Am I the only one happy with the new MacBooks?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ByteTheBooty, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. ByteTheBooty macrumors regular

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    Ok, we were all expecting it to have a core M and there were a lot of rumours about the USB-C thing...I don't see why so many threads are "unhappy" about the the new mac.

    I think its probably because most the guys on this forum are power whores and require good precessing...

    But I think that for the average user, like myself, who use their macs for browsing the web of school work, or email, this mac is perfect. Sure, maybe having at least one normal USB would have been useful, but honestly the last time I use a port other than my power must have been 2-3 month ago

    And the price...The price is actually amazing, they're selling a 256gb mac with 8gb ram for 1299$, I was expecting 128gb/4gb for that price.

    I will definitely be buying the mac
     
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    I'm extremely happy with it. I would have bought it already if Apple opened pre-orders. I'll be switching from a 13" rMBP, but before that I had a 11" Air. I only went Pro because of the Retina screen.

    Someone had mentioned that this is the perfect laptop for people who travel daily, and that's me. I've used my rMBP on trains, planes, buses, beaches, etc. This 12" rMB will suit my needs just fine.

    I think the critical reaction is from people who this device is not aimed for. It only has one port, a slower processor, etc. But that's why Apple kept the Air around and has the Pro models.

    This is exactly what I wanted. My only issue with the one port is that I always charge my phone via USB, but other than that I have no complaints. The only thing I have ever connected to my rMBP is an external Blu-ray drive.
     
  3. bobchatt90 macrumors newbie

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    I'm in exactly the same boat as PDFierro but still open to feedback.

    Just miss my mac air, which i only swapped due to the Pro retina screen..

    Appreciate my rMBP is far superior, but it's probably too powerful for what i use it for. (nothing too much more than iTunes, Movies, Numbers, Safari, iPhoto)

    Really tempted by the new MB..
     
  4. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    This laptop is exactly what I wanted. The only two items I don't like is the new power/USB port and the lack of an extra port. There should be one port for power and one for USB. The way a user can charge and use a USB drive at the same time. Otherwise, this laptop is awesome in terms of size and quality.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can easily do that with an adapter.
     
  6. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    I'm pretty excited about it as I travel a lot. Any idea when preorders will open?
     
  7. illitrate23 macrumors 6502

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    i really like the look of it too. i replaced by 2010 11" MBA last summer with a 13" MBA i7
    But i don't really use the performance in the air, so i think the lighter weight and retina screen will more than compensate for the performance drop. plus, the missus got my old MBA, but she misses not having back-lit keys, so she'll be happy if she gets the i7 MBA as a result.

    April 10th seems so far away :(
     
  8. pasadena macrumors 6502a

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    I'm mostly happy with it too. Just waiting to see if a processor upgrade is a necessary, and at what price.

    And the one thing that nobody's talking about but that does make feel all warm inside ? It's a 16:10 screen instead of a 16:9.
     
  9. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    That's a big thing, IMO. The 16:9 screen was one of the drawbacks to the 11" Air.
     
  10. flur macrumors 68000

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    My critical reaction is because I wanted an upgrade to the 11" air - a 12" with the 11" footprint and a retina screen. This is not that device. I suspect there are a lot of folks who were hoping for that, and that's why so many are disappointed.
     
  11. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

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    Your not the only one.

    I have a late 2008 MBP, and only really went with the pro as didn't like the non-pro at the time.

    For what I use the laptop for then the new macbook looks fine.

    Only concern I have is the gpu in the cpu. As such I suspect that will wait for the mk2 version or the next air that hopefully goes retina.

    Will see what is available at the time. At the moment my current laptop does everything I want. Coming from a Core2Duo then the CoreM is going to be an upgrade anyway.
     
  12. bobchatt90 macrumors newbie

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    Hi Flur, will the slower processor impact upon those who have 5-10 stock applications running simultaneously all day, or will the 8gb ram ensure we don't really feel much difference, when compared to current air/pros? thanks!

    it is a shame there's not a standalone usb port considering the iPhone still relies on one
     
  13. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you can use adapters. However, I prefer not to carry around an adapter just so I can use a USB drive and charge my laptop at the same time :) It's not a huge deal, but it is something I don't find helpful.

    This is similar to when they removed all the physical buttons from the iPod Shuffle. Then they realized people liked the buttons so they put the buttons back. I understand why they removed the ports, but it would have been nice to have one dedicated USB port.

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    Yes, this is exactly what I was expecting. I used my MBA 11" a great deal and I was hoping for an grade to a 12" screen with retina display. However, the new laptop is still a great laptop for those who need/want that type of use.

    The issues is, as always, people expect products to adhere to what they want...then cry when it doesn't meet what they want.
     
  14. zOne31 macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty happy with the announcement today. I still refuse to get a 1st generation device however. My MBA will be 3 years strong in the fall and I'd like to upgrade to a RD laptop. It'll be hard to decide between the Macbook or the 13" rMBP in the future. I'll try to eek out 2 more years but ultimately I may find the RD too tempting to wait that long. I'm gonna have to test it out at the store but the new keyboard and trackpad sound sweet.
     
  15. pasadena macrumors 6502a

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    I'll bet a Lightning/USB-C cable will come out soon enough.
     
  16. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Like USB-C on one side and Lightning on the other? That would be cool.
     
  17. Sickly Grin macrumors member

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    I find it an unnecessary addition. You have the Air which represents portability and the Pro which represents performance or power. Where exactly does this one lie? Yes, it looks sleek, it's super light and super thin, but isn't that the Air's trademark? The CPU then is the weakest.

    I understand why people might be overly critical about it, because we were all expecting the Air to get Retina, lighter and all those cool features instead of an entirely new line.
     
  18. flur macrumors 68000

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    It's hard to say - hopefully it will become clear when the device is in the wild and/or out with reviewers. We'll need to see some benchmarks that will make it more clear. I suspect it will be fine with the stock apps, except maybe garage band. It's the more intensive stuff that could see trouble (photo editing, video editing, vm, etc)
     
  19. LadyX macrumors 68020

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    I'm very pleased with the new MacBook. I'll be getting the Space Gray. I've never owned Space Gray/Black Apple products because I always opt for the Silver/White color. So this will be my first.
     
  20. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I can understand why apple brought back the discontinued product line as it makes sense when you look at the current lineup and compare them.
     
  21. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    It's an awesome machine and if I had the cash I'd order one day one. However I personally think it's a bit expensive for what it is. Personally my USB ports see a lot of use; so much so I had to get a Hub for my desk for my nMP.

    This new laptop is about everything I expected but the price is higher then I imagined. The new Type-C connector is going to be the 'Swiss Army Knife of Ports' but only including one and making it the charging plug was pretty dumb. Just my 2 cents.
     
  22. Serban Suspended

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    the USB-C it is an USB compatible...so any usb flash will be compatible without any adapters
     
  23. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

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    I have been waiting for a laptop like that for years. Extremely portable, silent, with a brilliant keyboard and a brilliant touchpad, with no moving parts and reliant on wireless.

    The only thing that will prevent me from buying this one outright is the screen size. I also dislike the fact that it does not have magsafe, and I still don't understand why Apple is so unwilling to fit LTE into their laptops. Otherwise, it's like living a dream.
     
  24. LadyX macrumors 68020

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    What's wrong with the screen size? Too big or too small?
     
  25. Nozuka macrumors 65816

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    i would have liked a 2. USB port on the other side.. but everything else is as expected and great.


    i'll definitely buy the 2nd gen. (don't need one right now)
     

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