The New Macbook or 12″ Macbook, which ever name you decide to call it by is a well crafted piece of hardware from Apple, there is no doubting that. But this is a device that tries to serve to purposes and doesn’t achieve one of them well. So lets talk specs here. The New Macbook is the thinnest laptop ever made by Apple, at just 13.mm thin. This was achieved partly due to Intel’s new fanless chipset. The Core-M which we first so in the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and now in the New Macbook. The unit we reviewed had its processor clocked at 1.1Ghz with turbo boost of 2.4Ghz. It also comes with 256GB of storage and 8GB of ram. The other man distinction to the New Macbook is that it only has one port, a USB-C port, which double as a charging and data transfer port. this is an interesting development; since Apple was the one who spearheaded the push for thunderbolt. With the move to USB-C, Apple went for a minimalist approach. One I don’t agree with because of how limiting it makes using the New Mabook with use of accessories and extra storage.
Moving to the display,Apple’s non-standard resolution Retina display looks stunning. At 12″ with a 16×10 aspect ratio and resolution of 2304×1440 ( not sure why they went with that),you get a bright crisp imagery on the display. You have also got an edge to edge keyboard and Apple’s new Force Touchpad; which showcases some new right-click like features. Innovative and will take some time to get used to, but nothing I would call extraordinary. Battery life is as solid, matching Apple’s listing of 9 hrs, making the New Macbook a good travel companion.
Where the Macbook disappoint, starts with the singular charge and data transfer USB-C port; but also extends to the overall performance of the New Macbook, the new core-M processor heats up while browsing the web. Frankly for the price you are paying for the New Macbook at $1,200 starting you are don’t get the best performance out of Apple’s latest piece of hardware. You are better off getting the new Macbook Air or even a 13-inch Macbook Pro.