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

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    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".

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  2. JoePa2624 macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    I think I read 30hz... :-(
     
  7. Robbenisland thread starter macrumors member

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  11. Sander25 macrumors newbie

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

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    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

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

     
  14. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

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    Beautiful setup! Any reason you chose the LG curved display over the Dell/Samsung curved displays?
     

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