Does any one own a 12" and rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by thadoggfather, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    checking in here, a late 2013 13" rMBP I got recently second hand,

    and 12" 2015 not long after they came out last year (space grey)

    been glued to 13" recently, but both are nice and serve different purposes
  2. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    new 12" MB, which i'm using 90% of the time (and love). my late-2015 !3" rMBP is my 'pro' machine (hey! just as the name implies!), using it for Logic X and FCPX. but am taking the MB everywhere. and, for mail, web, notes, writing, affinity photo, etc... it's great.
  3. rukind2 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Same here. The rMB is my take-along for daily work, spreadsheets, email, browsing, streaming. No heavy lifting. I transitioned to using the 13" rMBP for desktop use, primarily Lightroom type of processing. Eventually I'll get the new 15" once I have time to pull the $$$ together and assess which model to go with.
  4. SaddleSC macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    Yes...I have a 2016 rMB and a new 2016 MBP 13" (non-touchbar). I really like both machines. I tend to use the rMB for travel and for consumption of media, as well as quick edits to spreadsheets and docs. I use the MBP when I have more heavy lifting to do and need the extra screen real estate for Illustrator and Photoshop. The rMB has great battery life and is an excellent all-around daily driver. The MBP has a better keyboard, better speakers and is lightening fast for the things I tend to do. Both are great and I could easily use either one as my only computer.
  5. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Like my little MacBook that has usb-c port on it. Good for travel.
  6. FelixII macrumors regular


    Feb 22, 2013
    I own a 2013 rMBP, which is connected to external monitors most of the time. I do all my heavy work there. I also own a 2015 rMB, that I use as a mobile device when I'm not at my desk.
  7. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    So the butterfly 2.0 is actually that much better? I am wondering if I should wait for 2017 rMB or just get the 2016 right now. I would like to carry a far lighter machine than my still alive Late 2011 MBP 15, but I also do not want to have buyer's remorse 5 months later.. if they decide to include the P3 display, the Touch ID (not bar) and new keyboard and better speakers ...
  8. SaddleSC macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    The butterfly switches in the rMB are useable and not as bad as many people make them out to be, but I do find version 2.0 to provide much more tactile feedback and they feel like they have a tiny bit more travel. To me, this translates into a typing experience that is much more satisfying for long typing sessions.

    If I am making a couple edits to a spreadsheet or firing off a couple quick emails, the rMB is great. But if I have a serious writing task to tackle, I much prefer the MBP keyboard.
  9. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    How noticeable is the extra pound of the MBP, and the fan?
  10. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    Yup I have a rMB 2016 and a rMB Pro 15 2013 inch as well as a Surface Book. I know it all sounds excessive because it is.

    The MacBook Pro 15 inch used to be my main and only computer. However, since Windows 10 was released, it was mainly running Windows 10 under Bootcamp and Parallels. My main workflow is dependent on Microsoft Office (Excel and Outlook) and the Mac version of the latest Office, although much improved from previous versions is not even close to the Windows counterpart. Nowadays I just use it for Final Cut Pro and Aperture (have yet to switch to Lightroom). I know I can sell it for over $1000 but this thing is worth more to me than that so I will probably keep it till its death!

    My Retina Macbook is my vacation / mobile laptop. It also runs bootcamp in case I need to use Windows. It mainly resides under my bed to get some quick work done in the morning. This is the best travel laptops you can get because it's thin and light, gets way more things done than even a standalone iPad Pro and my favorite feature is that you can charge this off a battery pack or any USB charger with a USB-C to A cable.

    My main machine these days is now a 2016 Surface Book i7 with Performance Base (I traded in the SB I picked up about a month and a half ago) which resides at my desk and I take it with me to work. It is probably the greatest laptop I have ever owned. On top of this being docked at my desk at home to do work and play games (yes it runs Overwatch in 2560x1440 beautifully), I find my self detaching the screen a lot at work to take notes, hand to my VP to sign documents as well as pass around to my employees and colleagues in meetings. It is unfortunate that Apple hasn't embraced a real touch interface on their laptops because it really does make a difference in interacting with your workflow. The battery life in the new Surface Book is also very impressive. I can get through an entire day and night without having to charge this.

    If I wanted to downsize everything here, I would keep the Retina Macbook just because of its versatility in being able to run Mac and Windows, edit videos in 4K with very little sacrifice in performance, and how portable it is!

    Sorry for the long post. Just my two cents :)
  11. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Yes, one of the unheralded features of the MB is the ability to charge via a 12w iPad charger, in a pinch.
  12. t.portis macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2013
    Annapolis, MD
    I have a 2015 rMBP (work issued) and a 2015 rMB (personal). I have to say I don't see much difference in performance for my day to day work which is email, document production, light design, Keynote and some Excel. The rMB seems a little zippier for some reason, but that might all be in my head. Having a chronic issue in my shoulder, I appreciate the lighter machine.
  13. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i got the 2016 core m5 and the new non touchbar 13" macbook pro.

    1. the mbp has more travel than the rmb keyboard, it's much nicer to type.
    2. weight is significant difference, even though only 400 gram difference it's noticable.
    3. the smaller 12" mb is really joy to use, you can bring it from sofa to table to anywhere easily.
    4. rmbp feels much smoother especially for adobe apps, but for common tasks, it's not that much faster than the core m5 mb.

    i guess i'll return the mbp.
  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Which model MacBook do you have? m3, m5 or m7?
  15. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    Core m5 is what I wanted to know about! Thanks! I wonder how big a difference Kaby Lake would make, and should I wait.
  16. SaddleSC macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    The extra pound of weight is quite noticeable because it makes the MBP 50% heavier than the rMB. The rMB is only 2 pounds and the MBP is 3 pounds. The cool thing about the new MBP is that it is the same exact weight as my old MacBook Air, but it has a much smaller footprint and much more power.

    I have never heard the fan come on my MBP yet and I have had it for about two runs silent for the tasks that I routinely perform (Photoshop, Illustrator, YouTube, movies, web browsing with lots of tabs, etc.)

    I have the m5 rMB

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