Hands on Impressions - 4/17/15

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lch6257, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. lch6257 macrumors member

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    Finally went by my Apple Store to try on the watch and check out the new macbook. I am a systems architect for a cloud computing company. I use a rMBP exclusively to do all my work, code, config, installs, etc. All of this is done server side SSH on big beefy AIX servers that run into the $1million budget range. With that being said, I work remotely from my couch or FUF for the past 8 years. I saw the space gray rMB in the store and it was love at first sight. I got on and popped up some apps, played around with it and instantly loved the keyboard, trackpad and the footprint of this dead sexy new machine. I have the base model rMBP as my primary machine and I rarely push it. This new rMB is just the nicest laptop I have ever seen. I use time machine on an external drive and crash plan for backups, I don't see an issue with the single port for me. After 10 mins of playing around, I came home and ordered the 1.1 256GB space gray without a second thought from best buy. Sold. This was a no brainer due to portability and technology improvements that I will actually use over raw power I do not need. YMMV.
     
  2. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    i kinda know how you feel.

    im currently using a 15" rMBP but its too much of a balance between power and portability; im looking at splitting it up into an rMB for mobile stuff (ipad replacement) and light doc and web work and then having a mac pro on my desk for putting media projects together and i can also remote into it when im away. i think having both extremes (light mobile unit and powerful desktop)is better than just 1 machine that tries to be both
     
  3. MTD's Mac macrumors regular

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    I've been using mine for about 24 hours. VERY impressed. It's zippy (coming from rMBP 2013) and so small... little things like the "MacBook" name below the display are smaller than I expected.

    I also like how the logo on the back of the display (no longer illuminated) isn't a sticker, as some reviews have said, but an inlay (shallower than the metal of the case, like on an iPhone). Classy.

    The gold color is subtle, looks very silver in the right light. But warm somehow.

    My only problem is, at this size, it's got room to slide around in my briefcase. I'll be getting a felt sleeve for it to protect the finish when on the go.
     
  4. lch6257 thread starter macrumors member

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    Good to hear your comments on it. I also found it quite zippy when I tested it in the store today. I am still all chuffed about it, it was definitely a machine I will enjoy working on daily, especially once I settle into the new house in FL later this summer (right off of the inlet in Jupiter). I see myself doing my team calls on this lil guy out by the pool with coffee and the ocean breeze! LOL. I decided to cancel my order at Best Buy and use my wife's education discount at Apple and went for the 1.3, 256GB rig. Stuck with the Space Gray. I loved the Gold macbook, but the Space Grey just drew me to it...I instantly saw it fit me, I decided to up the ponies a bit as I almost always go base. Will see how it goes, ships May 21, 2nd day. Can't wait!
     
  5. newellj macrumors 601

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    I'm impressed enough with mine - have been using it since Monday - that contrary to expectations I'm now seriously thinking about selling my rMBP, which says a lot.
     
  6. lch6257 thread starter macrumors member

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    Went by my local best buy today and they had a 1.1/256 SG on hand. I couldn't resist and brought it home with me. I have been playing with it all night and typing on it now. I have a 2013 13" rMBP with 8GB ram, the i5 variety. That has been a rock. It is the best mac I have ever owned. With that being said I think I like this new macbook better. I love the size, feel, screen is amazing and I have not noticed much of a performance difference, but any "heavy" computing I do is done on $1million HACMP AIX servers. So, all I need is a solid client machine for is supporting those connections. This is doing that just fine and better than expected.I am working an issue with Yosemite with PPTP VPN connections that I also had last fall on the rMBP when I went to Yosemite and wound up rolling back to my Mavericks clone. I may be cloning back this one too, but not without a fight first. gonna try some openVPN clients to try and get around it. Overall, I am really, really happy with my purchase although I am a bit troubled on not having the USB A - USB C adapter on hand (ordered from Apple and waiting delivery) to be able to hook up my clones/backups and test out my media library to see how this new machine does. I suppose I could just network the drive and go that route. I love the feel of this keyboard and trackpad. I think this is really an excellent macbook!!
     

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