• Laptop
  • Primary/mobile workstation
  • Aurora is a 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro. Aurora replaces Venus as my primary computer, although Venus is not being retired -- she is transitioning to being a secondary household computer. Prior to getting Venus in 2015, I had always had a Windows desktop as my primary computer. Venus brought two changes to my computing life -- a laptop as a primary computer, and macOS.
  • Using a laptop as my primary computer has enabled me to not be chained to a desk, but still have a powerful, consistent computing experience wherever I need it. This wouldn't have worked without a decently powerful laptop, but Venus has been able to handle all of my tasks. It did require me to re-think how I store data, since laptops typically have smaller and not-as-upgradeable storage. As a result, I added our file server, Iris, and have also embraced cloud storage more.
  • I've also been very happy with macOS. It's an extremely polished, stable operating system. I love the design, the high quality software available, the iOS integration, and it seems to perform better on comparable hardware than Windows. I didn't know what to expect back when we got Venus, but now I wouldn't turn back.
  • All told, Venus is the best computer I've owned (so far) and replacing her was not a decision I took lightly. But, I'd owned Venus for 5 years, and as a refurbished computer her hardware was actually 7 years old. She still performed very well -- better than any other 7-year old computer I've used -- but some video editing tasks I perform are completely CPU-bound, so getting a computer with a more modern CPU would directly make those tasks faster, and there had been enough other improvements in technology that it seemed to justify it. Also, my oldest son was increasingly needing a computer for schoolwork, and so it seemed like a good time to branch out and have two active laptops rather than just one.
  • The 2020 MacBook Pro was everything I was looking for. It's quad-core, so more than doubles my CPU performance. It returns MacBooks back to the traditional scissor keyboard after several years of the problematic butterfly keyboard. It has great speakers, great microphone, a still-great display, Force Touch trackpad, and the great MacBook Pro physical design.
  • This computer was originally obtained May 11, 2020.


Date Added = Date that this component was added to this computer
Origin Date = Date this component was originally acquired, possibly for a different computer

Newest Components
Component Date Added Notes
Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad 11/12/2020


Oldest Components
Component Origin Date Notes
Monitor - Dell S2340M 23" 2/25/2014

All Components:


MacBook Pro 13-inch

History Added Notes
1. MacBook Pro 13-inch 5/11/2020
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-1038NG7 @ 2.0 GHz quad-core
  • Display: 2560x1600 LED Retina display
  • Memory: 16GB
  • GPU: Intel Iris Plus
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Wireless networking: Wifi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) up to 1.3 Gb/s
  • Webcam: FaceTime HD 720
  • Connections: 4x Thunderbolt 3, audio line out
  • Battery: 58 Wh

    Operating System

    macOS 10.15 Catalina

    1. macOS 10.15 Catalina 5/11/2020


    Keyboard (docked)

    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    History Date Added Origin Date Notes
    1. Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad 5/11/2020 12/24/2015
    2. Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad 11/12/2020


    Trackpad (docked)

    Apple Magic Trackpad 2

    History Date Added Origin Date Notes
    1. Apple Magic Trackpad 2 5/11/2020 6/30/2017


    Monitor (docked)

    Dell S2340M 23"

    History Date Added Origin Date Notes
    1. Dell S2340M 23" 5/11/2020 2/25/2014
    • 1920 x 1080
    • LED backlight
    • IPS panel
    Inherited from Clementine.


    Speakers (docked)

    Amazon Echo 2nd Generation

    History Date Added Origin Date Notes
    3. Amazon Echo 2nd Generation 5/11/2020 6/17/2018
    • Connected via Bluetooth


    External Hard Drive

    Western Digital Elements 2TB hard drive

    History Date Added Origin Date Notes
    1. Western Digital Elements 2TB hard drive 6/20/2020
    • External hard drive, intended for use exclusively as a Time Machine backup
    • USB 3.0, connected via a USB-C cable