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danb1979

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Just wanted to say thanks to all those that offered advice re MBP vs Air and which to go for etc :)

Proud to say that I’ve gone for the above, 16GB / 512GB version in Silver; keeps in trend with my white magic keyboard and trackpad 2 also ;)

It’s just updating to the latest OS now and then I’ll sort out restoring it from my TM

Quick pic:



I’ve got a USB-C dongle on its way to me and a stand for the MBP too as I’ll be using it in clamshell mode with my Dell monitor via DP
 

danb1979

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Looks great.

You look like a very orderly person. Everything is perfectly placed on your desk and stand.

Haha yes, I do like things neat and clean (just don’t look at the spaghetti wiring behind the desk) ;)

My cars get washed once a week minimum, twice during the summer days when it’s hot & dusty, it’s a terrible habit 🤣
 
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Looks like silver is the new dominant color. I suspect the next refresh we will be back to space grey :cool:
 
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mikesp1

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That's it; all set up and restored from my TimeMachine

Desk cleaned and polished and MBP sat in it's new stand connected to an Anker USB-C hub for all the peripherals etc

Very nice :)
Could you check what are the fans RPMs when you have it connected to your monitor like you have it in the photo and doing light tasks like web browsing or watching youtube videos in safari?
 
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danb1979

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Very nice :)
Could you check what are the fans RPMs when you have it connected to your monitor like you have it in the photo and doing light tasks like web browsing or watching youtube videos in safari?

I can do if you let me know how ;)

I've always got Safari & Chrome op[en (Chromes my default browser, but LinkedIn works better on Safari and I'll have 2-3 pages of LinkedIn open etc) and I've been faffing on YT too watching various Nurburgring videos etc; but YT via Chrome not Safari as Safari IIRC doesn't do 1440k, just 1080p

Haven't heard the fans kick in at all
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Can you report on your battery life once you have used it a bit?

Can do; but it'll generally be connected to the mains
 
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mikesp1

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I can do if you let me know how ;)

I've always got Safari & Chrome op[en (Chromes my default browser, but LinkedIn works better on Safari and I'll have 2-3 pages of LinkedIn open etc) and I've been faffing on YT too watching various Nurburgring videos etc; but YT via Chrome not Safari as Safari IIRC doesn't do 1440k, just 1080p

You can check it using a software called Macs Fan Control: https://crystalidea.com/macs-fan-control
 
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danb1979

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Whoa. I bet those speakers sounds better than the built in one on your macbook

Haha yes, just a touch ;)

This is the system I've got in my office (obviously just one of the speakers):




And my 'over 60 years old' Art Deco comfy chair to sit in when I'm listening to music; I just wheel it to the 'sweet spot' ;)

 
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danb1979

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Well to update, sadly, this has gone back to Apple for a refund...

The fans were kicking in constantly last week; I reset everything I could reset; did a full reinstall via my TM and still the same.

Just using the likes of Chrome, Safari and MS Office tools etc; no video/picture editing at all and the fans were on full whack; it was like an aircraft taking off, not to mention the heat!

It was getting to the point were it was getting bloody hot and I was unable to touch it :(

It's gone back; waiting for the refund now...

Bought an i5 16GB/512GB Mini instead; back to where I was beforehand haha ;)
 
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Starv20

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Well to update, sadly, this has gone back to Apple for a refund...

The fans were kicking in constantly last week; I reset everything I could reset; did a full reinstall via my TM and still the same.

Just using the likes of Chrome, Safari and MS Office tools etc; no video/picture editing at all and the fans were on full whack; it was like an aircraft taking off, not to mention the heat!

It was getting to the point were it was getting bloody hot and I was unable to touch it :(

It's gone back; waiting for the refund now...

Bought an i5 16GB/512GB Mini instead; back to where I was beforehand haha ;)

Dude, that's too bad. I had the same issue (just bought it last week, fans constantly on the max, connected on 4K monitor clamshell mode) and it turns out it was spotlight indexing doing it's thing (1 have a TON of dev related files)

I almost reinstalled everything but decided to wait, and finally after a day and a half it's just silence heaven. I'm really digging it. Quiet and powerful. Of course if you do cpu intensive stuff fans will kick in but that's normal behavior for ALL laptops.

Got a great deal (20% off) and I needed a laptop now, so I'll let all the 1st gen Apple silicon kinks get ironed out before I make the transition.

Cheers
 
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danb1979

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Dude, that's too bad. I had the same issue (just bought it last week, fans constantly on the max, connected on 4K monitor clamshell mode) and it turns out it was spotlight indexing doing it's thing (1 have a TON of dev related files)

I almost reinstalled everything but decided to wait, and finally after a day and a half it's just silence heaven. I'm really digging it. Quiet and powerful. Of course if you do cpu intensive stuff fans will kick in but that's normal behavior for ALL laptops.

Got a great deal (20% off) and I needed a laptop now, so I'll let all the 1st gen Apple silicon kinks get ironed out before I make the transition.

Cheers

Yeah; sods law!

I was doing none of that; the only large files I've got are relaly on iTunes; the rest are MS Word/PDFs etc; so no major files at all.

My screen is only 2k; but even with the MBP running on its own, not connected to the Dell monitor it was still in take off mode!

It's gone now; happy to say my replacement Mac Mini is as it should be, quiet and faultless :)
 
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Yes it’s a shame - I think what cemented me against buying it was that just doing browsing and say a face time call makes the bottom of the laptop hot enough that it’s not possible to use on your lap. If I’m not able to use a 13” on my lap comfortably, I may as well not have a 13” in the first place in my opinion.

It seems waiting on ARM is the smart choice.
 
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Sad to hear the issues, it's super hard to tackle what's causing the sleep or over-cpu issues in these machines

I personally disabled and renamed one native .kext myself :/

There are so many, in my opinion, intentional bugs to erode systems and prepare people for new machines - for example, I had an inactive Google account on my Apple account, it caused all sorts of defunct syncing routines to fire and halt, only a very deep search led me to a solution, a kind soul sharing the culprit on an Apple Forum page that he created and only he replied

Anyway, the silver is(was) indeed a joy to own - so clean after using space gray, which shows dust and hand prints etc. so so much, and also it's very gloomy once you use it once
 
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Well to update, sadly, this has gone back to Apple for a refund...

The fans were kicking in constantly last week; I reset everything I could reset; did a full reinstall via my TM and still the same.

Just using the likes of Chrome, Safari and MS Office tools etc; no video/picture editing at all and the fans were on full whack; it was like an aircraft taking off, not to mention the heat!

It was getting to the point were it was getting bloody hot and I was unable to touch it :(

It's gone back; waiting for the refund now...

Bought an i5 16GB/512GB Mini instead; back to where I was beforehand haha ;)
Mine ran hot too for several days due to all the indexing. If you have a large Photos collection and icloud folders, it can take several days of indexing. I finally got it to quit by turning off the power saving features and let it run full throttle for about 24 hours.
Reinstalling MacOS or time machine restore restarts the process all over again.
Wish Apple would be more upfront notifying the user rather than making you watch activity monitor to see all the extra syncing hidden apps consuming all the CPU cycles....

After that my MBP ran much quieter with much better battery life. Even when plugged into a 4K monitor.
 
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