Tried the new MacBook

MartinAppleGuy

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First of all, it looks stunning. I was trying out the space grey edition, but I still think the gold would look better :p

As for the force touch, I felt like the feedback wasn't as noticeable as I would have liked (I tired changing the settings, but that only changed how much force was required for the trackpad to give feedback.

In terms of perfromace, I never saw a problem with it. Still not seeing that much of a gain for opening apps at least when compared to my HDD iMac (maybe this is because of the lower end Core M?) but it seemed more than snappy enough for most tasks.

Overall, I would never buy one considering the MacBook Pro costs a tiny bit more but comes with more power, a bigger screen, and better battery life. I just don't feel that the form factor is a big enough advantage to get over a Pro, but I suppose if you are doing a lot of traveling, both the lower footprint and lighter weight may be good enough to entice you.
 

Skylitfly

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I tried it too day ago.

I have to say I'm extremely impressed. The form factor is incredible. Almost felt like an iPad for me. Keyboard felt a little weird first but definitely great and clicky. Trackpad blew my mind. Performance was quite smooth and responsive. Screen felt a little small but it's usable after you get used to it.

I love it.
 

PDFierro

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Overall, I would never buy one considering the MacBook Pro costs a tiny bit more but comes with more power, a bigger screen, and better battery life. I just don't feel that the form factor is a big enough advantage to get over a Pro, but I suppose if you are doing a lot of traveling, both the lower footprint and lighter weight may be good enough to entice you.
That's exactly who it is for. If you aren't mobile with it, then yeah the Pro offers a better value. For me, the form factor is a massive advantage.
 
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iRun26.2

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I checked one about a month ago at a Best Buy.

Noticed it ran hot/warm to the touch.

Anyone else notice this?
Mine is never hot or even what I would call warm.

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I tried one the other day and thought it was nice, but definitely not worth the extreme cost just to have a slim portable "apple netbook".
Go ahead and call it a 'netbook' if that makes you feel better about not getting one. :)
 

Costino1

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Love mine!

It's my lounging around/travel computer

Only regret is they didn't have space gray or gold in stock at best buy

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Its not my main PC....

No qualms about it regarding size or storage

Its a feat of engineering....
 

Fuzzball84

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I checked one about a month ago at a Best Buy.

Noticed it ran hot/warm to the touch.

Anyone else notice this?
I noticed that when I first looked at them upon release. However, after having a rMB myself I realized it was more that the power settings on the show models are not optimized for battery life and lots of people trying them out performing various tasks...

I did return my rMB... but I still think its a great machine, especially if portability is a priority.
 

Fuzzball84

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Actually the 11" MBA with it's inferior display is much closer to a netbook than the rMB.
I still have an 11 inch MBA, I agree the display is inferior but my personal preferences are that i still love the machine because of its keyboard, port selection, battery and processing performance.

Its a lot better than most netbooks of past years lol
 

bcaslis

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I still have an 11 inch MBA, I agree the display is inferior but my personal preferences are that i still love the machine because of its keyboard, port selection, battery and processing performance.

Its a lot better than most netbooks of past years lol
I agree that the MBA is much better than a netbook (I owned one before). I just find it humorous that certain MBA owners take every opportunity to try to equate the rMB to a netbook.
 

Fuzzball84

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I agree that the MBA is much better than a netbook (I owned one before). I just find it humorous that certain MBA owners take every opportunity to try to equate the rMB to a netbook.
Yeah, it is funny... i would never use netbook to describe the rMB in conversation to be honest.

Ive used macs since 2006but still find it amazing how apple products evoke so much emotion (unfortunately some/minority of it being negative) between its users.
 

Fuzzball84

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Yeah, it is funny... i would never use netbook to describe the rMB in conversation to be honest.

Ive used macs since 2006but still find it amazing how apple products evoke so much emotion (unfortunately some/minority of it being negative) between its users.
I didn't word that very good lol I don't mean on this thread, but other threads where there is a war of words for and against the rMB.

I think the only way to test if the rMB is truly a good fit is to buy one and try it out. Its great that many retailers now have a money back guarantee on products like this... especially considering they are expensive purchases.

I had to go and get a rMB for myself to see if it was for me etc... it answered a lot of my questions to just spend time with it at home... in the end not for me but still a great product.
 

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I have the new MacBook 1.3 GHz Intel Core M in Gold and absolutely love it! I spoke with a Apple Store representative and he cautioned against buying the Space Gray, as the Space Gray color does not sync with the iPhone Space Gray or the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Wireless Headphones.

I found the MacBook in the Space Gray color pretty horrid looking overall, it just looked cheap and substandard at least the one in the Apple store.
 

iRun26.2

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I have the new MacBook 1.3 GHz Intel Core M in Gold and absolutely love it! I spoke with a Apple Store representative and he cautioned against buying the Space Gray, as the Space Gray color does not sync with the iPhone Space Gray or the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Wireless Headphones.

I found the MacBook in the Space Gray color pretty horrid looking overall, it just looked cheap and substandard at least the one in the Apple store.
Wow! I certainly didn't think any of the colors looked bad but I thought the space gray looked stunningly beautiful.
 

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Wow! I certainly didn't think any of the colors looked bad but I thought the space gray looked stunningly beautiful.
I liked the Space Gray in the iPhone when it first came out, surprisingly I found it to not look great at the Apple Store but it was at the end of the day and perhaps it was full of smudges.
 

placidity44

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I want one more than I can put into words haha. I just think it's phenomenal how Apple can pack all of that technology into a computer of that size with that battery life and keeping it fanless. I understand it's not a hugely powerful machine but for a ton of people it will do the job just perfectly. Just how chips and components keep getting smaller and more powerful i'm so excited to see what the future holds. I used the gold model at a local bestbuy for around 45 minutes and I was just memorized. I haven't seen the space gray model only photographs but i'm sure it's stunning in person.
 

placidity44

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You should just do it and get one! :apple:
I would've done it without even thinking about it if I had an iMac or something to run virtual machines. That is my only concern. If it can run windows via bootcamp or parallels well i'll do it. I remotely fix windows machines via RDC otherwise I wouldn't use windows at all. Otherwise all I do on the computer is browse the web, word documents, spotify, other built in mac apps, etc. If you have used any VM's on your MacBook I would love for you to share.
 

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I would've done it without even thinking about it if I had an iMac or something to run virtual machines. That is my only concern. If it can run windows via bootcamp or parallels well i'll do it. I remotely fix windows machines via RDC otherwise I wouldn't use windows at all. Otherwise all I do on the computer is browse the web, word documents, spotify, other built in mac apps, etc. If you have used any VM's on your MacBook I would love for you to share.
Haven't used VM's since I used to test and build Linux distros.
 

tom vilsack

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Mine is never hot or even what I would call warm.

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Go ahead and call it a 'netbook' if that makes you feel better about not getting one. :)
http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/N/netbook.html

"A small portable computing device, similar to a notebook. However, it has a smaller form factor and comes with more limited features. What differentiates a netbook from a notebook is its physical size and computing power."
 

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