One week review - loving the Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by batman75, May 7, 2015.

  1. batman75 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    I have now had my BTO Macbook for a week and I LOVE it.

    Specs: 1.3 ghz, 512 gb SSD, 8GB RAM, Space Gray. Have both AV adapters plus a third party USB 3.0 adapter bought on Amazon.

    About me: Management Consultant, travel a lot. Run company windows image in Fusion, use Dropbox, lots of Powerpoint, Excel and Word. Previously had a 2013 Macbook Air 1.7ghz i7 with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD

    Overall impressions:

    1) Love the Screen! Doing powerpoint on this machine is a huge leap forward from the MBA 11. 12 point font is super crisp, so is 10 point font. Brightness and vividness are much better too. The old machine screen seems washed out by comparison. On the old machine small fonts were barely legible without running full screen mode, and even then. While screen size is only 0.7 inch bigger, it feels a lot bigger. The improved aspect ratio also helps.

    2) Can't see any drop off in speed. Machine is running fast. Can't see any discernible difference in speed vs. my 2013 MBA 11 i7 1.7 ghz. They seem the same in performance which is impressive given the huge upgrade in resolution. Also my windows image runs very well in Fusion. No changes there.

    3) Don't really miss the ports. Haven't used the port much. Use it to charge the laptop. Used it for a USB stick once, but wasn't a big deal to plug in via adapter. To me ports are overrated.

    4) Love the thinness. The form factor is a work of art. People at work have come in to look at it and been wowed. People have literally said - "This is the future of the laptop - I would ditch windows and my iPad for one of these."

    5) Space Grey looks awesome. It's a nice switch from the silver Macbook Airs.

    6) Keyboard strange at first, but now I really like it and can switch back and forth between this and other keyboards no problem.

    7) Several issues with migration assistant. For some reason it ****ed up my Safari, and I had to reset cache, clear cookies etc. to stabilize it. Works fine now. Also ****ed up my keychain. Migrated old passwords. Had to resent iCloud and reset keychain to get current passwords. That said on the whole the migration experience was also impressive. The Fusion VM worked out of the box after the migration.

    Is there anything I don't like:

    1) Really miss the light up Apple Logo. Have to say were it not for the sexy svelte shape, this machine may look a bit generic. That light up logo is missed.

    2) Not a big fan of force touch vs old trackpad. It's pretty good, but I find click and drag to be a bit awkward. I feel it loses precision on click and drag, e.g. if I am trying to slightly adjust the width of a rectangle in powerpoint - hard to do with precision with force touch.
  2. lchlch macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2015
    Try turning on 3 finger drag in accessibility settings.
  3. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Thanks very much for your thoughts on transitioning from a 2011 MBA to a 2015 rMB. As it happens I'll be making the same switch (same specs on both machines) so its great to hear from someone thats already done it and has had a positive experience.
  4. kingofwale macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    how's your battery holding up?

    that's my biggest issue/complain so far
  5. batman75 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    Hasn't been an issue for me so far. Same as the previous mid-2013 MBA 11. I am getting a bit less, but am running a higher brightness on the new machine. Still I can use the machine most business days no problem.


    Thanks a lot. I was struggling with where to find this setting. I couldn't find it in the trackpad settings - but your post gave the answer.

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