Apple MacBook 12-Inch Review

Design

The new MacBook looks very similar to the MacBook Air.Apple lets you select from three color options — Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.One thing we like about aluminum laptops is that they’re highly resistant to fingerprint smudges and are easy to clean. That’s not the case with many carbon fiber laptops, apple macbook - design 1especially ones that offer a glossy finish. Beyond the aesthetic value, aluminum is also good at acting like a heatsink — perhaps too good in this case.As with all MacBooks, the battery is non-removable.Opening up the MacBook gives a view of the gorgeous 12-inch Retina display.t’s also only 0.88mm thin, making it the thinnest Retina display on a Mac to date. The display sits behind a 0.5mm edge-to-edge glass, and you’ll notice there’s a black border around the viewable area, This is one way you can tell the new MacBook apart from the MacBook Air, the latter of which has a silver border.The new MacBook introduces Force Touch technology. It’s integrated into the generously sized trackpad and it does two main things. The first is that it detects pressure levels, so if you’re drawing a picture, the harder you press the trackpad, the thicker the brush stroke will be. And secondly, it offers haptic feedback.You get a total of two — a 3.5mm headphone jack on the right, and a USB-C port on the left.On one hand, this is really what a laptop is all about total mobility without wires getting in the way. The keyboard and mouse are built in, and with Apple pushing iCloud , users living on the technological edge will find that sacrificing connectivity ports in favor of a thin and light design is totally acceptable.Beyond the minimal wired connectivity, the new MacBook also lacks an Ethernet port, HDMI output, or a media card reader.apple macbook - design 2

Display

The 12-inch Retina display on the MacBook packs 2304 x 1440 pixels into an IPS panel with ultrawide viewing angles.I could make out every wrinkle in Vin Diesel’s determined forehead during a close-up, as well as the trail of glass his car left as it exploded out of a high-rise whose facade was a rainbow of reflected colors.The MacBook’s screen produced results as beautiful as the picture. The panel reproduced 101.8 percent of the sRGB color gamut.The colors on the new MacBook are very accurate.The MacBook’s display averaged 353 nits of brightness.That brightness also helped me easily see content on the screen in direct sunlight, even though the glossy panel has a glossy finish.apple macbook - display

 

Keyboard and Touchpad

Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad is awesome.If you missed the details, it abandons a standard click mechanism in favour of an electromagnet that creates an artificial click sensation, while force sensors detect how hard you press.apple macbook - keyboard 2This has all sorts of benefits, but the best is how you get the same feedback no matter where you click. You can even adjust how heavy the click from the pad feels in the settings, while the large glass surface glides perfectly.The Force Touch options are subtle rather than essential, but the way you can press progressively harder to seek through QuickTime is very neat. It’s just a shame the benefits are limited to the OS and Apple apps, so the opportunities to use Force Touch are limited right now.The keyboard, meanwhile, is another love-or-hate feature. Apple has re-engineered the keyboard to work in such a thin laptop.The result are keys that have a remarkably even and flat feel, but also very shallow key travel.apple macbook - keyboard

 

Performance

The new MacBook’s Intel Core M CPU is adequate for handling daily computing tasks – such as browsing the internet, streaming audio and 1080p video and multi-tasking with several browsers open with up to 10 to 15 tabs each.apple macbook - performance It can’t quite match the power of Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, but it does allow the new MacBook to run silently. Plus, it’s mostly cool with the exception of a section along the right-hand side of the base that occasionally gets hot under heavy load.You certainly won’t be able to escape the odd bit of slowdown when you start to run 10 or more apps in addition to a ton of browser tabs.I actually found that, when using it from day-to-day, the new MacBook felt more responsive overall than my 2014 MacBook Air, which is likely down to it having 8GB of RAM, rather than the MacBook Air’s 4GB.

 

USB-C Gamble

The right side houses two microphones and a headphone jack, and the left side is home to a single USB-C port. You won’t find a standard USB 3.0 port, SD card slot or any other port.For those unfamiliar with USB-C, the new standard enables charging, USB connectivity and video output through a single connection.For instance, to charge your iPhone using the MacBook or to plug in a camera, you’ll need to purchase a $19 USB-C-to-USB adapter. This adapter occupies the laptop’s lone port, so you won’t be able to juice the laptop with that dongle plugged in. Apple’s clout is already starting to spur a cottage industry of USB-C accessories.apple macbook - usb

 

Battery life

Apple made a point of highlighting that the battery is one of the new MacBook’s standout features. Apple describes it as “all day” battery life, but what that really means is an official rating of 9 hours of web surfing or 10 hours of watching video.Battery life should be the real benefactor when you select a low-power processor, although Apple engineers did have to take a hit on runtime by selecting a high-grade, high-resolution IPS display over the more economical TN screens fitted to current MacBook Air models.the newly tiered layers in the MacBook’s lithium-polymer battery pack total a nominal 39.7 Wh of energy on a full charge around 143 kilojoules.

 

Conclusion

this new MacBook will also be the right fit for a smaller segment of a public than the more universally useful 13-inch MacBook Air or Pro. But those who can work with the limitations  primarily a lack of ports, shorter battery life, performance that’s not suited for pro level photo and video editing, and a shallow keyboard that takes some getting used to will love its sharp display, slim and light body, and responsive touchpad.