It's here (Finally got my build to order macbook)!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Salty Pirate, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

    Salty Pirate

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    Finally got my build to order macbook!. M7 with 512 MB.

    In my honest opinion, the speed is very comparable to the mid 14 15" Macbook Pro I was using.

    I do not code or edit video. I use a command line terminal called iterm2. I use office. I use chrome. Email. iTunes. iPhoto...

    loaded up as a fresh install, very snappy performance. The SSD seems to really make up for the lack of cpu if you are not needing raw processing power.

    The wifi is very slow to connect, not sure what is up with that.

    Overall, very satisfied. The screen is amazing. The keyboard is not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be. Portability is astounding. It is like an ipad that runs osx!
     
  2. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Awesome, congrats!
    Yeah, I found I love the keyboard and actually I went back to my MBA for a second to set up for my wife and wow those keys seemed weird after getting used to the RMB keyboard.
     
  3. archi_130w1 macrumors member

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    I am really interested in how the M7 performs for your daily usage. Let us know how it goes.
    I am holding out for the MBPr update.... but the portability of this MB makes me question my wait.
     
  4. Salty Pirate thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For a daily driver, I am finding it comparable to my 15 MBP in terms of speed. It is very snappy. When I click on something, stuff happens quickly.

    Really starting to think benchmarks have no bearing on reality unless your doing cpu intensive work.

    I think the SSD speed goes a long way to delivering a great user experience.

    FWIW, I had my 60 GB itunes media library on an external USB to move from the 15 to the macbook. I bought the apple media dongle with USB and HDMI, I was floored just how fast that 60GB came across to the macbook. Wayyyyyyy faster than the 15. Like three minutes. This little computer delivers.

    I really wish there was an apple USB-C monitor solution to also serve as a docking station like the Thunderbolt display. I guess the watch has all Apple's attention now.
     
  5. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats, I have the same machine on order currently in Space Gray. Hoping for a Friday delivery. It will be replacing my late 2013 13'' rMBP and my iPad Air 2.
     
  6. Allbridge macrumors newbie

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    I am happy you are enjoying your machine. I am kinda in the same situation.
    I am typing this on my old trusty 11" Air from 2011. I was very happy that Sierra made it to my computer.
    It gives me another year of my machine.
    I''ve been contemplating of buying the maxed out Retina Macbook or going full on with the 15".

    I keep going back and forth. It's just that I LOVE the portability of a small machine. Especially when I am in bed, and I do travel a lot too.

    There aren't too many reviews of the M7. Quite a few people "complain" that the m3/m5 is a tad too slow but I think the M7 is really somewhere around a 2014 Air.

    Can you post a bit more of your experiences especiall "real life stress tests".

    Thank you in advance :)
     
  7. Salty Pirate thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did notice yesterday opening word an excel took a moment longer than on the 15.

    I'm not sure what I do "stresses" the machine. I would think i stress the memory/io more than the processor.

    I was expecting to notice a "slow down", price to be paid for the form factor, but it is very comparable to the user experience on the 15. In some ways, the 15 is slower if it is a disk based bottleneck.

    I went to the applestore and messed around with a m5 they had, and that seemed acceptable. I got the m7 because I knew I would keep the computer for a while.

    oh, and the 15 is such a pig after working with the macbook. The weight is unreal. Funny, I remember when the redesigned MBP was so thin and sexy! lol
     
  8. 576316 macrumors 601

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    I'm still lugging around a 2012 15" rMBP but about to go to uni and looking at whether or not a rMB would be a decent replacement for this. I know I'd be taking a hit on specs, but feel like I don't really use the specs on this thing enough to warrant its size and weight. I just don't know if I'd miss then 15" display, but that's not a big issue for me. I'm doing a coding course which is like 99% done on PCs at the uni, so I don't think I'm going to need it to do any serious coding work.

    What do you guys think? Do you think I should wait until my course starts and see how much use I'm getting out of my MacBook and then make the switch? Or is it a good idea to do it ASAP because it's a good time to buy a rMB and there's the Back to School promotion and stuff?
     
  9. Salty Pirate thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The retina display on the macbook is insanely great. What you will miss if you keep the 15 is having a two pound computer in your pack.
     
  10. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you think I will notice a big difference going from the base 2015 rMB to the m7 2016 version?
     
  11. Salty Pirate thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think you will because of the SSD. I would get the 512 MB version.
     
  12. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, so the m7 processor isn't a noticeable difference, just the speed of the SSD? That's disappointing.
     
  13. Salty Pirate thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well I have the m7 512. It is plenty fast. Limited experience with the m5
     
  14. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought the m7 with 512Gb and added the Applecare plan! I'll get it Monday morning. I still have my 2015 base unit and probably will sell it on eBay. I am excited to get a fast, portable and quiet machine that will really last me for a few years!
     
  15. toddzrx macrumors 6502a

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    I would think that if you're going off to college that you'll be doing a far bit of walking, and the MacBook is perfect for that. Also, if all the heavy lifting is being done on PCs and you just need something for email/surfing/iTunes, all the more reason to go with the MB.
     
  16. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    If you mainly do internet related tasks, I think we are getting to a point where we are bottlenecked more by the speed of the connection instead of the processing power of the machine. That is why opening Gmail on a Macbook or a MBP will be no different.
     
  17. happyslayer macrumors 6502a

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    I've had the 2016 m7/256 since the day it was available for order. Previously, I had the 2015 m5/512. I do think the newer one is faster, though whether it is the CPU or the faster SSD, I do not know. But I am happy with it! I had a 2014 13" MBP before that and this feels as fast as that one ever did and weighs less. Also, the battery time is a little better (maybe an extra half hour to hour.) So all good. Glad you got your order finally!
     

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