Mid 2014 Macbook pro to 12" Macbook, would i notice a difference

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Z3man, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Z3man, Nov 22, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2015

    Z3man macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    #1
    I currently own a base spec Mid 2014 13" macbook pro, which i am really happy with, but i really fancy one of these 12" Macbook retinas, probably base spec. Can anyone that has done the same switch just answer me a couple of questions.

    I only do very basic things like browsing, emails, iTunes, photo's and Youtube etc, nothing very taxing at all. So would i notice any difference in power and the general day to day speed between the two. Is the extra power of the pro only noticeable when doing more taxing things, or is it still noticeable when just doing less taxing things like i have already mentioned.

    Also for someone with ok but not brilliant eyesight (i am 48 years old) would i notice the difference in real estate with the Macbook only have a 12" screen, is the text much smaller. I would be using both of them on the default resolutions.
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

    ayeying

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Location:
    Yay Area, CA
    #2
    The text is not that much smaller and honestly you won't notice a real huge difference. I got the 1.2GHz model and is comparing to my 15" MacBook Pro. On everyday tasks such as web surfing, email, social networks, youtube, iTunes and such, I feel no difference between the two. On heavier tasks such as virtual machines, I notice the 15" is much faster then the MacBook.
     
  3. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

    SteveJUAE

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2015
    Location:
    Land of Smiles
    #3
    You should be fine as noted in the above posting, real estate wise no problem and after all it's the app/software package you are using that counts, all good programs should allow scaling/zoom with out impacting native res settings.

    I tend to use my browser on 150% magnification just so the text is a little larger and less taxing over time, but I would do that on any reasonable high res screen and not specifically for the rMB
     
  4. Max(IT) Suspended

    Max(IT)

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Location:
    Italy
    #4
    when performance are involved, the difference will be noticeable.
    Regarding the display, the difference isn't noticeable.
     
  5. Z3man thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    #5
    Will the performance be a lot noticeable or just slightly when just doing basic stuff.
     
  6. Max(IT) Suspended

    Max(IT)

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Location:
    Italy
    #6
    basic stuff: barely noticeable.
    But if you are speaking about photos ....
     
  7. Z3man thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    #7
    Thanks, i am very tempted to order one of these, if i don't like it i can always return it within 14 days or maybe even longer. When i bought the new iPad pro recently the return date was by the 20th Jan 2016, i think it was to do with the holiday period.

    I am tempted to wait for the second generation though, but i don't think that will be until March or April next year, some people are saying sooner but i don't think so.
     
  8. Craigy Boy macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2006
    Location:
    UK
    #8
    Are photos really bad on the 12" MacBook then? I've got a library of 26,000+, think it will struggle?
     
  9. Max(IT) Suspended

    Max(IT)

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Location:
    Italy
    #9
    Considering the fragile battery, keyboard and not-so-stellar performance, I would wait for the next gen, or opt for a MacBook Pro.
    I don't think the next generation will appear before next summer....

    26,000+ photos are quite out of the target for such a notebook.
    I don't know if you are doing some photo shopping, but I would definitely opt for a more powerful machine like a MBP.
     

Share This Page