Search Amazon.com:
Register a SA Forums Account here!
JOINING THE SA FORUMS WILL REMOVE THIS BIG AD, THE ANNOYING UNDERLINED ADS, AND STUPID INTERSTITIAL ADS!!!

You can: log in, read the tech support FAQ, or request your lost password. This dumb message (and those ads) will appear on every screen until you register! Get rid of this crap by registering your own SA Forums Account and joining roughly 150,000 Goons, for the one-time price of $9.95! We charge money because it costs us $3,400 per month for bandwidth bills alone, and since we don't believe in shoving popup ads to our registered users, we try to make the money back through forum registrations.
«940 »
  • Post
  • Reply
Mu Zeta
Oct 17, 2002

panties


Bob Morales posted:

Apple did a really good job with the power saving on the MacBook. I can sit in a coffee shop for an hour just dinking around on the web wasting time and the battery goes down like 4%

I'm ready for Apple to make 12 Macbooks with the A11 Bionic chip. Probably get something ridiculous like 20 hour battery.

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

Binary Badger
Oct 11, 2005

Trolling Link for a decade


So according to this MacRumors thread, it appears that updated firmware provided by upgrading to High Sierra brings better support for M.2 NVMe drives for use on older model rMBPs, most notably Late 2013 to Early 2015 models, both 13 and 15-inch.

Basically, with a $10 adapter, some Kapton or other electrical shielding tape, and a modern M.2 SSD, you can finally upgrade your older rMBP's SSD with a NEW one, not old, used, or refurbished without having to pay ridiculous sums for pulls out of old laptops on eBay.

Other pros include faster speeds depending on what you're upgrading from.

Cons include slightly less battery life, potential instability depending on parts, loss of deep sleep mode / hibernation. Doesn't look like anyone's tested full disk encryption / FileVault yet. And of course absolutely no support on Apple's part.

Upgrades can cost as little as $200 for 500 GB, $289 for 1 TB.

Looks like choices are limited to SM961s, Samsung 960 EVO/Pros, WD Black, Kingston and Intel 600p M.2s as those are the only ones tested / suggested so far.

Binary Badger fucked around with this message at Oct 14, 2017 around 17:12

DEUCE SLUICE
Feb 6, 2004

I dreamt I was an old dog, stuck in a honeypot. It was horrifying.


Mu Zeta posted:

I'm ready for Apple to make 12 Macbooks with the A11 Bionic chip. Probably get something ridiculous like 20 hour battery.

As long as Core Audio plugins don't need to be rewritten I'd be all about it.

huhu
Feb 24, 2006


I just switched over to Mac, the MacBook Air 2017 to be specific and I'm trying to hookup two external monitors. Perhaps it's because I'm searching wrong but I can't find a definitive answer on if this is possible or not. The monitors support VGA, DVI, and HDMI.

Pivo
Aug 20, 2004



You're going to have to use a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable for the primary monitor, and the second monitor is going to have to be driven by a USB -> DVI / HDMI adapter. Correct me if I'm wrong, thread?

Bob Morales
Aug 18, 2006

HYPER-THREADING


huhu posted:

I just switched over to Mac, the MacBook Air 2017 to be specific and I'm trying to hookup two external monitors. Perhaps it's because I'm searching wrong but I can't find a definitive answer on if this is possible or not. The monitors support VGA, DVI, and HDMI.

Take it back and buy a MacBook Pro? You can connect two monitors to them, and nobody will make fun of you for buying an Air.

Alternative is track down a Matrox DualHead2Go that works with Mini DisplayPort

Social Animal
Nov 1, 2005

I don't know about cards, but, uh, I think these four-fives beat a full house.


Bob Morales posted:

Apple did a really good job with the power saving on the MacBook. I can sit in a coffee shop for an hour just dinking around on the web wasting time and the battery goes down like 4%

Iíd like to buy one but the price is so close to the nTB MacBook Pro that I wouldnít be able to justify it. Can you remind me about what you primarily use the MacBook for? I think youíve mentioned you also have a beefier machine too right?

Strong Sauce
Jul 2, 2003

You know I am not really your father.

even the sales people at the SF apple store tell customers not to buy airs because they're so old...

Mu Zeta
Oct 17, 2002

panties


Social Animal posted:

Iíd like to buy one but the price is so close to the nTB MacBook Pro that I wouldnít be able to justify it. Can you remind me about what you primarily use the MacBook for? I think youíve mentioned you also have a beefier machine too right?

The Macbook Air is overall a good machine with great battery life and lots of ports. It's just the screen is inexcusably bad for something that costs over $1,000.

Bob Morales
Aug 18, 2006

HYPER-THREADING


Social Animal posted:

Iíd like to buy one but the price is so close to the nTB MacBook Pro that I wouldnít be able to justify it. Can you remind me about what you primarily use the MacBook for? I think youíve mentioned you also have a beefier machine too right?

I got mine on sale at Best Buy for $750, the closest I could get a nTB for was $1250

Use it for everything except virtualization because it isnít really fast enough. I also have a 15Ē

Krispy Wafer
Jul 26, 2002

OooOoOooh..


huhu posted:

I just switched over to Mac, the MacBook Air 2017 to be specific and I'm trying to hookup two external monitors. Perhaps it's because I'm searching wrong but I can't find a definitive answer on if this is possible or not. The monitors support VGA, DVI, and HDMI.

You need one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...display+adapter

Plug that into your USB port and a mini displayport to HDMI/DVI/whatever for the other monitor.

There is a problem though, some of MacOS's visual candy doesn't translate over an USB connection. So menu bars and other parts of the UI are going to look funky. Not so much that it's an issue, but you won't get a crystal clear display out that USB port. When looking for a displayport adapter, find an USB 3 model and make sure the reviews state it works with MacOS. Even then, you may need to find an updated driver for High Sierra.

I used this setup for 3 years and it works pretty well.

Social Animal
Nov 1, 2005

I don't know about cards, but, uh, I think these four-fives beat a full house.


Bob Morales posted:

I got mine on sale at Best Buy for $750, the closest I could get a nTB for was $1250

Use it for everything except virtualization because it isnít really fast enough. I also have a 15Ē

poo poo $750? Iím assuming the m3? Next time Iím back in the states Iíll keep a look out for one at that price cause thatís a steal. I guess if I need virtualization I could just spin up a remote server.

Bob Morales
Aug 18, 2006

HYPER-THREADING


Marco Arment wrote up a post on how annoying USB-C can be

https://marco.org/2017/10/14/impossible-dream-of-usb-c

clamiam45
Sep 10, 2005

HIGH FIVE! I'M GAY TOO!!!!!!


Does anybody use their laptop with a KVM switch? I'd like to be able to use my late 2016 Macbook Pro with my two 4k, 60Hz monitors, keyboard, and mouse. But I don't know if there are any Apple-blessed or known-good KVM devices.

Proteus Jones
Feb 28, 2013



clamiam45 posted:

Does anybody use their laptop with a KVM switch? I'd like to be able to use my late 2016 Macbook Pro with my two 4k, 60Hz monitors, keyboard, and mouse. But I don't know if there are any Apple-blessed or known-good KVM devices.

What I've used is an Ultra Wide Screen with an input switch and Synergy (network based K/M sharing). I think the tricky part of a traditional KVM would be the video signal with the rMBP.

The way I set things up was for the Mac to be the Synergy server (with a Magic Touch Pad and BT keyboard), and my Windows computer running in client mode. It was pretty straight forward and I never had any real issues. I did have to make a couple power management related Registry changes on the Windows box, but I'm not sure if that's needed anymore with Synergy.

I've since redesigned my home network and lab and don't really have a need for it anymore.

EDIT: You got me curious and I do see IOGear does have a USB-C/Thunderbolt3 KVM that outputs the video over either Tunderbolt 3 or HDMI, but it's $400. Also requires whatever other computer you'll use with this setup to have USB-C/Thunderbolt3 as well.

Whoops. Hold on. It's a Thunderbolt 2 KVM/Dock. So you can get the Thunderbolt 3-to-2 cable for the rMBP, but the other only needs to be Tunderbolt2.

Proteus Jones fucked around with this message at Oct 16, 2017 around 04:40

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

Entropy238
Oct 21, 2010



clamiam45 posted:

Does anybody use their laptop with a KVM switch? I'd like to be able to use my late 2016 Macbook Pro with my two 4k, 60Hz monitors, keyboard, and mouse. But I don't know if there are any Apple-blessed or known-good KVM devices.

I run a late 2013 RMBP through a henge dock and a Windows PC through a USB KVM I got off amazon for around Ä20.

I donít run the video through the KVM, so have mini-display coming from the dock directly to the monitor and a display port cable from the back of the PC, then audio and peripherals through KVM like this:

https://imgur.com/a/lbxM5

Generally speaking it works fine but if i could go back in time Iíd buy one that had an independent power supply rather than one thatís powered by the devices it connects to. To switch I have to manually unplug some USB extender cables I bought to turn the KVM off and on again - itís fine but itís a bit of a ghetto solution and I was never going to use both of the computers at once anyway as I have one monitor.

Something else to watch out for is audio interference from everything being connected to the same circuit. I had to get a new mouse because I started to get coil whine through my old one. A more technologically experienced goon might be able to explain why that actually happens and how to prevent it.

Entropy238 fucked around with this message at Oct 17, 2017 around 04:42

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • Post
  • Reply
«940 »