AMAZING laptop!

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  1. macsation, Dec 17, 2015
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    macsation macrumors member

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    I finally bought this sweet little macbook retina after lusting after it since release. Originally, I thought I'd wait for version 2, given perceived limitations on ports and processor. SO glad I didn't. This machine is what i've always wanted in a laptop: gorgeous screen, light weight, and great battery life. Love the keyboard as well actually.

    I was lucky to buy it off craigslist for only $950! The seller got it as a gift and doesn't like Macs. He advertised it as the entry 256, 1.1, but when I got it home I realized it's the 1.2, 512gb!!

    We're talking an almost new, almost $1700 machine (with taxes) for $950!

    I think I'll be keeping this baby for a long, long time.
     
  2. whodatrr macrumors 6502a

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    You scored!!!! Congrats!

    I love our little rMBs. We now have two of them in the family.
     
  3. macsation thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!
     
  4. xenaki macrumors member

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    That's awesome!

    I also got extremely lucky on eBay, similar situation. Title had info for base model but description mentioned 512GB of storage. Got it for $970. Looked up warranty info and super bonus... has AppleCare until 9/2018!

    Best eBay deal I've ever found.
     
  5. macsation thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh man, that beats even this one, lol. Congrats!
     
  6. Z3man macrumors 6502a

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    Awsome laptop, truly amazing.

    I absolutely love mine, it is by far the best laptop i have ever owned and i have owned quite a few, absolutely no need to wait for version 2. It does everything perfectly i cant fault it, my mid 2014 MBP soon went on eBay once i got this amazing laptop.

    I think Apple pulled off a masterstroke as well when they decided to put excellent speakers in it, it really makes a difference, turns it into a really good portable music listening device. You can take this laptop anywhere.

    People say it is too expensive, but i don't think those people who say that actually own one. Once you do own one you will realise why it is expensive, it is because it is such a high quality desirable product with cutting edge technology, i think it is worth every single penny i paid for it.

    This is the future of laptops, ports are not needed these days, all laptops will be like this in a few years once the competition catch up, it makes the MBP and MBA seem about 3-5 years out of date. I have never been so happy with a purchase i have made.
     
  7. macsation thread starter macrumors member

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    AMEN!
     
  8. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    I don't know if anyone has had a similar experience but I bought an iPad pro cellular. Added in an Apple Keyboard, apple bottom case, Apple Pencil and Apple Care. Over $1600. Today Best Buy put the Macbook on sale for $999. I am going to the Macbook and returning the iPad pro.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Congrats, that's a great price. Enjoy your new machine :D
     
  10. navaira macrumors 68040

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    It's a weird feeling when I simultaneously agree with everything you say and feel upset about it. I disagree about ports not being needed (I've got a USB external drive for Time Machine, I'm using the SD slot in my Air to expand drive space cheaply, I've got a pile of USB sticks, etc.) but if Apple decided we need no ports, then the future is no ports. Oh well. My Air may be out of date technology but I intend to live with it for five years anyway :) Congrats on your purchase, glad you enjoy it!
     
  11. macsation thread starter macrumors member

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    Yea, I considered an iPad pro, but I just didn't see the value proposition in owning a giant iPad. Once you buy everything that's required to make it laptop like, you're at the same price or more than the macbook.
     
  12. geraldem macrumors regular

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    Exactly what I am thinking of doing. I bought mine from Apple, so it is a pain in the butt since I don't think Apple with Price Match.
     
  13. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    My Apple Store told me they price match up to 20% which still makes Best Buy better
     
  14. geraldem macrumors regular

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    ah good to know. definitely worth the extra work to get the $ thanks
     
  15. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    Nailed it.

    Exact same feelings every time I see and use this machine. Probably the most satisfying device I ever owned.
     
  16. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    Haha, that's exactly what I did.

    It was strange though - the iPad pro looked so huge next to the MacBook.

    But the MacBook is definitely the better of the two, in my opinion.

    The only thing I miss about the ipad pro is the handwriting,..but I have a surface pro 3 for that, I guess..
     
  17. sdm1985 macrumors 6502

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    I had a great deal too £700 brand new on eBay 512GB and 1.2GHZ.

    Coming from a MacBook Air (2012) 128GB it feels solid, slick and premium.

    I know it's not meant to be a powerhouse, but on first use the battery isn't blowing me away and having a few windows open in safari caused a few glitches/stutters with a music player. Can I do anything to give it a little boost?

    Great speakers too!
     
  18. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    I returned everything today and am now settling in with my new Macbook. I agree the iPad pro seemed to dwarf the Macbook. I think this was the right thing to do. Saved a bunch of money and am happily typing away here in Dunkin Donuts. Loving it
     
  19. double329 macrumors 6502

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    I did the same thing. As much as I like the iPP, the apps just looks really bad on it and the usage is also limited. To have iPP close to the laptop, you will have to spend extra to get keyboard. The recent sale at BB is just make more sense with MB. You get the full laptop experience with extreme portability.
     
  20. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    When the seller knows so little about the product and sells it at steep discount it is normally a sign that it is stolen.
     
  21. macsation thread starter macrumors member

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    I hope it wasn't. But there's no way that I , nor anyone else, can control that. Apple includes find my mac. My suggestion is to please turn it on and use it.

    Way to rain on the proverbial parade there though!
     
  22. ixxx69, Dec 26, 2015
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    Glad you're digging the MB - it's a great little computer.

    There are so many red flags there that this was stolen (and I'm not saying that it was), that if you're going to throw a parade, you have to expect a little rain. ;)

    Anyway, aside from checking out the serial number and finding a problem, there's little way of knowing at this point... may as well put it behind you and enjoy.

    p.s. - I decided to check my own SN registrations at Apple and realized I hadn't registered one of my Macs, so sometimes these are good reminders to do a little computer housekeeping on that front.
     
  23. macsation, Dec 26, 2015
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    Honestly, NO WAY I would've bought it if I thought it was stolen. The seller seemed like a rich, international Northern Virginia kid; pretty ubiquitous around here. He met me openly at the Apple store. He didn't seem nervous, and his story, that he got it from a rich uncle, seemed believable.

    Certainly hope it wasn't :(
     
  24. bueller1 macrumors 6502

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    It is definitely too expensive. I still have one, and love it but just being honest. I am obviously willing to pay a premium for the newest, sleekest, lightest and best looking laptop out. Those who complain about the price should just opt for an Air. Or anything else that fits their budget. Simple math.
     
  25. SCOLANATOR macrumors 6502a

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    Looking forward to getting one (waiting for the Skylake revision though as I'm not in any rush).
    The one massive thing that really bugs me about this laptop is the lack of a second USB-C on the other side. There is room for it, it would mean easy charging from either direction, it would mean if the only source of power and connection failed, you atleast have a second you can still use, not too mention being able to charge while also connected to something else. I really feel it is a design flaw, I don't expect them to rectify it but it would have made the difference between the perfect laptop and an almost perfect laptop.
    Performance should be fine once Skylake arrives (nothing major I know but enough of an improvement) that it will be pretty much perfect for my needs.
     

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