One week report

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by JKNorth, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. JKNorth macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2010
    I've had my Space Grey MacBook 1.2/512GB for a week now and I think that's been long enough to give it a thorough test.

    I love it.

    * No UI lag.
    * Mission Control = smooth
    * Dock Magnification = smooth
    * Minimizing windows = smooth
    * Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Keynote and Scrivener = all work fine
    * Contacts, Calendar, Mail, Evernote, Day One, iTunes, Messages, Face Time = all work fine
    * Dropbox, iCloud drive = both work fine

    * My main computer is a Mac Pro with a 28" UHD monitor. So any laptop screen, 15", 13", 12" seems tiny to me, but if you work in one app at a time it's fine.
    * The colours are very nice, and the pixel density is terrific, just as good as my rMBP 13".
    * The screen tilts back way past vertical, definitely more than I need, and it holds in position.
    * The screen doesn't wobble on the frame, but the whole thing is a tad wobbly on my lap because of the light weight - I found the same thing with the Air gen 1. All that's needed is to learn how to position it for maximum support underneath, the wider the area the better.

    * This took the most getting used to. In the initial days I really wasn't sure I was going to like it.
    * The keystrokes are predictably very short. It takes some re-training of the brain to ease up on the keys.
    * After a few days it is completely fine. I can type just as fast on it as any other keyboard. I'm a writer, so this was a critical factor for me.
    * In the wide world of keyboards, I wouldn't say it is the most comfortable, but it isn't any Apple keyboard that holds that title for me, it's a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard, which, conveniently, works with the MacBook when it's on my desk.
    * If you have giant hands, you will find the space next to the trackpad small. I have average hands and I only find it a problem sitting in a very un-ergonomic position in a big cushy chair slouching down with my leg crossed in front of me to lift the MacBook up.

    * It doesn't seem different from any other MacBook trackpad in normal use.
    * Force Touch is really cool. It feels like a click.
    * Looking things up with Force Touch is neat. I'm sure more uses will come along.

    * Gorgeous. I love it.
    * Small enough to stick down the side of the sofa beside me when I'm watching TV and it's out of the way.
    * It disappears inside a backpack or messenger bag and is so light the bag feels almost empty.
    * I love that it's Space Grey. Something different from the string of aluminum MacBooks I've had.
    * It sits perfectly flat on a hard surface like a desk or table with zero wobbling.
    * Carrying it around closed in your hand it feels more like an iPad than it does a MacBook.
    * The speakers have more bass and depth than any MacBook I've had before. I'll still rarely use them, but nice to know they are there.

    Port situation:
    * I don't miss having more ports. (Reminder: this is my secondary, mobile computer.)
    * Yes, I have a dongle. I had dongles for my rMBP 13" too for connecting a projector and ethernet.
    * I've used the dongle to connect USB devices including my iPhone for tethering, and it works great.
    * File management is fast enough and reliable using wifi networking at home, and with Dropbox and iCloud.
    * The headphone jack works as expected, sounds great.

    * After the first charge cycle, consistently getting 8 hours on a charge, and that's with screen brightness cranked up the way I like it.
  2. iscajal macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
  3. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Sounds excellent. Thanks for taking the trouble to post this comprehensive review. :)
  4. thinh3d macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Hull, UK
  5. Geert76 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2014
    the Netherlands
    great report/review! thanks

    I dont care about all those tech website-reviews with their spec sheets.
    But I do care about honest (!!!) reports/reviews from real users in the field.

    Again, thanks!
  6. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    Unfortunately i fall into the category of "giant hands" that is what ultimately stopped me after playing with it 4 times in the Apple store. I have had a MBPR 13" and a MBA 13" and by FAR the most comfortable is the MBA because it has the larger trackpad area. MY hands completely swallow the MBR. I have those what you call NFL QB type hands 9"+ sized.

    I am REALLY hoping they put out a larger 14" model next year. Than i will sell my 13" MBA and scoop it up!

    That is really my ONLY complaint with the device, sure they keyboard felt weird but in time i could adjust if my hands had room. I think its also $100-$200 overpriced at the moment. HOWEVER, that is the price you pay with bleeding edge technology and new products, nothing new there. Just like when the first MBA was released. The pricing and hopefully a 2nd screen size will reveal themselves soon :)
  7. newellj, Apr 30, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

    newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Nice write-up! One clarification, though. It's small enough to LOSE in between the sofa cushions! :eek: ;)
  8. sunshine92 macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2015
    Hi! Are you using office 2011 for mac or office preview for mac 2016 is smooth? Thanks!
  9. jeffg819 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2006
    Yes it is! Amazing how portable this little machine is. Feels like an iPad w/OS X and a great keyboard attached. I'm smitten.
  10. bmclaurin macrumors member


    Nov 10, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV

    Same here. I'm using Office 2016 Preview on a 1.1/256, and it's every bit as usable as on my late model rMBP (minus the extra screen real estate).
  11. JKNorth thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Office Preview for Mac 2016.

    It takes a while for an Office app to load the first time, but it runs well with no delays after that.

    Though a heck of a lot faster on my new Mac Pro, Word still takes a few seconds to load. So Microsoft's got a hand in the performance of Office Preview too, not just the Mac.
  12. IbisDoc macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2010
    What about video? How come nobody ever comments on video playback when discussing performance? Are iTunes videos smooth? How about youtube videos? Do they cause overheating and throttling like the gen 1 MacBook Air?
  13. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Playing 1080p video is a piece of cake for the rMB. That's why nobody is talking about it.
  14. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006

    You are correct. Since Office 2016 is a Preview, or public beta, there is still a lot of beta code that will get removed when it goes GM. We should also see the code get optimized as it get closer to GM.

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