The recent usb-C only Macbook Pros are literally one THE WORST, most frustrating laptops for any professional videographer/photographer/editor to purchase
I don’t know how this was ever approved but it has caused me so much unnecessary stress over the last few years.
They claim a macbook pro is for professionals, who want a computer to keep up with the various demands of videographer/editor/photographer lifestyle. And if you crave the promise enough to buy such a laptop just fork out over three grand. So I did, the most expensive laptop purchase i ever made.
From my experience the decision to use usb c only should have NEVER made it past the first suggestion let alone mass produced. It actually provides the OPPOSITE experience of what the macbook pro’s reputation is and I’m so bloody angry about it, with constant problem after problem year after year, that I never did and never should experience with any other laptop before in my entire life.
The usb-c ports block wifi signal as soon as any dongle is connected. I brought it back to the third party retailer who sold me the 70 dollar usb-C to a NORMAL usb-B dongle along with the macbook. They said they wont replace it until i prove its a problem with the macbook not the dongle which they sold me. I was in the middle.of moving country. Bought another dongle abroad for 50 euro. Same thing happened. Rang up apple. They put back to retailer to replace. Had to live with this problem for a year. Until I returned on holiday to this retailer. Replaced laptop. Same problem exists. I had bought 2 dongles just for a normal usb connection, a dongle for a hdmi connection, and a hard drive lead to plug directly (and not all cheap china stuff) and ALL had problems cutting off wifi. Apple will say “we can’t guarentee any third party accessories will work”
So theyre releasing a product forcing people to use usb-c and not telling them that theres a huge risk of no wifi if you buy most dongle products in the market, which you need in order to connect ANY devices to your computer! Leaving people to fork out more money to even learn about this lack of a well designed relaible computer even up to the standards of say, I dont know, even a cheap 200 dollar laptop!
Even after that compromise i cannot use the laptop out and about! A three thousand dollar laptop only contains 250 gb of strorage space, requiring an external HD connection in order to deal with files any NORMAL professionals are working with these days. And yet the connectiom is not even reliable. The minute I move my laptop even slightly with the usb port connected the HD cuts out and takes 30 minutes to rescan, do first aid and mount again, risking loosing all my files and progress every time! Unless I want to build a whole workaround system. Is it my particular cable is loose? No, even tilting the latop screen upward is enough to make usb-c loose connection in the damn thing. In every port. With the two usb dongles ive used, same thing! With the direct cable – same thing. With another hard apator not using wires – same thing. Is it my just my laptop, no, as I replaced it and am having the exact same problem.
How the hell did this 2017 macbook pro get released to the public in this state. Any professional work cannot really be done in any ‘out and about’ state, not even on your lap without the risk of destorying your files, and also not allowing you to access any 2.5G internet while peripherals are attached? 30 minutes of testing the thing in the practical world would have discovered this? How the hell is this being released and for such a price.
Is it just me or is this a f****** abysmal and disrespectful thing to release to consumers? Because it makes my blood boil every time I’m using it!
I’m currently on holiday and brought my camera along, I have photos on my SD card and have no way of getting it onto my mac since I forgot a mini-usb lead to connect to my card reader, since the damn macbook cant even import a sd card without having to rememeber 3 pieces of accessories. Usb B to C adaptor, usb to mini usb and a card reader. You forget one, your screwed, and thats just for SD’s cards. I have walked an hour, around this holiday village to the only 5 shops and none of them have the lead, nor has the library got a pc with an sd slot, so im stuck here without being able to import a simple sd card, the most common form of storage for photographers, all because Apple thought it would improve their “pro” laptops to take it out. Even when my bag is filled with about 7 different types of cables to connect the majority of accesseories in use today to this thing. No other normal laptop would I have to deal with this crap. And I’m really sick of it.
I understand the last point can be “well you knew what you were getting into when you were buying it, so you cant really blame apple” but its still very frustrating for a customer to discover just how ridiculous this design choice is for professionals and I would tolerate that point a lot more if it was coupled with the previous horrendous experiences of usb-c only and how its made the whole laptop experience extremely stressful, and broken really. And I can’t believe I dont hear many others talking about it. Why the hell not just include a usb or an sd card slot? To people really care more about a 1mm smaller macbook than all the stress this unreliablity brings? It doesnt make sense to me, and not having an sd card slot makes even less sense for a macbook “pro” as they say.
What else do I do at this stage? Other than selling and admitting that my 3000+ dollar purchase was even worse than a waste of money, and that a 200 dollar laptop is actually better than this thing in terms of functionality. Once i’ve spent so much, its a long process to really admit that to yourself and how the hell can I ever purchase off apple again after seeing how their nonsensical decisions effect people.