The new 2015 MacBook (not Air or Pro) is setting the gold standard for MacBooks (it literally comes in GOLD). The 12-inch Retina display is smaller than what we’re used to in a non-netbook laptop, and its aluminum unibody is unbelievably light at 2.03 pounds.
While closed, the thickest part of the MacBook is only .52 inch. Depending on your configuration, it runs Mac OS X Yosemite on a 1.1 GHz, 1.2 GHz, or 1.3 GHz Intel M processor with “Turbo Boost” capability up to 2.4 GHz. Apple claims the laptop lasts 9 hours with wireless web use and 10 hours with nonstop movie play, thanks to a new Intel Core M procesor that uses just 5 watts of power. Because the new MacBook isn’t out yet, we’ll have to take their word for it.
During the MacBook’s reveal, Apple stressed two new features. One is “Force Touch,” a new trackpad designed to click uniformly no matter where you press. The second is its new port, a new standard called USB Type-C (even Google adopted it for the Chromebook Pixel). This one port charges the laptop, provides USB data transfer, and connects your laptop to an external display.
But that’s the thing: Because of the MacBook’s slim profile, you only get one port, which means you wouldn’t be able to charge your computer and connect it to an external display at the same time without an extra adapter. The laptop starts at $1,299, and because of its design, the MacBook isn’t upgradable after purchase, so I’d suggest upgrading the processor and increasing storage from 256GB to 512GB for $1,599.
Takeaways: Sacrifices power but outta-this-world slim; gold; great battery life; only one port.
Not a Mac user? Try the Dell XPS 2015.