Derek Peden

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Old Yet Reliable

After a few months on a shelf my old MacBook Pro is back with me.

Not however one of the shiny new M2 Pro’s, but instead a MacBook purchased back in 2015:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
  • Intel Core i5
  • 8Gb RAM
  • 128Gb SSD

Minus a few relatively minor issues this machine served me well as my work laptop 2015-22. Following an enforced company-wide switch to Windows laptops this contraband has been on a shelf, but is now back in operation albeit not for the company.

Instead after the asset was formally written off I “bought” the MacBook following a small charitable donation of around $60 USD. It has now seen a fresh new install of an old OS, specifically 10.14.16 or Mojave as it’s known on Sundays, and is back in service… just about.

To be fair this will only be used for checking mail and some light sofa-based-shopping so it’s not going to be pushed to the limit of that 2.6GHz i5, or much demands put on the 8Gb of non-unified memory.

The purchase of a new M1 or M2 will have to wait for a little while longer. During which I can determine if I really need a new Pro, or if an M2 Air will meet my needs.