Took mine back. It was great, but..

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by audiopablo, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. audiopablo macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2010
    Took mine back. It was really a wow factor. So light, so beautiful. But in the end, it just wasn't for me. After spending a day trying to hunt down USB C adaptors in Apple stores (wasn't available at BB, where I bought mine), I got to thinking about what I loved and what I didn't.

    #1 Is this an awesome machine? Yes.
    #2 Is it revolutionary? Definitely.
    #3 Is it worth the money? Of course it is, if it suits your workflow.

    In the end, #3 did it in for me. It's a marvelous, wonderful machine. I just bought the wrong product for me because I WANTED to make it work for me.

    Could I type on my lap with it? Sure and watch the screen jiggle on my soft legs. Turns out a 13 or even 15 with weight is more stable for me personally.

    Ports is an issue for a user like me. I knew that going in, but I was going to be patient with it. It finally got to me.

    But that doesn't mean it isn't for you. I wouldn't mind one instead of the iPads we have, but I'll wait until the price comes down. It just didn't feel like a step into the future for me. It felt like like some steps back from my 13rMBP or 15MBP. Gone were the Apple touches I felt were worth the premium. I know I'll catch flack for this, but it felt like an iPad running OSX with a great trackpad and great keyboard for light typing. But then I started trying to touch the screen :)

    Magsafe? I need that. I really need that because I'm clumsy.
    Light on while charging? I really liked that.
    Bulky unibody? It gave me confidence that the investment would last.
    Mushy keys? Okay, at least my pinky and ring finger weren't getting sore.
    HDMI? Yes.
    USB? Yes, all my thumbdrives will still work.
    Thunderbolt? Yes, my firewire audio will work.

    I am also curious about the amp that drives the headphones. Output to my ATHM50s were crisp in my 2012 rMBP. Not quite as much in the 12 rMB. But, those onboard speakers were heavenly.

    Anyway, if you're like me and really have a lot invested in external equipment that uses ports, if you type or work more than 40 hours a week on it, and you don't ride in airplanes or meet clients in the field all day, then seriously think about twice about trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. In the end, I stopped chasing adaptors that aren't in stock in Apple stores and just exchanged for a new 13 rMBP. Just like my old one, but now faster and with "staggering" battery life.

    Oh, to those that have the rMB, congrats on a fine machine. One day, I'll come back and join the party, it's just not the right time for me. In my few days with it, I have come to respect the rMB as one seriously impressive machine.
  2. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    You make good points. Sounds like it wasn't a great fit.
    I do travel a lot, but I often spend 50+ hours a week in the office as well.... But I do it w/ a bluetooth keyboard, trackpad, and 27" Dell monitor. The CPU and 8GB of RAM are just fine for what I need to do on it daily. The Dell monitor has like 4 USB ports on it... In the office, it'll essentially be the exact same experience as using my current 15" rMBP.
  3. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    This is the only thing I disagree with. The machine is way more comfortable working 40+ hours a week than any of the other mac laptops.
  4. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    The keyboard didn't agree with me, but I agree that if you got used to it you might actually find it more comfortable for extended typing because the amount of travel is a lot less - less finger fatigue. Sounds funny to say that, but I have a Logitech wireless keyboard with a lot of key travel that I use with my Win desktop and typing for an extended period is actually pretty tiring.
  5. SBruv macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008

    I hear you on some of your reasons, but not being able to get the right adaptor at that precise point in time doesn't strike me as a particularly valid one.

    Anyhoo, as a musician, the built-in audio output is quite important to me, too. I gather it's 16-bit only, which isn't the end of the world, but how big a difference would you say there is between it and its counterpart on the rMBP? Is it 'terrible' in any sense?
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The new Macbook is Apple giving us more choices. More choices is always better. Everyone should buy what they need and what will fit the users needs. For some the new MB will be perfect, for the others, maybe not.:rolleyes:

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