Regret purchasing the macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by whittywife, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. whittywife macrumors newbie

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    I am in a bit of a slump. I purchased the MacBook with high hopes of it. I had my previous white Macbook since 2010 and it had done so well for me. I loved everything about it. This new MacBook just isn't cutting it for me and it's all due to the keyboard. I really dislike it. I played with the macbook air while my iPhone was getting looked at and I instantly fell in love with typing on it. I have to write numerous papers a week and the amount of errors I have while typing on this macbook are maddening. Has anyone else purchased the Macbook and couldn't get used to the keyboard so they sold it and purchased a macbook air or pro?
     
  2. TommyBoy5 macrumors member

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    DO NOT RETURN IT!!! It will get better. MUCH better.

    I was making so many typos during the first month that I deemed the keyboard unusable. Check my posts from a year ago. I loved everything about the laptop but the keyboard.

    I fly on the keyboard now. Completely used to it. I can't type on my wife's MBA or my old MBP now. I type many forms and pages for work each day and am an aspiring writer as well. I rarely if ever make mistakes any more.

    I completely understand what you are going through because I went through the exact same thing. I hated reading about people that loved the keyboard the first time they touched it and never had to adjust. That sure wasn't my experience. Even typing in a simple webpage sometimes took more than one attempt!

    It gets better. This is the best laptop I have ever owned.
     
  3. maxsix Suspended

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    I fully understand.

    I bought the new MacBook upon its release. For my purposes it's a secondary laptop. One that I only use while traveling by Jet.

    Yes, the keyboard is certainly not easy to use or to get acclimated to but I did. It wasn't as hard for me as its likely to be for many. I switch often between my Mac Pro, 15" MBPr, 13" MBA and 12" MacBook, therefore I'm used to variables when it comes to keyboards.

    If I was to own just one laptop it most definitely would not be the MacBook.
     
  4. Admiral macrumors regular

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    I own just one laptop and it is the MacBook. It replaced a 2011 MacBook Air. I love my retina MacBook so much (primarily because of the lack of a fan, the noise of which is a considerable irritation to me) that as soon as the model is refreshed I'm buying another.

    But I travel a LOT. For me, the light weight, excellent screen, and lack of fan are the key selling points. If I were to go to a 13" retina MacBook Pro, then there's the weight and the noise. Go to a 13" MacBook Air and there's the weight and the noise, plus a screen that makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a runcible spoon.
     
  5. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    Give it a chance - the keyboard has turned out to be one of the best keyboards I have ever used, even though I have used a lot of Mac's and Thinkpads... Everything else feels like it's too high and with small keys now.
     
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    You really will adjust to the keyboard. I actually type faster on it than anything else now.
     
  7. Jayderek macrumors 6502

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    I'll add to the chorus and say that you will get used it. I've now been typing faster on it compared to other keyboards.

    It's a great little machine
     
  8. MLVC macrumors 6502

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    I'll join in, as a freelance translator I type all day, and I actually prefer the Macbook keyboard now.
     
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I dock when I am at work. The best keyboard really is the new magic keyboard. It has a slightly higher travel than macbook keyboard. I really think that will be the route they go with the pros when they update them.
     
  10. MLVC macrumors 6502

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    If they only updated the Apple keyboard to the magic keyboard, I can deal without the numerical part but no delete button, nope, cannot deal with that :(
     
  11. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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  12. whittywife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for the encouragement. I am going on month 6 of this keyboard and usually write on average 20 page papers a week.. I think i've given it quite a bit of time and a fair shake. May look at the MBA & see how I like it. I know some people will think I am crazy, but this keyboard is seriously driving me batty.
     
  13. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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  14. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Or Control-D. :)
     
  15. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    If you've had it for 6 months then I think you've had long enough to see if you like the keyboard. Make sure you have a good go with the MBA before you make your decision. However you could probably sell the macbook and cover the cost of the MBA.

    I think apart from the lack of a retina display you are not loosing much with the MBA. Depending on what size you go for it won't be much heavier. The macbook air is more powerful and has a decent amount of ports. I chose my MBA over the macbook. I bought my Macbook air 1 week before the announcement of the new macbook. I could have taken it back and got a macbook but I didn't. For me the macbook is too under powered and does not have enough ports. It is light but so is my MBA. However I'm sure that these are not issues you have with the macbook.
     
  16. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    If you are working with a lot of text the retina is a godsend so I would either wait and see if the air ever gets a screen upgrade or go for the retina pro myself.
     
  17. whittywife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was also thinking that after 6 months I've given it a fair shake. I actually prefer typing on my old MacBook and then my Dell Latitude work laptop :( It's alarming! I plan on testing out the MBA this weekend and see what I think. I understand that Apple will likely go towards this type of keyboard in the future, but since I still have options I would like to explore them.

    I primarily use my laptop for storing pictures, web browsing & working on my graudate degree, which requires a ton of papers. I still want a computer that is portable and light, but a built-in keyboard is a must. In regards to my pictures.. I have quite a few (20k) but they are mostly iPhone pics. I am working on getting those onto an external hard drive & using the Cloud. Therefore, I am thinking of going:

    13" screen (like my old beloved white macbook)

    256 GB Storage
    4GB memory

    Thanks for all your help!
     
  18. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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  19. whittywife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am open to purchasing whatever will best fit my needs. Open to suggestions :)
     
  20. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Used to my 1.2. 512Gb rMB now, equally am torturing it, on an engineering project in Vietnam. I normally run a rMBP (13" or 15") for engineering jobs, keeping the Retina MacBook for the business/commercial aspect. rMB is definitely struggling under the load of 14 Spaces across multiple applications, likely next trip I will put one of the rMBP`s to task. Just needed to travel light this trip, 12" Retina and Samsung 8.0 S2 make for a great solution.

    Roll on the 2016 update/refresh, let`s see what Apple`s got...

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    Wait a little for the new 2016 13" MacBook Pro. The 13" MacBook Pro is Apple`s most balanced portable, 15" Retina is for those that need strong computational performance on the go, the 12" Retina`s sole focus is portability. I own & use for business purpose 12", 13" & 15" Retina`s the 13" is by far the better notebook for the average user.

    Q-6
     
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Very good post. I will say that 14 spaces is far from average....hell most people do not even use spaces. I use 4-5 and it handles it perfectly.
     

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