New Macbook Review

In 2008, Apple introduced the MacBook Air.
It was slim, it was sexy, and it was riddled with compromises so much so that even the
most fervent of fans couldn’t comprehend its being much more than a secondary computer
for frequent computers. But over the years, iteration by iteration,
the Air evolved into the full-fledge ultraportable powerhouse it is today. Last year Apple upped the ante with the MacBook,
an even slimmer model that once again had critics bemoaning a compromises made by the
company is favor of aesthetics. Chief among the complaints: lackluster internals
the reduction of ports to a single USB-C that serves as both the charging input and chief
connector, requiring adapters to really get the job down. A surprise announcement last week brought
some key upgrades to the laptop, primarily focused on the MacBook’s internals. The new machines feature sixth-generation
dual-core Intel Core M processors, offering a marked boost in processing power, along
with a bump in battery life promising around 10 hours of use on a charge. The performance
boosts might not be immediately apparent in everyday usage, but the upgrade notably outpaced
its predecessor on the Geekbench tests we ran, and indeed I had no problem squeezing
more than a day’s worth of use on a single charge, even while watching video and listening
to music. All of these welcome changes fit well when
coupled with the bright and colorful 2304-by-1440 12-inch Retina display and accurate force
trackpad, which offers pressure sensitive gestures. The exterior of the device is largely unchanged
— and you know what, that’s a good thing. Apple’s laptops have long been a monument
to consumer industrial design, and this one’s no different. At 2.03 pounds and half an inch
thick, the Macbook is Apple’s thinnest and light thus far, even slimmer and lighter than
the 11-inch Air. It’s also just a lovely piece of aluminum
machinery, particularly in the dark metallic space gray shade the company sent us. Of course,
there are even more color options for the particularly adventurous consumer, including
gold and, new for this year, rose gold, which brings the popular pink hue to the MacBook
family for the first time. There are still a number of compromises on-board
– there are no additional ports to be found, the recessed keyboard isn’t great for extended
typing and the 480p webcam, well, we’d expect more for a machine starting at $1,299, a significant
bump over the 11-inch air, which starts at $899. Users considering making the jump to Windows
might want check out the current crop of ultraportables like Dell’s XPS 13, which starts at an appealing
$799. There’s no question the MacBook is getting
better with each generation, but whether its current feature set is enough for most users
is up for debate. The new internals mark an important step toward making this a more mainstream
computer, and the ultra thin and light design coupled with a beautiful retina display are
as appealing as ever. It’s going to be tough giving this machine
back to Apple, now that my 13-inch Air now looks downright gigantic by comparison, but
I won’t miss that shallow keyboard or lackluster webcam — or the reliance on a single port. If none of those compromises are deal breakers,
by all means take the plunge. For my part, I’ll likely be sticking to my Air for now,
even in the face of the Rose Gold finish’s alluring siren song.

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10 thoughts on “New Macbook Review

  1. " toss-it-in-your-backpack-and-forget-abou­t-it light"? I have had a few Apple computers and found every single one of them to be well designed but not at all durable. Why would anyone spend the kind of money that Apple wants for their devices when they have zero durability?

  2. Currently use and love my macbook air i7 for programming. If for the next generation macbook the processor is a little faster than my current i7, ill buy it for sure. Although, i heard the macbook pros should be very slim as well. When it comes to laptops, apple is definitely winning.

  3. Too much compromise for me. In 2016 this product should have a touchscreen and both iOS and OSX modes. Being a combination of a ipad and a mac. But apple will delay that as loooong as possible. They want you to buy 2 products instead of one. And that's the kind of company they are. Why make one good product when they can sell you two bad products?

  4. no no no don't say you need one port to make the laptop thin. The razer stealth is also half an inch thin and has two damn USB 3.1 ports, a USB type C, and HDMI out.

  5. I wouldn't have such a problem buying a PC if Windows wasn't absolute horse shit.
    PC hardware is great, and I could probably get by with Ubuntu MATE, but until they make Windows 10 and (gulp) Windows Phone competent, I'm not interested.

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