Thinking of Downsizing.... Potential Issues? Things I forget?

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  1. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    Law student. Thinking of selling my 2015 15" Macbook Pro, and buying a 12" m5 Macbook. Trying to consider all the hidden costs (and more just the hidden annoyances) of moving away from what I've had for a while.

    Just sold my 30" Cinema Display, which means I have no I/O mismatches if I just to USB-C - it also means I don't have a second display at all, so 12" is as much real estate as I have for now.

    Would need to get a lighting to USB-C for that 1 time/month I plug my phone/Airpods into my Macbook. Printing is wireless. Don't use Ethernet.

    Are there any 'hidden' issues anyone found making this transition? Is it even worth it?
     
  2. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    My experience is slightly different. I went from 2011 15" MBP to 12" rMB.

    So my non-retina screen and the new retina screen effectively show the same real-estate. I love the portability and, like you, seldom us the port except to charge.

    If you don't need the processing power of the Pro, then you won't notice and speed difference. You seem to value screen size though as you had external monitor even with the 15". If I were you, I'd go hang out in a best buy or Apple Store and play around for 20 or so minutes.
     
  3. fisherking macrumors 603

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    get a usb3>usbC adapter (i have the nonda, from amazon); you can plug in any other drives, your iphone... then get on with it. one question: what do you use for backup? i'm backing up online (i use crashplan); and every few weeks, i back up to an external drive as well (carbon copy cloner).

    otherwise, i love the simplicity of this. the 12" is great (as long as you're not doing pro audio or video....)
     
  4. joshwithachance macrumors 68000

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    Well the actual portability aspect is SO much better in the 12" MacBook, as it transports like an iPad in your bag. As for peripherals, get a USB-C hub. And for external I/O, the LG 4K UltraFine literally seems like it was made for the 12" MacBook. I'm obsessed with it.
     
  5. maka344 macrumors 6502a

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    How do you find the LG combo and your MB?
     
  6. evec macrumors regular

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    a "USB Multiport AV Adaptor" and a "USB-C to USB-A cable".

    Multiport for home use connected external hard disk for regular time machine and iPhone charge, and small cable for outside use.
     
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  8. James.K.Polk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It would seem so. Most taxing thing I do is several PDFs at once, or the occasional large file conversion. I'm not so worried about power - more about the single port!
     
  9. joshwithachance macrumors 68000

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    Probably my favorite computer set up yet. The MacBook has ZERO issues powering the monitor, and it's so damn easy to just unplug it and be on my way if needed.
     
  10. kylera macrumors 65816

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    If you had to nitpick, what would you consider as shortcomings regarding that monitor?
     
  11. joshwithachance macrumors 68000

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    It's only compatible with USB-C MacBooks. Otherwise there's actually nothing wrong with it. Only other nitpick would be size, but that's why the 5K version exists.
     
  12. kylera macrumors 65816

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    I also imagine that since you said there were zero issues, you noticed next to no stuttering when you have multiple documents or windows open, and you're swapping back and forth between apps or desktops?
     
  13. joshwithachance macrumors 68000

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    I've personally had no performance issues at all, shockingly! And that's been with my use of the monitor with both the new Pros and the 12" MacBook.
     
  14. Dunbar macrumors 6502

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    I have the USB-C compatible 27" LG 4K monitor. I wouldn't advise going any smaller on the monitor at the higher resolutions (text will be too small.) I have mine paired with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. I highly recommend the Logitech K811 keyboard. The only thing I don't like having to re-pair my mouse when I switch between my work Thinkpad and the 12" Macbook. The Logitech K810/K811 make it really easy to switch between computers.
     
  15. caelius macrumors regular

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    The bezels look pretty huge for 2017's standards. Other than that, it surely is one absolutely fantastic monitor and a perfect match for the little MacBook.
     
  16. monty77 macrumors 6502a

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    ...don't expect it to work properly with an external monitor in bootcamp, and YMMV with regards to using on in OSX. If the LG is solid then great but there's a HUGE thread on the communities with regards to external monitor instability on the rMB. Returned mine, it was unusable.
     
  17. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    As a law grad, screen real estate is a pretty big deal for me. I had a 15" and routinely would be looking at two things side by side or typing in word on one side and have research up on the other. I also had 2 24" screens to plug into at home. I personally would have trouble writing briefs on just a 12" screen. If you had an external monitor for writing/research and used the 12" screen for taking notes in class, that could work.
     
  18. James.K.Polk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Appreciated. I can already see how it may be an issue, though I tend to do the most 'more space' option which helps. Just a 1L, so I'm only getting to briefs now, but I do some work at a law firm and have another monitor there, so worst case I have screen real estate. Definitely enticed by the 1-cord USB-C monitors... perhaps out of my budget now, but once the Summer Associate money comes in this summer, it may be possible.

    Thanks!
     

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