Switch from 13' mba to rmb

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Rhcpcjg, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. Rhcpcjg macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Hello all!

    I already own a mid 2014 15' rMBP maxed out specs which is always at home plugged in to a thunderbolt display, and sometimes I take it to work. I don't think the 15' rMBP is a heavy computer. but I don't think is portable enough for the kind of work that I do.

    4 days ago I purchased a base mode 2015 13' macbook air for almost $700 @ best buy, it had a $200 discount plus I had a couple of coupons. I was thinking of making the mba my work computer since its really light and its portability its amazing. The mba is a great computer but the only thing I couldn't get used to was the display... oh boy... Ive been so used to retina display for the last couple of years that going back to a non-retina display was a no. even thought battery life is amazing on the mba and performance was great, I decided to return it.

    I went to best buy to finally return the computer and thinking that the new MacBooks were sold out, I asked the lady at the counter if she had any idea when they will get the new macbook back in stock, to my surprise, she replied that she had 1 SG 1.1 256gb in stock, so I decided to exchange the mba for the retina macbook. Luckily the manager was able to reapply my movers coupon and $50 education coupon. Total came up to $1119 before tax.

    I haven't had this computer for more than a couple of hours but so far I can tell that its going to work out for what I do when I'm out and about (when I'm home I have the 15' rmpb hooked up to a tb display). I am already used to force touch but am still getting used to the keyboard. Also I'm loving the retina display on such a portable device. Will report back once I've extensively used this computer for about a week.

    Thanks for reading.
  2. kingofwale macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    similar experience as you, just couldn't get used to the crappy MBA screen, but lucky was able to get the MB in stock (picked up the 1.2 ghz version).

    As for the keyboard, I find myself having more trouble with the sizes of button (i.e. arrow keys different sizes) than anything else. I'm almost all but used to the shallow keys

    can you run a test for me? what's the battery life? and how many cycles are already on your battery. and what's your battery health like? (mine was at 98 and now down to 95%)
  3. Rhcpcjg thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Yes, here is a screenshot of coconutBattery. It shows 3 cycles, but I haven't charged it at all, still have 41% left. Hope it helps.

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  4. kingofwale macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010

    when i got it, it already has 21 cycle, now after a few days of use, the battery health is down to 95%. :(
  5. Rhcpcjg thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Maybe coconut battery needs to be updated since apple is using new battery technology with this computer.
  6. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    1. Mine showed 2 cycles per System Report when I first started using it. I'm currently at 4 after 4 days of use. All of it at home but I like not having the charging cord attached at times.

    1a. I happened upon a male USB to USB-c on Amazon a couple of days ago for under $10. It arrived today and I plugged it into a portable lithium ion battery and it indeed charges/powers the rMB. Nice find for many more charging options. :D

    2. I've currently had MBAs for 5 years. I'm was on my 3rd, Mid 2013 13" i7, when my rMB arrived. After using the rMB for just a few hours, I was unable to go back to the 13' MBA due to the display. I can't believe how great the rMB display is and how quickly I bec"ame spoiled by it. It's night and day. I've heard people make similar claims and I honesty chalked it up to "I got my fancy new retina screen device and it's so SUPERIOR" attitude. How wrong I was or how uppity my attitude is. ;)

    The 13" MBA is HUGE! compared to the rMB. And I mean that in a bad way. The 13" MBA feels like a giant by comparison. I'm wondering how I lugged that boulder of a laptop around the last 5 years. ;)

    There's no going back to the MBA for me. If this rMB doesn't work out, which I think it will, I'll be going to a 13" rMBP. When I found out it also got force touch, I was contemplating getting it instead. Then the rMB arrived. I'm in love. :eek:

  7. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014

    Well figuratively speaking it's huge depending on who's using it. If you are 6'4 230lbs like me with 9"+ hands , the MBA 13"
    Looks like a MBR does compared to most :).

    Wish the MBR was a bit larger surface wise for "me" I just can't type on it. Hoping in v2 we see a 14" version ;)

    If it does well i don't see any reason why they wouldn't offer two different screen sizes like they do with the rest of the MacBook lineup.

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