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herrdude wrote:
May 14th, 2017 6:59 pm
Well if you are going to have use Chrome and Firefox, open Word and Excel, watch porn, and have dropbox all going at once, you would need 16GB.

I really have no need to have all of those open at the same time. I am currently running at 4.5GB and it is snappy.

Cheers!
Nobody uses their computer like you mentioned. What you are suppose to do is use the apps and they stay open even after you close them (you can see there is a black dot underneath the icon in the dock bar), that is how OS X works. With your way you would have to manually right-click on the icon and Quit the app to prevent your computer from running out of memory.

Orrrrr you can just get a modern computer that has 16GB of RAM and never worry about running out of RAM today or 2 years from now. The 15" retina macbook pro is a good choice if you want 16GB of RAM.
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Daydas wrote:
May 14th, 2017 7:06 pm
Nobody uses their computer like you mentioned. What you are suppose to do is use the apps and they stay open even after you close them (you can see there is a black dot underneath the icon in the dock bar), that is how OS X works. With your way you would have to manually right-click on the icon and Quit the app to prevent your computer from running out of memory.

Orrrrr you can just get a modern computer that has 16GB of RAM and never worry about running out of RAM today or 2 years from now. The 15" retina macbook pro is a good choice if you want 16GB of RAM.
Being a Windows person for most of the time, yes. I do right click and Force Quit every single time I use Mac OS to free up the ram. So I am always around 4-5gb, with occasional 8-9gb.
My wife on the other hand, doesn't do it. She's got an iMac with 32gb ram, and they are almost all used most of the time. She usually have like 20-30 tabs open in Safari, maybe a few more in Chrome (I don't even know why), and FCP X, Photoshop, etc.

So it depends on people
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Daydas wrote:
May 14th, 2017 7:06 pm
Nobody uses their computer like you mentioned. What you are suppose to do is use the apps and they stay open even after you close them (you can see there is a black dot underneath the icon in the dock bar), that is how OS X works. With your way you would have to manually right-click on the icon and Quit the app to prevent your computer from running out of memory.

Orrrrr you can just get a modern computer that has 16GB of RAM and never worry about running out of RAM today or 2 years from now. The 15" retina macbook pro is a good choice if you want 16GB of RAM.
I have a 27" iMac that I let everything run like you do (here I agree 16GB would be beneficial). However, when I go to meetings, which I do most of the day, I need something that is portable and gives me quick access to information and I have very little need to multi-task. Thus 16GB is unnecessary.
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I don't know where this craziness regarding the ram is coming from. The MacBook is not supposed to be a powerhouse computer, it's an ultrabook that's super portable, no fans, size, etc. Is the cpu, gpu, ram, etc, a compromise for getting everything into a certain size and price point, yes. If these specs don't work for you then get a pro or something that suits your workflow. I have a MacBook pro 15 for most of my heavy duty work and my MacBook for portability and around the house. My MacBook 12 is my go-to machine the majority of the time, I don't feel it holds me back, but I'm not a big video or picture editor though.
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ryawesome wrote:
May 15th, 2017 10:34 am
but I'm not a big video or picture editor though.
Neither is anyone else here, or they wouldn't be buying refurbished macs Face With Tears Of Joy
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ryawesome wrote:
May 15th, 2017 10:34 am
I don't know where this craziness regarding the ram is coming from...

but I'm not a big video or picture editor though.
You answered your own question. I don't want to bring my retina MBP when I travel but I do want to photo edit during down time and I prefer OSX. That weight includes an Intuous Pro and my photo gear/gimbal. To buy one of these with a little weight reduction is probably not worth it but it is when it can serve as my wife's mobile business laptop (she prefers OSX as well) and double duty as our travel one. I also run virtual Windows on our Macs for a PC only business program, and people do run Parallels on the 12 MB's.
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Katsiki wrote:
May 15th, 2017 10:51 am
Neither is anyone else here, or they wouldn't be buying refurbished macs Face With Tears Of Joy
A mac thats refurbished or used doesnt have lower perfomance than a new mac. Usage should guide towards different model, not if you should buy new or used or refurb.
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my cycle count is 32 which is 92% of design capacity, what should I do? Keep or exchange?
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tinybullet wrote:
May 15th, 2017 1:04 pm
my cycle count is 32 which is 92% of design capacity, what should I do? Keep or exchange?
Your design capacity will go up once you update to Sierra. 32 is the highest I've seen on this thread though. Getting 2 more tomorrow and am wondering if stock is dwindling now and they are sending out the more used machines. If mine are around 30 I will send them back.

What colour/model did you order?
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vistokid wrote:
May 15th, 2017 1:08 pm
Your design capacity will go up once you update to Sierra. 32 is the highest I've seen on this thread though. Getting 2 more tomorrow and am wondering if stock is dwindling now and they are sending out the more used machines. If mine are around 30 I will send them back.

What colour/model did you order?
Mine is a space gray m3, I will update to Sierra then update my cycle count here. I ordered on May 5th btw.
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tinybullet wrote:
May 15th, 2017 1:12 pm
Mine is a space gray m3, I will update to Sierra then update my cycle count here. I ordered on May 5th btw.
I ordered May 5th as well. Same colour/model as you. I'll update when I get mine tomorrow afternoon.

Other than the battery count how was the overall condition?
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vistokid wrote:
May 15th, 2017 1:26 pm
I ordered May 5th as well. Same colour/model as you. I'll update when I get mine tomorrow afternoon.

Other than the battery count how was the overall condition?
Looks brand new from outside, no scratches noticed so far. The battery was drained all the way when I turned it on though, maybe I need to fully charge it before an accurate number but I'm not sure at all.
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tinybullet wrote:
May 15th, 2017 1:38 pm
Looks brand new from outside, no scratches noticed so far. The battery was drained all the way when I turned it on though, maybe I need to fully charge it before an accurate number but I'm not sure at all.
Well that's good at least. Mine came with the battery drained as well. Unfortunately the number won't change. The count is the count. The % will go up for sure once you update to Sierra though. What did you use to see battery count? Coconut battery? Or just system information?
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vistokid wrote:
May 15th, 2017 1:59 pm
Well that's good at least. Mine came with the battery drained as well. Unfortunately the number won't change. The count is the count. The % will go up for sure once you update to Sierra though. What did you use to see battery count? Coconut battery? Or just system information?
Cocunut battery, yeah the battery capacity is still the same. I might send it back and exchange for a different colour but I'm not sure if it's worth it or not. 92% full charge capacity is still respectable number. My air that I have been using for 5 years is at 502 cycles now and its current full charge capacity does not bother me.
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Finally able to get a m3 IGF via phone order on my 3rd try today, and I was told to pay $980 since I didn't know anyone who works in IBM.

Last week I did 2 orders online through the "cheaper links" were all abandoned. I dunno if just me but they would just ignore my orders from those links when I stated myself as small business :/
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