My 1999 € MacBook “Pro” 2019 can no longer cope with my work requirements. Time for a change! No more form over function!
My MacBook Pro 2019, with an Intel Core i5 (quad-core, 2.4 GHz) processor, 8 GB LPDDR3 and 256 GB M.2 SSD can no longer do what I ask of it. This is not due to the hardware, but to Apple’s user-unfriendly “form over function” design.
In view of my current professional situation, I need hardware should be up to date for a relatively long time and that can be exchanged or replaced inexpensively. Unfortunately, Apple is not the right choice for my updated requirements, since Apple soldered its RAM and SSD and the battery could not be exchanged without trouble.
That’s why I took a look around the gaming segment of laptops. That’s when I came across the new Lenovo Legion 5 with AMD processors and I was surprised, because the technical data of this laptop were not exactly bad.
From a matt 15 inch 120 HZ display, a 6-core 3 MHz processor and a 512 GB M.2 SSD from Samsung to 16 GB DDR4 RAM, the Lenovo Legion 5 is definitely more powerful than my MacBook.
If you then consider the price of the MacBook at almost € 2000 and compare it with the price of the Lenovo Legion 5, which costs just under € 900 AND includes an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 with 4 GB GDDR6, the purchase decision was clear.
With the Lenovo Legion 5, I can either install an additional 2.5 inch SSD or an additional M.2 SSD and increase the RAM in dual-channel mode. The CPU of the MacBook hangs at around 50-55 ° C after starting, while the CPU of the Lenovo Legion 5 stays at a cool 35-40 ° C. Here, too, you notice Apple’s form over function approach.
Apple relies on Intel’s integrated graphics chips for € 2000 MacBook Pros, which are just enough to watch videos, but definitely not to carry out photos, videos or other visual “pro” work. I also find that more sad than a shame.
In terms of software, I am, thank God, relatively system-independent, as my programs are either web-based or available for at least Windows & MacOS. Of course, that doesn’t apply to Apple’s Logic Pro, but there are alternatives like Cubase or Fruity Loops.
So if you are currently working in the pro area and are annoyed with form over function, you should take a look outside the Apple products, especially when, as with me, most software is available on both systems, Windows & MacOS.
With its new CPUs, AMD ensures that there are downright killer laptops extremely cheap. Most of them, like my Lenovo Legion 5, are only mid-range at best in the Windows area, but still make the MacBooks looking bad pretty good.
And form over function doesn’t make up for any operating system in the world and its sophisticated functions, because if the hardware can almost cook fried eggs while surfing the web, then even the most beautiful design won’t do me any good.
Picture: © Daniel Wenzlik