depreciated wrote:I'm not a fan of this deal. I bought the same setup from Best Buy in August for $899. Also, it's my 7th MacBook and I hate it. It's fragile beyond belief. The idea that there is one port is inconvenient. The USB C port is where the charger goes so if you want to charge and use another peripheral, you cannot. The money I spent on adapters to use this as a professor is astounding.
The gold is flaking from it and the case has bent from normal use - taking it from class to class.
As a contrasting point, I am a lifelong windows PC user that considers myself fairly tech savvy (built my own desktop, am engineer, love tech and gadgets, etc.), I decided to try my first Apple computer two months ago; MacBook Pro 15" decked out in space gray. Well, long story short, I was fully prepared to play with it for a week or two and return it, but I absolutely LOVE it. Having the thunderbolt USB C port is so future looking that I applaud and love that I can hook up anything from a e-GPU in the future to hardware peripherals that all hook up with one simple plug today. The "dongle life" I heard about sounded bad, but the reality was that a very capable hub with 2 USB type A ports, a 4k capable HDMI, a microsd, and a full size sd port is about $30 or so over at the mothership, and this can all be powered and plugged by a USB C port on the hub (which powers the MacBook). So basically all I need to do is sit down and plug in the one USB C port and I'll have all my peripherals, hard drives, power cord, monitor, etc. etc. immediately available. Unless there's a MacBook/Pro dock I don't know of, this is as close as you an get to a Mac based portable workstation. So all in all I actually LIKE the one port because of what it is: an amazing high bandwidth port. Finally, aside from carrying around the ounces of this dongle, consider how often do you actually use USB, sd cards, monitors, hard drives, etc. on the go? For me, it wasn't that much, once a month maybe. Busting out the hub once a month is no big deal for me. If you work off your external hard drives or USB's all the time while on the go (this part is key), then yes take that into account. For me, the thunderbolt 3 only port was actually an advantage because of my use case (almost always sitting at a desk, my desk at that, when needing to use anything involving the port. The port that made everything a single plug and play).