The 2017 MacBook is underrated.

Jacoblee23

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I heard the horror stories about how slow it was even for normal tasks. I also have the 2017 MBP w/touchbar and I got this one for work because I love the portability. I love the keyboard on this machine. I can't speak for the 2015/16 models, but the 17 model has a good keyboard. The slow processor hasn't shown to be a problem for me. It handles normal tasks almost as well as my 2017 MBP w/touchbar does. I am glad I got this machine or the portability alone. Not to mention, it may be the most gorgeous device that apple has made.
 
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jdee2wheels

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I heard the horror stories about how slow it was even for normal tasks. I also have the 2017 MBP w/touchbar and I got this one for work because I love the portability. I love the keyboard on this machine. I can't speak for the 2015/16 models, but the 17 model has a good keyboard. The slow processor hasn't shown to be a problem for me. It handles normal tasks almost as well as my 2017 MBP w/touchbar does. I am glad I got this machine or the portability alone. Not to mention, it may be the most gorgeous device that apple has made.
Agreed. I just upgraded from a 2016 MacBook and the keyboard is a huge improvement. I was on the fence about getting a pro instead and I’m glad I stuck with the smaller computer. It feels very fast for most tasks and the size and weight really make a big difference. I’ve owned a lot of Macs and this is my favorite by far.
 

fokmik

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i wonder if the 2017 Macbook has the 2nd gen butterfly keyboard from 2017 MBP or from the 2016 model
 

Ruggy

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i wonder if the 2017 Macbook has the 2nd gen butterfly keyboard from 2017 MBP or from the 2016 model
I bought a MacbookPro and my wife bought the Macbook. We didn't buy the cheapest/slowest option in either case because that usually turns out to be false economy (you wouldn't buy a car model with the smallest engine and expect it to be fast and have good fuel economy would you? )

Anyway, the Macbook flies and back to back on the same wifi, it's impossible to tell which is faster. I have encryption turned on on both too which should slow them down but they are both really good machines. I'm sure that for intensive processing tasks the Macbook would be slower but for everyday use, these machines have way outpaced their requirements. Battery life is better on the Macbook.

I had serious worries before we bought it but it's an impressive machine and the form factor actually feels right. I really like it. She loves the fact she can slip it in a handbag and not have to carry a separate bag. Way too expensive but a superb machine.

The Macbook is a couple of months newer and the keyboard is slightly better. Maybe they've improved the manufacturing? It's slightly freer and more 'springy'. I believe they are the same mark 2 keyboard. I have no problems with either though.
 
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Buerkletucson

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I bought a MacbookPro and my wife bought the Macbook. We didn't buy the cheapest/slowest option in either case because that usually turns out to be false economy (you wouldn't buy a car model with the smallest engine and expect it to be fast and have good fuel economy would you? )

Anyway, the Macbook flies and back to back on the same wifi, it's impossible to tell which is faster. I have encryption turned on on both too which should slow them down but they are both really good machines. I'm sure that for intensive processing tasks the Macbook would be slower but for everyday use, these machines have way outpaced their requirements. Battery life is better on the Macbook.

I had serious worries before we bought it but it's an impressive machine and the form factor actually feels right. I really like it. She loves the fact she can slip it in a handbag and not have to carry a separate bag. Way too expensive but a superb machine.

The Macbook is a couple of months newer and the keyboard is slightly better. Maybe they've improved the manufacturing? It's slightly freer and more 'springy'. I believe they are the same mark 2 keyboard. I have no problems with either though.
Great response....
Got to agree, I love the 2017 Macbook......for all but the very most CPU intensive tasks it performs nicely.

Zero regrets in getting the 2017 i7.
 

lowkey

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well, i think the base 2015 model is underated. Ive had it for quite a while now. travelled around a few countries. used it at work as my main machine for 6 months before getting a 27" iMac for increased screen size. i use it every day around the house for general internet access and love it. nice keyboard, snappy, weighs nothing...id never guess its a 1.1 GHz machine!
 

bigredmachine

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I originally purchased a iPad Pro 10.5 256 to be my portable device with a new 27 iMac that is awaiting delivery but having thought about it the base MacBook 2017 might serve a better machine to get my admin and dev tasks done rather than a luxury pro 10.5 for consumption and trying to make it work as a laptop replacement. Having played with the M3 MacBook it in the reseller store it is very light and seems quick. I did compare it to the base non touch 13 but then that only has 128GB which might get used up quickly.
 
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