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    Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 22,314 mod Sad Professor


    I’ve been tidying up the stickies and added a new charter and I thought it might be a good idea if we had a thread where new (and old) users could introduce themselves and share their excitement at getting a new Mac. Of course, if you have any questions or issues you should also start a new thread, but this might be a good place to start if you are new to the forum.

    So welcome and get talking!


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  • got my new Mac...1st time user.. Love it

    Its a 13 inch pro. early 2015. 256 SSD 8GB i5

    Quick query. Does anyone know if compub add in additional drives, id like to upgrade to 256GB




  • got my new Mac...1st time user.. Love it

    Its a 13 inch pro. early 2015. 256 SSD 8GB i5

    Quick query. Does anyone know if compub add in additional drives, id like to upgrade to 256GB

    Just got almost the same one yesterday. Early 2015 Pro but with a 128GB SSD.

    I'm a little confused by your question? Is it an additional 256GB SSD your looking for? As I have a 128GB I'm thinking I might need additional space or even a backup solution for using Time
    Machine (look it up if your not familiar with it, and use it) myself.

    I might take advantage of the SD card slot for additional space. Have a look into Nifty drives. Really cheap on Amazon and so are the micro sd cards. Works out as about 65 Sterling for both and it adds and additional 128GB overall.

    Other than that as far as I know the SSD's aren't upgradable.




  • Hi Dub, dont want to detail the thread, but apparently iSlice is a better drive, with Nifty it requires a tool to remove, so if you lose it you might get stuck.

    But this one seems pretty neat, going to order this with a 256GB micro SD and that will be me set for time machine and "Other Stuff"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk6tbPqcdqg




  • Hi Dub, dont want to detail the thread, but apparently iSlice is a better drive, with Nifty it requires a tool to remove, so if you lose it you might get stuck.

    But this one seems pretty neat, going to order this with a 256GB micro SD and that will be me set for time machine and "Other Stuff"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk6tbPqcdqg

    I'd seen those but they looked cheaper compared to nifty drives. I know the nifty only supports 200GB though so it does lose out there. Just a few bad reviews of similar on Amazon saying they jammed in the port etc.

    For your new Mac one thing i'd suggest doing is turning off the optimise storage and the iCloud option to automatically move files to the cloud. A few horror stories of people having issues due to this.




  • should have the islice and scan 200gb one tomorrow, will let you know what they're like. That will give me close to 500GB which will be fine for a good few years to come.

    Most of my utility is programming/movies and I don't tend to keep what I watch.


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  • Well after a great deal of dithering, I got a new 12-inch MacBook. My first new Mac in over 5 years.

    Loving the Retina display, which is a big upgrade over the fairly poor quality screen in my old 11-inch Air. And the battery life is heaven compared to the 3 hours at minimum brightness that I was getting.

    I was worried about the keyboard, but I actually really like it. It’s surprisingly clicky, maybe too much so, but I never liked how soft the old keyboards were. I hate the arrow keys, though.

    I was going to buy a new sleeve, but it turns out with a bit of padding it fits almost perfectly in my old 11-inch sleeve which is nice.

    The 12-inch MacBook feels like a perfecting of the Air design, which I always loved in theory but felt Apple never really got it right. The 11-inch was too small and had an awkward aspect ratio, the 13-inch was too similar to the MBP. Then it got left behind on Retina and it seemed like Apple forgot the raison d'etre of the Air and turned it into a budget laptop. It took long time to get here, but I think the 12-inch MacBook is what Apple always wanted the Air to be.

    It remains to be seen how it will hold up performance wise, but I’ve no complaints so far.




  • It took long time to get here, but I think the 12-inch MacBook is what Apple always wanted the Air to be.

    Yeah, the naming of the Air no longer make sense. Is the lack of ports annoying ?




  • Well after a great deal of dithering, I got a new 12-inch MacBook. My first new Mac in over 5 years.

    Loving the Retina display, which is a big upgrade over the fairly poor quality screen in my old 11-inch Air. And the battery life is heaven compared to the 3 hours at minimum brightness that I was getting.

    I was worried about the keyboard, but I actually really like it. It’s surprisingly clicky, maybe too much so, but I never liked how soft the old keyboards were. I hate the arrow keys, though.

    I was going to buy a new sleeve, but it turns out with a bit of padding it fits almost perfectly in my old 11-inch sleeve which is nice.

    The 12-inch MacBook feels like a perfecting of the Air design, which I always loved in theory but felt Apple never really got it right. The 11-inch was too small and had an awkward aspect ratio, the 13-inch was too similar to the MBP. Then it got left behind on Retina and it seemed like Apple forgot the raison d'etre of the Air and turned it into a budget laptop. It took long time to get here, but I think the 12-inch MacBook is what Apple always wanted the Air to be.

    It remains to be seen how it will hold up performance wise, but I’ve no complaints so far.

    Will it just be used as a home device for browsing and the usual apps? Performance was something that discouraged me a little. And then screen size was second. Coming from an 11" for you wouldn't be an issue. I've only had 15.4" and now 14" so it's difficult dropping so low on the size.




  • maximum12 wrote: »
    Yeah, the naming of the Air no longer make sense. Is the lack of ports annoying ?

    Ask me in a few weeks. :D

    It probably won't be a major issue as its replacing an Air that was basically a secondary Mac for me and which I rarely connected to anything except my camera. I have other, older Macs with multiple ports to fall back on if I have to. And the battery life is good enough that I won't need to be connected to power all of the time.




  • DubDJ wrote: »
    Will it just be used as a home device for browsing and the usual apps? Performance was something that discouraged me a little. And then screen size was second. Coming from an 11" for you wouldn't be an issue. I've only had 15.4" and now 14" so it's difficult dropping so low on the size.

    It's replacing an Air and an iPad, but it will be my primary Mac as my MBP is too old for anything but being a media centre. I'll be doing photo work and a bit of video but mostly writing. I have doubts about the performance as well and I don't expect to get more than 2 or 3 years out of it. If performance becomes an issue before then I might look into an iMac or something.


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  • Im sitting here waiting for UPS to arrive with my new 27" iMac.

    I had meant to get it earlier in the year but had a bit of building work to do on the house which delayed everything. I went for the mid model with the fusion drive and availed of the black Friday sale to get a €150 voucher.

    Its my first Mac but having had an iPad and a couple of iPhones see the benefits of their interoperability plus, after 26 years of Windows its time for a change.

    Now have to decide on what to spend the voucher :0)




  • It's replacing an Air and an iPad, but it will be my primary Mac as my MBP is too old for anything but being a media centre. I'll be doing photo work and a bit of video but mostly writing. I have doubts about the performance as well and I don't expect to get more than 2 or 3 years out of it. If performance becomes an issue before then I might look into an iMac or something.

    Well Sad Professor, how do you find the MacBook after a few months usage? Do you find the lack of ports an issue?
    I want to replace my MBA and I think the MacBook is the best option for me, but would't mind getting some feedback from a current user.




  • McGrath5 wrote: »
    Well Sad Professor, how do you find the MacBook after a few months usage? Do you find the lack of ports an issue?
    I want to replace my MBA and I think the MacBook is the best option for me, but would't mind getting some feedback from a current user.

    No problems with the lack of ports, but I don’t do a lot of connecting bar for photos. Battery life is good, performance is fine for every day usage and photos, as is the keyboard once you get used to it, and I love the design.

    However I have occasionally encountered graphical glitches. Not sure if it is due to underpowered GPU or driver problems that will be fixed in future update. Probably a bit of both. Minor issue so far.




  • No problems with the lack of ports, but I don’t do a lot of connecting bar for photos. Battery life is good, performance is fine for every day usage and photos, as is the keyboard once you get used to it, and I love the design.

    However I have occasionally encountered graphical glitches. Not sure if it is due to underpowered GPU or driver problems that will be fixed in future update. Probably a bit of both. Minor issue so far.

    Not the first time I have heard this regarding the performance, I think it may be due a possible spec bump in March/April so I may hold of until around then.




  • Just got my second MacBook ... a 12” refurb from Apple, which will be main work machine. Love the retina and clicky keyboard.




  • My order this week:

    MacBook Pro 13"
    2.7GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor
    16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
    1TB SSD storage

    ...now the wait begins for it to get here.




  • mike_ie wrote: »
    My order this week:

    MacBook Pro 13"
    2.7GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor
    16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
    1TB SSD storage

    ...now the wait begins for it to get here.

    So it arrived over the weekend (living in Myanmar, so bought in Hong Kong and delivered by a 3rd party).

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    So far am very impressed with it. I had some initial concerns as to whether I'd adjust to the butterfly keyboard, but after just two days, it feels very odd and clunky when I have to switch back to the older Mac to type on it. Screen is crisp, and while I wouldn't describe the Touch Bar as having changed my user experience, it's not as gimmicky as I thought it would be either. Though with many apps, it does seem to be very superfluous.

    I tend to hold on to my machines for quite a while, so if you do feel like you'll need the extra memory/HD space or processing power, I'd suggest not second guessing yourself and just go for the extras. You'll appreciate it in the long run.




  • Got my 2019 Macbook Air delivered today, ordered it on Tuesday with a free set of Beats Studio 3 from education store.

    Time to pass my trusty late 2013 Macbook Pro on to a new user and hope i don't regret it if the keyboard acts up on me.




  • Macbook 12" selling for £749 in Dixons heathrow. A nice hefty discount for a great machine.




  • Planning on upgrading to the entry 2019 MacBook Pro in the next few weeks too. The addition of the free headphones makes it only a little too expensive rather than ridiculously over priced.

    If Apple offered 256GB as the base storage option at the current prices I think they would be back to normal pricing again after years of constant price hikes.


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  • DubDJ wrote: »
    Planning on upgrading to the entry 2019 MacBook Pro in the next few weeks too. The addition of the free headphones makes it only a little too expensive rather than ridiculously over priced.

    If Apple offered 256GB as the base storage option at the current prices I think they would be back to normal pricing again after years of constant price hikes.

    I wish Apple included the Mac Mini in the free Beats promotion. I'm currently weighing up whether to get a Mini or an iMac and it would make the choice a bit easier.




  • Testing out my new i7 Mac mini 16GB ram 1 TB SSD with Sonnet eGPU at the moment.

    This needs to be updated to OS X Catalina as of yet.
    My cheapskate LG 1931 tv serves very well as monitor.




  • Just got the 13 inch MacBook Pro 2020. Grown on me in the past 21 hours of ownership. Previously 2018 Mac mini. I recently purchased an Alienware Area 51m that's a nightmare to carry around. I don't game on the go so a MacBook Pro is more than ideal for use on the train etc

    Touch Bar isn't something that I'd envisage myself using, but I can see its practicality for writers etc.




  • I was in art college in 1988 - we had one mac for the entire college. We were allowed to look but not to touch!

    The first Mac I bought for myself is a 2006 MacBook Pro - 17 inch with extra ram. it still works fine - its my grandmothership. It runs on Tiger so its not fit for the internet but I have the full creative suite from Adobe on it. The battery is long gone so I have to use it plugged in.

    Otherwise I have a 2016 IMac for day to day internet.



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