My experience: MacBook killer Mac for travel and office (with LG34 curved)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Robbenisland, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. Robbenisland macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2015
    From the day of the announcement I was wondering if I should get the rMB. I used a 11" Macbook Air for many years, which I connected in the office and at home to a Thunderbolt Display. I travel a lot and do a lot of vidcons over Lync Webclient.

    I decided against the rMB and went for a rMBP instead (2015 model, fully loaded). Main reasons:
    - power
    - fear the rMB would not do vidcons properly
    - no connectivity to Thunderbolt displays
    It is a great machine and enjoyed using it for a couple of weeks. Did not like the weight/size though.

    After the first reviews here came out I could not withstand any more and changed the whole setup. I went for:
    - rMB, 1.3, 512GB
    - two LG34 curved displays (one at home, one in the office)
    - a ridiculous amount of money for 3 power supplies, USB C cables and 3 HDMI adapters (for the displays and one for travel)

    I LOVE the new setup. My experience:
    - The one plug really works for me: in the office and at home I plug in one cable which gives me power, monitor, USB and LAN (through USB LAN adapter which is connected to the LG USB hub on the back)
    - The rMB has no problem running this amazing display. I thought the TB display is great, but the curved LG gives you the size of two monitors in one very slick and modern format. I normally run three main windows next to each other, using BetterSnapTool to move them quickly in the areas I like them.
    - The rMB is perfect for travel. No need to explain. Went for a Joli Leather Case - very nice.
    - I like the rMB keyboard. Had no issues from day one. I guess my years with the 11" MBA helped - always had the lowest footprint
    - To my biggest surprise the vidcons I run for work (multiple locations) work well, too. The non HD camera does not matter the size of the videos on the Lync page are small anyhow.
    - My application use is mail, Office (2015 pre release), Evernote, Lync, iTunes and sometimes handbrake. No issues on running on any apps.

    Any downsides? I sometimes have an issue that the rMB does not properly wakes up or boots up. Have to press the power button for a long time for a full shutdown and then restart. Hopefully a software issue only.

    So bottom line: a very capable machine that is even able to power one of the best displays I have ever seen/used for office usage. Form factor is a killer for travel the purity of not having a fan is just a great "feeling".

  2. JoePa2624 macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2014
    I'm glad that you're enjoying your purchase. I recently started seeing the delayed wake issue that you're describing too and was wondering what could be causing it. Hopefully a fix shows up soon, as it is an annoyance (minor, but still present).
  3. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
    How smoothly does the rMB drive the display? Any hiccups? More importantly, how is running 1080p while surfing run? Any dropped frames?
  4. nickday macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    What refresh rate can the MB power this at at its full resolution, 60hz?
  5. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Glad to see you have a setup that you like!

    I have not found Handbrake to be a good match with the rMB, though. I wasn't expecting the device to do well with it, and I am not at all disappointed, but potential buyers should know what they are getting into. Perhaps you could post estimated times for files to give a better sense of what you are experiencing.
  6. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    I think I read 30hz... :-(
  7. Robbenisland thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2015
  8. Esoom macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2010
  9. palmwangja macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2015
  10. Robbenisland thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2015
  11. Sander25 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2015
    Are you running 1080P ? How is the quality of the image compared to Thunderbolt Display?
  12. Robbenisland thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2015
    No I run this at 3440 x 1440, so higher than 1080p. The quality is excellent. The TB display is glossy, to can at times look more impressive but many times less, as it is reflecting more. I am very happy with the LG and would not go back to a TB sized/resolution if they would offer one for USB C.
  13. mattalter2015 macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2015
    What adapter are you using for the usb type-c. Is this the Apple multi one?

  14. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Beautiful setup! Any reason you chose the LG curved display over the Dell/Samsung curved displays?

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