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#1 Julia Falling

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Posted Yesterday, 12:54 PM

Who has one?  Do you like it?  Would you buy again?  Thinking about lobbying my husband for a refurb.  That way I can get a maxed out one for less $$$.

 

Looks like my maxed out MacBook Air – in excellent condition – can still fetch a decent price on eBay.


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Posted Yesterday, 02:29 PM

I have the 2016 model. I really like the computer design, performance, look, and feel. I'm not completely sold on the Touch Bar and I really wonder if it will be able to justify its continued existence in the next couple of years. It is nice in some applications that have put thought into how to utilize it (Word, Powerpoint, Pages, Keynote...). It is pretty much blank in Accordance. I have not given a lot of thought to what might be added to it though to make the Accordance experience any better. I would recommend the computer but for me, the Touch Bar has not been a game changer.


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Posted Yesterday, 03:09 PM

Thanks, Joey.  Your input is helpful.

 

The Touch Bar is cool-looking.  The issue is that we can't get the best processor without it.  Processor makes a difference!  I probably spend more time in Accordance than in any other app on my laptop, so it would be very nice to have Accordance functionality in the Touch Bar.  I can also understand why Oaksoft wouldn't want to put the hours into developing it for just the Mac when it wouldn't benefit Windows users at all.

 


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Posted Yesterday, 04:38 PM

I find the touch bar occasionally frustrating.  In that I hit it accidentally. I am also still feeling iffy about a virtual esc key... That said I for the most part like the touch bar. and hope you enjoy it and while I often bring up siri when i hit the delete button I suppose it is not the end of the world.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 05:12 PM

I find the touch bar occasionally frustrating.  In that I hit it accidentally. I am also still feeling iffy about a virtual esc key... That said I for the most part like the touch bar. and hope you enjoy it and while I often bring up siri when i hit the delete button I suppose it is not the end of the world.

 

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I really want to like the Touch Bar, but I have the same two frustrations (lack of real escape and always hitting Siri accidentally).


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Posted Yesterday, 06:06 PM

I have the 15-inch touch bar.  It is super snappy.  I love it.  I do have the occasional problem with Siri and sometimes with my trackpad due to its size, but I love it.  It is a great machine.  It has enough power to do what I want it to.  I would make sure to get at least 16GB of ram.



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Posted Yesterday, 07:24 PM

Daniel & Rich –

 

Do you use your laptop most of the time with its own monitor, or connected to an external monitor?

 

Mike – The MBP I'm looking at has 16GB of RAM, twice what I have in my Air.  Wise advice to go for the maximum RAM.  Long gone are the days when we could do the upgrade ourselves a year or two after purchase.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:09 PM

I use it most of the time without a monitor - mostly when I travel or hooked up to a digital piano for praise & worship on Sundays.  I use an iMac when at my desk.  I imagine if you use an external keyboard / monitor the touch bar wouldn't be an issue.  To note, I sometimes feel if my MBP was my full-time computer, I would probably get more accustomed to it — and in every other way, it has been a wonderful laptop.


Huh.  I just learned that you can remove the Siri button from the Touch Bar without disabling Siri on your computer.  That's interesting and may help.


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Posted Today, 03:02 AM

I recently purchased a 13" MacBook Pro 2017.  I opted for the 16G, 500G HD w/ 3.1GHz and love it.  I upgraded from a late 2008 15" MBP which had.a 2.8 Core Duo processor.  All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase.  I don't miss the extra real estate.  I love the portability of the 13" and the machine has plenty of power for my uses.  I do think you are paying a premium as compared to Apple's competition for a similar spec'd computer, but Apple wins hands down interns of form, fit, function and quality - like I said, my last laptop lasted almost a decade and still works.  I'm not one to upgrade too often so I'm glad I spent extra to get what I wanted. I can understand why some would think the Touch Bar  is unnecessary, but I like using it.  The most annoying feature I must admit is that it only uses USB-C ports. The advantage of getting the 15" is it has a higher powered graphics card and quad-core processor.  That said, you can still get 4K @ 60Hz screen resolution with the 13" if you use the right cable or adapter.  The apple adapter is limited to 30Hz which for bible study isn't an issue but the  apple adapters are a bit pricey.  I was able to pick up a 28" 4K Samsung monitor from Costco for $280.  That gives me plenty of screen real estate when needed.

 

I don't regret my purchase at all.  I primarily got it to study God's word and would purchase it again.

 

Blessings,

Cliff

 






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