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#1 nick68k

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Posted 20 April 2020 - 07:58 AM

I bought a 2018 model MacBook Air just over a year ago, to replace a 6-year old 13" MacBook Pro. On the whole, it was a decent upgrade (the screen especially), with the exception of a profoundly popsnizzlety space bar. The number of double spaces I was getting (even with 'Unshaky' installed) was a significant issue, especially as I spend most the day writing. This issue has been steadily worsening over the year.

So, in a moment of lockdown madness I ordered a 2020 MacBook Air. I've got a $640 rebate from Apple for my current system, which isn't bad. I'll let you know how I get on. (I've also doubled the memory and storage to 16 Gb/1 Tb over my 2018 Air, for the same initial price).
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Posted 20 April 2020 - 09:51 AM

Good luck - I'm sure you'll be happy with the upgrade.

Amazing how one dodgy key poisons the whole experience.

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Posted 20 April 2020 - 10:12 AM

The thing is I'm actually OK with the short travel on the keys, and I like the feel of it for typing. But the double spacing is infuriating. Other than that, it's a fine laptop.
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Posted 20 April 2020 - 11:03 AM

You can call Apple and specifically ask for repair under the Keyboard Service Program for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. Devices with the butterfly switch are covered for 4 years from the date of purchase.
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Posted 20 April 2020 - 12:18 PM

View Postmacdude22, on 20 April 2020 - 11:03 AM, said:

You can call Apple and specifically ask for repair under the Keyboard Service Program for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. Devices with the butterfly switch are covered for 4 years from the date of purchase.

Yeah but I wouldn't get a shiny new laptop that way!
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Posted 20 April 2020 - 01:04 PM

View Postnick68k, on 20 April 2020 - 12:18 PM, said:

Yeah but I wouldn't get a shiny new laptop that way!

Plus, a "repair" doesn't actually fix the underlying problem. It'll eventually fail again.

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 08:22 AM

Right, it's arrived. I'll give you some initial thoughts in due course. In the meantime while Migration Assistant works its magic, or not, please enjoy this chic and bijou computer desk made of a cardboard box balanced on a suitcase. Jony Ive be like 'woah'.

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 08:27 AM

How fast of transfer speeds during migration do you get with the USB C cable?
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Posted 24 April 2020 - 08:33 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 24 April 2020 - 08:27 AM, said:

How fast of transfer speeds during migration do you get with the USB C cable?

Eh, right now 85 MB/s. It's granular, obviously. It's got 420 Gb to transfer, and I started about 15 minutes ago, so I'll let you know when it's done.

update: 70 minutes to transfer 420 Gb. The fans were working hard.
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Posted 24 April 2020 - 10:26 AM

I love Migration Assistant. It works so well, my relatives don't ask me for help when they upgrade their computer.

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 01:03 PM

Geekbench 5 comparison if you like that kind of thing

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 03:21 PM

How do you like the new keyboard?
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Posted 24 April 2020 - 03:31 PM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 24 April 2020 - 03:21 PM, said:

How do you like the new keyboard?

It feels like a shorter-travel version of a ThinkPad. Travel is around 1mm (2-3x that of the butterfly keys), noticeably less than my 2013 MBP, and noticeably more than the 2018 MBA. It's quiet, not squashy to type on, and with a decent bit of resistance. So far, I like it.
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