Disappointed with the MacBook Pro 15.4 RD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bikerc, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. bikerc macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2011
    Hey guys:

    I had an early 17" MBP 2011 (2.2 ghz ) which I upgraded to an SSD (samsung 840) and 16 GB of ram. Decided it was time for an upgrade (for various reasons), so I bought a 15" MBP RD 2.8ghz. I have to say I am disappointed - I have them side by side.

    The screen of the 17" one is nice white (bought the non-glossy version) while the new screen has a vague yellowish tint it's not a pure white as the other one.

    The resolution that looks best for the RD MBP is 1440x900 (I use best for display). I do windows programming as well and I am running windows 7 in parallels desktop . This resolution works best for the windows. Tried the 1680x1050 but the letters on the windows side become fuzzy. The mac side is okeish... So, it's quite a loss in resolution.

    I run super pi and the results were for 2 million decimals: 28s - the old one, 22s - the new one. Not a terrible difference, about 21% improvement.

    The new SSD seems to be a little bit faster - I tested it under the windows vm, some apps start slightly faster on the new one. I haven't run any software dedicated for benchmarks though.

    Had to buy a bunch of things, like a thunderbolt cable, Ethernet adapter and the silly adapter for the power interface and they quickly added up with taxes to almost 100$. So much for the gift card they offer these days.

    I am basically on the fence... I am considering the option of returning it and squeeze what's left of the 17" one for longer.

  2. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    The 17" MacBooks were great for all the reasons you've discovered. The glory days of Moore's law are long gone; CPU processing power hasn't changed all that much in the past 5-6 years. Keep using it until the video card dies. And then get the GPU re-balled and milk it some more. :)
  3. TechGod macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    Try recalibrating or changing colour profile.
  4. tbn002 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2011
    I have a late 2011 17" 2.4 ghz with an SSD and 16gb ram. I've been tempted to upgrade to a 15" retina but have been afraid that I'd come to the same conclusions as you. I think I'll keep the 17" a while longer.
  5. apfelmann macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2007
    You have a 1920x1200 machine, so 1440x900 is a downgrade (Even retina)

    You will have to wait until apple upgrades the 15" retina to 1680x1050 (native 3360x2100) until it feels like an upgrade for you :)
  6. bikerc, Aug 26, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2014

    bikerc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2011
    I did recalibrate the colors and they are slightly better but nowhere near the quality of the 17" display.
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    To be honest, the 15" rMBP can never replace the behemoth of a 17" that Apple discontinued.

    The massive screen estate of the 17" is superb. Pushing a scaled 1920x1200 on a 15" rMBP isn't really the same as 1920x1200 on a 17" because UI elements appear smaller.

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