First Thoughts and Impressions on the New MacBook Pro

There she sits.

It’s been one full workday with the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and my initial reactions are matching quite nicely with my expectations that I shared in this post a few weeks ago.

It’s got style, class, and enough power to do anything that I need it to do (and then some). Of course, it does such simple things as  publishing and word processing and the like, but that’s not why you buy one of these things, right?

I’ll admit that there have been a few disappointments, the biggest one being the fact that only browser that renders cleanly is Safari – the other two major players, Chrome and Firefox, still haven’t released publicly their production-ready builds. You can download the developer version which works but most people aren’t capable of doing that.

Take a look at these two different screens:

Safari on the left, Chrome on the right.

It’s not a deal breaker, for sure, but it’s a bummer as it’s so beautiful to look at the web rendered on a retina display! In due time the official release will be out and the world will be a better place.

The other features listed out on the Apple store page seem to be holding true so there’s no point in expressing much of an opinion on those things but the bottom-line for me is that I’m still going to keep my MacBook Air as my defacto standard for online publishing and the reason why is still ultra mobility.

I won’t have a problem taking this thing on the road with me but my personal workflow won’t change so why add another pound and a half? As a result you’ll see me hugging this thing on the road as I take it with me for work.

The question, then, is whether or not I’m going to keep this or not and I’m still very much on the fence. I teased the idea of taking it back and then jumped over the fence feeling like I never want to let it go – thankfully I’ve got a little more time to return it so I’m not worried about that.

What would you do if you were me? Keep it or return it?