How taxing is Voiceover?

macOS & Mac Apps

This is partially my curiosity about how Voiceover works and what it utilizes the most. I'm also toying around with the idea of getting a new Macbook and looking at the different configurations and options. This made me wonder how intensive on ram and the CPU is Voiceover in general? For general usage such as web browsing, word processing, maybe a few other things, does eight gigs suffice for everybody? I know that on my windows machine 8 gigs doesn't really cut it since chrome alone eats up a lot of ram. Or is Voiceover more demanding on the CPU?

As an aside, how does everybody like the butterfly keyboards on the newer Macbooks? I tried one in store and I was having trouble getting used to it. The keys felt too squished together. Do you get used to the feel of the keyboard after awhile?

The keyboard issue made me consider looking into the 2015 model Macbook pros before they swithced, is looking at one of these models still a viable option today?



Submitted by John Farina on Sunday, December 9, 2018

About 2 weeks ago now I purchased my second mac, after having my first for 6 years. I decided to purchase the macbook pro 13 inch and have 16 gig of ram because I sometimes work with a virtual windows installation. I have not yet installed the virtual windows application but so far I can say that the new mac, with solid state drive and 16 gig boots much faster than the older 8 gig model.

As to the keyboard question, most of the time I use a Bluetooth keyboard, but when I have used the laptop keyboard I have not noted any issue with feeling keystrokes.

Hope that helps.

Submitted by Justin on Sunday, December 9, 2018

I have a late 2016 macbook pro 15 inch. The butterfly keyboard is nice, but i strongly recommend getting the newest model of MacBook/pro. Apparently according to an article on the iFixit blog page they've done a teardown of the 2018 macbook pro keyboard and discovered the dreaded butterfly keyboard issues of old are hopefully fixed. If you don't know much about this it is where dust/food/stuff gets into the key mechanism and causes the keys to stop pressing, or keys repeat, or they don't work at all. I've had four keys that had this dreaded issue, plus the key caps if anything gets in there they won't work. Personally, don't get the pro unless you are planning on doing heavy editing or stuff that requires a lot of CPU power. Just get the air or the new MacBook. If the keyboard issue isn't fixable on my machine, i'll just trade it in for a Either a 2018 macbook pro 13 inch or the MacBook air with everything maxed out. It's a whole lot cheaper than buying a 15 inch macbook pro maxed out. If you plan on getting a mac, get as much as you think you can afford. For stuff you want, you don't need the macbook pro. VO isn't taxing and once you get used to the keys, there's really no issues.