Finally found the limits of 2016 m3 rMB

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by BeatCrazy, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Ready for the 15+ posts of "of course, you idiot"...

    I just got my MacBook a couple of weeks ago. Main driver was a a supplement to my iPad Air 2 for portable, casual use around the house. I started some new projects at work, editing 1-2 minute videos in iMovie. Last night I was hammering on a video for almost 2 hours, and the MacBook was starting to show its weakness. It was getting rather hot, and sputtering and stuttering in iMovie. Also, the screen size is not really ideal for iMovie. No big deal for me, as I was almost done. I should have known to use one of my Mac desktops, instead. I just started using iMovie a few weeks ago.

    That being said, I still love the portability of this thing. I ride a train into work, and taking the 2lb MacBook in addition to my 5lb work laptop is not at all burdensome. And I don't think I mind the single port. I've been using AirDrop or lately, instead of USB. I can't say I have a strong opinion one way or the other regarding the keyboard. At work, I have a mechanical-switch DasKeyboard, at home I have the newest Magic Keyboard, so I suppose I can manage with all keyboard flavors.
  2. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    Should of thrown some ice packs under it! :)

    And how do your co-workers not hate you using a mechanical keyboard?
  3. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Pretty sure they do :) I did get the Das "Silent" version, but I hammer on it pretty hard sometimes, I know it's annoying. And, I work in a very open area!

    I considered some more aggressive cooling, but ended up just balancing it on two books where the bottom could "breathe" a bit. Ha.
  4. Macbook14in macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2016
    12" screen is still too tiny for most usage
  5. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    Judging from your new account and name, that you want a 14" for your "most usage" tasks.
  6. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    I'd say it's the right size for "most usage". iMovie, photo editing, and other complex programs is a challenge or just flat out difficult. But for web, office applications, music, and other media, it's just fine.
  7. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I gotta tell you.

    I own a 13" loaded i7 Macbook Pro.

    Don't use it anymore now that I have the new Macbook. I prefer its lightweight form factor. And with only 8GB of Ram I am surprised how many programs I can load at startup and still not push the memory limits.

    Amazing laptop!
  8. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    ^^ Exactly this.

    Many people over estimate what they actually need. Even Tech journalist/reviewers dismissed it, but revised their opinion after actually using it in real life.
  9. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I totally underestimated this laptop.

    I delayed purchasing it because I thought it would be a piece of crap compared to my Pro.

    But you know what? I rarely used the MBP for anything task intensive.

    If I had a choice of one one would be the Macbook.
  10. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    The best quote of that CNET review:

    "The MacBook has that same magic quality as the iPad did, which is that it makes for a perfect living room couch device, as it's lightweight, springs to life the moment I lift the lid, and is small enough that it doesn't get in the way."

    And I'm "living room couch" user moreso than FCPX user :) It's a good balance between very light/small, yet not feeling fragile. I think today's my last day of my return-window, but I don't feel a strong pull towards a chunky MBP. If I need grunt, I'll just hop over to my Mac Pro.

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