I'm coming from a 2012 Macbook Air 11 (main computer) with 8GB ram and 1.7 GHz (i5-3317U) dual-core Intel Core i5. I have it hooked to an external monitor and it runs beautiful for everything I need. I was looking at picking up an iPad, but decided to go for the Macbook 2015. Yes I knew before buying my Macbook Gold it would be slow compared to my MBA and comparable to an ipad. But wow its INCREDIBLY SLOW. Filevault is turned off and just browsing Safari is a annoying. Just opening up a 2nd app can really slow down the comp and i get beachballs. I didn't even bother downloading Chrome because chrome is a resourcehog. I love the form factor and I knew it be as slow as first generation Macbook Air, but I thought it would be tolerable. I mainly use the macbook gold for safari/youtube/VLC. Any tips on what to tweaks I can make to speed this puppy up? I found a great post by someone in another thread: Any other suggestions?? Maybe I should return this MB and wait for next gen of the MB or new iPad.