What do you use your 2017 MacBook Pro for?

Samtb

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Just curious what fun uses people have for their new 2017 MacBook pros?
 

DoctorDoctor

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Funny you mention that because not long ago I started thinking about what I really use my MacBook for and what I came up with is not much. There are a few apps I use but the world would continue turning if I didn't have access to them. If I had to guess I would say most of what I use a computer for these days can be done online. As much as I hate to say it I think a decent (do those exist) Chromebook would have been a better purchase for me. My iPad along with a Chromebook would be more than enough for me these days.
 

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Browsing, coding (web dev stuff), occasional gaming (WoW and retro games with OpenEmu), Netflix, maybe a VM or two.

Does everything I need it to.
 

tnfan

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Browsing the internet, emails, calendar, very limited Excel and Word, YouTube, photos, and Adobe. Being retired I have very limited needs. Have more computer power than I probably will ever need. Since this is probably the last computer I will ever purchase I made sure I got the best I could afford. So happy to no longer be on the Windows platform. After almost 40 years in IT and having used almost every version of Windows it is refreshing to now use MacOS. This is my first Mac and could not be happier. Purchased mid December and have not had a single issue.
 

fs454

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macOS side: Daily video editing in Premiere, light-to-moderate After Effects work, lots and lots of photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator, batch transcodes and light color grading in DaVinci Resolve, and the usual Pages/Keynote/Safari/Spotify/Apple Mail/etc use to fill in the gaps. At home it sits next to a Dell P2715Q 4K monitor where I run it with both the built in display and the Dell in tandem. I've got a CODE mechanical tenkeyless keyboard (MX Blacks) and I position the laptop at my right so I can use the trackpad as my main input device. Absolutely hate mice.

Windows 10 side: Gaming. Battlefield 1 and Overwatch mainly, and they run great. I've got a mouse on deck for this - a Razer Mamba. I use the hackintosh in my sig when I'm home for gaming, but the MBP picks up the slack when I'm in bed or traveling.


Overall it's noticeably slower than the hackintosh in my signature which I use when I can, but I tend to get more work done on the MBP since it's portable and I can edit from bed, in the field, etc. It's the fastest notebook in town for OS X.
 

iRabbit

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Just curious what fun uses people have for their new 2017 MacBook pros?
I literally just got it today and came over here to kill time while I'm setting it up, installing software and such. So far I'm really enjoying it, including the touch bar! (insert pointless emoji). Keyboard took me all of 30 minutes to get used to.

Anyway, I previously had a 2011 MacBook Air that my husband has "taken over" for his day-to-day work so I had to buy something for myself. Got a bonus at work and decided to spend it on a good deal I found ("open box" at a reputable store) for the 13" Touch Bar model in "like new" condition.

Plan to use it for traveling. I'm a professional photographer and will be traveling for photoshoots more this year. Husband and I also started van-camping on weekends in the warmer weather, so it'll be great for that. Primary use will be internet/email, photoshop and occasionally watching videos.

Enjoy yours! I'm sure I'll enjoy mine :D
 
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bevsb2

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Browsing the internet, emails, calendar, very limited Excel and Word, YouTube, photos, and Adobe. Being retired I have very limited needs. Have more computer power than I probably will ever need. Since this is probably the last computer I will ever purchase I made sure I got the best I could afford. So happy to no longer be on the Windows platform. After almost 40 years in IT and having used almost every version of Windows it is refreshing to now use MacOS. This is my first Mac and could not be happier. Purchased mid December and have not had a single issue.
I'd like to see this as a separate thread for all those who think they can do better with a Windows-based PC.
 

leman

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Work (research and teaching-related stuff, software development of all kinds, statistical modelling, administration, data analysis) and play (videos, games).
 
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NKumarT100

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I don't have mine yet - will be getting it in a couple of weeks. But I use my 2012 MBP heavily for Machine Learning product development, and typically have a couple of VMs running on VMWare Fusion, an IDE and about 5-6 other applications running in the background. More RAM would be nice, but I've not had too many issues since I upgraded from a HDD to an SSD. And my 2016 machine will be put to the same abuse :)