Felt like venting a few hours earlier, but gotten over it now
I still feel like I need to express myself, though.
I finally caved and decided I’d upgrade from my late 2013 rmbp to the latest Macbook—against my own intentions. I just knew before hand the newest Macbooks weren’t as good as the earlier ones.
No magsafe, only USB-Cs (I legitimately felt like a dongle merchant at the Apple Store, bought 4 cables and 1 adapter with the computer), that gimmicky touchbar that was such a waste of time by Apple, and the keyboard with barely any traveldistance
Nevertheless. I looked at it at the store and it looked gorgeous and I thought, what the hell. When I type on my current laptop at night I actually have to make a conscious effort not to have the keyboard make any sound. So I thought the newer Macbooks were quieter and would solve that issue as well, along with looking better.
So I bought it
This is the first time I’m actually returning an Apple product because I wasn’t happy with it. It is unreal. I’m a fan boy. I’ve bought every other iteration of the iPhone, Apple Watch when it came out, iPad when it came out, 3 Macbooks total, I almost never return anything but clothes. With technology, I usually just learn to get used to it. Holy **cow** though this machine. You could tell from the get go that it wasn’t that spectacular, and it hasn’t been improved upon much since it came out. But MAN was it worse than I expected.
I’m actually legitimately upset
1) It wasn’t quieter than the older Macbooks. With the late 2013 rmbp, typing on the edges of the keys you can actually type super fast and not make a single sound. You can’t even hear the keystrokes. I thought the new Macbook would spare me from this effort, but my god was it louder, and no technique to get around it neither. The space bar is so loud I feel like a pain in the ass as my family’s sleeping and there I am hammering as if my life depends on it. The touchpad is great, quieter (though the older ones can be quieter as well by pressing on the edges that don’t track as well, pressing hard on the edges on the old track pads you can click without making a sound, with the new one, this isn’t an options, but the trackpad wasn’t that loud)
So the new machine didn’t solve the biggest reason I purchased it for
2) That fucking touch bar. I was programming earlier today and as I’m typing all of a sudden I accidentally open the settings, launch background customization and my computers doing all sorts of things. I freeze, pause my typing, close everything that just happened, continue and something else happens. The touchbar isn’t only gimmicky and useless, it fucking ruins your workflow
3) As you work you usually use the esc-key a lot as well. Why they made it virtual in the touchbar escapes me. No feedback, the touchbar’s slippery, you have no idea if you’re tapping escape or not. I read that BBT would solve this, and it did to a degree—the esc key can be mapped to the key underneath esc, but then BBT stopped working and I legitimately got angry when it did.
I spent all day today trying to work on it and it seriously crippled my workflow so bad. I’m very used to quickly pressing fn+F11 to reveal the desktop, which I do often, now I had to actually use that horrible touch bar to reveal it
Suffice to say, I’m returning the Macbook because it’s legitimately a bad product, and I’m angry because I really want to upgrade
What is everyone’s thoughts on the new Macbook? Am I the only one who finds it actually, and legitimately less usable than the previous iterations of the machine? Have you guys gotten used to yours or did you just decide to try and cope with the problems?
It’s amazing to me how Apple’s stuck with this thing for nearly 6 straight years now. What the hell is their problem?