The best laptop ever made – Marco.org


108 bookmarks. First posted by goajunior november 2017.


I recently returned to the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro after a year away.

Apple still sells this model, brand new, just limited to the integrated-only GPU option (which I prefer as a non-gamer for its battery, heat, and longevity advantages), but I got mine lightly used for over $1000 less.

I thought it would feel like a downgrade, or like going back in time. I feared that it would feel thick, heavy, and cumbersome. I expected it to just look impossibly old.

It didn’t.

It feels as delightful as when I first got one in 2012. It’s fast, capable, and reliable. It gracefully does what I need it to do. It’s barely heavier or thicker, and I got to remove so many accessories from my travel bag that I think I’m actually coming out ahead.

It feels like a professional tool, made by people who love and need computers, at the top of their game.

It’s designed for us, rather than asking us to adapt ourselves to it.

It helps us perform our work, rather than adding to our workload.

This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed.

I hope it’s not the best laptop that will ever exist.

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march 2018 by W6AZ
I missed this post late last year - but I couldn't agree more:
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february 2018 by floehopper
That’s the one I have too. It’s still the best, frustratingly.
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january 2018 by tomcoates
[2017] MacBook Pro 15’ mid year model for sure!
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november 2017 by rexarski
Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed.
Introduced in 2012, less than a year after Steve Jobs died, I see it as the peak of Jobs’ vision for the Mac.
It was the debut of high-DPI Macs, starting down the long road (which we still haven’t finished) to an all-Retina lineup. And with all-SSD storage, quad-core i7 processors, and a healthy amount of RAM all standard, every configuration was fast, capable, and pleasant to use.
At its introduction, it was criticized only for ditching the optical drive and Ethernet port, but these were defensible, well-timed removals: neither could’ve even come close to physically fitting in the new design, very few MacBook Pro users were still using either on a regular basis, and almost none of us needed to buy external optical drives or Ethernet adapters to fit the new laptop into our lives. In exchange for those removals, we got substantial reductions in thickness and weight, and a huge new battery.
There were no other downsides. Everything else about this machine was an upgrade: thinner, lighter, faster, better battery life, quieter fans, better speakers, better microphones, a second Thunderbolt port, and a convenient new HDMI port.
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november 2017 by rgl7194
The best laptop ever made
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november 2017 by s7udi0
All a theoretical 2018 model would need to add are 2 USB-C ports and the option to upgrade to 32GB of RAM.
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november 2017 by sujal
I know I can buy light up USB-C cables, but this used to be standard, and better.
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november 2017 by dinomite
Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power
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november 2017 by newmarcel
It feels as delightful as when I first got one in 2012. It’s fast, capable, and reliable. It gracefully does what I need it to do. It’s barely heavier or thicker, and I got to remove so many accessories from my travel bag that I think I’m actually coming out ahead.

It feels like a professional tool, made by people who love and need computers, at the top of their game.

It’s designed for us, rather than asking us to adapt ourselves to it.

It helps us perform our work, rather than adding to our workload.

This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed.

I hope it’s not the best laptop that will ever exist.
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november 2017 by tonyyet
I concur with Marco Arment. And his closing statement, "I hope it’s not the best laptop that will ever exist."
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november 2017 by glass
"it feels like a professional tool, made by people who love and need computers, at the top of their game."
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november 2017 by chl
- Marco nails it, the newer machines fall short and require a bag of dongles
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november 2017 by renaissancechambara
The best laptop ever made by via Marco.org -- I don’t know what ya’ll are taking about but I love my 2017 MacBook Pro more than the other 3-4 Mac laptops I’ve had over the years. Thinner, lighter, and the keyboard is better in fact. Very excited for the iMac pro to go with it. -- https://marco.org/2017/11/14/best-laptop-ever
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november 2017 by samuelclay
review by Marco Arment
11 November 2017
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november 2017 by Mykl
RT : The best laptop ever made:
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november 2017 by heapdump
RT : The best laptop ever made:
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november 2017 by todbot
when i need a new (used) laptop... get a 2015, 13 inch
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november 2017 by kwlblt
Marco Arment:
<p>Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed.

Introduced in 2012, less than a year after Steve Jobs died, I see it as the peak of Jobs’ vision for the Mac.

It was the debut of high-DPI Macs, starting down the long road (which we still haven’t finished) to an all-Retina lineup. And with all-SSD storage, quad-core i7 processors, and a healthy amount of RAM all standard, every configuration was fast, capable, and pleasant to use…

…I recently returned to the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro after a year away.

Apple still sells this model, brand new, just limited to the integrated-only GPU option (which I prefer as a non-gamer for its battery, heat, and longevity advantages), but I got mine lightly used for over $1000 less.

I thought it would feel like a downgrade, or like going back in time. I feared that it would feel thick, heavy, and cumbersome. I expected it to just look impossibly old. It didn’t.

It feels as delightful as when I first got one in 2012. It’s fast, capable, and reliable. It gracefully does what I need it to do. It’s barely heavier or thicker, and I got to remove so many accessories from my travel bag that I think I’m actually coming out ahead.

It feels like a professional tool, made by people who love and need computers, at the top of their game. It’s designed for us, rather than asking us to adapt ourselves to it. It helps us perform our work, rather than adding to our workload.

This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed.</p>


I'm typing this on a 2012 model. Recently got the battery replaced; Apple cleaned the whole thing. Like having a brand new machine.
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november 2017 by charlesarthur
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november 2017 by cijanzen
So true. Still rocking one at work and have literally no desire for the new gimmicky one.
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november 2017 by trek
This is so true. I have zero desire to upgrade mine. I’ll maintain mine until it falls apart.
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november 2017 by aleo
I agree with about which is partly why seriously evaluating Chromebooks as an…
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november 2017 by wschenk
this is crazy but I recently switched back to this MBP and it is wonderful. Better than my more recent laptop. bonkers.
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november 2017 by yewknee
Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall…
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november 2017 by joeybaker
RT : The best laptop ever made:
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november 2017 by JimRoepcke
Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed.
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november 2017 by andyhuey
Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed.
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november 2017 by some_hren
This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed. I hope it’s not the best laptop that will ever exist.
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november 2017 by zool
Agreed 100%
november 2017 by kevinspencer
Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall…
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november 2017 by trhall
"Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed."
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november 2017 by mechazoidal
Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall…
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november 2017 by wahoo5
The best laptop ever made
I'm 100% with Marco; mine's from 2014 & makes me smile every time.
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november 2017 by bf4
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november 2017 by tullyhansen
An ode to the 15” MacBook Pro by Marco Arment
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november 2017 by jefframnani
Peak laptop:

Will Apple ever achieve greatness again?
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november 2017 by railmeat