re: The new MacBook Pros are overpriced VIEW POST

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You mention in the discussion that the 2015 MBPs are the best machines ever. Well, I just got a 15" that was a display machine at a local store, at a discount. That was to replace a 13" that I had since 2011.

I don't work in the same field as you do. I'm an almost full time translator slowly starting to shift to web development. Most of my work pro-apps are Java based free software solutions so theoretically I could use any kind of OS/hardware, but I've stuck to Mac because of 3 things that are crucially important for me.

1) automation: 90% of my workflow is based on automation scripts that make mac apps communicate together, on a side note: sandboxing on mojave is a real pain point here,
2) multilingualism: you can use dozens of input systems out of the box (like Linux, unlike Windows) and the system is not English centered (unlike Linux, where anything beyond bilingual is not trivial). So I can type Japanese/French/English and shift from one to the other without any problem. And that has been the case for the last 20+ years.
3) it just works. when I have a problem with a machine, I take my backup machine, plug it on the Time Machine backup and I'm back to work in no time.

I'm not of the opinion that the build quality at Apple has lowered in recent years. As is mentioned in the thread other makers do not offer the same build stability. Also mentioned, and as I just wrote, when you change of machine, you just plug the new one into your Time Machine backup and you're back to work with the exact same settings by the end of your lunch break.

I don't know how much your hourly rate is, but let's say it's $50. The extra $700 is 14 hours of your time. Now, let's say your machine is going to last you 5 years. That's 3 hours/year. So, if you can positively say that getting a similarly spec'ed but cheaper machine with Windows is worth the 3 extra working hours/year that you'll pay to have a Mac system, then you should go for it.

 

Thanks for your perspective. Very insightful

You mention in the discussion that the 2015 MBPs are the best machines ever. Well, I just got a 15" that was a display machine at a local store, at a discount. That was to replace a 13" that I had since 2011.

Nice

I don't work in the same field as you do. I'm an almost full time translator slowly starting to shift to web development.

Welcome to the fray :)

1) automation: 90% of my workflow is based on automation scripts that make mac apps communicate together, on a side note: sandboxing on mojave is a real pain point here,

True, I've had a few apps needing to be updated because of sandboxing. Hopefully programmers will catch up

2) multilingualism

This is huge. I deal with three languages too (unfortunately one of them is not Japanese...) and I've never had any issues

3) it just works. when I have a problem with a machine, I take my backup machine, plug it on the Time Machine backup and I'm back to work in no time.
you just plug the new one into your Time Machine backup and you're back to work with the exact same settings by the end of your lunch break.

TM is a huge time saver, and I've been saved by it more than one time. If I were Microsoft I would form a team of engineers to copy it bit by bit and sell it with a different name.

I don't know how much your hourly rate is, but let's say it's $50. The extra $700 is 14 hours of your time. Now, let's say your machine is going to last you 5 years. That's 3 hours/year. So, if you can positively say that getting a similarly spec'ed but cheaper machine with Windows is worth the 3 extra working hours/year that you'll pay to have a Mac system, then you should go for it.

Perfectly argumented, thank you.

I didn't mention it in the original post, the fact is that I was also considering of renting the computer using my freelance business. I've had a conversation with an acquaintance who works in communications and she told me she rented her Mac and her iPhone (I had no clue one could do that). She pays a monthly fee to Apple, gets repair and theft insurance, and then return the computers for new models after two years. It's another aspect to consider :)

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