I posted a while ago about my dissatisfaction with the new MacBook Pros. Despite my grumblings I had intended to hang out until any late 2017 releases to see if Apple had listened before I made up my mind about jumping ship or not. That was until the discrete graphics card died last week in my admittedly ancient MPB. I had to make a choice. It wasn't even close, I compared specs (albeit 7th gen i7 vs Apple's 6th gen), price, software, my specific narrow needs, etc. and I ended up getting a top-end gaming laptop made by a major company (that I won't name so I can't be accused of promoting them). (Note: I found gaming laptops suited my requirements more than standard ones) I received the new thing on Saturday, 32gb RAM, 4GB discrete graphics and other really solid stuff. It's blazingly fast and just sucks up the work I throw at it. For half the price of the highest spec MBP that still doesn't come close to the specs. Oh, and it's designed for easy user access for upgradeability purposes. It took me a while to get some of my software and testing kit working but I had to sacrifice nothing in functionality for my work needs. Do you know the only thing I'm missing with not having my MBP? Integrated messaging between my MBP, iPhone an iPad. It's annoying not being able to respond to texts and messages on my laptop and see them replicated on my iPhone. Also, the trackpad is not as good quality but then I use that maybe twice a day max when I'm too lazy to reach for my mouse. I'm now thinking that there's no point in me staying loyal to my iPhone when it starts to get on a bit, same with my iPad. The cash cow has left the field and has gone to another farmer's field who gives better food while demanding less. A friend pointed out that Apple seem to have cloned the senior managers who destroyed Nokia, RIM (Blackberry), Nortel Networks, IBM, etc. The figures they give to investors and the stock market are far more important than recognising that those figures are solely driven by how hard they can milk their cash cows and that the cows can move on at will if they become severely dissatisfied. And finally, to keep this on-topic for this thread, my view on the MBP these days? Designer handbag for college students to show off how much money they have. It's certainly no longer a mobile workstation for those who might need one.