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#1 Sneaky Snake

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 07:40 AM

Impresssions?
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 08:32 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 08 June 2015 - 07:40 AM, said:

Impresssions?

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:03 AM

I've played with it at a store, but waiting for rev. B to pick one up. Should suit my needs just fine, especially if it gets a battery boost with Skylake.

Only thing I am questioning is the keyboard. It is quite weird when you are used to Apples excellent keyboards, since the keys travel so little..
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:07 AM

Since I guess you mean the new thin non-Pro Macbook: similar to Thain, I don't have one, but I played around with one a little. It's a sleek looking little thing, but the keyboard is simply horrible. I can't see how anyone actually could do some work on this thing.

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:59 AM

Don't have one but have had some come across my desk at work. The keyboard is badman. We should be getting more throw in our keystrokes not less. Its like typing on my TV remote. MATIAS 4 LYFE.
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 09:21 PM

I went into the Apple store to try it out this evening. The keyboard is definitely really weird. I think that the reviews are a little mis-leading though. Nearly all of the reviews said the keyboard is bad, or it sucks, etc. None of the reviews I watched actually demonstrate why keyboard is different, they just mention that there is less key travel (I feel like a close up shot of pressing a key would have worked). The keyboard is actually really high quality...... but it's using a feel that most people don't like.

A bad keyboard is those popsnizzlety ones on budget laptops where the keys wobble around on their keycap and they give no tactile feedback whatsoever (despite having a long keypress). This Macbook keyboard isn't like that, it is simply completely different from nearly every other laptop keyboard.

The best comparison I can make is that the new Macbook seems extremely similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Typing on the Macbook felt pretty similar to typing on the Type Cover for the Surface. Both machines have high-res 12" displays, and are ultra-portable. I can see those two machines doing battle with eachother. They are both beautiful devices, but definitely niche products. If I had to pick between the Surface Pro 3 and the Macbook right now I would pick the SP3 (due to superior power and USB port). Gen 2 of the Macbook will likely be an amazing product however.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 01:11 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 08 June 2015 - 09:21 PM, said:

The keyboard is actually really high quality...... but it's using a feel that most people don't like.

A bad keyboard is those popsnizzlety ones on budget laptops where the keys wobble around on their keycap and they give no tactile feedback whatsoever (despite having a long keypress). This Macbook keyboard isn't like that, it is simply completely different from nearly every other laptop keyboard..
You are right about that: it's not technically bad, but the typing experience is horrible. In my opinion, it's almost as bad as a touchscreen keyboard for heavy duty typing.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 04:55 AM

View PostJanichsan, on 09 June 2015 - 01:11 AM, said:

You are right about that: it's not technically bad, but the typing experience is horrible. In my opinion, it's almost as bad as a touchscreen keyboard for heavy duty typing.
That is also my impression, and since I will be buying it mainly for writing, I need to make sure I can end up liking it.

Unfortunately, the store close to me only have then displayed on a table without chairs, so you have to bend your legs in a squatting position and type, which is not really comfortable.

But yes, quality wise it feels really good.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:30 AM

Apple's puck mouse was high quality too, doesn't mean it was good. Hell that thing probably would survive a nuke like a cockroach. I still don't want to use one.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:00 PM

View Postmacdude22, on 09 June 2015 - 06:30 AM, said:

Apple's puck mouse was high quality too, doesn't mean it was good. Hell that thing probably would survive a nuke like a cockroach. I still don't want to use one.

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Don't be so harsh, I liked my puck mouse! It fitted my hockey stick perfectly and was a hit with the girls back in the day: "Have you seen my translucent new sci-fi computer with its UFO mouse -- it's the wave of the future, baby and you can be a part of it!"
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:22 PM

View PostJan, on 09 June 2015 - 02:00 PM, said:

Don't be so harsh, I liked my puck mouse! It fitted my hockey stick perfectly and was a hit with the girls back in the day: "Have you seen my translucent new sci-fi computer with its UFO mouse -- it's the wave of the future, baby and you can be a part of it!"

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