Did you like your purchase for newest macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bap3221, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. bap3221 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    its an amazing laptop and i really considered the gold one but as a graphic designer, one port isnt enough for me. I usually have my mouse connected and atleast an external hard drive.

    And no magnetic charger really killed the investment. Ive probably tripped on the cord around 15-20 times a year. The magsafe really saved me alot of money. lol.

    Had to go with the macbook air atleast for now. Maybe next year Jon Ive doesnt forget to put the ports. lol. i really liked Tim Cook's response when he said Steve Jobs would kill you! But really...how do you forget? Maybe he was tight on deadline or procrastinated to the last minute.
  2. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013

    What ARE you rambling about? :rolleyes:

    (I often ramble myself :) )
  3. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    The USB-C port is one port too many for my use. Everything is wireless.

    Best laptop available for my needs right now. So, yep, I love it. I would never have bought it as a primary machine, though.
  4. Mark Kappert macrumors regular

    Mark Kappert

    Apr 26, 2015
    The Netherlands
    I wouldn't trade it for another MacBook. I'm in love with it what means I like it very much! It's really an eye catcher and for my everyday usage it's fast enough. On my basemodel I'm even able to do some light video and photo editing!!
  5. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    You're a graphic designer and you went with a MBA??? The MBA's screen displays colors incorrectly. I used to be a graphic designer. I could never use a MBA for graphic design. No way. My colors would be so off it's crazy. There is no way I would ever do professional graphic design on a MBA (and I've had three). You need a MBP just for the colors to show correctly.
  6. Elise macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    I certainly don't regret my purchase, I'm not a power user so I don't need a souped up laptop. Never thought I'd say this but I love the keyboard. I can touch type and did worry that the low travel keys would impact this some what, but if anything I can type even faster.

    As someone else said I work wirelessly so I don't need a load of ports.

    I really appreciate the beautiful screen on this thing, and of course it's ultra light - does what it says on the tin really.
  7. bap3221 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    Well, i forgot to mention that I have a 6 core, 3.4 GHz PC i built with the CS6 Master Collection already. This is one more for learning coding for websites so it wont be much of a graphic design tool. lol.
  8. Fthree macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    Its nice to see people that are happy with their purchase. A lot of people are hating on the new macbook but if people like it why hate?
  9. bap3221 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    i mean if wireless backup didnt take hours then i would agree. Theyre not really done with the wireless transition because uploading my graphic design files to google drive or dropbox sometimes takes hours and they are a pain to take out of the cloud. If you are a light user like Microsoft Office documents then yes.
  10. bap3221 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    did it take long to transition the keyboard? What would you say a major difference is if any>?
  11. Elise macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    It honestly only took me a few minutes of typing to acclimatise, and it was the keyboard more than anything else that I was concerned about before I bought it; I needn't have worried.
  12. Soordhin macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Berlin, Germany
    The major difference is that it makes more noise. Of course the small travel is something to get used to, but that is easy with the noticeable click for each key press. Can second that i actually type faster on that keyboard than on the MBA 11 i used previously. Pretty much as fast as on a mechanical keyboard at my PC.

    Don't regret my choice either, although the gold color sometimes acts as a conversation starter ;) I travel a lot and less weight means easier travelling. If on a day trip i don't even need to take the charger as the battery is easily enough for a normal days work.
  13. placidity44 macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2015
    I am a power user but for the life of me I don't get why people keep complaining about the lack of ports. We may not be 100% there yet but we're getting closer and closer each day. In the year and a half i've had my rMBP 15" i've used the hdmi port twice to hook it up to my tv, but now I use airplay, and i'm pretty sure I printed something a month and a half ago which was the last time I used my usb port. I don't have a wireless printer. I use bluetooth beats headphones, bluetooth magic mouse, backup things via time capsule, etc. Usually have my iPhone and iPad charging beside my bed. I've played around with the rMB extensively. I've actually made trips to bestbuy just to play with the thing and see what's new. USB-C is here to stay. One port for everything. You can charge your device, usb, hdmi, vga, etc from one port! I'd much rather have a 3rd party light hub thrown in my bag in the extremely rare occasion that I need to use a port. In my opinion ports are an absolute eyesore! Sure most people will say a computer isn't supposed to look pretty and that it's a device meant to get things done...I highly disagree. Why not do both? That's where our minds are a little different. I love the look of the new rMB. The enclosure is near seamless without ports on the sides that just attract gunk anyway. It also allows it to be lighter and thinner while still maintaining that functionality. We're headed for a wireless world if not in it already and Apple knows that. I like magsafe as much as everybody but there are tradeoffs with everything. I'd rather have one port. Love my rMBP but I absolutely can't wait for skylake and I hope for a redesign of the chassis making it lighter and thinner with color options. That's why we have options. Don't like the rMB get a 13" rMBP Air, or 15" rMBP. The Macbook is an extraordinary feat of design and engineering and I LOVE where Apple is going with it.
  14. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    My backups take a few minutes, and I never notice when they're happening anyway. The first backup does of course take an hour or so, but I really don't see that as a problem. Perhaps that's a personal thing.

    I do web development on mine, which includes a lot of PSDs. Never had an issue. I get ~1Gbps wireless connection, and a 73Mbps broadband connection. I also have unlimited 4G tethering when out and about. I've never thought 'this is too slow'...not yet anyway. As I said, I don't notice it.
  15. inmnbob macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2014
    Chicago and Twin Cities
    I don't need it but I want it. I have the 1.3 512 on order and still debating if I should spend the money. I would like to do some music and video on it to justify the purchas but mostly I will be doing Parallels and a office and web. I just purchased the Surface 3 took which I was to use for office.

    I have a real technology addiction and need a 12 step meeting
  16. Macalway, Jun 6, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2015

    Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    I'm liking it. It's....very advanced. Really rather odd even. But for those of you who tried and failed to like the Airs (for the various reasons), this seems to be the ticket, although not as big as the 13".

    But it's WAY beyond the 13". It's really like an 11" improved dramatically. I really like those 11", but the screens were so bad. (do they still makes those? )

    I'm liking this haptic thing.
  17. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    The maxed out 2015 rMB was an excellent replacement, for me, for my 2013 maxed out MBA (see signature for configs).

    On the PRO side
    • Larger, higher resolution, more color accurate, screen is a huge benefit (and my primary reason for the purchase)
    • A bit smaller and lighter
    • Somewhat better battery life
    • Nice keyboard (that I prefer over the MBA's)
    • Nice trackpad (that has a better feel and more reliable multitouch than the MBA)
    • Better graphics performance
    • Better burst performance (which helps most of my routine activities)
    • Fanless design (quiet)
    • High quality fit and finish (and it just looks better to me than the MBA)
    • USB-C (for what I think it will become - a ubiquitous way for one cable to connect to everything - not what it currently is)
    On the CON side
    • USB-C (for what it currently is - PITA, bleeding edge with a scarcity of connectivity options)
    • A single port for all wired connectivity (one high use port that better never break, and which complicates simultaneous charging and wired connectivity)
    • No external charging status indicator (they could have put a light on the power supply)
    • Sustained, heavy load performance not as good as MBA (further aggravated in any elevated ambient temps)
  18. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2015
    Other than the screen, your pros sound just like my mba 11" 2014. I've never actually heard my fan.
  19. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Well other than:
    • The 2014 MBA isn't any smaller and lighter than the 2013 MBA
    • The 2014 MBA doesn't have any better battery life than the 2013 MBA
    • The 2014 MBA doesn't have any different keyboard than the 2013 MBA
    • The 2014 MBA doesn't have any different trackpad than the 2013 MBA)
    • The 2014 MBA doesn't have any different graphics performance than the 2013 MBA)
    • The 2014 MBA doesn't have any better burst performance than the 2013 MBA)
    • The 2014 MBA isn't fanless
    • The 2014 and 2013 MBA are identical in looks
    • The 2014 MBA doesn't have USB-C
    You might want to compare the details of the 2014 MBA and 2013 MBA. You'll find the maxed out versions are identical in every way but model year and price. In 2014 Apple dropped the price because the next processor generation wasn't ready and there were no differences in the MBA's specs (other than a 0.1ghz speed bump in the base model processor speed).
  20. tigerduck macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2015
    Shanghai, China
    It combines the best of the Air 11" and the rMBP 13". A worthy successor for the original Powerbook 12". I rate it the most fun laptop I owned in the last 6 years. I couldn't be happier. But I wouldn't use it as a main-machine. I can see how it could fall short there.
  21. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    So I've had it for a month now. I'm not dissatisfied with it, but there are areas where I'm thinking of changing to a different model.

    I have a 5k iMac at home so I'm used to speed and performance. I had a 2014 MacBook Air "ultimate" as my last computer which was plenty fast. I got the rMB 1.2 ghz thinking I would have a comparable experience to my Air. Not the case.

    The biggest issue I have is the performance and lag where I've not had lag before. For example, Mail. When I open mail on my iMac or old MacBook, I could arrow through messages quickly and they would load previews as quick as I could arrow through them. That's not the case with the MacBook. I have to arrow down, wait a half a second, then arrow down again. You really notice it if you have 5 emails and just want them all marked as read so just arrow down quick so they all get hi lighted. On a faster Mac this isn't an issue. On the rMB it is. So often I press delete on a message several times to delete several messages and then end up with unread messages in the trash can because the delete key deleted the message before Mail caught up and marked the message deleted.

    To some this is a minor issue but to me it's a big deal. Also I bought the gold one, and I travel international all the time. So I had to get the av adaptor so I can charge my iPhone off my laptop when I travel.

    The concept is good but the experience is hampered by the constraints of the current technologies used. I love the thin and light form factor and I love the retina display having come from a MBA, but I'm not sure how long I can tolerate the performance slowdown that comes with the mobile processor.

    So now I'm torn. I can't go back to an air because once you go retina you never can go back. Do I get a 13" MacBook pro, which feels like a boat anchor coming from a rMB/11" air, or do I just wait it out and see what else comes along?
  22. MVPinFLA macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    That is interesting, since the speed and lack of lag is what I have been enjoying about the rMB. This is my first Mac, so perhaps they are much faster than the Windows computers I have had. I will probably move to an iMac for my main computer by next year. Apple has had me for iPhone and iPad for the last 7 years; but this sweet machine has roped me in to being a Mac user. Apple accomplished their goal with me for sure.
  23. polee macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    I would not consider my rMB an eye catcher but I love how everything has been so well put together: the keyboard (which took some getting used to), usb c port, and the trackpad.
  24. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yeah it's a nice computer but when my 2014 Air wasn't laggy and my iMac 5k isn't laggy it's kinda annoying dealing with a much slower computer in the MacBook.
  25. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    i'm liking it. I have a nice 15" rMBP, which is getting lonely :D

    It's the classic: 'Which one shall I reach for, the 2lb, or the 4.5lb?'

    (yes i'm a weakling, thanks)

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