Quadra, a Bondi iMac, a half-basketball iMac G4, a Power Mac G4 and a G5, several Mac minis, a few additional later model iMacs, at least one PowerBook, two MacBooks, three MacBook Airs and five or six MacBook Pros. And remember when Apple allowed Mac clones for awhile? Yep, I had a Motorola StarMax back in the day.
So, what is my favorite Mac out of the lot? It was the 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro (MacBookPro6,1) that made my heart leap ever so slightly. Yes, I have had much faster and more tricked out computers, and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today with that specific hardware, but this model holds very fond memories.
Why I Loved the MacBook Pro (2010, 17-inch)
…the screen. I loved the 17-inch screen. I didn’t think I could ever live without it. (I’m still having a hard time getting over it.) Glossy? Nope, non-glare matte finish. I was a programmer and musician and had my eyes glued to that thing all day and didn’t want to deal with eye-fatigue. Sure, it was heavy and caused years of back problems having been slung around my shoulder as I traveled, but oh, the real-estate! Made both discectomies worth it.
…the speed-bump. This particular computer replaced a 2007 17-inch MacBook Pro I had, which was an Intel Core 2 Duo. I went straight to an Intel Core i7 with this one. The heavens opened, and the angels sang. 🎶 I was able to do things with a mobile computer that I couldn’t have dreamed of previously.
Apple’s tagline for this model was “The fastest, most powerful MacBook Pro ever. Times three.” Dang straight it was.
…did I mention SSD? I didn’t? Well, it had a Solid State Drive – something which I had never used before. A ginormous 512GB of storage space as a matter of fact. Who in their right mind could ever use up that amount of space?! (C’mon, be honest, we have all had that similar thought at one point in our computing lives.) I also maxed out the memory with OWC RAM – a whopping 8 GB! I was blown away at how much more productive I had become.
I was thinking about ripping out the Slot-loading SuperDrive and replacing it with a Data Doubler, but opted for an external drive instead. Kids + Disney + DVDs + Road Trips + 17″ Screen = Daddy gets an OWC Mercury On-The-Go FireWire enclosure instead.
…precision aluminum unibody case. Tuff stuff – ’nuff said.
Your Favorite Mac
So, is it odd to have a favorite Mac? I can’t be the only one. And does it have to be the newest and shiniest? Or is it like children where you aren’t supposed to prefer any one over the other? I hope I’m not alone, so I’m counting on you to let me off the hook by sharing your favorite memories in the comment section below!