Macbook Pro 15 inch 2017 - Questions for Designers

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macdsgner, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. macdsgner macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2018
    Hello guys ,

    So around a month ago I bought my first macbook pro 15 inch Radeon Pro 555 gpu. I mainly use the mbp for illustrator , photoshop , indesign , lightroom , and some coding. I used to own a macbook air 2011 and it was fine will it lasted ( 2015 it became sluggish and I wiped the screen and keyboard with alcohol , 4 letters no longer function but I can use an external keyboard)

    My desktop pc has these specs >

    Windows 10 Home Single Language 64-bit
    Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.00GHz 34 °C
    Haswell 22nm Technology
    16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 933MHz (10-11-10-30)
    Intel HD Graphics 4600 (Gigabyte)
    4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (ZOTAC International)

    Hoping someone here can answer some of my questions below.

    1. Based on my current pc setup, is my pc "processor" faster than the 2017 macbook pro ?

    2. I noticed when opening using applications ( adobe apps ) in my mbp that I can see beachballs. When I open then in the pc it works flawlessly. In dreamweaver for example, when I open one of the sample bootstrap demos in the mbp it loads really slow. Is this an issue with the inferior gpu in the mbp or an os issue ?

    In pc, I disabled gpu rendering in illustrator and still it works better. My pc uses a 1080 p monitor only. Thoughts ?

    3. Cleaning tips for the screen and keyboard ? And I have heard a lot of issues with dust stuck in the keys in older models , can my new laptop also be affected by this ?

    4.The built in trackpad for the mbp is nice but I want a mouse so I could work faster. I used to own a magic mouse 2 and wireless keyboard. The old magic mouse 2 ( removable batteries ) I bought was only good for like 2 - 3 years. I'm thinking of getting a new one ( space grey ) but I'm worried it might thesame as my old mouse. Or did they make improvements ? Can you can suggest a good wireless mouse other than the magic mouse 2 ?

    5. I have a samsung galaxy s8 + phone , is it advisable to use the mbp usb charging cable to use it to charge the phone ? Or do I need to use the charging cable of the phone instead ?

    6. Does safari run faster than chrome in the mbp ? Thoughts ?

    7. Let's say I watch a youtube video , then I adjust tilt the mbp slightly so I can adjust the viewing angles. Is it normal that I see some slight vertical lines when I'm moving it while watching a video ?

    Thanks !
  2. Kcetech1 macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2016
    Alberta Canada
    1: yes
    2: OS and GPU issue. Many Adobe apps have been working better on Windows the last few years
    3:compressed air, cleaning wipes and be careful, the 2016-2018 keys can be a real pain in the arse
    4: Logitech or a programmable gaming mouse.
    5: any USB cable to charge your phone
    6: depends on your sites, I have safari crash all the time in some sites I use commonly.
    7: not certain i've ever noticed that before ... Ill have to go look
  3. macdsgner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2018

    Thanks for the answers. I have 1 more question.

    Do you use google docs on chrome ? When you edit a document it automatically refreshes, it's really annoying. I'm sure I didn't touch the touchbar ? Thoughts ?
  4. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    Logitech wireless G602 best mouse I have ever used.
    Designed by the mouse and gaming team at Logitech to make a mouse they themselves wanted to use. So high but not fanboy ridiculous dpi, 500hz updates for no skips and on eco nearly a year of battery life.

    The only wireless mouse I have used that does not skip or drift at all when tracing a perfect straight line on the screen.

    The Apple trackpad is fantastic for gestures though. I have a mouse for right hand and trackpad for left.
  5. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    I use a Logitech MX Master, great mouse. Arguable any mouse is better than the magic mouse though, that thing is overpriced rubbish! I would personally steer clear of 'gaming' mice, as I find them gimmicky with a focus on RGB lighting and terribly tacky looks - depends on your working environment.

    Adobe stuff shouldn't be too slow, at least not slow enough to warrant a forum post. Sometimes they can be slow depending on the resources they're loading, as long as it's within say 20 seconds it's fine, unless it's a massive file.

    Safari is specifically designed for Macs, Chrome is okay but rather buggy on a Mac, specifically with regards to battery management. In real use though just use whichever you're more comfortable with using, just be aware of the inherent problems with either.

    Last point is a concern, can't say I've noticed it myself but it could be indicative of a cable being slightly squashed. Keep an eye on it and if possible take a video, then when you get time pop to an Apple store and ask about it.

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