I was always a big fan of IBM Thinkpad and Toshiba. Since Lenovo acquired the Thinkpad business the quality has dropped so I am not sure I would invest in Lenovo product. Toshiba seems to have gone down the big screen/touch screen route which is fine for fun but not so good for the road warrior carting round a laptop for business.
So, I decided to make a bit of a change and get an Apple MacBook Pro. The non-retina display 13" is slightly hidden on the Apple.com website but it's in there. I upgraded the CPU to the 2.9Ghz i7, upgraded the chip memory to 8GB and took the hard drive to 1TB of old-fashioned spinning metal.
So - first impressions. It's quit a nice bit of kit. Due to work reasons I need to get office and Visual Studio working so I put Windows 8.1 Pro on the bootcamp partition. I gave that 200GB and installed Office Professional, Visio, Project and Visual Studio. Not a huge fan of the new look and feel for Windows 8.1 Pro but it'll be ok for what I need.
- Get Apple Xcode up and running and having a look-see about what it can do.
- Have a look at Spring Tool Suite on Mac. I have never developed on an Apple Mac so it will be interesting to see how well it works.
- See how I can get my HD video camera files onto the MBP hard drive
- When I can get a decent 1TB or more SSD drive I will install that - for the time being I will stick to old fashioned HDD. Apple don't sell an SSD with more that 512GB but that's no use if you are running multiple operating system instances within VirtualBox.
- Get a decent NAS to collect media and code.