Retina MacBook plenty of power for normal users

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Yamisky0, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. Yamisky0 macrumors member

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    After a week hands on with the Macbook, I can safely say it will take anything you throw at it. As an example here is my daily workload:

    I am a heavy user of Spaces, so I typically have 4 running at any given time:
    1 for Fun
    1 for Business
    1 for Messages
    Tweetdeck(having its own full screen space)

    I usually have the following programs open at all times:
    10-15 Safari Tabs open
    2-3 Pages documents
    1-2 Numbers spreadsheets
    1 VM(I have both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04 installed)
    Occasional Photoshop
    iTunes Radio

    I also have been running games in my free time:
    Kerbal Space Program(with a few seconds load time between switching what I am doing)
    Mostly indie games

    Steam Home Sharing has been a god-send for running other games at very high quality.

    I was very skeptical when the specs of the rMB was announced, as I consider myself a power user and run an IT company. My biggest fear was not the ports, but the power. It has well and truly exceeded my expectations and I have not run into a single situation in the last week where I went damn this thing is underpowered. I knew I would have 14 days to test this in real life and see if it fit my needs or I would return it. This laptop is going nowhere(unless I sell it to upgrade next year).

    Note: I understand there are users who require more power than I do, such as full-time video, photographic, and music editors. I am not one, so when I use Photoshop it is not for intense 4K imagery, but usually less than 2000*2000 pixels for short durations of time and I have yet to run into an issue. I could see how this would not be powerful enough for some, though, hence the qualification plenty of power "for normal users".
     
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I use my Mac to get work done and the rMB will be plenty powerful enough for me. I think it's hilarious how some people on here were saying you could only use this thing for web browsing and movies.
     
  3. tecnho macrumors 6502

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    If I missed it somehow - I apologize, but can you specify whether you are on the base model or 1.2
     
  4. Yamisky0 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, I did not specify. I have the base model. It is in my signature, though.
     
  5. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

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    Look at his signature, he has the 1.1 Ghz / 256gb in Gold color.
     
  6. tecnho macrumors 6502

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    I am currently using Tapatalk where it is not as readily viewable as in a browser
     
  7. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    What kind of indie games have you tried on it?
     
  8. Yamisky0 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hotline Miami, Knytt Underground, NyxQuest, and Peggle Nights. I've put nearly 20 hours into Kerbal Space Program on here.

    Will I be running the Star Wars Battlefront on here at launch with maxed out settings? Hell no! But that's why I have 2 custom built gaming rigs/servers, this is great for gaming on the go.

    I've barely touched my desktops since I got this last week.
     
  9. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    I was just curious what indie games it rand fairly well to be honest haha. I have a gaming rig as well as a Xbox One so i do all my gaming on those :D. I would assume the MBR would be great for something like Hearthstone, Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami in bed. Something along those lines. :D
     
  10. Yamisky0 thread starter macrumors member

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    It is great for usage like that! And after a 3 hour Kerbal binge, it is warm to the touch, not hot like certain people have said. Certainly not hotter than my iPad 3 has gotten under intensive usage. Plus, I live in Phoenix so everything is naturally hotter.

    I cannot wait to use this on the flight to Newark I am taking next week.
     
  11. blvckk macrumors member

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    Would you say this is good enough to program and code off of? Make it a main machine. The most is be using in terms of power is Xcode and the normal surfing, tweet deck, iTunes etc.
     
  12. Yamisky0 thread starter macrumors member

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    I would say yes, it is. That is from my usage. I do some web design and programming, not any app development, so I only mess around in Xcode and am not 100% sure what I am doing even makes sense. I've read mixed reviews about how Xcode runs on this, but I've had not any issues running anything yet.
     
  13. blvckk macrumors member

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    Ahh ok, Because I don't need crazy power.. But just enough to last me a couple years to do the daily stuff and not slow down after a few months lol.
     
  14. LxHunter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the thoughtful review.
    Practical and helpful.

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    Reminds me of the old corny joke.
    Question: What's the best camera?
    Answer: The one you have with you.
     

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