My Favorite Mac – You Might Be Surprised!

I’ve owned a lot of Macs over the years (and yes, a PC or two along the way), but there is still one that stands out as my favorite. I suppose there are many reasons why one specific machine rises to the top of my attention, but admittedly, they have all been pretty darn awesome.

I was doing some research on my first Mac, making some cost comparisons of computing then vs. now. That started me on a beautiful walk down memory lane, and before I knew it, I had compiled quite a list of machines that I had owned. It was longer than I expected it to be, actually. I probably even left a few off. But there was one Mac in particular that made me pause and contemplate – “Yeah… what a great friend and workmate… We had some good times… I really miss that bad boy, got me out of some jams…” You know, the usual nerdy reflections.

A Blast of Macs Past

From my first 16 MHz SE/30 with 4 MB of RAM and a 40 MB Hard Drive to the 2019 MacBook Pro I am typing on now, the number of Macs are, well… numerous. Smattered across the timeline is a Quadra, a Bondi iMac, a half-basketball iMac G4, a Power Mac G4 and a G5, several Mac minis, a few additional later model iMacs, at least one PowerBook, two MacBooks, three MacBook Airs and five or six MacBook Pros. And remember when Apple allowed Mac clones for awhile? Yep, I had a Motorola StarMax back in the day.

So, what is my favorite Mac out of the lot? It was the 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro (MacBookPro6,1) that made my heart leap ever so slightly. Yes, I have had much faster and more tricked out computers, and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today with that specific hardware, but this model holds very fond memories.

Why I Loved the MacBook Pro (2010, 17-inch)

First…

2010 17-inch MacBook Pro

…the screen. I loved the 17-inch screen. I didn’t think I could ever live without it. (I’m still having a hard time getting over it.) Glossy? Nope, non-glare matte finish. I was a programmer and musician and had my eyes glued to that thing all day and didn’t want to deal with eye-fatigue. Sure, it was heavy and caused years of back problems having been slung around my shoulder as I traveled, but oh, the real-estate! Made both discectomies worth it.

Second…

…the speed-bump. This particular computer replaced a 2007 17-inch MacBook Pro I had, which was an Intel Core 2 Duo. I went straight to an Intel Core i7 with this one. The heavens opened, and the angels sang. 🎶 I was able to do things with a mobile computer that I couldn’t have dreamed of previously.

Apple’s tagline for this model was “The fastest, most powerful MacBook Pro ever. Times three.” Dang straight it was.

Third…

…did I mention SSD? I didn’t? Well, it had a Solid State Drive – something which I had never used before. A ginormous 512GB of storage space as a matter of fact. Who in their right mind could ever use up that amount of space?! (C’mon, be honest, we have all had that similar thought at one point in our computing lives.) I also maxed out the memory with OWC RAM – a whopping 8 GB! I was blown away at how much more productive I had become.

Mercury On-The-Go Portable HDD

I was thinking about ripping out the Slot-loading SuperDrive and replacing it with a Data Doubler, but opted for an external drive instead. Kids + Disney + DVDs + Road Trips + 17″ Screen = Daddy gets an OWC Mercury On-The-Go FireWire enclosure instead.

Fourth…

…precision aluminum unibody case. Tuff stuff – ’nuff said.

Your Favorite Mac

So, is it odd to have a favorite Mac? I can’t be the only one. And does it have to be the newest and shiniest? Or is it like children where you aren’t supposed to prefer any one over the other? I hope I’m not alone, so I’m counting on you to let me off the hook by sharing your favorite memories in the comment section below!

OWC Mark C
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A creative by nature, Mark is a writer, programmer, web developer, musician, culinary craftsman, and interpersonal artisan. He loves the outdoors because greenspace is to the soul as whitespace is to the written word. He does not like Diophantine geometry or mosquitos. Most everything else is okay. Oh yeah, he is also the managing editor of the Rocket Yard blog.
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  • Hello Mark,
    Your story sent a twang through my heart!

    I am presently using an early 2011, 17 inch MacBook Pro. It is my 2nd 17 inch MBP, both of which I love. (I know, I know, time to get a newer Mac)

    My first Mac in 1989 was a Quadra 610, which, at the time was pretty amazing for me since I was a new Mac user at that time, having only ever used a PC.

    I’ve had several more Macs, two of which were G5 towers (I’m using the tower cases as the supports for a “Mac Bench” I designed. It keeps the memories alive!)

    Being my own IT and repair person for most issues, I also service my family’s Macs. I love taking them apart and getting them back to health again!

    By the way, don’t count us old folks out about using Macs. I am a 73 year old woman, and my mom still is a Mac user at age 96!

    Thanks to all the OWC bloggers. I really get a lot out of the articles!

    With best regards,
    Carol Sierzega, Mount Holly, NJ

  • Straight-up, my all-time fave is the one I’m currently typing this on, a mid-2012 13″ MacBook Pro (2.9 i7), maxed-out to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, and USB-3 on-tap. The fact that I could upgrade the thing (versus any contemporary MacBook) makes all the difference in the world. And it can run Catalina if I care to, but I’m fine with High Sierra for now.

    Only thing possibly better? A quad-core version of same!

  • @OWCLarry

    I miss using my 2011 MacBook Pro 17″. Loaded out with 16GB of memory & Dual SSDs-was super fast, stable & the screen was nice for the eyes. I’d like my latest 16″ MacBook Pro more if it had half the stability my 17″ had.

  • My Wallstreet wouldn’t die. My most reliable laptop hands down. Extra battery, various drives to load in, floppy, cd, SuperDrive. And then when OS X came along you could dual boot in OS 9 or X. Lots of business trips and airports. I used it for 10 years. Last month I needed data from a floppy believe it or not. I found the laptop in the basement. I pulled it out, dusted it off and kept my fingers crossed. I heard that old startup chime and watched the extension icons line up. I couldn’t stop grinning.

  • I still love my 2011 last-hurrah 17-inch MacBook Pro!
    BUT I have loaded up 16 GB of RAM (not the original posted limit of 8GB), and a 2TB Samsung SSD. It still screams, and does most critical applications. Yet the older OS will not load updates of Notes, Keynote, or other Apple office apps past the last 2019 update. I also host Parallels with Windows 10 on it so I can easily share Microsoft Office files with Microsoft coworkers and clients. Nooo problem!
    My now senior eyes need that real estate which that big 17-in display provides.

  • My current laptop is a 2010 MacBook Pro 15″ with maxed memory. I’m stuck two system upgrades behind Catalina but I still use it for my university lectures and portable computing. I think it’s my favorite Apple since IIe and SE30 time!

  • In 10-12 years we have purchased 4x Mac minis , 4 iMacs 5 x MacBook Pros, 1 x Mac book Air, 2 x 13” iPads 2 x smaller iPads, I guess we Love Macs

    LOL